We balance the structural approach of the big-name companies with the loose methods of private tutors to achieve optimal results
We’re much different than the big LSAT prep companies out there. We employ an approach that focuses on symbols and color coding that is ideal for visual learners.
Our methods have been gleaned and developed over three years: some are standard, while some are completely unique. Our focus is to make the LSAT easier, not harder–it’s hard enough as it is! We will introduce you to new strategies and proven time-saving tricks.
We usually have students start by taking an untimed, diagnostic test (downloadable in the top right corner) to assess a student's accuracy. Our first goal is to get students proficient enough so that they can answer most questions correctly.
Unfortunately, what makes the LSAT so difficult is the 35 short minutes students have to complete each section. Once a student is comfortable, we introduce begin introducing tactics and shortcuts that will improve the student's speed.
The last aspect is pacing: enough practice with timed tests will instill a sense of when to slow down or speed up, without having to glance at a wristwatch.
While tutoring, Nick has discovered techniques and tricks that he wishes he had known when he was writing! Of course, we can’t share all of our gems online, but please click below for a sample of our unique methods.
The Watch Tip
LSAC is a bit behind the times: it only allows writers an analog wristwatch in the exam room. Better borrow one from Mom, or go buy a cheap one. Be sure the numbers are large; you don't want to be squinting.
To avoid confusion, set the "big hand" to the 5, and push in the pin as each section begins. The proctor will call time as the big hand hits 12--the top of the hour.
We hope you'll have fun with us. We're pretty jovial, and we enjoy what we do. I once had a wonderful math tutor who was clearly passionate and extremely animated. We were doing logarithms, and when it came to solve the equation, she would fling her arms like a lumberjack and bellow: "now we cut down all the logs in the forest!" She cleverly used a metaphor in a way that was both understandable, and unforgettable. I ended up acing the exam.
This is the kind of style we follow: it's fun (for both tutor and student), engaging, and it works.
The Light Bubble
Thought you knew how to bubble? Think again. There's debate as to whether students should fill in the bubbles as they go, or bubble all at once at the end.
A not-so uncommon LSAT blunder: frantically bubbling your answers in at the "pencils down" moment. A catastrophe: getting caught doing so!
Thus, we prefer the bubble-as-you-go method, but exercise caution! If you skip an answer, don't be caught bubbling the answer to the next question in the wrong space. That's LSAT blunder #2, which can result in a string of misplaced answers. And yes, this actually happened to a student of ours (before he came to us).
The nifty solution? For questions you're unsure of, LIGHTLY bubble in your top guess, then move on. Return to the question later if you have time. No mix-ups, no stress, and the scanner will still pick up your answer, so you still might get it right.
And we have more bubbling tips where that came from--they can literally save your bacon on the LSAT.
The best way to conquer the LSAT is to practie on real past exams. Fortunately, LSAC publishes the exams and has compiled SEVEN books of 10 exams each.
We encourage students buy “The 10 Next Official Preptests” (Tests 29-38). Amazon has it for around $30, and we always have copies on hand. We suggest that students complete 25-30 total practice tests before writing the LSAT.
We keep them all in stock, and with our discount packs you get 3 books free of charge: 30 tests in total. Practice, practice, practice makes perfect.