LSAT Teachers – The Value Of The Course
Prior to enrolling in a course, you should try to determine who is the teacher.
What follows are a number of comments that people have made about the importance of the specific teacher of their course. These comments do NOT come from discussion boards (which are sometimes used to disparage the competition or by teachers in order to praise themselves).
“Understanding your learning style and finding instructors who can teach to that learning style are often the two most important steps in determining how successful and effectively you will learn something. The difference between learning from someone who teaches to your learning style and someone who does not is the difference between listening to music and listening to noise.
The LSAT is too important not to have an instructor who is on your wavelength. If unfortunately you sign up for a course that you are not comfortable with, remedy that situation as quickly as possible.”
“This young woman scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT. This essentially writes her ticket to any law school she should choose to grace with her presence. And yet excellence at something is not a sufficient condition for educating others in that subject.”
“Well, this month I had the privilege of going to Houston, Texas to participate in an intensive 10-day LSAT prep program coordinated by CLEO’s pre-law bureau.
The course was led by an amazing instructor, …”
“I’m currently an LSAT instructor for Kaplan, the test prep company. I’m not sure I’m a really good instructor, but hey, what do people expect for $1,200? ;-)”
“I decided to enroll in a study course for the LSAT. I had a little under two months until the June LSAT, and I thought of the money spent as an investment that would pay off. I decided on the Princeton Review course. In retrospect, it was a wise decision. Of course, luck played a part in how good the class was to me. I really enjoyed and respected my instructor. He missed one class and his replacement for the day was horrible. I felt so glad to have my instructor and not the sub from the other class.”
“One very important element of an LSAT prep course that you need to look at is the instructor. You want a teacher who is not only experienced but also enthusiastic in guiding students in studying for and taking the LSAT test. To choose the best LSAT prep course, you need to find out who will be teaching your course. You can call a particular company to get this information directly from them.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that someone who scored higher in the LSAT will automatically make a better LSAT prep course teacher. Someone with a high LSAT score would only be effective as an instructor if he or she can teach a class how to score well. You can ask former students how effective an LSAT teacher is prior to enrolling in a course. In addition, having law school or law practice experience is nice but not necessary. The LSAT is all about logic and comprehension so there is no legal knowledge required to teach LSAT.”
It is worth reading the complete review at:
“*Vet the teacher: what you’re buying, for the price of a really swell moped, is a UPS’ed box of books, an online login, and the ability and goodwill of a teacher not much older than you (or in some cases, younger). Before blowing your money, ask to sit in on a section; your path to law school should be measured, methodical, so don’t get fleeced. See if the teacher’s just reading out of the book. Listen to student conversations (or lack thereof, which is indicative as well) during the class break, when the teacher leaves the room. If you enroll and the teacher sucks, you’re going to work hard anyway (because you’re on a timeline, right?), your score will improve a bit, and Kaplan keeps your money (see High Score Guarantee, above)! I’ve heard some horror stories from other Centers, and friends who took the course elsewhere, on my recommendation; Kaplan teachers aren’t certified by the state or any peer review; it’s a mercenary endeavor. If your teacher sucks, DON’T take a partial refund; you were cheated.”
Read the complete “e-opinion” from which this is excerpted.
“Having said that, the most important factor in any prep course are the instructors. Before signing up for a course, do your research. The companies’ websites will tell you about their teaching philosophy as well as what requirements they have of their teachers (i.e. What is the minimum score you must have to be a teacher). You can also ask if you can audit a class or two to get a feel for their instructors (most companies have no problem with this).”