Friday, July 30, 2010

Zen Journal - Two Months to October 2010 LSAT

The following is the first entry in a journal from one of the Zen online LSAT tutoring clients for the October 2010 LSAT.  Look for weekly updates on his progress using the Zen of 180 system.

The LSAT, a requisite part of the law school admissions process, can best be described as: 
  • A) A difficult obstacle between me and the law school of my choice 
  • B) A simplistic debasing of my intelligence 
  • C) A necessary evil means to the higher end of one day achieving societal justice through the legal profession 
  • D) A daunting four-hours-a-day for the next two months
  • E) All of the above?
My name is WB. I graduated from a small, religiously-affiliated college in Tennessee in 2008 with degrees in Political Science and History. Upon graduation I joined Teach For America and moved to New York City where, for the past two years, I’ve been teaching 8th grade special education in the South Bronx.

Boone, North Carolina

Next week I will be moving back to my hometown of Boone, North Carolina – home of Appalachian State University – the “little hippie town” where Lance Armstrong got his legs back after cancer, ridiculously poor-driving Floridian tourists clog the breezy summer streets, and outdoor sports enthusiasts flock year-round for the hilly terrain. Boone: the place where I will (hopefully) find LSAT Zen. Of course, I would be remiss to acknowledge crisp mountain air or home cooking as the keys to any future success in tangling with LSAT or law school application madness. 

Indeed, the technological savvy of Mr. Bennett provides that, whether in NYC, Boston, or somewhere in between, that he will be there online to chart my course to LSAT – and ultimately law school admission – success.

I’ve been collaborating with the Mr. Bennett for nearly two years in my capacity as a special educator. Regardless of his success with the LSAT, capabilities with a computer, or the dramatic success he had in reaching academic gains with his 8th grade students for the past two years, I chose to work with him for the thoughtfulness with which he approaches his work. I know, from observing him pouring over the relevant LSAT prep materials and client data, he’ll treat me with respect as an individual who he wants to see succeed on a test and not just another client to bill or to whom he can sell products. I am confident--despite the shortened two month training regimen  I’ve chosen--because I know that I will be focused and relaxed in the solace of my mountains. I’m confident because I believe I have the ability and I know I’ll work hard. I’m also confident, though, because I have Zen of 180, tailoring my training to accentuate my strengths and mitigate, if not downright eradicate, my weaknesses,

My only regret in using Zen of 180’s services is that I’m taking advantage of them now, rather than in a few months when the online score analyzer and database has gone live across the board for Zen users. It’s hard to complain about Mr. Bennett's current methods – whether inputting data by excel spreadsheet or online with the LSAT PrepTest Score Analyzer. 

I had the opportunity to test out the analyzer last week with one of my first practice tests. I’ll be honest, it’s quite awesome. Not only did I find it to be clear, concise, and yet another personal touch for the free tools offered at the site, it’s also so simple. The online data input feels, somehow, like an extension of the actual prep test you’ve just taken. This is how it works: You test. You grade it. You input your results. You click “Analyze My Test.” You see your results – within seconds – laid out as percentage breakdowns of the individual task strands in each subsection of the test. Einstein once said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius to move in the opposite direction." The people behind Zen of 180 may not be a genius, but they damn sure approach LSAT prep like them.

Over the next several months, as I approach LSAT Zen and navigate the law school admissions process, I will be making posts here at Zen of 180 under the tag Zen Students' Journal--following a line of previous clients' experiences you might find helpful--which you can read by clicking the link there or in the toolbar on the right. I hope to share any wisdom I glean over the course of this process.