Many students struggle with the question of whether they should take a course or enroll in private tutoring for the LSAT. Courses are better for some students whereas others thrive more in a one-on-one setting. In this post, we state the advantages and disadvantages of both.
The advantages of private tutoring for the LSAT are as follows:
- One-on-one attention. One-on-one attention for the LSAT is a huge advantage which cannot be understated. A private LSAT tutor can tailor each session to exactly what will help you excel the most on the LSAT. If you need the most help with the games section, for example, an LSAT tutor can teach you exactly what to do in the exact areas you are having trouble with. An LSAT tutor can answer any individual questions you have (and will probably encourage questions! unlike commercial bar review courses). An LSAT tutor can help you most effectively spend your LSAT study time in a way that a large course cannot.
- Accountability. Your LSAT tutor will hold you accountable each week. You will feel more compelled to study and to complete assignments if you know that you will be meeting with a tutor. Some of our students have told us that the specific reason they hired an LSAT tutor was this key accountability component that an LSAT course could not give them.
- Flexibility of schedule. Private tutors tend to be pretty flexible in scheduling sessions. Many will meet you during the day, evenings, or weekends – online or in person − when or where it is convenient for you. Some students are drawn to private LSAT tutoring for this reason alone!
The advantages of an LSAT course are as follows:
- Accountability. A course offers accountability in a different way (perhaps to a lesser extent for many people). You can’t reschedule or cancel a session − if you don’t show up, that is on your dime. This encourages some students to show up each week when they may otherwise cancel a private tutoring session.
- Comradery. You can bond with others who are also taking the LSAT and perhaps meet a friend or study buddy.
- Cost — maybe. Another advantage of taking an LSAT course is it is generally cheaper. Historically, private tutors cost significantly more than a LSAT course. However, now that there are less students applying to law school, many students find that private tutors are not as expensive as they used to be. We offer high-end private tutoring by the best LSAT tutors in the country and students have told us that the amount we charge is comparable to the amount a course charges.
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