Tutoring Philosophy

Dreaming of going to law school, but struggling to reach the LSAT score you’ll need to get in?

Frustrated by one-size-fits-all prep classes or feeling overwhelmed by self-study?

I provide customized, ego-free LSAT prep to aspiring lawyers so that they can test with confidence and get the score they need.

I believe tutoring should be…

Customized

Why waste time on an uninspiring one-size-fits-all course when you can instead invest that time on personalized prep? We’ll take the time to get to know your strengths and weaknesses, then systematically target the exact areas and skills you need in order to raise your LSAT score.

Ego-free

I believe learning happens best when we focus on growth rather than ego boosts. I tutor with empathy, and I promise to never make you feel dumb. In exchange, I ask that you work on cultivating a growth mindset in your LSAT prep so that every mistake becomes an opportunity to learn.

Well-Grounded

I believe good teaching is grounded in research about how people actually learn. I draw on my academic background in psychology and education to make sure you’re actually making progress. (I’m not one to name drop, but in case you’re curious, my biggest inspiration is Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development.)

Holistic

The LSAT is grueling, intimidating, and mentally taxing. We won’t ignore these psychological components of the LSAT. Instead, we’ll practice techniques for triaging the test, for managing stress, and for avoiding as much mental fatigue as possible so that you can perform at your best. We’ll also make sure you are avoiding burn out while studying.

How I Teach Each LSAT Section

Logical Reasoning

Logical reasoning accounts for about half of you LSAT score and is therefore essential to master. My tutoring sessions focus on developing critical thinking strategies for the different logical reasoning question types. We’ll also work through elimination strategies to help you more quickly identify the right answer and move on to the next question with confidence.

The LSAT is predictable; the more intimately familiar you are with the LSAT, the more you’ll start to notice the same basic questions over and over. However, it’s no use to simply grind through test after test, just as jumping on the scale repeatedly is not an effective weight loss method. Instead, we’ll use each question as an opportunity to train your thinking process, helping you develop the critical thinking skills really necessary for score improvement.

Logic Games

Understandably, many students are initially intimidated by logic games, though with practice, my students often see their biggest improvements in this section. We’ll cover game types, sketches, conditional logic rules, deductions, and methods for attacking the questions systematically and efficiently.

Personally, I’ve always loved the games section, even when I was just starting out with the LSAT and didn’t yet know how to tackle the section. I was one of those kids who did books of logic puzzles, and I’ve even nerded out with some logic games from the Korean LSAT (language learning + LSAT — my two favorite hobbies together!) However, I understand that not every student feels the same way as I do about this section. We’ll also work through stress and time management to make sure you’re setting yourself up for success.

Reading Comp

LSAT reading comp requires intense and careful reading of passages which can at times get fairly technical or abstract. Unfortunately, many students don’t really have a solid plan for improving in this section, beyond simply doing more passages.

With my students, I focus on applying methods for active reading, including effective and efficient passage marking. We practice techniques for attacking the questions in a way that makes them as black and white as possible. These techniques include actually using your passage markings, making predictions, and skillfully eliminating wrong answers. We’ll also work on general section management skills so that you’re optimizing your score each time.

How to work with me

One-on-one online tutoring

Want individual attention and focused practice on exactly the areas YOU need in order to raise your score?

Work with me one-on-one, and we will work together to demystify logic games, master logical reasoning, get faster on reading comp – whatever you specifically need.

Online tutoring is a convenient and comfortable way to work with a qualified tutor. It also provides invaluable practice in working on screen – perfect for the new digital LSAT!

Small group online tutoring

Bring a friend and share the learning! Online small group tutoring is a great way to lower the per-person cost of high quality test prep.

Small group tutoring works great in pairs or in groups of three. Inquire about larger groups if desired.

Ideally, you’ll want to make sure each member of the group has roughly similar strengths and weaknesses. That lets us target areas that will have the biggest payoff for everyone.

Custom study plans

Feeling overwhelmed and not sure what you should be studying? Stop getting paralyzed by overwhelm, and definitely stop burning through prep tests without making real progress!

Whether you are self-studying or doing tutoring with me, I can provide you with customized plans for your study – tailored to your strengths and weaknesses, your target test date, and your life. Includes regular check ins for accountability and updates.

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