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The Explanations That Should Have Come With The LSAT
I scored a 175 on my first try after taking Graeme’s mastery seminars. I took the notorious September 2019 test.
What I found most helpful was the RC seminar. Before, I would read the passage once, and while it was hazy I would attack the questions, spending a ton of time on each one going back to the passage.
However Graeme points out that this is a horrible way to approach the section. Instead, here’s a sampling of what he teaches:
– to slow down, while everyone else says speed is the most important thing.
– recognize the role of a detail, NOT “ignore because it’s a detail”.
– know the passage internally (via re-reading), something I haven’t seen other tutoring materials suggest.
Because of his teaching, I didn’t freak out on the real test even when I read something and it totally flew over my head.
I would just re-read the sentence or paragraph, and I knew that if it was still fuzzy I could understand it better on my second read after I had read the whole passage (so I had better context). And I knew that I had time to re-read because I knew that the questions would be super fast once I internally understood the passage.
He applies a similar emphasis of understanding material (rather than skimming b/c of time) to Logic Games (memorize the rules!) and Logical Reasoning (don’t try to answer question until you understand the stim.).
I haven’t heard back from schools. But I suspect that this $500 is the greatest investment I’ve ever made.
Pia (LSATHacks) says
Thank you John, and congratulations on getting a score of 175!
I did about two PTs using your explanations and since then, I’ve never used any other resource. Goodbye Princeton Review prep; Adieu Manhattan Prep – Hello LSAT Hacks!