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Reading Comprehension

1L Summer Interregnum, Cont'd: LSAT Prep Instead!

Karate Kid loves LSAT

Those are the raised hands of LSAT Reading Comp victory.

As you get started with your LSAT prep (or somewhere in the middle of LSAT prep, or even if you’re already well into your LSAT prep. OK, let’s just say that at any point in your LSAT prep), one of the key things you’ll need to figure out is how to find the Main Point of a Reading Comp passage.

Well, that’s where this post comes in! I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve decided to write a few words on identifying the main point of passages, and you are now reading those words. IT’S AN EXCITING TIME TO BE ALIVE.

Semester 2, Week 15: A Different Approach


A sketch artist's depiction of me at work.

This is probably going to be a very short post. I’m in the last week of class (meaning next week finals start! IT FLEW BY), and I’m feeling lazy.

But I was thinking about the way I’ve read for class this semester, and how it’s different from the way I read for class last semester, and especially different from the first half-ish of last semester.

How To Make Your LSAT Prep Smart and not Dumb



I recently uploaded a new video to the site (it’s also on YouTube; right here), in which I explain the theoretical basis for smart LSAT prep. I thought you might also enjoy reading it, so I’ve written up what is basically a transcript.

What I want to do here is start by getting you ready in a big-picture, First Principle kind of way for the manner in which we’re going to move you from a place of unfamiliarity, discomfort (and perhaps also fear) to a place of confidence, assurance, and readiness.

How to Assess Reading Comp Passage Difficulty

Now, that's an image we can stand behind.

Now, that's an image we can stand behind.

So, last week we decided together that you ought to be paying attention to the relative difficulty of the passages in the Reading Comprehension section of the LSAT.

Today, we’re going to briefly discuss how to do that. To make things simple, I’ve created a 4-star review system for you to use.

Whether To Assess Reading Comprehension Passage Difficulty

Manananggal plays himself.

Manananggal plays himself.

When you’re starting to get serious about your LSAT prep, you start to get granular. Like, you find yourself beginning to think about things like the number of Point of Disagreement questions you might expect to see in each Logical Reasoning section (two), whether the Games section is getting easier or more difficult over time (a little of both. More on that some other time), and the  relative difficulty of LSAT Reading Comp passages (more on that in just, like, a sec). I mean, there’s just a whole big world of wonder out there, right? Well, yeah. There is (a whole big world of wonder).

Read Like a Meat-Crazed Raccoon

We're hot because we're hot.

We're hot because we're hot.

This morning, I want to spend a few minutes talking about the only thing on God’s earth sexier than the cast of Reno, 911 - the Reading Comprehension portion of your LSAT preparation.



That's gross.

Today, we’ll resume our ode to the (now no-longer-new) FAQ page at our site, by answering a couple of , uh, FAQ. 

Q: So, how does the Velocity video course work?

A: There’s an awesome 6-step program (you can dance to it, if you want). Like this:

Of Hygiene and Jim Beam

Of Hygiene and Jim Beam

A young reader contemplates his mortality

So here’s a myth that I’ve heard bandied about and that I’d like now to kick in the junk:

Either you know how to read or you don’t. Ergo, there’s not much you can teach someone about the Reading Comprehension section of the test.

This is very much like standing at the edge of a swimming pool and saying that either you know how to swim or you don’t.  I mean, therefore there’s no real purpose served by swimming lessons.

Yes, of course I’m certain that must be true. Clearly.


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