Saturday, November 6, 2010

Start Endurance Practice for December 11, 2010 LSAT

If you're following the Zen Calendar, you know to start endurance practice this upcoming week. Merging your personal Google calendar to our public one is the first step to making your you’re on track for the LSAT, and that you’re differentiating your practice to fit your time-to-test and individual LSAT weaknesses.

    You should have just finished the phase of practicing your action steps, which is where you apply the strategies you found from the Zen of 180 or other sources for your individual weaknesses.
    • Take 2 to 3 concentrated study sessions of only one type of section for 3-5 weeks, alternating within the week between two section types
    • For example, if you have the most trouble with LR and RC, each week create an LSAT made up of four LR sections and another of four RC sections by combining different PrepTests
    • As you come to your weaknesses, consciously recognize them and employ your action steps
    • At the end of each section, spend 5-10 minutes analyzing your mistakes and evaluating your action steps
    After practicing your action steps, you may find that you are making systematic mistakes in another question stem or game type, or that your action steps are not accurately addressing the weaknesses. At this point, and if there’s time, you should repeat the self-correcting process and find new explanations that make more sense to you. It may be necessary to rethink your LSAT test date, as you should only have 1 month remaining until the test.

    Now it's time to start building endurance (time-to-test: 1 month)
    • For the last month before the test, take two PrepTests (with all three section types) in one sitting, twice a week
    • Use the most recent PrepTests available right before you take the LSAT
    • For example, if you have 5 weeks left, you should be using PrepTests 41-44 in the first week and 57-60 in the last
    • Each session should be eight sections over ~5 hours, with breaks between sections 3-4 and 6-7
    • At the end of each session, analyze your mistakes and evaluate your action steps