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Conditional Logic Doppelgangers

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Conditional Logic Doppelgangers by Ally Bell

Diagramming Conditional Logic is a huge part of LSAT success, and can also be a major hurdle for many students to overcome. I’ve noticed over the years that there are two major sticking points in Conditional Logic for many of my students: pairs of conditional statements that look similar but mean different things. These Conditional Logic doppelgangers are if versus only if and mutually exclusive pairs. Let’s tackle both. Read more

What to Do When You’re Down to Two LSAT Answer Choices

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - What to Do When You're Down to Two LSAT Answer Choices by Ally Bell

You know that feeling when you’re at a restaurant, and there are two things on the menu that you really, really want for dinner? Everyone has a different way of handling that decision. Some might go with the cheaper one, or the tastier one, or the healthier one, or the one they’ve never tried before. If you’re like me, you just wait to see what pops out of your mouth when the server takes your order. Read more

Balancing LSAT Study and Your Life

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Balancing LSAT Study and Your Life by Ally Bell

The number-one problem facing most of my LSAT students isn’t what you might think. It’s not nightmares about Logic Games with fifty rules or Reading Comprehension passages with teeth. It’s not learning inferences, Conditional Logic, or common flaws. It’s balancing LSAT study with their lives. Read more

Secrets of an LSAT Tutor: Analyzing Practice Test Results

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Secrets of an LSAT Tutor: Analyzing Practice Test Results by Ally Bell

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If you’re reading this post, chances are high that you’ve taken an LSAT practice test fairly recently. Good for you! Now, what did you do after that practice test? Did you do a blind review? Write down an error log? Enter your results into Manhattan Prep’s Navigator tool to get data-based practice recommendations? Awesome, awesome, and more awesome! As a private LSAT tutor, I advise all of my students to take all those steps, too. But even after all of that hard work by my students and Navigator, I still like to take a look at the test results myself. Why? Because there are a few more things that I find helpful for tailoring my students’ study plans. And you may find them helpful, too! If you want to take the same approach as an LSAT tutor to your most recent practice test data, here’s what you can look for: Read more

How Repetition Can Help You Meet Your LSAT Goals

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - How Repetition Can Help You Meet Your LSAT Goals by Ally Bell

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Repetition is a critical part of building expertise. Want to be a talented pianist? At some point, you’ll probably have to play the scales over and over again. Maybe you’d rather be an all-star basketball player? Then you’ll most likely find yourself spending quite a bit of time standing at a free-throw line, practicing your shot repetitively. Read more

Self-Study, Tutoring, or Class: What’s the Best LSAT Prep Option for Me?

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Self-Study, Tutoring, or Class: What's the Best LSAT Option for Me? by Ally Bell

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So you’ve decided to take the LSAT! How should you study? Students first diving into the wonderful world of test prep will find a plethora of options: study guides, classes, and tutoring galore. What’s the best LSAT prep option for you? Read more

Logic Games Inferences, Demystified

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Logic Games Inferences, Demystified by Ally Bell

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Doing a practice logic game on the LSAT can often feel like watching an episode of Sherlock. I usually think I’m following the show pretty well—until I get to the end and Sherlock unravels all the clues I should’ve seen along the way. Similarly, when we do logic games, it often seems like things are going fine, but when we check our work against a master diagram, there are all sorts of magical Logic Games inferences that we wish we had made earlier! Read more

A Guide to Note-Taking on the LSAT

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - A Guide to Note-Taking on the LSAT by Ally Bell

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If you, like me, prefer to take your LSAT studying poolside during these hot summer days, here’s an analogy that you’ll relate to: Note-taking on the LSAT is like applying sunscreen. Like sunscreen, if you use too many notes on certain parts of the LSAT, you may be left with foolish-looking marks that didn’t end up being especially useful; but use too little, and the test will scorch you just like the sun. Also like sunscreen, there’s a time and place for notes on the LSAT. Unless you’re hanging at a nudist pool, you probably don’t need sunscreen literally everywhere, nor do you need notes everywhere on the LSAT. Unfortunately, figuring out sunscreen is generally a lot simpler than figuring out note-taking on the LSAT. Since this is an issue many of my students grapple with in all phases of their preparation, here are a few guidelines, and here’s hoping you’re reading them by the pool. Read more

Challenging Vocabulary on the LSAT

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Challenging Vocabulary on the LSAT by Allison Bell

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No matter who you are and what kind of spelling bees you’ve won, you’re likely to encounter some new, challenging vocabulary on the LSAT. The test encompasses such a broad range of topics, from the feeding habits of dung beetles to Greek philosophy, that you’re bound to encounter a passage where it feels like you’re reading a foreign language. As a result, students often ask me what type of vocabulary they should study to prepare for the LSAT. Read more

Mastering the Science of LSAT Timing

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Mastering the Science of LSAT Timing by Allison Bell

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Of all the standardized tests out there, the LSAT is perhaps the most intensely time-pressured. We all know the feeling of our hand shaking a little as we stare down at an entire unattempted Logic Game with only five minutes left on the clock. So students often ask me questions like, “When will I start to see improvements in my LSAT timing?” “Will it come with practice, or will I just kind of naturally start to go faster?” Read more