Thursday, December 31, 2015

Logic Games Encyclopedia -- New Website! -- www.LogicGamesPedia.com (Going Live Soon)


I've been working on a new project!

It's a video encyclopedia that contains video explanations of every single LSAT logic game question. It explains why the right answer is right, and why every wrong answer is wrong.


I've modeled the videos to be as if you were getting a one on one lesson. It's really amazingly helpful. Please come check it out! It's going live soon!

Note that I'm not yet done filming, so it will only cost $65 to access now, but the website will be continuously updated!

I'm so sure you'll find this helpful that it comes with a 7-day, no questions asked, money back guarantee.

 www.LogicGamesPedia.com 

P.S. www.LSATPedia.com will also bring you there. Not sure which is the best name yet - so weigh in via email? Would love your thoughts!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sites That Promise Innovative “LSAT Busting” Secrets

Oy.

That about sums it up. Although I can teach you how to beat this test, it will not be by memorizing pictures and studying in your car (to name a few gimmicks I have seen).
The test is hard. In fact, LSAC spends lots of money keeping it that way! If gimmickry could defeat the test, LSAC would have altered it – yet the test remains basically unchanged. Even if you claim that this particular gimmick “slipped through the LSAC radar”, over 100,000 people take the LSAT every year, if there was a miracle LSAT technique everyone would be using it.

Finally, I’ve spent time engaging the gimmickry and found the aforementioned word the perfect definition: “a trick . . . intended to attract . . . business” (OSX dictionary).

Unfortunately, there is just no magic trick or genie to beat this test. (Well maybe if you found a genie... But if you found a genie and wished for a great LSAT technique you would be a silly person indeed :-)).

I know what your thinking: “well fine, but it can’t hurt, and it might even help!”

My reply: “albeit a seriously “unjustified conclusion" lets take for granted that the gimmick may help you do better on the LSAT. Nevertheless, ultimately, the gimmick will hurt you."

How?

Anything not tuned directly to the LSAT, ipso facto, teaches skills not required for the exam. In other words, techniques (when not based on real LSAT material) are not narrowly tailored to focus their entire attention on the tested skills. By presenting extraneous/unneeded material the technique incorporates things that will not be tested on the actual LSAT. Thus, by spending time with the gimmick you sacrifice valuable studying time that could have been focused entirely on the job at hand i.e., acing the LSAT.

In sum, the gimmick gets you less “bang for your buck.” Less return (improved score) proportional to your investment (time spent studying) then if you focused your entire investment on actual LSAT material.

Recommended Book List


Logic Games: Your best resource is my new video tutorial at www.logicgamespedia.com. This is a video encyclopedia that explains every right answer and why every wrong answer is wrong (super important). I also talk you through my thought process as I'm doing it which gives you insight into how a 180 test taker should be thinking! Comes with a 7-day, no questions asked, money back guarantee. Go check it out.

The best book is Powerscore’s Logic Games Bible (the green one). It's decent, and the best available. The key to the Games section is good diagramming technique. This book provides a strong foundation.

However, to truly optimize your Games performance you must change all the mainstream testprep approaches (see post titled Commercial Course v. Private Tutor).

These changes are what I will teach in detail at www.logicgamespedia.com. Come on over.

Arguments Section: The best book available is Powerscore’s Logical Reasoning Bible (the blue one). This is the only book I recommend without reservation. As a matter of fact I tried being angry at the book because it’s good enough to make me lose clientele but I couldn’t. It’s that good.

Reading Comprehension: Unfortunately, this section of the test is the hardest to improve on and there is a dearth of good books.

The best strategy for this section is to read as many “explanations” of reading comprehension passages that you can find. Powerscore puts out a Reading Comprehension Bible (the magenta one), and Kaplan puts out a bunch of tests with explanations. Try buying them used on Amazon, as you're not buying them for their “worksheet” exercises.

Tests: Buy every released LSAT. This may be expensive, but it’s an investment worth making. Remember, the LSAT is the opponent you will be fighting - practice with it is imperative.
Previously administered LSAT’s are released by the LSAC and available for purchase here and here.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Real v. Fake LSAT Questions

You wouldn't use counterfeit money, don't use fake LSAT questions. Alright, I'll admit. Its not illegal to use fake questions... But it should be!

Because LSAC charges companies an arm and a leg for the right to reproduce LSAT material, a lot of them choose to write their own questions.
What’s the problem with that?
The LSAC spends an inordinate sum of money paying Psychometricians to construct deviously difficult tests. Not only are the questions themselves difficult but serious consideration goes into the vocabulary used, the order the answer choices are presented, and the repetition of which answer choice is correct. Also, LSAC has tested every question that appears on the LSAT against a LSAT audience i.e., the ungraded experimental section.
There is just no way a test prep company can duplicate these standards. Instead, this fake material will be used to demonstrate techniques that would be ineffective on real questions.
Practicing on fake questions WILL NOT prepare you to cope with real LSAT level questions. Picture sparring with a 3 year old and thinking that you are ready to fight Chuck Norris!

How do you know if the questions are real?
Generally, if a company uses real questions they will say so.

I Have “Maxed Out.” This Test Is Not Learnable.


This must be the most frequently said statement with regard to LSAT preparation. I must have heard it a thousand times. Understanding the fallacy of this statement is vitally important to LSAT prep. If you believe its true, you will be encouraging a self fulfilling prophecy.
So on to debunking the myth:
The first thing to keep in mind is that the LSAT is not an IQ test.
Remember that.
The optimal IQ test is designed not to be learnable, it is meant to test “how smart you are” – enabling one to study would defeat the purpose. Instead of testing your innate “brilliance” the IQ test would be testing your ability to learn new skills.
The LSAT (thank g-d for us) is an exam designed to test certain skills. Namely, the ones LSAC think are determinative of a “good future lawyer”. The validity of that statement is debatable, but irrelevant because I can teach you the skills to become a “good future lawyer”.
The LSAT being designed to test a certain skill set yields two inferences:
First, a bad score does not mean you are stupid. It merely means that currently you lack the skill set to do well. E.g., if you sat me infront of a canvas with paint, nothing would happen. Oh, the canvas would get colored but no “picture” would appear. Why? Because I lack the skill set necessary to paint a picture. Does that mean I am unintelligent? No. It merely means I lack innate aptitude to painting (which I most definitely do) and that I was never taught how to paint.
Second, the test is learnable! Thats right, it can be learned. Learn the skill set, beat the test. In other words, learn how to hold a paint brush, how to make different sized strokes and how to draw, make a Picasso. (Alright maybe not a Picasso, although truthfully, Picasso’s don't look that hard ☺)
So how did I learn the skill set? Now that’s a good question. Keep reading this site!
In sum, are you scoring consistently in the 177-180 range? If not, you have NOT maxed out.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Commercial Courses v. Private Tutor

::**Spoiler Warning**::
A private tutor is about to tell you not to go to a commercial class!

A commercial course can be good, but usually not great.
Here is what I explain to my students: To truly master the LSAT you must practice techniques which are easy to apply but difficult to learn. These huge corporations are targeting the average student. If they tried teaching you the REAL way to approach the exam, their techniques would go right over the heads of half the class. Instead they sacrifice the top 20 or so points to pick up the below average 140 to the “sacred 160”.
Whenever I say this I always get looks of admonishment: “why would they do that!”.
I’ll tell you why.
On the average, a significant percentage of the highest scoring students don’t go to commercial classes because they study by themselves or with private tutors. Thus the average “commercial classroom” is made up of the lower percentage LSAT scorers. Think about it, those who don’t score well on their own sign up for classes.
If “Commercial Company” were to teach the best method in approaching the exam not only would half the class not understand what was being taught, they would be upset. Spending twelve hundred dollars on a course to not get anywhere is frustrating to say the least. These unsatisfied bottom 50% (of the class) will go around making disparaging remarks about the company, leaving only a mere 20-30% satisfied. And think about it, who’s louder? The angry child or the happy child? Exactly, not only are the 50% more in number they are louder in "volume." Remember, the first priority of any company is the bottom line and bad press has the potential to ruin "the bottom line."
Therefore, they teach techniques which enable a jump in points, but are too generalized to attain an amazing score. In other words, they sacrifice your top 20 points. This keeps everyone happy. The lower 50% now understand what is said in class and achieve a jump in points. The upper 30% aren’t even aware there is a better way to approach the test (an approach that would look like a pole vault in point gain as compared to their “jump”) to even get upset that they weren’t taught it.
This is why I’m here. With the proper instruction anyone can learn the skill set necessary to take the LSAT. As I am not a huge corporation pandering to thousands of students, I take the time to teach each and everyone the proper way to approach the exam. I teach you to score a 180, I give you the tools to get a “perfect” score.
All you need to do is practice.