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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Memory Enhancing Drugs?
« on: February 28, 2006, 07:14:00 AM »
I don't think there is any "get rich quick" scheme for memory in general, or particularly, for this test--that are safe anyway. But keeping yourself healthy thru diet & exercise will keep body & mind at peak performance. There are recent findings that maintaining a diet/exercise plan significantly delays the onset of alzheimers and similar memory loss symptoms. So there is definitely a correlation, which I'm sure is not exclusive to the geriatric crowd.

I, rather stupidly, traded off meals and exercise to gain extra time studying, and now know it bought me nothing.

Also, supposedly this type of work/test burns a ton of brain glucose, so it's good to have a high protein+carb snack every couple of hours.

And guys, adderal and ritllin are effective when prescribed for people diagnosed with ADD, and the the dosages are monitored. Please, please don't experiment with stuff. We're supposed to support each other in this forum, not lead astray.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Memory Enhancing Drugs?
« on: February 27, 2006, 02:22:45 PM »
Ginko Biloba--it's supposed to increase blood flow, thus oxygen, to the brain. You need to be taking for 3 months for them to work. Also, keep up on your viamin B's (be sure they include inositol and choline*). Finally, keeping up with an exercise program not only keeps the blood oxy moving, it'll help with stress.

I just recently dug this stuff up/checked w a friend who's a PhD in Psychology to gear up for round 2.

*Be sure not to overload on vitamin/herbs though, some can be damaging. Check dosages on the online PDR.

you can download a test from the LSAC site--if I recall it is one of their actuals. They don't provide explanations though (just answers + scale), but this may be a better meter for you if you're skeptical about the Practice Test's authenticity.

I just finished the Kaplan course Jan 31. The diagnostic, as well as their 3 other "progress" tests are real LSATs and are from 2000 up (I checked against the 10 Actual LSAT book I have to date them) Also, Kaplan includes and exp section, but grades per the actual test and scale. Unfortunately, that's the nature of the test... it seems to defy all reason, until you learn how to TAKE the test

I got a 150 on the diagnostic. I took the Kaplan course, but scored 2 pts lower on the Feb test. You may want to check out the threads... people seem to have had better results with Powerscore classes, and the PS Bibles. I thought the Kaplan support materials were great, but the course book and class seems schizophrenic to me. Apparently they revamped the program for 2006, but I felt for 2005 there was never enough time spent on each of the 3 test section strategies to get any firm handle on them, before you were moving along to the next, then hopping back to the first, then back to the 3rd....

Don't use my score as an omen in any way--there are folks in recent threads who increased their scores as high as 20 pts over their "diagnostic". I've been surfing around to take look at how they accomplished that to figure out a revised game plan!

good luck!

thanks for this mrburnz.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: ANYONE ELSE UNHAPPY?
« on: February 25, 2006, 11:40:25 AM »
Thanks for sharing your situation da rev!

I've also recv'd email invites from a few --Yale, W&M, WF, which prompted me to yank my LSAC profile off Candidate Service after yesterday's bombshell. It sounds like you've got all your bases covered with app's and are willing to move the dog & pony show to fit the best offer(?) A lot more brave than me on both accounts. Your score also puts you significantly higher in percentage. That 148 put me in the 37% which doesn't even rate as wood compared to your sterling. That's what really sucks about the lower #s--just a few points can raise/lower your % dramatically.

As for your application strategy... I never thought of it that way! My thoughts have been there are some good options right here in NC, which will keep my son's tuition at in-state. (never-you-mind they all require a higher LSAT). I am otherwise single and portable (after selling the McMansion) and should retake in June and should probably expand my thinking geographically. I love your backup plan of PhD. I never considered more than a BA, thinking it doesn't buy you much in the advertising business, but I am obviously already intending to change careers. Maybe I've been closed-minded in that regard as well.

You've been a great help, and I wish you the very best on your path. PS: I get such a kick out of your bio pix--one of my favorites!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: ANYONE ELSE UNHAPPY?
« on: February 25, 2006, 09:55:26 AM »

i'm an older, nontrad, with a masters and 38 years we, an ass-kicking personal statement and resume, and a bad lsat (which i took cold).

i've gotten in to a number of choices, but no $$$ AT ALL.  i plan on telling them, 'no money, no honey'

what the hell, if i dont get any $$$, i wont be going anyway.  i have nothing to lose.

Hi da rev:

I did real crappy on the Feb test. I have 25 yrs we (16 in my own business), had a 3.8 GPA with double major. I worked my a$$ off in the Kaplan class, and wound up with a 148, which is what I scored when I downloaded the sample test from LSAC before even deciding to take the class. Not that I'm blaming Kaplan. Untimed (with about 10 more min per section) I was getting 85-100% correct. Put the timer on... and I'm reduced to mere plankton. It's downright embarrassing.

Like you, I need the $$$--I have a son starting college in Fall06 which dips deep into the educ kitty. Spoke with Dean of Adm of local LS in Oct, who was pretty confident that with Kaplan and my GPA, I could score high enuf to qualify for a merit scholarship. Talk about blowing the bucks--another reason I'm so incredibly pissed at my performance. Admittedly, I had a lot of test anxiety ( I checked out on a mental vacation--I believe it was Bermuda--for Sec 1 LGs), and obviously need more practice for speed.

Would you mind sharing what your experience is?  I don't know that I'm willing to give the dream up yet. dammit. I do know that with where I am on the road of life, it's NOW or never. I guess I'm looking to trade notes with some nontrads, and make a decision on how to proceed.

I'd appreciate any feedback!
PS: despite the 23 LG points it cost, the weather in Bermuda was great.

« on: February 24, 2006, 09:55:16 AM »
...the natives are getting restless.

I too, was unable to log into LSD for 2 hours (closed out... excluded.... ney, disenfranchised), yet could very nimbly log on to LSAC to see NO SCORE. So, I've been doing my fair share of cage-rattling over here!!!

If my score is good (for me, not necessarily for most of the people on this board!) I am going to tell everyone I know...and prolly some people that I don't know...

If it is bad, the only one I'm telling is my dog....he can keep a secret ;)

lucky you. mine's a blabbermouth.  ;D

mine aren't talking to me anymore. they're still rather pissed about all the study time. toward the end, I couldn't even get a 35 min timed session in without both of them sitting at the foot of the chair barking their very angry little faces off. resentments exacerbated by the move to the library.

Thanks for the worldly wisdom--the sooner the better! I've got to get off this OCD behavior and get on with my job and/or studying for June. Thank goodness I have my own business... probably would have been reprimanded by now for dramatic drop in productivity. Although I will still "pay" for it in billable hours, I assume full responsibility for my lack of control.

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