How to use 21st Night to study for the LSAT

by Trevor Klee, Tutor

tl;dr: do questions from the official LSATPrep books. Any you get wrong go into 21st Night. You can find explanations on LSATHacks and 7Sage for logic games.

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1. How to Prepare for the LSAT

a) Start with a diagnostic test from the LSAC. What are your specific strengths and weaknesses?

Put the results from your diagnostic test into 21st Night. Use LSAThacks for explanations to each question, and 7Sage if you need logic games strategies.

b) Do additional practice tests from the Official LSAT books, untimed. Take practice tests one at a time, and put incorrect questions into 21st Night. Don’t move onto a new practice test until you’ve mastered every question from the last one.

Don’t worry about speed right now. Speed comes with being confident and fluent in the techniques.

As the old Army saying goes, “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.” Focus on being smooth in your application of techniques.

c) Once you feel like you’ve covered your initial weaknesses, or you feel confused about about what to do next, take another timed practice test. Then start with a) again.

d) There are two parts to studying for the LSAT.

One part is like being a marathon runner. You need to put the miles in on the pavement to run a marathon. Anyone can do it, but it takes effort.

Putting your recommended questions into 21st Night and then keeping reviewing them is the equivalent of miles on the pavement. It’s going to suck, but that’s how you learn.

The second part is like being your own coach. You need to reflect on your own progress and what you get wrong and right. Looking at 21st Night through the Google Sheet will help with that, as well as on the filter screen.

What are the patterns in what you get wrong? What techniques do you have difficulty applying?

2. Your LSAT preparation materials

Mandatory

LSATPrep tests Volume VI, Volume V, with Comparative Reading

-21st Night

-LSATHacks.com for answer explanations (thanks Graeme!)

Optional

-Videos and Strategy guides, for the necessary techniques

3. Your LSAT study plan

-Plan for roughly 100-150 hours of hardcore studying to go up 20 points

-So, if you’re starting at 150 and want to get to 170, plan to spend 3-4 months spending 20 hours a week studying (to give yourself some wiggle room)

-That’s 2 hours a day on weekdays, 5 hours a day on weekends

-It’s a lot! But packing it all into a few months is the best way to do it.

People get discouraged when they spend months working on the LSAT, especially when it’s hard to see yourself making improvements week by week. Packing it into a short time prevents that.

If you get to the point where you can not just do, but also explain every question in the LSATPrep books recommended (why the right answer is right and why the wrong answers are wrong), you can get a 165+

4. How to review the LSAT sections

-This is both how you should approach the questions, and, more importantly, how to analyze a question you got incorrect.

In other words, this is what goes into your explanations and hints in 21st Night.

-Analyzing incorrect questions is more important than doing new ones. Use these questions!

Reading Comprehension:

How did the passage fit together (i.e. why did the author include each paragraph in the section)? What precise part of the passage did I need to read to get the correct answer?

-Logical Reasoning:  

How does the argument’s reasoning lead to its conclusion (or, if it doesn’t, why not)? How does the correct answer fit into the argument’s flow from reasoning to conclusion?

Logic Games:

What’s the model of how the game works (i.e. what would be one correct answer to the game)? How can you minimize the logical steps you need to take to get or eliminate an answer (think of it like golf, and get a low score)?

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