Have you ever given birth to a baby? I have. And I did it along with some fellow LSAT geeks here at Manhattan LSAT. We are very proud to bring the world LSAT Interact! What the heck is LSAT Interact? In short, it’s a self-study course built on interactive videos (click on answer (D) and you go here, click on answer (B) and you go somewhere else). We are so incredibly excited for this to be done. But let me take you on a short trip down a timeline of how this all went down:
2009 – We were giving our self-study students recordings of our live classes to watch. We liked that students got to watch a teacher teach. We accepted that the recordings looked a little crusty, but we knew that they were packed with high quality teaching/curriculum once people started watching them.
2010 – We noticed some other companies had some more traditional video courses. We thought it might be good to get a teacher in front of the camera, but we worried that we’d lose the teaching value of our recordings.
2011 – We entered the geek lab and figured out we could make interactive videos. (cue mad scientist laughter)
2012 – We planned, we built, we coded, we cooked, we cleaned.
2013 – We released the beast that is LSAT Interact upon the peoples. And it was good.
What gets me so excited about LSAT Interact is that it’s going to make people really think – just like our teachers do in class. Interestingly, the work I’ve done helping teachers become better at their craft came in handy in plotting out how Interact should work. Any teacher trainer knows that one of the most common mistakes that inexperienced teachers make is talking too much. Us humans have a remarkably short attention span – and when I’m talking about paying attention, I’m not talking about sitting quietly or even listening; I’m talking about being actually receptive to evaluating and absorbing new information.
There are certain states of consciousness (no, this is not going to be an article about magic mushrooms) in which you are basically zoning out without realizing it. And, there are other states where your brain is ready to learn. And it’s easy to slip into zoning out mode. Two ways to keep people actually learning is to regularly shift the type of interaction and to ask questions. And, that’s exactly what we do in LSAT Interact. We keep the speeches to a minimum, we keep it funny, and we force the student to do something. Choose an answer, click on a conclusion, find out where F can’t go.
Please do check it out and I have a discount code to give you — LSATInteract100 – which is good for $100 off until the end of April (maybe I should add that to the timeline )