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Lesson One: Where Do I Begin?
I get this question all the time, and my answer is always the same: Just start with any real LSAT question. For real. Literally any one of the 9,000-something LSAT practice questions—each of which appeared on the official exam in their day—is a perfect place to start learning about the LSAT. Watch:
<Nathan chooses LSAT question at random>
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I want you to do this question on your own. But first, here’s one tip: Accept all the evidence—or premises—in this passage as fact, but argue with the conclusion. See how the fourth sentence starts with “Therefore”? That’s the part you want to object to.
Basically, it goes like this:
All labs bark all the time? Fine, if you say so. All Saint Bernards bark infrequently? That’s fine as well. These first two premises are obviously false in real life—you might personally know a lab that doesn’t bark, or a Saint Bernard that never shuts up. That doesn’t matter. Just accept these as facts.
All of Rosa’s dogs are crosses between the two? Whatever. Rosa and her dogs are fictional, of course. All of that is beside the point. So far, we’ll accept everything as fact. Where are they going with this?
“Therefore, Rosa’s dogs are moderate barkers.”
Think about it. Use your normal commonsense brain. You don’t have to be an expert in canine husbandry. Is that the way these things work?
With no prior prep, many brand-new students will come up with the correct objection here:
“Wait a minute! If I breed a high barker with a low barker, does that automatically result in a medium barker? For sure?”
Once you make that objection, finding the correct answer is a piece of cake.
But if you slip up, the Demon’s right there for you.
When you hit “submit,” you’ll see a full written explanation pop up on the right-hand side of LSAT Demon. If you scroll down, below the written explanation, you’ll also see a classroom video from me and a classroom video from Ben.
If the combination of our written and video explanations doesn’t get you all the way to full understanding, you’ll also see an “Ask” button on the upper right-hand side of the page. Any time you’re confused, all you have to do is write a question to the Ask button and our awesome team of tutors will get back to you within 24 hours.
The main point I wanted to make with Lesson One is stop procrastinating and just do one LSAT question.
I’d also like to invite you to my office hour, every Thursday at 3p PT / 6p ET, on Zoom. If you’re feeling stuck, I’d love to help get you moving in the right direction.
I’m so happy you’re here, studying with us. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.