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How many of the people here used/ing personal tutors?

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:55 am
by Theopliske8711
I just want to get a sense of it. If so, how often did or are you meeting with the tutor? How effective would you say tutoring has been?

Re: How many of the people here used/ing personal tutors?

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:15 pm
by LSAT Hacks (Graeme)
I didn't use a tutor while studying.

Now I am a tutor. In an interesting position, because I'm pretty much the only tutor in Montreal. Due to it's large French population, the market isn't huge here.

As a *really* rough estimate, I see between 5-30% of the LSAT students in Montreal. Probably closer to the lower end.

Pretty much anyone who contacts me will take at least some lessons. Students tend to split into two groups:

1. Those that want 1-3 lessons to make sure they're on the right track, and to hear my best advice on each section.
2. Those that want a weekly or bi-weekly checkin to help them along the way.

Both methods have their merits. I'm by far the most useful in the first few lessons. Makes sense - I say the most important, most impactful stuff first. After that's done, the amount of useful, *general* information I can give declines.

Then the student needs to take a more active role. My most successful long term students have been those who really made the effort to figure out where they were going wrong. They analyzed their mistakes, and worked to improve them.

In our weekly sessions, we would go over the questions they couldn't get on their own, or discuss types of mistakes generally to see how to overcome them.

The least effective students are those who take a "ugh, why is this so hard, why aren't I getting more questions right?" attitude to the test.

The LSAT is such a complex test that your errors are highly individual to you. A course, strategy books or a tutor can teach you the basic knowledge that is useful to everyone. A tutor can dig a bit deeper than the other methods.

But to really reach the core of the problem requires a lot of introspection. A tutor can help you along the way, but you need to take responsibility for your own progress.

Re: How many of the people here used/ing personal tutors?

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:47 pm
by Theopliske8711
I found a tutor helpful in getting me out of my own mind. That is, it is difficult to judge how well you are doing since there is an obvious bias in your own introspection. A tutor gave me a different reading on how I am doing, and what he/she might see in my error that I may miss. It is personally difficult for me to differentiate between the "stupid mistake" or "misreading" and an actual incorrect answer that perhaps reveals some underlying problem.