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Most people associate tutoring with two ideas.
First, that by using a tutor they will have a one-on-one (or private) session. This may or may not be true. Some tutoring sessions operate with small groups. We have made some effort to organize “small group” tutoring sessions that focus on specific LSAT question types. Many LSAT test takers actually benefit from having another student in the discussion. In general, “LSAT tutoring” will be in an environment with fewer students that you will find in “Live LSAT Preparation Courses”.
Second, that they will be able to use a tutor to focus on the LSAT question types that are of most concern to them. This may be true. But, is this of value? In my experiences many LSAT tutoring sessions unfold by a student showing the tutor a number of “problem questions”. The tutor will then explain the questions and why the answer is what LSAT says it is. This may be of limited value (although you will feel better). There is a difference between understanding an explanation to a question and being able to answer the question yourself. You need to learn how to answer the question yourself. All LSAT question types need to be understood in terms of the structure of the test and how the question furthers the “R.E.A.D. Objective”. There is a difference between explaining the answer to an LSAT question and teaching the “approach” that will teach you to answer the question on your own. Continue reading