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Studying for the LSAT / Redoing Logic Games a Good Strategy?
« on: June 29, 2008, 11:17:29 PM »
First a little background: I've taken a few practice LG sections, and it's clear that I need to work on them. I started out doing well accuracy-wise but would always go over the time limit. Then I worked through the LGB and gradually accuracy and time both improved.

Anyway, I completed a few mid-1990s LG sections a few days ago, and time was no longer a problem (whew!). Anyways, I did miss usually a question or two per game. So I decided to do them again today. I've found it to be enormously helpful. It's a really good way to hone down your skills, and make sure you're not making the same errors over and over again.

I hit 100% accuracy on the retakes (emphasis: retakes), and finished within the time limits. I really didn't remember a whole lot (actually, barely anything!) so I feel like I am improving, perhaps. Or maybe something inside of me just wants to believe that.

So I think it's a good strategy, especially since a Oct test is a while away. Has anybody else tried this? ???

Studying for the LSAT / Prison a Good Place to Take Practice LSATs?
« on: June 24, 2008, 01:14:55 PM »

I've been struggling to find a place to take the LSAT that would closely mimic the anxiety, fear, and intimidation I will feel while taking the LSAT in October. I have tried everything, but nothing seems to do it.

For one, I've tried taking it in my baby sister's room in order to mimic the occasional crying/silent tears I might witness while taking the LSAT from unprepared test-takers. But there's something about the Helly Kitty poster that softens me up. I've also tried taking practice tests with Listerine in my mouth (not recommended).

But I think I've finally come up with the perfect solution: prison. There's a high security prison in my town, so it would be really convenient. I'll ask to be put directly in between two rows of prison cells. Hopefully with people in there for dangerous crimes, not insider trading or anything. Wouldn't want to practice in front of Martha Stewart baking cookies. The point, after all, is to be intimidated. What do you guys think of this?

Are there any other places I'm missing? In case you're wondering, I've also already tried the lion's cage in the zoo. The lions seem rather poorly fed and weak. Barely able to move. Not every intimidating. Also I think one of them had a bit of a bowel problem.

I'd love any advice on mimicking actual LSAT conditions and feelings.

Law School Admissions / Apply to HYS or Buy iPod Touch?
« on: June 08, 2008, 05:38:24 AM »
So I'm set to take the LSAT in October and apply to law schools in the fall. But one thing that is rather unsettling is the cost of applications. Applying to HYS will apparently cost somewhere around $300, not to mention the psychological anguish I will incur while waiting for a decision, and the mental pain I will suffer after I am rejected. So I've been thinking: Is there a better way to use my money, or must I shove it up the Ivory Tower?

The iPod Touch is $285 on Amazon. Steve Jobs is going to show off the new one tomorrow. Yummy. There are some other options too, like feeding my baby for an entire month. I'd like your thoughts. I'd like to do all of them, but I just don't have the money (too bad I didn't quality for the economic stimulus check).

Studying for the LSAT / My First Practice Test
« on: June 05, 2008, 06:51:06 AM »

I am too preparing for the October test. 8)

I took an untimed test in the SuperPrep and scored a 168. But, although I took it without a time limit, I still recorded how long it took to complete each section out of curiosity.

I finished the each of the two LR sections with 8-10 minutes to spare, and the RC section with 9 minutes in the bank. However, the AR section took about 40 minutes to finish. I wasn't trying to fly through the questions, so I'm quite pleasently surprised.

How do you think I should proceed next? Focus on LR and and RC for a couple of weeks to nail them down, and then start on AR?

Yay, my first post! ;D

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