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Just released explanations for LSAT 68 as well:

Is this something people here find useful? I'm considering doing it for other tests as well.

Great, thanks. Btw, what do you think of the site?

Hey guys. I write LSAT books - I have the best selling series of explanations on For my new book of explanations, I decided to do something new. I released all the explanations free on a website.
If people like the site, I'm going to keep releasing sets of explanations I've written for other tests, for free. Let me know what you think.
Also happy to answer any LSAT questions in this thread. I haven't done an AMA in a while.
June 2013 LSAT Explanations:
p.s. Mods, if this isn't appropriate, let me know. The explanations are free.

Studying for the LSAT / Who's the main mod around here?
« on: September 28, 2012, 11:28:28 PM »
I've got a question. It used to be Earlcat, but he said he's not very active here. Who's in charge here?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Study books?
« on: September 09, 2012, 09:38:51 PM »
I'm the moderator of Reddit's LSAT forum. I made a list on Reddit of all the LSAT books that I recommend to all my students. I included an extensive list of books, but the most important ones are at the top. Hope it helps!

Also, I've recently published a book of explanations for LSATs 29-38. They're the tests from The Next Ten Actual Official LSATs. My explanations for various LSATs have been sold on LSAT Blog and Cambridge LSAT for quite some time, and now you can get my explanations for LSATs 29-38 in a print version.

I'm obviously a biased source, but I think these are the best explanations you can get for LSATs 29-38. The book is called Hacking the LSAT, and it comes in two volumes. Here are Volume I and Volume II.

They're just new, some review will be up soon.

In my experience, the *only* questions that should be diagrammed are:

  • Sufficient Assumption
    Must be true/inference (not Most Strongly Supported)
    Parallel Reasoning

In fact, if anyone finds a single example of another question type that should be can have a half hour skype lesson, because I'd really like to see one.
(first come, first served)

Usually there are only 2-4 questions per section that should be diagrammed. The Powerscore Bible is misleading in this respect.

If you're good at self study, then you might consider simply buying the prep materials on your own.  The companies write all of their strategies in the books. 

For example, a powerscore course will cost ~1300. 

You could get all of the LSAT preptests and the 3 powerscore bible books for ~300, and that's if you pay full price.

You'll need a bit more motivation, but it can be just as effective.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Thoughts on February's LSAT? Should I cancel?
« on: February 16, 2011, 06:07:28 PM »
I second lawstudents' reply:  Check if the schools you're interested in take an average, or just the highest score. 

There's no downside to keeping your score if they take the highest.  Either:

1.  You'll get a better score, Or

2.  You'll get a bit more data to analyze, if you plan to write again.  Don't underestimate how useful this is. 

It's hard to say.  As EarlKat mentions, parallel reasoning quesitons almost always need them.  Inference questions (must be true), and sufficient assumption questions (The argument would be good if which one of the following were true) are likely candidates. 

A better idea though, is simply to learn how to use it, in writing.  Then don't use it.  I barely write out contrapositives anymore, but I am doing a lot of them mentally when  answering questions. 

Writing it out is a useful tool to help you think logically, and can be a bit of a chore while you're still learning.  But eventually, your goal should be to be able to think about it intuitively.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Should I take LSAT again after scoring 167?
« on: January 15, 2011, 02:40:47 PM »
Does your school accept highest score, or average LSAT?  If it's highest score, it wouldn't be a bad idea to write again in February.  That way, if you get a higher score you get a better chance at admission/scholarship.  If you get a lower score, you've lost nothing but prep time.  You wouldn't have to prep too hard, since you already have a pretty good score to go on. 

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