Articles published in June 2015

Manhattan Prep’s Social Venture Scholars Program Deadline: July 6th


free-gmat-classDo you work for a non-profit? How about promote positive social change? Manhattan Prep is honored to offer special full tuition scholarships for up to 16 individuals per year (4 per quarter) who will be selected as part of Manhattan Prep’s Social Venture Scholars program. The SVS program provides selected scholars with free admission into one of Manhattan Prep’s Live Online Complete Courses (a $1299 value).

These competitive scholarships are offered to individuals who (1) currently work full-time in an organization that promotes positive social change, (2) plan to use their degree to work in a public, not-for-profit, or other venture with a social-change oriented mission, and (3) demonstrate clear financial need. The Social Venture Scholars will all enroll in a special online preparation course taught by two of Manhattan Prep’s expert instructors within one year of winning the scholarship.

The deadline is fast approaching: July 6th, 2015! 

Learn more about the SVS program and apply to be one of our Social Venture Scholars here.



Right Brain vs. Left Brain: How to Train for the LSAT


Blog-6-17-2015We’ve all heard people referred to as left- or right-brained. Those left-brained thinkers are highly mathematical, logical, and literal. Think Spock, Stephen Hawking, and the Terminators. Their creative brethren, the right-brainers, are more impressionistic, holistic, and intuitive. Think Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Colbert, and Jackson Pollock.

What does this have to do with the LSAT? I’m glad you asked, rhetorical device.

Almost everyone relies more heavily on one of these two types of thinking. Working with students, we’ll often see someone who is over-diagramming, putting a huge focus on formal logic. This student feels most comfortable deriving solutions. She wants the answer to be provable, always.

On the other hand, we’ve also had students who lament, “I’m terrible at Games, but I’m okay with Reading Comp. I hate using conditional logic in LR.” This right-brained student is mainly getting a feel for what was said and picking an answer that gels well and seems relevant.

Which one are you? Take a few minutes to think about it. When faced with a decision, do you make a Pros/Cons list (left-brain), or do you rely on your gut (right-brain)?

Some people think that a right-brain person is in trouble on left-brain questions, and vice versa. But that’s not the case. In reality, everyone has abilities (although at different levels) in both types of thinking. What is important is learning how to develop your weak area and then applying both sides of your brain to the LSAT. Weird, right? You’ll have to think if you want to be a lawyer.

But what can you do to develop the “weaker” side of your brain?

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