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If I am taking two months to study-How many hours should I study a day (June LSAT)

PhillyNittanyWildcatPhillyNittanyWildcat Alum Member
edited April 2021 in General 79 karma

Hey everyone! I was wondering what everybody's opinion was on this question. I actually studied for about 3 weeks in Jan because I thought I was going to take the April LSAT, then had a really long break in between because of school + work and switched to the June LSAT. My diagnostic had a 151, and I am aiming big (175)- I would be a super splitter (3.15) so it's a need for the schools I am going for. I have the LSAT Trainer book, the Powerscore books, and am supplementing Khan Academy (currently doing 1-2 hours a day for the past week or so when I started back up).

How many hours a day (7 days a week)
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  • pappasm91pappasm91 Alum Member
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    I see this comment/question asked quite a bit on this forum and for a sincere, genuine response, there is no magic number of hours to hit when studying for this test. It's the quality of time spent rather than the amount of time you practice. You want to make sure you have a solid grasp on the fundamentals and spend time applying those to PTs. Once you start hitting your target score consistently, then people usually suggest signing up for the test. Since you are signed up for June, I would spend most of your time working through the Logical Reasoning in the core curriculum as it sets yourself up nicely for Logic Games. Additionally, be mindful of burnout. It's happened to most of us, myself included, and if you try to study when you are tired/not mentally attune, it will be a waste of time since you won't be absorbing information. I originally signed up with 7Sage in September 2020 to take the January 2021 test and was not ready for it (to my annoyance) and then signed up for April and STILL wasn't happy with my score and finally pushed it back to June. My point being, if you don't have to, don't force the test to work with your timeline, rather prepare yourself and crush the LSAT so you wont ever have to worry about it again :) Good luck!

  • PhillyNittanyWildcatPhillyNittanyWildcat Alum Member
    79 karma

    @pappasm91 said:
    I see this comment/question asked quite a bit on this forum and for a sincere, genuine response, there is no magic number of hours to hit when studying for this test. It's the quality of time spent rather than the amount of time you practice. You want to make sure you have a solid grasp on the fundamentals and spend time applying those to PTs. Once you start hitting your target score consistently, then people usually suggest signing up for the test. Since you are signed up for June, I would spend most of your time working through the Logical Reasoning in the core curriculum as it sets yourself up nicely for Logic Games. Additionally, be mindful of burnout. It's happened to most of us, myself included, and if you try to study when you are tired/not mentally attune, it will be a waste of time since you won't be absorbing information. I originally signed up with 7Sage in September 2020 to take the January 2021 test and was not ready for it (to my annoyance) and then signed up for April and STILL wasn't happy with my score and finally pushed it back to June. My point being, if you don't have to, don't force the test to work with your timeline, rather prepare yourself and crush the LSAT so you wont ever have to worry about it again :) Good luck!

    Thank you so much for the response, this was genuinely helpful :smile: . I will take this advice and see where I am when around the time comes!

  • Hal IncandenzaHal Incandenza Alum Member
    394 karma

    IMO, I’d avoid doing 7 days a week, as it not only makes burnout more likely, but it also leaves your mind with no time to rest and absorb what you’ve learned. I think you’ll get more “bang for your buck” at 6 days a week.

    The previous poster is absolutely right about focusing on fundamentals first and foremost, and unless there’s great need, I advise against studying to a deadline - study until you’re ready.

  • PhillyNittanyWildcatPhillyNittanyWildcat Alum Member
    79 karma

    @"Hal Incandenza" said:
    IMO, I’d avoid doing 7 days a week, as it not only makes burnout more likely, but it also leaves your mind with no time to rest and absorb what you’ve learned. I think you’ll get more “bang for your buck” at 6 days a week.

    The previous poster is absolutely right about focusing on fundamentals first and foremost, and unless there’s great need, I advise against studying to a deadline - study until you’re ready.

    Thank you!
    Yeah I decided I'm going all out sun-thur, 1 hour of just alittle bit of reading lessons Friday, and practice tests sat. (Hopefully it all works good!)

  • Older_LS_Applicant85Older_LS_Applicant85 Monthly Member
    136 karma

    I do about 5 hrs a day (3hrs of LR or LG + 2hrs of RC), 5 days a week. That's been my study schedule for the last 14 months and it's worked out fine. No burnout yet. In the short term, I think you can get away with studying 6 days a week, but if you plan on studying long term (4 months or more), 5 days would be better.

  • chaplin___chaplin___ Monthly Member
    570 karma

    I do 5-6 hours a day, 35-40 hours a week but it's a good idea to schedule breaks too. I've taken a month long break and also take the holidays off to avoid burnout.

  • xicedcoffeexxicedcoffeex Member
    12 karma

    I'm going to be completely honest with you. I scored a 168 on my diagnostic and it still took me 3 months to get to 175+, and I'm retaking it because I wasn't able to get there consistently before my last exam. I don't think over-studying is going to fix the time issue here because of how much the LSAT can burn you out. I'd suggest splitting your studying up into two sessions a day of 1-3 hours each, with at least one full day off every week. You can probably improve to a 165+ rather rapidly but the 170+ and 175+ ranges are a bit more elusive even for the best test takers, and they require a different study strategy to reach (it's less about learning content at that point and more about drilling imo). So perhaps you should evaluate and adjust your plan as you go.

  • ericlelio-1ericlelio-1 Alum Member
    74 karma

    What would you list as the essential fundamentals?

  • Forever Addicted to CoffeeForever Addicted to Coffee Monthly Member
    540 karma

    This is a great question and something that I also wondered about. First, let's get one thing out of the way. When I refer to X number of hours spent on studying, that's the time being counted ONLY for when I am 100% focused on studying. Don't count your breaks. Don't count the time when you are on FB, instagram, or Youtube on the side. Don't count the time texting friends. ONLY 100% focus in studying.

    I actually use a Pomodoro timer and log my focused time spent on the LSAT. Juggling a full workload and studying the LSAT, I only manage a maximum of 25 hours per week. Beyond that, it's burnout territory.

    20 - 25 focused hours per week may not seem a lot. But over time, I found that to be a good sweet spot for me in terms of pushing my mental faculties while preventing long-term burnout.

    Experiment on yourself. Start with 2 hours of complete focus per day this week. Log these hours on a spreadsheet to keep track. The important thing here is to keep your focused hours completely pristine, free from distractions. Then raise it to 2.5 hours per day the next week. Raise it to 3 hours per day. Etc. Do this until you feel that you've hit the point of diminishing returns. If you go as high as 4 hours per day, and realize that your focus is suffering, then dial it back. If you feel burnout, dial it back.

  • PhillyNittanyWildcatPhillyNittanyWildcat Alum Member
    79 karma

    Update, I got lsat demon live-I go to between 3-6 hours of classes today, the format has kept me honest with studying and I don't believe I'll be burning out and have already improved a good amount.

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