June 2013 LSAT, LR1, Q8, weeding a garden

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project I knew Alison Monahan and I would get along famously when she suggested we meet over lunch at Pakwan, in San Francisco's Mission District. We ate cheap naan and curry while geeking out over our respective law school-related businesses. Like me, Alison went to law school and fairly quickly left the law. Like me, she helps many people reach for their dreams in law, while simultaneously counseling others to quit law as quickly as possible. Alison's a hustler””see her multi-faceted media empire””but she's not a bullshitter. She'd make a better teacher than she thinks, because she's honest. The LSAT's biggest secret is that it simply isn't that hard. Alison did great on the test, because she didn't overcomplicate it and trusted her instincts.

Guest blogger: Alison Monahan

It's questions like this that made me overconfident about my LSAT ability. Here's how I approached the problem.

Before I looked at any of the answers I read through the question prompt twice. The first time I was just trying to get a sense of what the question was about. The second time, however, I tried to put into my own words what I'd be looking for in a correct answer. Here's what I came up with: "Too much effort for a minimal gain." (I actually jotted this down, as a reminder.)

With that in mind, I went through each answer choice. To be perfectly honest (and this is why I would be a terrible LSAT instructor) I can't exactly explain why most of the answers are wrong. However I can tell you that C is correct! It has exactly what we're looking for: Weeding = removing imperfections, and, just as it's too much effort to remove every weed, it's too much work to remove every personality flaw. Diminishing returns, and all that. Same principle, which is what the question was asking about.

There are two ways to get to the correct answer on most LSAT questions: Either positively identify the correct answer, as Alison did here, or eliminate the four incorrect answers. Both routes to the correct answer are essential. Here, Alison simply nailed the correct answer, without worrying about the technical reasons that the incorrect answers are incorrect. --nathan

From Alison:  Alison is the founder of The Girl's Guide To Law School and a cofounder of the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. Her opinion on the LSAT is essentially that of an educated layperson, because she neglected to study for the test when she actually took it. This was stupid. You should study. At a minimum, make sure you take at least one full test. Otherwise your last section will be ugly!

Alison lives in San Francisco, where she drinks a lot of expensive coffee. She also recently threw a conference, which was a lot of fun. Maybe you should come next time.

Please ask questions and/or suggest corrections to anything that seems confusing... we want to make this the best resource we can for LSAT students. We'll have all the June 2013 explanations up as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading. Tell your friends! --nathan

Crowdsourcing the June 2013 LSAT:  June 2013 LSAT Explanation Central | About this project