"Only Sith deal in absolutes" - Obi Wan Kenobi
I like to use this Star Wars quote with students when covering wrong answer choices on the Logical Reasoning season of the test. I quote the wise master Obi-Wan because you can often rule out an answer choice if it's making an incredibly large claim.
However, I think that Kenobi's point is applicable to the world of LSAT-prep as well. While there are many great companies producing a lot of great material, it's crazy to think that any given method or approach works for every single student.
Just as athletes at all levels achieve their results in different ways based on what their backgrounds are and how their bodies work, people trying to learn the skills that the LSAT is actually testing might need to follow different paths based on their backgrounds.
Yet, because of the high stakes & enormous stress that students face and the crazy competitive pressures of the test-prep-industrial complex, companies feel compelled to make crazy claims about guaranteed results (the infamous "X point guarantee"), and to develop increasingly rigid ways of teaching students how to approach the test.
Basically, the world of LSAT preparation is starting to feel more like the fitness fad industry than any kind of educational endeavor - it's starting to feel a little Sith-y.
As a result, two things seem to happen.
Some students embrace a given method, achieve great results, and become zealots for their given brand.
Students who don't see results, or try too hard to lock themselves into a training regimen that doesn't actually fit with what they need, internalize their issues. Instead of realizing that they might need to work in a different way, they keep flailing away in frustration.
ZenLSAT's mission is to help each test taker shed those internalized frustrations ("I'm not a good test taker", "Logic games are so intimidating", "The LSAC has a generations-spanning blood feud with my family and I'm sure they've got it out for me") by going back to the roots of the test.
By focusing on understanding what the LSAT is testing for (instead of beginning with lists of question types and structural elements of the test), we hope to help each test taker take charge of their journey from the very beginning.
- Help each test taker identify the methods and practices that fit their background
- Re-connect the questions on the test to the actual lawyerly skills it's testing for
- Restore sanity and commonsense to the world of test prep
- Make lots of silly Star Wars and other pop culture references
- Connect students to resources and allies that are suited for their journey
- Become a resource for every LSAT-taker, not just test-prep nerds
- Eventually turn evil and become filthy rich by charging a billion dollars for all this information