Reply To: Relevant/Irrelevant

December 10, 2015 at 3:06 am #1027
Mike Kim

Please feel free to ask about anything you’d like (well, almost anything — I have gotten some crazy questions over the years) —

I got a 177 when I took the official LSAT — I did not study for it other than looking over a few practice exams — that’s less arrogant and stupid than it sounds (maybe not) — by then I had already spent several years researching standardized tests and I had already started developing learning products for them — this gave me an enormous head start — I ultimately decided not to go to law school (I would make for a terrible lawyer) and for a while forgot about the test.

The first time I started studying the LSAT in earnest was after deciding to help create Manhattan LSAT — I basically learned the test in order to write the books, and then my career took off from there (I basically think of myself as a math teacher than somehow ended up an LSAT expert) —

In terms of what you are meant to get out of the articles / forum discussions, I think you can put it into two categories —

1) they can help you understand/work on specific issues/challenges from the test itself — for example, I’ll be putting up an article and video about Reading Comp in a few days — and I hope that at least for a few people it will help improve their understanding of how LSAT RC is designed and how they ought to approach it.

2) they can help give you guidance and perspective in terms of how to study for this test.

I think this latter point is especially important when you consider the following combination of factors —
a) your LSAT score is incredibly important to law school admissions
b) the LSAT is very, very learnable &
c) the vast majority of people who study for the exam do not go about it in the right way and achieve far less improvement than they could have relative to their efforts.

This combination presents an enormous opportunity for people who want to improve their prospects in life —

But you have to be smart about how to approach your studies, and because the LSAT is so different from other exams, and because there is so much bad information out there about the test, it can be very difficult to even put yourself in a position where you have a fair shot of figuring out a smart way to study —

I hope some of the articles on this site can help with that.

Glad to hear that you are enjoying the site — MK