LSAT Study Buddy and Group Study

Group study can be very helpful, but I think that many people forget that it's an "icing on the cake" sort of thing. In independent study you can learn, review, and reinforce. Group study is discussion based, so it is really only good for reviewing and reinforcing. Of course you can't review and reinforce unless you've already learned the basics, so you won't get anything out of a group session unless everyone has prepared by doing independent study ahead of time.

A study group where people don't prepare ahead of time and try to read through the chapter together is a complete waste of time and just serves to give the illusion of studying instead of any actual benefit.

Much of doing well on the LSAT comes down to practice, which is heavily individual-dependent. We simply don't see the kind of habits that one will probably need to come through during test day being emphasized in group study.

Studying for the LSAT is a huge hurdle for students applying to law school. While everyone has their own preferences for how to study, having a study buddy can be beneficial to anyone — even if you prefer to study alone. I was lucky to have my friend and classmate as a study buddy when we prepared for the LSAT together.

To find your own ideal study buddy, you should look for someone who:

1. Is Looking for the Same Type of Study Buddy
2. Has Similar Study Habits
3. Has a Similar Study Plan & Test Date
4. Has Similar OR Complimentary LSAT Struggles
5. You Can Share Resources With
6. You Feel Comfortable With
7. Can Motivate You