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The LSAT Five-Second Rule

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - The LSAT Five-Second Rule by Matt Shinners

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Have you heard of the five-second rule? It was a staple for me growing up. Dropped something delicious on the floor? If you pick it up within five seconds (with friends/family desperately counting down), it’s still clean.

That’s…not true. It’s not a good rule. And, honestly, you should probably eat it anyway—some dirt is good for you. Read more

Timing: Not All LSAT Questions Are Created Equal

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Timing: Not All LSAT Questions Are Created Equal by Chris Gentry

Learning science has come a long way in recent years, and we’ve been learning with it. We incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT course to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


And so you want to answer every question, but you shouldn’t spend the same amount of time on every question. And ideally, you’d like to use the easy LSAT questions to buy time for the harder LSAT questions.

So what can we do in our practice to implement this? Read more

My LSAT Practice Test Scores Aren’t Going Up!

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - My LSAT Practice Test Scores Aren't Going Up! by Chris Gentry

Learning science has come a long way in recent years, and we’ve been learning with it. We incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT course to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


I’m writing this post on May 15, 2017. The June LSAT is just a few weeks away. The number of people starting to panic, or continuing to panic, is probably pretty high.

So what do you do (no matter how far away the actual test is) if your LSAT practice test scores aren’t going up—or moving in the wrong direction? Read more

Mastering the Science of LSAT Timing

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Mastering the Science of LSAT Timing by Allison Bell

Ready to study the right way? We incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT course to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


Of all the standardized tests out there, the LSAT is perhaps the most intensely time-pressured. We all know the feeling of our hand shaking a little as we stare down at an entire unattempted Logic Game with only five minutes left on the clock. So students often ask me questions like, “When will I start to see improvements in my LSAT timing?” “Will it come with practice, or will I just kind of naturally start to go faster?” Read more

Introducing our Brand New 5th Edition LSAT Strategy Guides!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Introducing Our Brand New LSAT Strategy Guides! by Matt ShinnersLearning science has come a long way in recent years, and we’ve been learning with it. We incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT course to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


Our brand new 5th Edition LSAT Strategy Guides have just been released! These new, improved books add more content, more drills, and more mastery to our prior editions, while still keeping the lessons that have served our students well for the past two years. Read more

Doing Lots of Questions Doesn’t Make You Better at the LSAT – This Does

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Doings Lots of Questions Doesn't Make You Better at the LSAT - This Does by Matt Shinners

Learning science has come a long way in recent years, and we’ve been learning with it. We incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT course to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


Let’s Say You Wanted to Learn Physics

Stop laughing—it’s a hypothetical. Read more

Learning Science and the LSAT – Part 4: Spiraling

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog: Learning Science and the LSAT - Part 4: Spiraling by Matt ShinnersLearning science has come a long way in recent years, and we’ve been learning with it. We incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT course to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


The LSAT is a hard test. No doubt about it. When well under 100 people out of 100,000 taking the test every year get a perfect score (with even fewer of those getting nothing wrong), you’ve succeeded in making a hard test.

But while the test overall is difficult, that doesn’t mean that each step of answering questions is (those in a class might recognize that conclusion as a whole-vs-part flaw). To me, the difficulty of the LSAT isn’t that it asks you to make huge, difficult leaps; it’s that it asks you to do a whole lot of small steps without making a mistake.

What learning science tells us is that, to master these small steps, you need to do a few things: Read more

Take Your LSAT Practice Exam Like This to Maximize Your Score

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Take Your Practice LSAT Like This to Maximize Your Score by Matt ShinnersIf you practice how you play, you’ll maximize your chances of success. We’re hosting a series of Free Proctored LSAT Practice Exams leading up to the June 2016 LSAT. Find one that works for you here.


There’s a time and a place to work on some LSAT problems in your pajamas, with the TV on in the background, your dog in your lap, and a pizza on the way. All of those comforts will make it a little easier to suffer through a series of questions (as long as you can stay focused). And, in fact, studies show that having an ever-changing mix of stimuli around, triggering different senses, is a great way to get your brain to retain information.

However, when it’s time to sit down and take a practice test, it’s time to get serious. Read more

Announcing the Brand New LSAT Complete Course — Based on the Latest in Learning Science

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Announcing the Brand New LSAT Complete Course, Based on the Latest in Learning Science by Matt ShinnersLearning science has come a long way in recent years, and we’ve been learning with it. We incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT course to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


Over the past month and a half, we’ve spent a lot of time around here discussing learning science. If you missed our articles on Interleaving, Forgetting/Spaced Repetition, or Scaffolding, please check them out now!

While knowing about each of those concepts can be helpful with your prep, it’s definitely a lot to take in. It’s even more to process, and then even more to come up with a study plan based on all of that.

Luckily, you don’t have to! Read more

Learning Science and the LSAT – Part 3: Scaffolding

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog: Learning Science and the LSAT - Part 3: Scaffolding by Matt ShinnersLearning science has come a long way in recent years, and we’ve been learning with it. We incorporate the latest discoveries in learning science into our LSAT courses to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your prep. Want to see? Try the first session of any of our upcoming courses for free.


“Why can’t I do this homework? I understood the questions in class!”

Raise your hand if you’ve been there before. Now realize that no one around you knows why you’re raising your hand, and put it down. If you were reading this in class and just got called on, I apologize. Read more