Do you view the LSAT as a potential minefield waiting to explode under your feet? If that is how the LSAT makes you feel, consider getting an LSAT guru, or as they are more commonly known, an LSAT tutor.
An important reason you may consider hiring an LSAT tutor is so that you will have someone who can teach you a systematic approach to understanding the patterns of the LSAT.
If you are interested in doing very well on the LSAT it will be necessary for you to understand the patterns that arise in the questions. If you cannot recognize those patterns on your own then it may be necessary for you to have someone teach you those patterns. In a June 1, 2005 New York Times article on LSAT tutors, a 23-year old man gave a lot of credit to his tutor for raising his LSAT score from the 16 th percentile to the 85 th percentile.
The importance of understanding the correct patterns cannot be understated. While intelligence is important for doing well, it is not the only thing that contributes to success. Being able to do something well also comes from experience, and one way to get that experience for the LSAT is to work with a tutor who has worked through many LSAT exams.
In the online law school prep course on this site, I stress the importance of using the correct writing patterns to get the best grades. The LSAT is no different. The people who do best on the LSAT are those who understand exactly what a certain question is asking.
Two qualities an effective tutor should possess are the ability to breakdown: (1) his or her own thinking patterns for different questions so that you can understand how they are looking at the questions; and (2) your thinking patterns to show you how to improve.While many LSAT tutors can be effective in guiding you through the LSAT, they can also be expensive. Many LSAT tutors charge hundreds of dollars an hour for their services, and to get the most from such assistance it may take as much as 15-20 hours of tutoring. Tutoring is not cheap, but when you are talking in terms of your whole career it is not expensive. The $10,000 or more that tutoring will cost you is likely to be may be made up quickly once you are a practicing attorney.
Despite the expense, many people find it worthwhile to invest in tutoring to increase their chances of getting into the law school they most desire.
Below are a couple of websites on LSAT tutoring.
Other related articles on this website include LSAT Scores-Importance and Best LSAT Course .
Good luck on the LSAT!
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