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LSAT Metaskills 1: What’s a Metaskill?

Hey there!

Today I want to talk about Metaskills. Metaskills are those mental habits that can supercharge your learning and take your score to the next level.

Of course you need to learn the content of the test– by content I mean question types– and of course you need to practice taking the test, but if you can pick up one or two of these metaskills your score will really take off.

Or hey, learn them all. Go big, right?

If you’ve been reading about how to prepare for the LSAT you’ll notice that everyone mentions how important it is to incorporate slow, intentional study of one question type at a time into your study schedule.

I know you don’t want to slow down. There’s a timer in the back of the test room, for heaven’s sake!

But trust me when I tell you this. You have to relearn how to think in order to improve your score and you can only relearn if you slow down.

I’m willing to bet that when you sit down to take the LSAT, you are relying on your smarts, your common sense and your intuition to get through the test. And that’s great. Sometimes your intuition will pick out the right answer for you– you’ll probably ‘know’ what the right answer is to some of the questions, even if you can’t really explain how you know.

What if your intuition goes missing?

What do you do when your intuition fails to get you an answer? What do you do when you don’t ‘get’ a question?

Seriously, what do you do?

That’s when you need to switch gears and turn to an analytical process.

Here is Metaskill Number 1

Understand that your intuition is only going to get you so far, and if you REALLY want to get better, you have to have a process to fall back on when your intuition doesn’t show up.

This may seem obvious, but if you secretly don’t believe this, your test scores are not going to get better in a consistent way.

In the next post, I’m going to talk more about the difference between intuition and process, and I’ll give you a few examples of former students of mine who pulled up their scores dramatically, as well as a few who were never able to get a handle on their scores.

See you then!

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