The main question I get around this time from our LSAT Prep students is: When should I start studying for the June LSAT? You may be wondering the same thing just about now, so let’s discuss.
Each student has different LSAT prep needs. For instance, I’ve known students who only need a couple months to prepare and end up rocking the exam—while I ended up studying for the exam for a whopping six months until I felt I was ready.
LSATMax’s official study calendar for the June 2015 LSAT begins this Monday, March 9th. This is our ideal study calendar. It does the hard work for you, doling out your assignments, lectures and practice exams. The more time you give yourself to study for the June LSAT, the better. Many traditional in-class courses do not even begin until mid-March! In my opinion, that is a month thoroughly wasted. Why not use all the time you have to gain all the points you can?
Unlike other courses, LSATMax gives you immediate access to the course that never runs out. That’s right, you have lifetime access to the full course. This means that at the end of your LSAT prep these next few months, if you find that you are not yet ready, you do not have to re-pay for continued access to your materials, lectures and access to your LSAT instructor!
A two-to-three month course plan is not catered towards students achieving their target score. Traditional in-class courses advertising that their two-to-three month courses are sufficient for students to achieve their target score only make sense to the LSAT prep companies offering them—they can just recharge for another course if a student finds that the prep time offered them wasn’t sufficient.
That is not the way we look at LSAT prep. Everyone is different. Every student starts somewhere and hopes to end up somewhere else. That means that every student has different LSAT prep needs—some may only need two or three months, whereas others may need more time! For those with lofty goals of a score in the 170s, the generic two-to-three month prep plan is most likely not enough time, especially if you’re not already scoring in the 160s.
Remember that LSAT prep courses give you the tools you need to conquer the LSAT. But, it’s your responsibility to whittle and wear them down. Don’t fall into the trap that many LSAT students fall into by thinking that finishing their LSAT prep course is enough to get them to their target score.
The real value of an LSAT prep course is to teach you the strategies associated with the different sections/question types and to give you access to as many real LSATs as possible. The LSAT is testing a way of thinking, so the only way to improve is to continually practice by exposing yourself to this type of critical thought. For this reason, your LSAT score will primarily be determined by the effort and work you put into honing your skills on these practice LSATs after you have finished your prep course. The sooner you complete your prep course, the better because it is only the first step in the process.
With LSATMax, you can go at your own pace without the fear of your materials being pulled out from under you. You have as much time as you need to take timed practice exams, analyze your scores and get in as much LSAT prep as your target score requires, without the pressure of losing access to your course. Most importantly, with our real-time message boards, you have 24/7 access to your LSAT instructor as well, so you can ask any questions you have while you are preparing.
And the best part about the June LSAT is that even if you do find that you’re not ready in June, you can still take the October 2015 LSAT and send in your applications early on in the admissions process. Further, even if you need more time than that, you have the option of taking the December 2015 LSAT!
So, what should you do between now and when you begin your June LSAT studying?
(1) Clear Out Your Schedule
You have a little less than three-and-a-half months to prep for the June LSAT. Though clearing out your schedule is not the most appealing task, being able to get your goal score in June and taking the rest of summer to perfect your law school applications is well worth the sacrifice. Try to purge any extracurricular activities that you do not absolutely need. If you feel you can’t live without your weekly spin class, then keep it! But, think about then eliminating your weekly Cardio Barre, yoga, and CrossFit classes. Free your schedule up from most of your social activities that can wait till post-June. Remember, while going to Johnny’s weekly bash may be awesome, foregoing a few months of revelry for a stellar LSAT score is truly worth it.
Reading is one of the best ways to help hone your Reading Comprehension skills on the exam—especially if you opt to go for more dense literature. Grab an issue of The Economist, or collect a few scientific journals and read your heart out! LSATMax actually offers their students a free subscription to The Economist for this exact reason.
(3) Download LSATMax
Whatever LSAT prep course you decide to take, make sure to download the LSATMax app from the Apple App Store. Not only is the app free, but it also comes with many free resources that will help you along the way. These include a daily digest of different LSAT drills, free lectures, flashcards and practice exams with analytics to help you gauge where you stand. Moreover, once you download the app, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free copy of our June 2014 LSAT prep calendar. That way you can stay on track these next few months and reach your target LSAT score.
Good luck and Happy Studying!