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Studying for the LSAT / Re: When to start studying?
« on: September 06, 2011, 12:54:03 PM »
Matt,
It's hard to speak on the college major/ career part since that's a very personal choice. However, if I had to go back in time, I would have told myself not to pick a hard major. Your GPA matters more than your major so pick something that you'll enjoy studying.

Re: LSAT. I'd say studying intensely for a few months would be more beneficial than spreading it out over several years (you'd burn through materials, it wouldn't be fresh, etc etc). Having said that, if you have time during the summer (say, before sophomore year) to devote serious effort into LSAT studying, then go for it. You don't have to be a junior or senior to take the LSAT. From my experience, don't touch LSAT stuff during the school year because you should focus on your GPA.

Just my two cents. Good luck.

 

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Geoff, I would highly recommend Powerscore bibles since I found them to be very helpful and concisely written whereas Princeton Review tends to glaze over important topics. I think it's smart that you're considering the December LSAT rather taking cramming for the October one. Since you're just starting out, I would suggest laying off of practice tests for the next month or so and really focus on drilling questions by question type.   

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Help with studying
« on: August 10, 2011, 12:29:40 PM »
Clay, I recently found out about Manhattan LSAT's forum and it's an amazing, free resource. I'm not affiliated with them but was intrigued because others have been raving about their help books. You can ask questions about any logic game, logical reasoning question, or reading passage from PT 1-63 and A, B, C and their instructors usually leave really helpful answers.

http://www.manhattanlsat.com/forums/?sid=164f01183c10bc3adb75441f5113d41a

 

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Help with studying
« on: August 07, 2011, 08:54:07 PM »
Redo LG problems until it becomes second nature to make diagrams. Another tip I picked up was make a detailed spreadsheet for all your practice tests. And be honest-- are you really putting in the time to review missed problems or are you just skimming them?

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 :o very odd question... anyways, I don't think it's a big deal. Just make sure you're not bothering other test takers.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Am I ready for Oct LSAT?
« on: August 07, 2011, 08:45:41 PM »
Sounds like you have a lot on your plate. I'm not an expert, but I wouldn't recommend taking the October test unless you're feeling really confident with the test-- if you want a 168, you should be scoring in the high 160s/low 170s on practice tests. Real scores tend to dip a few point from practice scores. I think it's hard to predict if you'll be ready since you haven't really put in the time or effort...yet.

Try dedicating some solid effort for the next month and if your practice scores are not great, push back the LSAT until December.

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I plan on spending around an hour each day...Will this method be enough to improve my score up to 160's?

Probably not.  This is a very flimsy study schedule.  First, one hour a day is weaksauce.  Bump that to 3 or 4 at least.  (No, really.  You've got 24 hours in a day like everyone else.  If you're serious about going to a good law school, sacrifice something and find the time to study.)  Second, you need to do more than focus on whole sections.  Split everything up into categories, e.g., games by type, LR questions by type, and RC passages by type (journalistic, argumentative, multiple points of view, split passages).  Each night pick a category and focus on it for several hours.  Learn it backwards and forwards.  Find a good prep book that uses REAL preptest questions to give you instruction on attacking each of the categories of material.  Near the end of your prep, start working in whole sections and whole preptests, focusing on pacing.

17 points is a tall order, and it's going to be very difficult without a solid plan of attack and LOTS of repetitive practice.

+1

An hour is less than 2 timed sections of the LSAT!! You should try to increase your endurance since the test is a 4-6 hour marathon.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: from untimed to timed?
« on: August 07, 2011, 08:33:42 PM »
For the next 2-3 weeks, I would focus on drilling question types that are giving you the most trouble. Keep track of your time, but don't stress out about taking too long. After that, I would proceed to taking tests under strictly timed conditions (don't forget to include an experimental section!). The fact that you got 170+ untimed means that you have what it takes. Good luck!!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Old LSAT study materials
« on: August 07, 2011, 08:30:56 PM »
Superprep is awesome since you get to read detailed explanations for all the problems. I agree with the previous poster that Powerscore are great additions to what you have. If you're willing to drop some cash, I would purchase as many real LSATs as possible and practice with those.

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