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Studying for the LSAT / Re: question
« on: July 10, 2008, 06:52:09 AM »
noted, Earlcat. :-[

Law School Admissions / Re: Our Lives Explained
« on: July 10, 2008, 06:49:22 AM »
Glad you enjoyed it. It made me smile and I decide to pass it on:)All of us could use some extra smiles daily.

Law School Admissions / Our Lives Explained
« on: July 10, 2008, 06:23:33 AM »
Thought you guys would enjoy a break from stressing and studying. A buddy sent me the following:

On the first day, God created the dog and said:     

'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.'

The dog said: 'That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?'


 So God agreed.     

On the second day, God created the monkey and said:     

'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span.'

The monkey said: 'Monkey tricks for twenty      years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?'     

And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and      said:     

'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I      will give you a life span of sixty years.'

The cow said: 'That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?'

And God agreed again.     

On the fourth day, God created man and said:     

'Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years.'

But man said: 'Only twenty years? Could you possibly give  me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten
the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?'     

'Okay,' said God, 'You asked for it.'

So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.     

Life has now been explained to you.     

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I'm doing it as a public service.       ;D

Studying for the LSAT / Re: question
« on: July 09, 2008, 01:26:35 PM »
Quoted from another poster:

"So you've run out of material and now don't know what to do?  This post is for you.

Logical Reasoning:  Approach the question as you normally would.  When it comes to finding the answers, you're probably going to remember the correct one.  So take the time to prove why each answer is correct/incorrect.  If you tend toward the lazy side, make yourself write out the reasons (in fact, this is a great idea for everyone, even if you're not lazy.  Forcing yourself to verbalize your explanations forces you to find the tiny gaps in your reasoning and fill them in.)  Make sure that the reasons are REAL and SUBSTANTIVE.  Don't let yourself fly with any "irrelevant" or "outside the scope".  Write explanations like "the fact that young akabe drink the tea in only weak form isn't inconsistent with the idea that the tea contains lots of caffeine (wouldn't want the infants hopped up on caffeine and crying all night).  Thus, this answer does not call the explanation of the high caffeine amount into question."

Logic Games:  Take a game and redo it 10 times in a row, different ways.  Find the fastest way to do each question.  Figure out what questions you can ask up front to make the big deductions.  Figure out what makes the game tick.  Does it remind you of another game?  Go find that game and compare the two to find the patterns/similar questions.

For an extra dose of fun and understanding, try writing your own logic game.  The correct answers are so easy to write; it's the wrong answers that are tricky to create.  Give it a go and see what makes a game 'tick'.

Reading Comp:  Read a passage and then go to the questions.  (You'll probably remember fewer of these questions that with LR).  Force yourself to justify each right and wrong answer based on the passage (again, writing out the justification is hugely helpful.)  After you've finished, go back and reread the passage again.  Were there any important pieces to the argument that you missed the first time around?  What could you have looked for in order to understand the passage even better the first time.  Does this passage remind you of any other passage you've done?  (Structurally, not by content).  Pull that passage out and compare them.  Look for similar questions.  Create strategies for what to look for when asked those types of questions.

For all sections:

Aim for 100% accuracy.  If you miss a question, let it bother you for days until you understand it.

Teach the LSAT to others.  It'll force you to understand things in a new and more solid way.

Keep a "mistake log", for both substantive mistakes and silly mistakes.  Don't brush off the 'silly mistakes'; they're real and can be avoided.  Devise strategies, checkpoints, and questions that you can ask to help yourself avoid them.  For example, I tend to mix up my right and left.  But instead of kicking myself for being stupid, if I have a game that involves right and left, I just label them in the picture.  Keeping a log will help you identify your own silly mistakes.  Just make sure you devise strategies to overcome them.  Simply saying "oh, I won't do that again" won't keep a silly mistake from happening again.

If you have ANY prep tests left that you haven't touched, keep them for the end and have faith that your studying is improving your score.  You'll need to keep those tests for the end for a final run-through or if you need to gauge whether to take or postpone.  Listen, you're going to want to use them halfway through, but that's just because you don't have enough faith in yourself.  If you're worried that your not studying enough/improving enough, then WORK HARDER.  Don't waste 3 hours of study time and one of those few remaining practice exams to test whether you're studying enough.  You're going to need them for far more important things down the line.

Do NOT, under ANY circumstances, touch the fake stuff.  Guys, it is awful, awful, awful.  I can't emphasize that enough.  There are so many flaws running through the fake stuff, and it can actually endanger your score by making you believe that certain rules apply when they don't (go find the thread on the fake Kaplan question to get a good example).  It's far better to have nothing new than to have new questions that could harm your prep."

You are what's known as a "splitter". Check the threads for this term and read.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: question
« on: July 09, 2008, 08:20:37 AM »
Everything I have read says to use Powerscore or Testmasters.  <----only uses real LSAT questions and has a very good rep. her in this forum. Hope this helps:)

No prob. The world is your oyster!  ;D

Law School Admissions / Re: 2.9 /160 LSAT
« on: July 09, 2008, 06:01:50 AM »
Thanks everyone! I will add those schools!  ;D

Law School Admissions / Re: 2.9 /160 LSAT
« on: July 08, 2008, 02:32:34 PM »
Thanks! And, congrats on becoming part of the green wave. I have a good friend that did her undergrad there and went to to law school at the U of Denver. She loved it. Have a blast. Congrats again! ;D

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