LSAT Answers and Explanations

Noah Teitelbaum —  July 24, 2009 — 1 Comment

As an LSAT teacher you end up explaining a lot of LSAT questions.  We’ve actually designed our forums to focus on providing an easily searched bank of explanations to any LSAT problem – http://www.manhattanlsat.com/forums .  (We figured we’d save a few trees by not printing an entire book of them, plus then all those studying on their own have a place to go.)   I will say, however, that I’m always a bit cautious when I find a student asking for the explanations for an entire test.  I always wonder – and sometimes ask – whether the student has reviewed the work on his own first.  The best students first review the test themselves.  A couple of tips on reviewing your work:

1. Mark which answers you can easily eliminate and which ones are tempting.

2. Note any problem that you find difficult, find yourself guessing on, or that you find takes too long.

3. When you review your work, review all the questions you answered incorrectly, and all those you noted above (see #2).

4. For the questions you review, ask yourself the following:
- Do I understand the question (this includes the stem and the stimulus, passage, scenario, etc.)?
- Why is the correct answer right?
- Why is each wrong answer wrong?
- How could I have approached this question differently?  Is there a more efficient manner?  Is there a more intuitive approach?

5. Now look at the explanations that we provide.   Do you agree with us?  If you disagree, write to us on the forum and let’s discuss.

6.  Keep a log of the questions you need to work on, and re-solve them later on, striving to solve the in the way you wished you had solved it the first time.

7. If the problem is still stumping you, try to write a similar problem about a different topic.  You can also try to teach someone else.

Good luck with your prep!  And don’t hesitate to post a question on our forums – www.manhattanlsat.com/forums, we have tons of explanations already written, saved in a folder, just waiting to be posted.  But don’t be lazy, do the work yourself first . . .

Noah Teitelbaum

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Noah Teitelbaum is the Executive Director of Academics for Manhattan Prep. He has co-authored the Manhattan LSAT Strategy Guides, has trained many of the MLSAT teachers, and has worked in public and private education for over 10 years. He lives in Denver, without the dog that is required of most Colorado residents, but with a wife and kid.

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