New Advise-In Solutions LSAT Analytical Reasoning Video, with More to Come (Some Public, Some Exclusively for Advise-In Clients)

LSAT logic games (LSAT analytical reasoning questions) are intimidating for many takers of the LSAT.  The most common type of analytical reasoning problem in the last several years is the “linear game,” which involves ordering elements along a line.  “Simplifying LSAT Line Games (and Making You Faster): Advise-In Solutions’ Step-by Step Approach to LSAT Line Games” is a video of my approach to understanding these games and getting them right quickly and efficiently.

There are a lot of analytical reasoning videos on the internet.  What’s distinctive about Advise-In’s approach?  I think there are three main differences:

1.  Simplifying the LSAT.  This won’t come as a surprise to regular readers of this blog or those who have read my free LSAT white paper, “Five Key Reasons LSAT Takers Fail to Achieve Their Highest LSAT Score”—it’s in making LSAT logic games simple, schematizing them so that you can see virtually all possibilities in just a few snapshots.  (Subsequent videos will explain that approach more fully; this video is an example of it.)

Making things simple and mechanical—minimizing panic, confusion and unnecessary work—means that we take more time at the beginning of a game, to save time overall.  You’ll see that.  The line game in this video is one of medium difficulty, and the whole video (including the time it takes to explain each step) is a little over 10 minutes.  If you take away the teaching/explanation time, actual “game time” is 5-6 minutes.  You have an average of 8.5 minutes per analytical reasoning set on the LSAT.

When you take the LSAT, you want the pressure of the day to melt away. The way to do that is to have clear, repeatable techniques that are simple to apply and that make the right answer clear with a minimum of (which is not to say no) mental strain. That’s particularly possible in LSAT logic games. If you can keep the logic games clear and straightforward, you’ll be less likely to make careless mistakes or to so sap your mental energy that you won’t have as much left for the rest of the LSAT as you should. And that’s what it takes to get your best LSAT score.

If you’re preparing for the LSAT, you shouldn’t be afraid of analytical reasoning, but should look at it as the section of the LSAT where, more than any other, you can simply be a mechanic during most of it.  What’s important in line games and all other games is getting your initial diagram correct from the start and thinking it through fully.  This video illustrates that.

2.  You see the 180 LSAT scorer who teaches all Advise-In clients.  If you look at most mass-LSAT prep company videos, you see the person they want you to see, presumably the best they have, in their opinion.  If everyone were equally good, well, they’d do a video with every instructor.  If you like the person they have as their front-person, great, but good luck getting that person to teach you.  Mass-prep companies won’t (as far as I know) guarantee that.  You get who they give you.  That’s just how mass-LSAT prep works.

In contrast, at the end of this Advise-In video, you see my number and, if you call it, you’ll talk to me.  If you’re a client, you’ll work with me.  If you don’t like the video, well, Advise-In isn’t for you.  If you do, there’s no bait-and-switch.

3.  We don’t burn up exams that should be saved for full-exam preparation.  Most of the videos you see draw from the online LSAT available on the LSAC’s website or from other LSATs within the last few years.  That’s a mistake.  More recent exams should be used in full for full practice tests during your LSAT prep.  I use an older exam that you wouldn’t need to use for full exam prep (ok, I know, listening to me read the game is a little boring but it’s worth the price to save more recent exams).

I hope you enjoy the video.  More will follow.  In addition, in the next few months, Advise-In Solutions also intends to launch a client-only web page with hours of on-demand videos (public videos like this one are excerpts or different versions of the client-only videos), including a full introduction to the LSAT—every question type and simple methods to answer each effectively—and valuable tips to get started on thinking about law school applications and admissions.  Clients will enjoy unlimited access to the videos at no additional charge—ever.

To be clear, no video can—and these won’t—substitute for the intensive, customized programs that I design and implement for my clients.  Nor will they substitute for the detailed analysis of each piece of paper that my clients send to me over the course of their programs.  And by definition, the videos won’t incorporate the real-time adjustments I make to each client’s program based on their performance and needs.  But they’re an exciting additional resource for my clients.

I’m very pleased with my clients’ average increase from their LSAT diagnostic to their actual LSAT of over 12 points and over 30 percentiles.  (Other LSAT prep companies generally don’t disclose their averages—they’ll tout successes, sure, but averages?  Not often, and when they do, they won’t tell you how those numbers are calculated; see our LSAT prep page for our methodology, which likely underestimates Advise-In’s average success.)  Advise-In’s consistent success is the result of the extraordinary commitment that my clients and I have to their success.

But I’m a hard person to satisfy, especially when it comes to optimizing law school admissions and financial aid potential.  In view of the impact that the right law school choice has on law students’ futures, I’m always looking for ways to increase the success of every client.  The on-demand videos will be just one more piece of making good on that commitment.

~ by Kyle Pasewark at Advise-in Solutions on June 3, 2011.

One Response to “New Advise-In Solutions LSAT Analytical Reasoning Video, with More to Come (Some Public, Some Exclusively for Advise-In Clients)”

  1. […] few videos on You Tube (you can find them by searching for Advise-In Solutions at youtube.com) and noted we’d soon provide full panoply of LSAT prep videos for Advise-In clients.  That project has come to fruition, I’m glad to say (and also relieved, […]

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