LSAT Prep Courses Outperform “Self Study”

The LSAC has compiled detailed studies of statistical evidence comparing results from different forms of LSAT Prep.  The data showed that use of commercial test prep courses (such as ScoreItUp LSAT Prep) led to more improvement, on average, than “self-study” or undergraduate LSAT Prep courses.

The statistical data, of course, should not be relied upon as a guarantee for every student.  Nevertheless, the findings by the LSAC are worthy of consideration. For more details on the study, and an article further analyzing the LSAC’s data on this issue, please email me at mark@scoreitup.com.

The data also provides statistical evidence demonstrating what many in the industry have observed empirically, and consistent with common sense: training with an expert coach for the LSAT is likely to be far superior to trying to prepare for this challenging and critically important exam on your own.  Maybe you think I am a biased source (after all, I do run a LSAT Prep company!), but ask yourself a simple question: what other competitive activity are you aware of in which you would not benefit from an experienced coach with significant expertise to help you improve?

Far too often I have seen students adopt a sort of unrealistic “macho” attitude about the LSAT (“I can do it myself, I’m good enough to succeed without having to pay for help from anyone…”).  Considering the challenges involved in the exam, and the importance of every point (literally) in one’s LSAT score, I think that is deeply misguided for most students –  including students who typically are very good, average, or weaker standardized test-takers.

There obviously is a cost involved in taking a course, but the upfront expense is a tiny fraction of the value of improved law school options and massive, merit-based scholarships that often result from even small increases in one’s LSAT score.

If you have questions about the best way for you to prepare, please email me at mark@scoreitup.com.  I’d be happy to hear from you and give you my thoughts as to what may be the best approach for you.

 

ScoreItUp’s Online Video Course

There are various online courses on the market. Some of them simply make a video of their live course. Others have a “live online” course where you tune in at a specific time for each lesson. And others use cartoons. No course is best for every student’s learning style, and you may even decide to use more than one.

My goals in creating ScoreItUp’s online video course can be summarized in three words: clarity, simplicity and effectiveness.  While I definitely employ humor and story-telling in my online (and live) courses, I seek to present LSAT Prep to you in a no-nonsense way that is uniquely clear, engaging, and easy to understand. I want you to be able to remember the concepts easily, and apply them with confidence.  That is my teaching style, and I believe it is the most useful thing LSAT Prep can provide a student. The video course consists of a series of well-organized video clips (approximately 5 minutes each), that are organized by individual lessons – you can pause, skip, or replay them as often as you’d like.

If you would like, I also will schedule an (optional) 10-15 minute phone call with you. During that conversation I will help walk you through the online course, get a sense of your learning style and preferences, and make recommendations to you about the best way to proceed.  Written instructions are provided as well, but some online students appreciate talking to me about an approach that will best suit their schedule and personal learning preferences.

ScoreItUp’s massive online document database – containing detailed explanations of an extensive number of real and recent LSATs, quizzes, and written summaries of the key LSAT Prep concepts – are also provided to reinforce the video lessons and provide significant additional practice problems and analysis for you.  You also receive my one-hour video tutorial on the Personal Statement, and one-hour video tutorial on the LSAT’s Writing Sample, at no additional charge.

I believe ScoreItUp’s approach is by far the best method for the majority of students seeking an online LSAT Prep option (if I didn’t, I would do it differently!). In fact, I originally prepared my online course as a video of my entire live course. However, I found the conversion to be distracting and hard to follow.  It was much more effective to present the video course to you directly, cut and edit out any unnecessary portions, and redo anything that didn’t come out exactly the way I wanted.

The truth is that an online course is not a live course, and should not attempt to be one. There are advantages to both, but they are different. An online course provides flexibility, convenience, cost-effectiveness, efficiency and self-paced learning. I found that one reduces the usefulness of an online course when one (1) tries to make it like a live course, or (2) adds too many distractions or silliness to it. But, as mentioned above, it is nice to have different options in the marketplace since learning styles may vary from student to student.

For more information on my ScoreItUp online video and live courses, please go to Course Information and click the appropriate link.  If you wish to enroll, you can email me or do so here. I hope to hear from you soon, and good luck!

 

Stunning News About California Bar Results

The California Supreme Court recently stripped the California Bar examiners of their ability to determine who passes and fails the California Bar.  That may spell some relief for future lawyers seeking to pass one of the toughest Bars (in terms of passage rates) in the nation.  For more details, please take a look here!