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How To Set Up A Daily Study Plan

Updated: Mar 12, 2023

At this point, you are determined to make progress on the LSAT, and you know exactly what you need to improve on. But there's a slight problem--you don't know how to plan things out each day.


No problem! That's what I'm here for. Let's take a look at two example study plans:

LSAT Study Plan A: Study Logical Reasoning and do some questions Study Reading Comprehension and do some questions LSAT Study Plan B: Learn Strengthen question strategy Do 15 Strengthen questions with thorough review Do 3 Reading Comprehension passages with thorough review Which study plan is better? The answer is Study Plan B. Let's examine why... #1. Daily plans should be SPECIFIC Have you ever tried to clean up your room and it was so messy that you didn't even know where to start? Or maybe I am the only slob here! But I think you get my point. Confusion leads to a lack of motivation and you will then have trouble even getting started on your LSAT preparation journey. Many people hit the books thinking, "I'm going to study LR". That seems fine, but there are a ton of concepts to learn, even within each section. For example, in LR you have all the different question types (Strengthen, Weaken, Must be True, etc.), and many different concepts (how to identify assumptions, how to understand structure, conditional reasoning, etc.) A lot of times people will try to learn everything at once. While this may feel productive, you are really just becoming a jack of all trades, master of none. The truth is, to get those pesky hard questions correct on the LSAT , you need to have a very deep understanding of the concepts. If you don't know where to begin, you won't. So determine a specific LSAT concept or question you want to learn.


#2: Daily plans should be QUANTIFIABLE Notice how for Study Plan A, there is no specific endpoint. So, how would you know when you are done studying for the LSAT each day? I'll give you a hint....you don't! As a result, some people end up doing far too little LSAT prep each day resulting in panic the last few weeks of the test, while others do far too much and suffer from burnout. Or if there are multiple things that are planned for the day, many people will spend far too long on one task and will not get anything else done. Don't be one of those people. Notice how for Plan B, we have a specific quantity of LSAT questions to complete. If you finish them and have extra time, it's fine to do more. But at least you know when you have completed your bare minimum.


#3: Daily plans should be MANAGEABLE Do you ever procrastinate with the LSAT? I know I did. Part of the reason why I had trouble maintaining motivation on the LSAT is the task seemed insurmountable. I had this notion that I needed to complete hundreds of LSAT questions or do a practice test every day. In reality the opposite is true. Here is a very important thing to understand--it's about how well you understand each LSAT question you attempt, not about how many questions you complete. If I had to bet on someone who did 10 games with thorough review or someone who did 50 games without review, I would bet on the one who did 10 games. So make the number of questions you attempt manageable and focus on quality, not quantity. You do not have to be a master at every single concept to do well on the LSAT. Take into consideration how much time you have each day and how long you have leading up to the exam to find the right balance that works for you. Stay Motivated!


Sincerely,

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