Hear what people are saying about Larkin
“A little background: I took a diagnostic LSAT before doing any prep, and I landed a few points away from where I wanted to be. I thought, okay, this is easy – just need a little more practice and I’ll get there. Wrong. Over the next two and a half months, I studied nonstop with various books (Powerscore, LSAT Trainer), and somehow still managed to stay +/- 1 point of my original score.
I called Larkin after becoming very frustrated with my complete lack of progress, and I immediately felt like he just “got it.” After literally one session with Larkin, my practice test scores jumped 8-11 points. My skills didn’t miraculously improve in one session, but Larkin figured out what was wrong with the way I was approaching the test from a more psychological standpoint.
After my initial session, I continued to work with Larkin to build my skills. He is very reassuring and does a great job of explaining things in a way that isn’t oversimplified or overcomplicated. I ended up with a score I’m very happy about, and I would absolutely recommend Larkin to anyone – especially if you’re feeling stuck in your own prep.”
Fiona M., Stanford Law School
“When I signed up to take the LSAT I had no idea where to start. Thankfully, I found Larkin on Yelp, and his reviews did not lead me astray. He is an insanely talented teacher. Larkin helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses very early on and throughout our subsequent session he really taught to my specific needs and problems. Whether I was having trouble with test logic, or just needed help pulling myself out of a negative psychological spiral, Larkin was able to talk me through the problems and help me keep a clear head. I cannot emphasize enough how much his help changed my outlook on the test. I even learned to enjoy sections I thought I’d always loathe (yay Logic Games!). In the end, my score went up 20 points from my initial diagnostic. I could not be happier with the results!”
Rachel L., Columbia Law School
“Larkin is an excellent tutor. He is laid back and down to earth, but also is extremely knowledgable about the test and will give frank advice about the law school application process. He is highly attuned to your individual strengths and weaknesses – rather than a one-size-fits-all study plan, he will respond in a tailored way to your needs, and will keep adapting suggested study strategies as your needs shift. I used Larkin as a supplement to studying on my own, and his ability to target specific weaknesses in my test taking, without overhauling techniques that were already working for me, made all the difference in my final score. Another huge plus is that you never to commit beyond the next session. So, if you’re worried about the commitment involved with most LSAT prep (financially and time wise) his a la carte system is a really great one. Highly recommend!”
“Larkin is a fantastic LSAT tutor; he raised my score by 10 points (to a 176) in just a month, and tailor makes the lesson plan to suit you. While some may find his style abrasive, he is refreshingly honest and can help anyone out.”
“Larkin is an excellent LSAT tutor. When I first started working with him, I had no idea what preparing for the LSAT entailed. Per his instruction, I took a first diagnostic test, which highlighted that I had a balanced set of issues across all three sections. Recognizing my needs, we practiced each section in depth over the course of two months prior to taking the December LSAT. Through this instruction, it’s clear Larkin knows the test inside and out, as he was able to adapt the necessary techniques to how I liked to work. On Logic Games, for instance, I went from guessing my way through each problem set to employing a near-perfect systematic approach in a very short time.Additionally, Larkin is an excellent “coach” for the LSAT. From day one, he kept me relaxed, managed my expectations, and with the help of his Saturday morning diags, prepared me for what I would face on the test day. As a result, I raised my score 15 points from my Diag to a 171. I went from expecting to go to a T50 school to now being accepted into the T14. I would highly recommend Larkin and 180 Degrees LSAT.”
Zach M., Northwestern University School of Law
“Larkin Robson is a fantastic LSAT tutor. I initially took a Kaplan LSAT prep course, and after being (predictably) dissatisfied, I sought the assistance of a private tutor. I shopped around online, looking for the best LSAT tutor in the New York City area. After sitting through sessions with many of them, I enthusiastically chose Larkin. The LSAT is designed to be naturally unpredictable. In order to attain a high score, one must be able to adapt and apply critical thinking. I found Larkin to be uniquely capable of fostering these skills. Larkin didn’t teach “the test,” as other tutors and Kaplan courses do. Instead, Larkin taught me how to think about the LSAT. He didn’t just try to teach me “quick tricks” to narrow down answer choices or follow stupid acronyms like BLEND; he forced me to attack each problem with an open, critical mind. After two months studying with Larkin, my average scores jumped 17 points (from a 152 to a 169). There is no doubt in my mind that such a jump would have been impossible without Larkin’s help. Larkin was not only incredibly talented at teaching, but he was also very relaxed and comforting. Applying to law school and taking the LSAT are very stressful endeavors. It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers and become overwhelmed over a bad practice test here or there. I found Larkin to be a very calming and reassuring presence. In summation, I honestly cannot recommend him enough”
John G., Georgetown University Law Center
“Leading up to the LSAT, I honestly had little to know idea how I should go about preparing for it, or what resources were available. Larkin was great at identifying what areas of the test I needed to work on, and what areas I was strong in. I think running his own practice LSATs in a manner similar to the real one was particularly helpful. I worked with him over this last summer, and I received a 179 on my LSAT when I took it last September. Worth every penny.“
“Anyone who’s taken an LSAT knows that preparation is just one component to a high score. I was my own worst enemy when I took the October LSAT, riddled by anxiety and burned out from over-preparation. Larkin helped me see the bigger picture of the admissions process, enabling me to get over my crippling fear of the test. With his calming presence and test-day strategies, I went into the test site armed with confidence and emerged feeling as great as one could feel after taking a three hour long test. Compared to other tutors in the NYC area who seem a bit distant and stuffy, Larkin makes you feel as if you were studying with a friend who happens to be a logic wizard. Because he truly cares about his students and what they want to accomplish, Larkin approaches his students as individuals and caters to their unique studying styles and habits. With his help, I was able to bump up my score from a 167 to a 177. That’s a ten-point increase just after a month of working with Larkin.”
Kelly P., Harvard Law School
“Through my sessions with Larkin, I was finally able to achieve my goal for the LSAT. I had taken an LSAT course before with Powerscore, which was good as an introduction to the test, and took the LSAT in June 2013. However, I felt like I had not reached my potential and could still do much better. Larkin’s assistance definitely made the difference in me understanding my weaknesses and preparing me to tackle each type of question on the test. I was able to refine my logical reasoning skills greatly, which had been my weakest section prior to Larkin. By the time I took the December 2013 test, I was able to raise my score by 13 points. Larkin’s teaching style is one that allows you to figure out the problem for yourself, and break down each question in a way that helps you understand why you need to use the approach necessary. He takes a different approach to teaching from the typical LSAT courses, and helps you find the ways to learn the test and become better at it, rather than just memorizing strategies. I enjoyed working with Larkin because he’s easy to talk to, and he has incredible patience when it comes to explaining difficult questions. It is always a pleasure to be taught by someone who enjoys teaching as much as he does. Larkin is also great at counseling you for not only the test but how to prepare yourself for applying to law school and helps you get a better understanding for the entire process. He is very knowledgeable about the application process and the types of schools you might want to target based on your statistics. I highly recommend his services for anyone looking to reach their full potential on the LSAT.”
Ryan P., Northwestern University School of Law
“After studying on my own for 5 months, I took the LSAT and ended up with a 164, which I wasn’t pleased with. My weaknesses were logic reasoning and reading comp. I decided to search for some tutors who could help me achieve the score I wanted. I found Larkin online and gave him a call. He was very helpful and answered all my questions. The phone call lasted almost an hour and he didn’t seem to mind at all. I called a couple of other tutors and they were not even as close to helpful or personal. I only had about 5 weeks before the December exam and I did not want to waste any time. I chose to go with Larkin and it definitely paid off. He helped me figure out what I was having trouble with and how to improve. I was hesitant about being tutored over Skype but it did not make a difference. In those short 5 weeks, I learned a lot about the test (even though I had taken it before and studied for months on my own). Larkin really knows the test inside out. He makes the intimidating LSAT feel much easier. I am a person that has a lot of questions and sometimes I need a confidence boost. He answered all of my questions and supported me through the whole process. I took the LSAT this past December and received a score I am very happy with. Thanks Larkin!”
D. D., University of Virginia School of Law
“Thanks to Larkin, I raised my score from the lower-middle 160s to a score in the 99th percentile. I graduated with a high GPA from a top five college, but standardized tests have always been difficult for me, and so I wanted to find a tutor who could help me to understand and to tackle my weaknesses. Initially, I took a class with Powerscore, which was useful for becoming familiar with the test, but then my score began to plateau and I felt like I had reached my scoring potential. However, I was lucky enough to find Larkin and begin working with him. Larkin helped me develop a strategy for the LSAT perfectly tailored to my learning style and my strengths and weaknesses, and by the time test day rolled around, I felt as prepared as I could have hoped to be.
Larkin is not only an effective LSAT instructor from a results standpoint, but also he is a fantastic teacher in all the other ways that matter: he is always patient, he is enthusiastic about explaining information, and he is completely vested in his students’ success. Moreover, his passion for increasing diversity in law schools is contagious. Any student, college, or organization that has the opportunity with Larkin is extremely fortunate. “
Julia K., Yale Law School
“I had an excellent experience working with Larkin in preparation for the December 2013 LSAT. I came to Larkin after devoting months of intensive self-study for the October exam and scoring a 160. After investing significant time and effort but yet still under-performing, I knew I had to adopt a new strategy. Larkin transformed my test-taking approach. I was impressed with his ability to accurately pinpoint the destructive habits that were preventing me from reaching my target score, including focusing too much on timing, aspiring to be perfect, and over-studying to the point of mental fatigue and burnout. In a month, Larkin helped me correct these habits and adopt a more relaxed, yet efficient, approach to studying–one that allowed me to muster the focus, stamina, and confidence to get a 173 on the LSAT. Larkin is a quality instructor and I am confident that anyone can benefit from his expertise. I recommend him to anyone who is looking to maximize their LSAT potential!”
“Larkin is truly a fantastic tutor. When I began working with him, I was having issues consistently finishing the Logic Games section in a timely fashion. In our very 1st meeting, Larkin was able to diagnose a major problem in how I was attacking the games and I saw drastic improvement in my practice scores almost immediately. Over the next few sessions, my scores on the Logic Games section continued to improve until I was near perfect. Moreover, even when I did encounter setbacks in my preparation or a decrease in my practice scores, Larkin was able to keep me relaxed and confident by reminding me that I had the ability to tackle any question on the test. By instilling this mindset, I was able to stay relaxed and focused on test day, and I ultimately scored a 176. I highly recommend Larkin for all students – including those who are scoring “well” on practice tests but who want to push themselves to the next level.”
Andrew B., Columbia Law School
“I wanted to raise my LSAT score into the 170s, but I was working anywhere from 80-100 hours a week and had minimal time to study. Larkin worked with me to develop a targeted study program focused on my specific weaknesses in the very limited time available. Unlike the big test prep companies who clearly wanted to put me through the same program as every other student, Larkin thought carefully about how I approached the test and customized my study plan. Thanks to his help, I raised my score 8 points and scored in the 99th percentile. I couldn’t be happier with the results.”
Zoe B., Harvard Law School
“Larkin understood every aspect of the LSAT thoroughly and complete. What’s more, he knew how to convey that knowledge clearly and concisely. But even more importantly, he knew how to explain and work through the high end of the test, which so many tutors often can’t do. Without him, I wouldn’t have been able to get a 174″
Scott Y., Columbia Law School
“When I started studying with Larkin, I’d already taken an October LSAT and wasn’t happy with my score. I decided to retake the test in December, hoping to improve my performance on the logic games section–however, I had already used almost every single practice test while studying on my own. Therefore Larkin and I had to work with test material that I was already familiar with. Despite this obstacle, our weekly meetings in the month-and-a-half prior to the test were extremely helpful. Larkin was able to point out several fundamental flaws in my approach to the games section, and helped me recalibrate the way I thought about the problems. When I retook the LSAT in December, I improved by three points, scoring in the 97% percentile. I then decided to re-take yet again and scored a 177!Larkin’s deep knowledge of the test was very helpful in helping me improve — I only wish I’d started working with him months earlier!”
A. F., Stanford Law School
“Beyond being professional, punctual, insightful, and easy-going, Larkin brings to his tutoring not only a substantial knowledge and understanding of the LSAT, but he does so from an overarching, almost philosophical perspective. He teaches you how to think about the logic and the bigger ideas the test involves, rather than focusing simply on specific narrow strategies. While this approach is slightly more difficult to get a handle on initially, since it is a significant departure from the way the LSAT tends to be taught by the likes of Kaplan, etc, the benefit of this approach is that when you understand the big concepts, there is little or nothing the LSAT can contain that won’t be understandable or easily-handled.”
Chris A., New York University School of Law
“Larkin’s background in philosophy allows him to understand and explain in simple terms even the most difficult of the test’s concepts. He also has very good suggestions on study methodology and will volunteer helpful tips on the experience of actually taking the exam. I had twice earned the same score on the lsat. I then found Larkin and studied with him until I was comfortable with the material. I wound up improving by nine points and got a 172 on the test-enough to get me into the University of Chicago, School of Law, ranked 5th in the nation.”
Ari G., The University of Chicago Law School
“I contacted Larkin just five weeks before taking the LSAT for the second time. I had previously taken a two-and-a-half month Princeton Review course, and thought it was impossible for me to improve my score. I felt helpless, but decided I needed to change my approach. In just five sessions, Larkin made me feel more prepared for the test then ever before. He taught me about the underlying concepts and helped raise my confidence. I ended up increasing my score ten points, which I know I could not have done without his help. My only regret is that I was not able to work with him from the beginning..”
Ashley F., Cardozo School of Law.
“It’s unlikely that you’ll find a tutor like Larkin who is as kind and dedicated to teaching. I had the most difficulty understanding meanings and unstated assumptions of arguments. Larkin used real-world applications of logical analysis in teasing out meanings and implications so that I could understand the material. I thought I wasn’t capable of raising my score, but Larkin believed that I could. I worked with him for a couple of months and raised my score by nineteen points.”
Anu J., University of Minnesota Law School
“Working with Larkin, I raised my LSAT score from a 158 to a 170. After several weeks of working with Larkin, I raised my score much more significantly than with five months of intensive self study. Initially, contacting Larkin, I was skeptical anything could raise my score. However, after only a few sessions with Larkin, my practice test results sky rocketed and the improvement spoke for itself.
Larkin provided me with techniques that I could not find in any of the LSAT books available today (trust me—I’ve tried most of them!). He was able to pinpoint my weaknesses and give me techniques to correct these weaknesses—something a book or often even a class cannot do. He gave me individualized attention and tailored a LSAT plan that best suited me. He literally rewired the way I thought about the LSAT, allowing me to understand the test on a deeper level—something that is essential to scoring well on the test.
I lived far away from Larkin so he tutored me over skype which in no way hindered my ability to learn from him. He had tools and capabilities to diagram logic games and discuss other sections as if he were right beside me.
Without a doubt, I attribute my drastic score increase to Larkin and his extremely effective techniques. The entire time he tutored me, I knew he was invested in my success. Thanks to Larkin, I became an extremely confident test taker who achieved an LSAT score I never thought possible..”
Nayomi G., University of Pennsylvania Law School
“I first met Larkin at a program through school while I was studying for the LSAT with a Kaplan private tutor via Skype. The private tutor I was using was teaching me tricks and tips that might narrow down some answer choices, but inevitably only worked for a select portion of the questions. The number of problems I was getting correct had flat-lined in some sections and decreased in others. When I took the LSAT in June 2011, my score naturally fell short of my hopes and expectations.
Determined to perform better and impressed by our initial meeting, I ended up working with Larkin mostly over the phone. He confronted a major problem no one else even noticed or cared enough to address. My anxiety toward the test and a general burn-out from studying so much were contributing to my low score along with a “Kaplan Method” that didn’t work for me as an individual. By addressing the psychological problems, establishing set study times to avoid burn-out, and explaining broad-reaching ways of thinking critically about problems as opposed to inferior tricks, I ended up scoring a 170, a 16 point jump, when I took the test in October and got into University of Pennsylvania with a substantial scholarship..”
Beth F., University of Pennsylvania School of Law
“I contacted Larkin in August 2011, two months before my October test, because I had hit a wall with my test prep. I was consistently scoring in the mid-160’s but desperately wanted to break into 170 territory. First and foremost, Larkin has an exceptional mastery of LSAT material – this will become obvious to you within your first session with him. However, I found that what was most helpful and really sets him apart from other instructors was the amount of experience he had in taking the test himself.
At this high level of testing, things like the amount of sleep you’re getting, your emotional state, and even what you have for breakfast on test day begin to play a factor. I was never a nervous test-taker, but I found that for the LSAT, my stress and anxiety levels were seriously affecting my score. During my sessions with Larkin, we drastically improved not only my technique, but also my confidence, so that I would perform to the best of my ability on test day. Thanks to Larkin’s instruction and advice, I got the score I wanted, and will be attending my dream school, Georgetown Law.”
David K., Georgetown University Law Center
“I studied for the LSAT completely on my own for four months prior to taking it. I had a mental block against a certain type of Logical Reasoning question and Larkin helped me through it. I went from missing 4 questions per LR section to getting 3 LR questions total wrong on the test I took in June. (I got a 172.) We accomplished this in one session. Larkin was supportive, helpful, and just what I needed to really kick my ass into gear while at the same time not burning out! If i could do it all over again I would have had him from the start and maybe I could have gotten a 180.”
Rachel W., Columbia Law School
“Larkin provided me with some of the best LSAT knowledge I have ever received. Before coming to Larkin I attended Kaplan and Power Score learning centers. My experience in these two institutions was very poor. The class rooms were very crowded, the lack of attention made my LSAT score lower than my original diagnostic. These institutions taught the LSAT as if you can show a method to a person one time, have the individual go home do the work by him or herself and immediately understand the material. I then decided to get private tutoring at Kaplan, which was a waste of money because the tutor did not teach me the various concepts of the LSAT, he merely just showed me how to do them, which is what most of these institutions do, they just show you how to answer the questions and lack teaching skills.
When I came to Larkin he was my last hope in achieving my desired grade. When we first spoke on the phone he told me to go up ten or fifteen points to achieve my desired grade will take a great deal of hard work. Studying the LSAT with Larkin was truly different than my past experiences with Kaplan and Power Score. He was able to teach me how to think like the LSAT writers, his knowledge of the test impressed me from our first lesson. There were times when I just could not understand an explanation; he showed great patience with me by either rewording himself or thinking up a brand new explanation on the spot. It did take a lot of hard work but several months later through the “Larkin method” I was able to raise my LSAT grade by seventeen points. Studying with Larkin was one of the best educational experiences that I ever had, and the insight that he gave me on the LSAT was truly priceless”
From someone who self-prepped for 9 months prior to the exam, take it from me that Larkin’s insightful and unique instruction will take your score to the next level. What I discovered about 6 months into my prep (and after writing the June 2012 exam, my first official encounter with the LSAT) was that even after purchasing and absorbing all of the best LSAT prep books (i.e. PowerScore, Manhattan, etc.), I was still lacking a crucial element to LSAT success that was hindering my full potential.
This is where I found Larkin’s unique approach to attacking the LSAT vital to my ultimately successful score of a 172 (was PTing around 160 two months before the October 2012 exam, at which point I started taking lessons with Larkin). As you will likely have observed from most of the posts regarding Larkin’s style, his approach to tackling the LSAT is a fundamental one. Rather than teaching “cheap tricks,” so to speak, Larkin’s guidance led me towards a deeper understanding of exam. This is critical, and is what ultimately distinguishes Larkin’s instruction from that of almost every other LSAT tutor you may come across – When you have a deeper comprehension of the fundamentals, you are more adaptable to whatever LSAC may decide to throw at you on test day.
Through Larkin’s instruction, I upped my score from about 160 to a 172 on the October 2012 exam. Oddly enough, my weakest section and primary focus when I began receiving my instruction was games. After 6 sessions with Larkin, I went from barely finishing 3 games to finishing all 4 on game day and only missing 2 in the entire section !
Second to the Bar Exam (and arguably not), this is the single most important exam you will take in your lifetime. It is 100% worth the expenditure of time and effort to tap your fullest potential… Larkin’s instruction allowed me to do just that, and believe me when i say it was worth every penny.