Such a loaded word. I particularly have yet to decide if there exists one person of the billions some where on the Earth created especially for me for the rest of my days. Nevertheless, there are many among us who, thanks to scores of Disney films, family, societal norms, blind faith, whatever, believe that there is the right answer out there.
And there is only one right answer.
Well, this month I had the privilege of going to Houston, Texas to participate in an intensive 10-day LSAT prep program coordinated by CLEO‘s pre-law bureau.
The course was led by an amazing instructor, Dr. Webking of University of Texas El Paso. He, at least for me, makes the LSAT exam fun :D. Once we learn the rules of logic, it’s quite simple to conquer the test. Not easy, but simple enough to say that practice can make perfect.
His methodology? First, and throughout the 10 days, he proclaimed what the test requires. What the “rules of the game” are, so to speak, which I shall list below and apply my extended metaphor of finding one’s soulmate (or at least an eligible bachelor/ette). Keep in mind that all of the directions below are Dr. Webking’s instructions to succeed on the LSAT, yet they apply so harmoniously to the purpose of this post:
- Rule #1: There is ONLY ONE RIGHT ANSWER. The rest are wrong.
- Reason out the right answer.
- You do not have to eliminate the wrong answers–you just have to find the right one and be very clear on what the right one does.
- When you are looking at the choices, they are going to be sedutive. BE DEMANDING! Be in CHARGE!
- If you don’t find what you are looking for, BE HONEST about it. Then go back to what you need the right one to do.
- Don’t change what you need done!
- Don’t allow them (the wrong ones) to convince you that they can be the right answer.
- Don’t ask if the wrong answers are capable of being right. THEY’RE WRONG.
- Don’t settle for less, BE SEVERE!
- Entertain each one of them, but DON’T INVITE THEM IN.
- They wrong answers are there not to help you.
- They will steer you away from the right answer.
- And the Golden Rule: KNOW what you want the right one to do before you even look at the choices given.
Harsh? Well, the LSAT is a rough test. And so is the test of time.
So, to all the future LSAT examinees, and, seekers of love, good luck and good judgment!