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What to Do After Your LSAT Course is Over
What to Do After Your LSAT Course is Over

Your classes ended, but the LSAT is weeks away. Now what?!??!

Written by Gene Suhir
Updated over a week ago

You've completed your Blueprint LSAT course, but you still have some time before the real exam, so how should you structure your LSAT prep in the final few weeks? (If you're a student whose LSAT course ends immediately before your LSAT, sorry but this article is not for you.)

Complete Any Missed Assignments

Our modules and practice sets form the backbone of your out-of-class LSAT preparation and ensure you are exposed to every possible concept you could encounter on Test Day. Those should be top priority, so for anything you've missed, click and drag those assignments in your study plan to do ASAP after your lessons end. Modules should be done before practice sets.

Take Full-Length Practice Tests

Grab your calendar and block out the times for yourself to take full-length practice tests, since these take the biggest chunks of time. Do the full-length practice tests under timed conditions to simulate test day. Prioritize the practice tests in your Blueprint Account, but you can also utilize the tests from LawHub. Plan to take 1 full-length exam each week, preferably on the same day of week and same time of day that your real LSAT is scheduled for. In your final 2 weeks before your LSAT, it's acceptable to take 2 practice tests each week, but never on back-to-back days, and you want to make sure you have enough time in between practice tests to do a complete/thorough review and do some QBank work. Under no circumstances should you ever take a full-length practice test the day before your real LSAT.

Review Days

Within 24 hours, review the tests thoroughly to understand your mistakes and track your progress (your Lessons Learned Journal is a great resource to use for this). Try to identify the 5 questions in each section that you had gotten wrong but would have gotten right with just a minor adjustment to your approach. Those are your next most get-able points. Re-do those questions a few days later to see if the take-aways stuck with you.

Days Off

Plan to take one day off each week from LSAT preparation. Just as any work you do the day before the real LSAT should be minimal (if any), ideally this day off would be the day before each practice test.

Use QBank to Improve Weak Areas and Keep Strengths Sharp​

Look at your data in your Analytics tab to help you prioritize your work in QBank in the homestretch. Many students either make the mistake of trying to practice all question types equally or make the mistake of simply concentrating their efforts on what they find most difficult. Instead, you should take into account how prevalent a topic or question type is on the LSAT (e.g. if you are equally weak in Flaw questions and Parallel questions in LR, you should prioritize Flaw questions, as there will be many more of them on Test Day).

Begin each QBank session with a warm-up of a 5-question practice set in one of your strengths to get your brain in LSAT mode and boost your confidence to help tackle your weaker areas. A practice session should be no longer than 2 hours. But you can certainly do more than 2 hours on a given day as long as you take good solid breaks.

On your shakiest topics, work 1 question type at a time in QBank, and do review immediately afterwards. There, you shouldn't raise the difficulty level or do the work timed until you feel you've become more accurate (and more consistent). For topics you're more comfortable with, you can make a set of mixed question types and incorporate timing.

If you find certain concepts particularly challenging, supplement this work with Office Hours lessons for more guided practice. (*Starter tier self-paced courses have access to 2 free Office Hour sessions. If you need to upgrade, use the Chat feature in your student account and one of our Student Support Team specialists will help.)

Timed Sections

In your Exams tab, each test has the option to take in sections. It's a good idea to do a couple of sections each week (followed by review) so you can work on "putting it all together" -- strategies you've learned, making good timing decisions, etc.

Stay Flexible and Have a Growth Mindset

Life happens sometimes and there may be certain days you don't have as much time to do LSAT work as you'd like. When this happens, you should still carve out whatever time you can. A day in which you only had time to do 15 minutes of QBank work is a win relative to doing nothing LSAT-related that day.

Throughout this process, you're going to make mistakes. A LOT of them. That's good news -- better to make mistakes now than to make them on the one and only day they count. Just resolve to learn from every one of your mistakes, and make them happily (the happy mind is the productive mind). When you frame your thinking that mistakes are simply learning opportunities, it will keep you motivated, focused, and dedicated to getting better each week. It's always the student who is able to say "Alright, they got me on this one, those rascals! But now I have a better idea of what to do next time!" that is the student we really bet on when Test Day comes!

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