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I faxed in on Friday.  I was struggling the last week or two going into test week.  Too much too fast.  I'm not applying this cycle so it's not a big deal.  I agree with people who say going through the test helps, even if you cancel.   

I don't really know what advice to give here.  Mentally if you're burned out I would take a week or two off from it.  Then figure out what you need to do to make it better the next time. 

If you're hoping you will get lucky and score well then my advice to you is cancel.  That's a big gamble and rarely happens, you're just setting yourself up for disappointment.

In terms of the decision making process, you come up with and idea immediately after the test of how you did (my guess is 154-157) and to me that's not good enough (not given the studying, prep course, etc.).  So we regroup and take it in February, June or October with an eye on applying for the 2007 admissions cycle.   

Studying for the LSAT / Re: MISBUBBLED!!!
« on: December 03, 2005, 06:03:15 PM »
Chalk this one up to my Cincinnati Public School education.

Had a bad week of preparation leading up to the test.  So I'm at George Mason and I'm on section 3. 

I'm doing logic games and I finish with about a minute left so I go to double check my answers and see that I misbubbled the last question. So I go to erase it and see the one above it is misbubbled.  I've taken a PowerScore course so I know about hand scoring, anyway I totally paniced.  I start erasing and then realize that I failed to bubble in question #1.  Fantastic!  They're all wrong and I've erased part of my work.

Up until this point I thought the test had been going pretty well.  Not my best day but I thought maybe something in the high 150's was possible.  Now at this point we hit the break and I feel like I'm cooked.   

I was distratcted during the 2nd LR section after the break and I really couldn't tell you what the questions in the second section were.  I guessed on the last 2-3.  It really wasn't that difficult.

Then I get to section 5 see that there are 27 questions and realize that section 3 was the experimental.  I did pretty well on reading comp but really who cares.  I'm cancelling on principle. 

An amazing mental lapse even for me.  And then I carried it over into another section.  I'm not applying until next cycle so I'm fine, I'll just take it again.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: College Football
« on: October 06, 2005, 09:28:26 AM »
LSU has too many returning players on the defensive side of the ball to be mediocre.  They look tenative with Pelini as defensive coordinator and Miles is an offensive coach.  

As for your point on Fulmer, I'll disagree with you here.  They did win a national title, but he had bothced the Claussen/Ainge situation.  That team simply plays better with Claussen under center, even if he isn't as gifted physically.  Another great example of this was Major Applewhite at Texas (Mack Brown is an awful coach, Vince Young is a stud. I know it's a different conference).  For crying out loud, Alabama should be the best team in the conference and stupid Mike Shula leaves Tyrone Prothro in the game during a blowout and he hurts his leg.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: I have hate for these things....
« on: October 06, 2005, 08:28:04 AM »
What the?  Go Browns!  Steelers and Ravens can take a walk.

I'm a Bengals fan.  And you guys were awesome when Mack and Byner were in the backfield.  Calm down.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: College Football
« on: October 06, 2005, 07:47:05 AM »
The SEC has the most talented players, but some of the worst coaches.  Would you want Phil Fulmer, Houston Nutt or Les Miles coaching your team in a big game?  And the bottom half of the SEC is just as bad as the bottom half of any other conference.  Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Kentucky are bad teams.

The SEC always has guys going high in the NFL draft.  But look at coaches who have come from the NFL like Pete Carroll, Charlie Weis and Al Groh.  Where were USC, Notre Dame and Virginia respectively before these guys took over.  It is not a coincidence that LSU is not as good without Nick Saban, a former NFL assistant coach.  Talent matters but coaching matters more because somebody has to recruit the players and coach them up.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: I have hate for these things....
« on: October 06, 2005, 07:36:53 AM »
Morning FM Radio
Cleveland Browns
Meetings @ work

Studying for the LSAT / Re: December-takers, what is your schedule like?
« on: September 30, 2005, 06:26:29 PM »
Starting Powerscore next Saturday. Have been studying lazily for the past month.

I try to take one timed section Monday - Thurday and a full test on Saturday.  I have both the LR and LG Bible.  I'm having a success with the games since starting the LGB.  RC is going okay (need better focus on 3rd and 4th passage).  And I'm half way through the LRB and already know I need to go through it again.  I usually spend a little time in one of the bibles and then do a times section. 

I work full-time so I don't know how my study schedule will be affected once I start taking the course.  My hope is to be about 2/3 of the way through both bibles by the time class starts.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: If you're testing tomorrow...
« on: September 30, 2005, 12:37:18 PM »
It's all about believeing in oneself. Like me for example, I look at it as tomorrow I'm going to be Michael Jordan and the LSAT is going to be Craig Ehlo...

You should act like Jordan did after he made that shot.  When you finish the LSAT run to the proctor's desk jump in the air and pump your fist (almost arsenioesque).  That would be awesome.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Feb 1996 Answer Key/Raw Score
« on: September 09, 2005, 11:10:50 AM »
I do.  Just email and remind me what this is about.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: im so burnt out :(
« on: September 08, 2005, 09:29:13 AM »
I work full-time and I couldn't imagine sitting down for 2+ hours taking a timed LSAT during the week.  Normally I slog my way through some of the LR Bible for an hour.  Then take a timed section on the LSAT and look to see how I did and where I went wrong. That's about 2 hours.   

Usually I use older LSATs during the week and then take a more recent one (2001 or later) on Saturday.  If you did a section Monday - Thursday and took a full length on Saturday I think that would be better.  You don't have to do it my way but you're probably not going to get burnt out this way either.  It sucks but that's what you need to do.   

The point here is to be mentally alert when you're studying and on test day.  I run marathons.  I don't try and run 20+ miles in a day during the week.  But I usually do on Saturday with the idea of doing my best on race day.  Trying to cram in that much studying when you are working 40 hours a week is going to make you miserable.  You need to prepare yourself for the demands of test day but don't over do it.

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