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LSAT Preparation => Studying for the LSAT => Topic started by: $Gucci$ on July 12, 2007, 10:52:59 PM

Title: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: $Gucci$ on July 12, 2007, 10:52:59 PM
I just started the testmasters course yesterday, taking the LSAT @ the end of Septemeber.  I was just curious how much some of you that have already taken the LSAT studied.  How did you do? Would you study more/less if you had to do it over?  I have a feeling this thing (studying for the LSAT) is going to consume me and RULE my life for the next couple months.  HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY and DYYYNOMITE!!!       :( 
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: killblues on July 13, 2007, 01:21:12 AM
I'm trying to go for more but at the moment can't push past the 2hrs/day mark.  (I'm interning in a law office and any more law stuff in one day will cause my head to IM/EXPLODE).
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: LizPendens™ on July 13, 2007, 01:27:05 AM
read number 15

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,90775.msg2336027.html#msg2336027 (http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,90775.msg2336027.html#msg2336027)
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: CrnchyCereal on July 13, 2007, 07:20:54 AM
Yikes...should I be concerned?  I have not been doing nearly that much studying for the LSAT.  At the moment, I take one practice test a week to gauge progress (and build stamina), then spend time during the week reading through LGB/LRB and going over older questions I've already done (mostly games).  However, I only do the latter MAX 1 hour a day.  To be fair, I'm working a full-time internship this summer and have a girlfriend, so a lot of my time is taken up by that.  The plan is to really put things into overdrive come August when I'm home for a few weeks before school starts...
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: «ě» on July 13, 2007, 10:51:26 AM
Moderate study for first exam; 156
Insame studying for retake; 178

Question answered I hope :)
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Hizzla Pimp on July 13, 2007, 12:28:00 PM
I didn't take a course but in the beginning, I took 2 preptests every week, with 5 sections each. It took me 2-3 hours on average to go over each section.  So that amounted to 30 hours a week just reviewing the preptests, and an additional 6 hours taking the preptests. I also did a 4 hour re-review session at the end of the week. So it was roughly 40 hours/week.

As I got a better understanding of the material, that dropped to  around 10 hours/week. Now, I just spend 4-8 hours each week reviewing the harder questions as I prepare for my retake.

Keep at it and be consistent. It well pay off in a big way.
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: «ě» on July 13, 2007, 03:51:54 PM
Hmm to be a bit more constructive than I was the last time. When prepping for retake I did one prep test (untimed, I only did a few timed in total to get a 'feeling' for timing it) every second day. The other days I went over the test I took the day before. Not merely checking my mistakes, but going through every single answer alternative to make sure I picked the right one for the right reason and eliminated the 4 wrong ones for the right reason

The checking of the tests actually took more or less the same time as taking the tests did. But I would absolutely say it paid off. I'd guess 3-4 hours a day. Which left me like 12 hours to post here, so I'm a happy camper.
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Eveman in Ingmarland on July 13, 2007, 04:46:05 PM
Yikes...should I be concerned?  I have not been doing nearly that much studying for the LSAT.  At the moment, I take one practice test a week to gauge progress (and build stamina), then spend time during the week reading through LGB/LRB and going over older questions I've already done (mostly games).  However, I only do the latter MAX 1 hour a day.  To be fair, I'm working a full-time internship this summer and have a girlfriend, so a lot of my time is taken up by that.  The plan is to really put things into overdrive come August when I'm home for a few weeks before school starts...

It's probably enough time... although I would offer one piece of advice, speaking partially from personal experience and partially from talking to people: don't get complacent with low-to-mid 170 practice scores. Assume that when you take the test, it will exploit every weakness you have. In other words, if humanities passages are kind of so-so, for instance, that's most likely where you'll miss a bunch of questions on test day.

I'm not trying to scare you or anything, it's just that when people take the test, their scores tend to be at the low-end of their practice range, and I think that's usually the reason. I'm not sure why this is the case, exactly, but my theory is that it can be traced back to nerves - if you absolutely annihilate a particular question type during prep, you'll also do so on the exam with no real difficulty. However, if you are a little shaky on one type of question, nerves will kick in and that deficiency will be compounded.

So in other words, make sure your practice is focused enough to stamp out specific problem areas (many of which you've probably already identified by going over your old prep tests). One good way of accomplishing this is forcing yourself to get a little mad at yourself over any question you miss on a prep test - in essence, shoot for perfection.

Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: $Gucci$ on July 13, 2007, 11:21:31 PM
Hey, thanks to everyone who replied on this.  I'm glad I found this board, it's amazing how helpful eveybody is.  You guys rock!  ;D
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Hank Rearden on July 13, 2007, 11:40:49 PM
The one thing I would emphasize is, take as many tests toward the end of your preparation as possible.  Maybe a month before I took the test, I had been scoring in the high 170s on earlier tests, but I had also been getting high 160s on some more recent ones.  So in the month before the test I took maybe 3 or 4 tests per week until I was consistently getting 173/174 on maybe 5 or 6 recent tests in a row.  It was then that I knew I was ready, and on the real thing I missed 8 and got a 172, which was almost exactly what I had predicted. 
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Amy Winehouse on July 13, 2007, 11:55:21 PM
Yo Prison Mike!

I went to Mexico for a week and drank every single day.  I took about 4 tests, untimed, one section at a time over the course of the week.  I graded each section as they were completed so I could compare what the rationale I used when coming to incorrect conclusions with the rationale behind the correct answers.  I used a book published (I think) by LSAC.  It had 10 tests + answers but no explanations or anything.  It was helpful for me because I was able to see patterns behind questions that I wouldn't have been able to see had I just used formulas or diagramming...none of that nonsense for me! 

How'd I do?  Rather well-174.  It worked for me, but I don't think my habits would work for everyone. 
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Eveman in Ingmarland on July 14, 2007, 12:10:29 AM
Yo Prison Mike!

I went to Mexico for a week and drank every single day.  I took about 4 tests, untimed, one section at a time over the course of the week.  I graded each section as they were completed so I could compare what the rationale I used when coming to incorrect conclusions with the rationale behind the correct answers.  I used a book published (I think) by LSAC.  It had 10 tests + answers but no explanations or anything.  It was helpful for me because I was able to see patterns behind questions that I wouldn't have been able to see had I just used formulas or diagramming...none of that nonsense for me! 

How'd I do?  Rather well-174.  It worked for me, but I don't think my habits would work for everyone. 

I think the message is whatever approach works for you is the best one.

Of course, the problem is you don't really know what works until after you take the test...

But, with the new reporting rules, you basically get three shots at it, so I wouldn't stress out too much.
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Hank Rearden on July 14, 2007, 12:20:14 AM
I want to go to Mexico with Amy.   :(
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: «ě» on July 14, 2007, 02:50:57 AM
Who doesn't.
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Amy Winehouse on July 17, 2007, 12:12:50 AM
I want to go to Mexico with Amy.   :(
Who doesn't.

::blushes and nervously sips her pina colada::
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Hank Rearden on July 18, 2007, 01:35:06 AM
::winks at Amy from across the room::

Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Zenith Electronics Corp. on July 18, 2007, 04:14:42 AM
this thread is approved.
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: StudentUVA on July 18, 2007, 09:44:02 PM
Take 5 lsats a week. That ought to be enough.
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: TeresaPinfold on July 18, 2007, 11:45:57 PM
I started about 2 months before (April 15 for the June 11 tests), took a test every two days, then when it got close, I took a test every day. That was enough to finish all the material I had.
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: J_ on July 19, 2007, 12:25:38 PM
I'm on Lesson 4 in Testmasters here in LA, CA.   I've been doing about 3 hours of homework a day on average, about 6 days a week (I do some Hw Sunday evening even though I have a Sunday morning class).

I'd spend less time, but at least in the beginning I'm attempting all of the homework in each book, even though each logic game is taking me about 30-40 minutes and I'm getting them all wrong :/
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: saradsun on July 19, 2007, 01:08:31 PM
I'm shooting for 12-15 hours/week. I've got about 8 hours in since Monday.
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Majmun on July 19, 2007, 06:18:16 PM
Yo Prison Mike!

I went to Mexico for a week and drank every single day.  I took about 4 tests, untimed, one section at a time over the course of the week.  I graded each section as they were completed so I could compare what the rationale I used when coming to incorrect conclusions with the rationale behind the correct answers.  I used a book published (I think) by LSAC.  It had 10 tests + answers but no explanations or anything.  It was helpful for me because I was able to see patterns behind questions that I wouldn't have been able to see had I just used formulas or diagramming...none of that nonsense for me! 

How'd I do?  Rather well-174.  It worked for me, but I don't think my habits would work for everyone. 


Other than the mexico and the alcohol...that's about what I did.  I took a week of work and took two tests a day.
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Hank Rearden on July 19, 2007, 08:38:36 PM
I want to go to Mexico with Amy.   :(
Who doesn't.

::blushes and nervously sips her pina colada::


::flashes Amy from across the room::

 >:(
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: Mpmav1 on July 20, 2007, 12:24:06 PM
Hey, thanks to everyone who replied on this.  I'm glad I found this board, it's amazing how helpful eveybody is.  You guys rock!  ;D

$Gucci$, you have my vote for the greatest picture for your name.
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: dirkdiggler41 on July 20, 2007, 02:18:22 PM

sun: day of rest (bible says so)


Said no such thing in the Logic Games Bible nor in the Reasoning Bible.
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: TeresaPinfold on July 20, 2007, 05:36:21 PM


the bible, as in the big book about Jesus that religious people read. i said nothing in my post about the LGB or LRB. good work though.
Whoosh
Title: Re: How many hours a week do you study?
Post by: HLSecurity on July 23, 2007, 08:58:24 AM
I'm taking Testmasters, too, and I think this is a good point. I am really trying to push myself early in the class to learn and fully comprehend ALL of the methods in the first couple weeks, as later in the class and more toward the real test there is less about new methods and more about reinforcing what has already been learned. If you screw around in the first couple weeks, do not do the majority of the homework, and then try to play catch-up, it seems as if you are really doomed to a bad score. You can't really cram for the LSAT.

This seems to be the same thought process some have one here who have done well on the real LSAT--kind of a "I busted my butt in the first month or so, focusing heavily on the method and reasoning behind question types (the stuff most people hate to sit down and methodically study and, more importantly, understand while preparing for the LSAT), slowed down a bit after ingraining those into my brain, and then took practice tests the month leading up to the real test and was able to take my time reviewing my missed questions and reviewing and again reinforcing the methods I had already worked so hard to learn." That way, you kind of learn it twice. That seems to be a good method. I want to build a strong base now, and then later I hope to work on the finer points of the practice tests and less-frequent question types to enhance my overall approach to the real test. I do NOT want to be learning (cramming) the definitions of sufficient and necessary into my head a week before the test. I want to know them cold at least a month before the test, and fill in the gaps from there. Anyone have any feedback on this?


I'm on Lesson 4 in Testmasters here in LA, CA.   I've been doing about 3 hours of homework a day on average, about 6 days a week (I do some Hw Sunday evening even though I have a Sunday morning class).

I'd spend less time, but at least in the beginning I'm attempting all of the homework in each book, even though each logic game is taking me about 30-40 minutes and I'm getting them all wrong :/