Monday, November 29, 2010

Questions about Zen Logical Reasoning Approach

The following are some questions from one of the blog's readers. If you ever have any questions that aren't answered in the blog FAQ or analyzer FAQ, please don't hesitate to shoot an email to
I'm scoring around the [whatever your score is now] range and I am trying to figure out how to boost it up. I guess usually you recommend much more studying time but as of now I just don't have it. I am signed up to take the LSAT [at the next date].
You definitely answered your own question! Finding at least two times in your week for full 5-hour practice sessions is the key to making sure your PrepTests are actually the best preparation for your test day.  Make sure that in the last month before the test date you are doing the endurance training, which is made up of at least 6 but no more than 8 sections in a single session.  This helps simulate the full length of the test day to help prevent fatigue.
What is your basic approach to each LR question, such as question stem or stimulus first, highlighting on every question, etc?
You can watch how I tutor clients to attack almost all of the logical reasoning tasks at this page. Once my own life as a 1L calms down a bit, I'll continue updating the explanations so that each task has a least a few free examples.
Also while I'm practicing (untimed) how can I make sure that I am highlighting and bracketing correctly?
As I will eventually do with the logic games rules types, I will also create "meta-pencasts" for logical reasoning that show the system of marking stimuli I use with my clients. The specifics aren't necessary to score your best, as long as you are processing the information that the system expects you to notice.

My favorite highlighters for the LSAT.

For instance, some of my most successful clients don't use a highlighter or mark logical reasoning stimuli at all, as they find it to be distracting. However, they still pay attention to the conclusion, bridge, and evidence, including actors, relationships, and degree of certainty; they just don't physically mark them.

Overall, make sure that your notation system works for you. I have some clients who only highlight conclusions, while others who only circle degree indicators. Unlike some of the other test prep companies, the point of the Zen system is to adapt to your own needs.
When will you have updated calendars for the February and June 2011 LSAT dates?
If things go as planned, later this week! However, if you're already chomping at the bit, go ahead and read the overall 4.5 month plan.