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Studying for the LSAT / 153 to 162: Bent on Breaking 170
« on: September 22, 2010, 02:46:01 PM »
I've taken the PS course, and I've had decent results, but I REALLY want to break 170. Indeed, I feel like I should be able to (I've had close to perfect and sometimes perfect sections), but I'm really inconsistent with both LG and RC.

Games: If I see a game that doesn't seem to be "normal," I spend too much time trying to "decode" it, and have trouble quickly building hypotheticals (see: "Bus Stops" and "Alphabet Soup"). Once I re-examine a game that I've screwed up, I understand why I missed the question, and eventually figure out the best way of diagramming and getting the answers. When I re-take these sections, I (naturally) do better. "Processing speed" is the big issue here. EarlCat has advised me to re-take sections, even though I'm familiar with them, so that I can see the patterns. This *seems* to work, given that I don't always remember exactly how I set up the games or the answers, but I'm not sure it helps with totally new scenarios.

Reading Comp: I'm not a speed-reader, so I have to push myself to read quickly, which sometimes comes at the expense of comprehending the material (although I can spend much more time on a passage and still miss a bunch of questions). I've found that "VIEWSTAMP" and underlining/diagramming slows me down considerably, without any noticeable improvement in my comprehension. I tend to remember where things are, and who thinks what, but sometimes the questions just throw me for a loop and slow me down. Sometimes I'll miss 1 question, and sometimes I'll miss 5. I think this is due to the "balls-to-the-wall-pedal-to-the-metal" speed with which I move through the passages/questions (if I don't, I run out of time).

I'm currently working on reviewing a practice test and writing out 1-2 sentences for why each answer choice is right or wrong. I find much of it to be rather pedantic, but multiple high-scorers swear by it, and I'm out of ideas.

I would appreciate any advice you might have to offer.

Also, how long should I spend on reading passages? I've found that if I exceed 4 minutes, I will almost certainly run out of time, since it takes me about 45 seconds to 1 minute to read/answer each question.

Studying for the LSAT / Preparing for OCTOBER
« on: June 09, 2010, 01:48:22 PM »
I took the PowerScore full-length course and the June 7th LSAT. After improving from a 153-158, I hit a plateau. I was able to complete LR sections with 165+ accuracy, but wasn't getting anywhere with RC and LG sections. Then, late last week (Saturday night/Sunday), I actually started to see BIG improvements. I was finishing RC sections with high accuracy, and even finished some LG sections with similar accuracy (something I never even dreamed I could do). Although most of the test went extremely well, and I choked on the LG section. (I was having more difficulty with the post-2000 game sections than the early ones...)

Anyway, I'm pretty confident that I can actually do well on the test, but I don't want to lose this edge that I've gotten over the past week. At the same time, however, I don't want to burn through every PT and have everything memorized when October rolls around. What should I do?

Studying for the LSAT / Sex & LSAT Focus
« on: April 11, 2010, 12:28:03 PM »
I received some odd advice for preparing for the LSAT (thanks, dad  ::) ), and I don't know what to make of it, especially the fourth item. Any experiences confirming or refuting it?

Here are some of the pointers for your LSAT course and exam which you can implement immediately:

    * Make sure you get at least 8 hrs of sleep every day. If you missed it, make it up the following day - it does work.
    * Use imagery guided relaxation for 10 - 15 minutes before you retire for the night to enhance the quality of your sleep.
    * Start taking vitamin B-1 250 mg 1 x daily for mental stamina (not B-12, B complex, nor variations of vitamin B).
    * Refrain from sex (until after exam) for optimum physical and mental focus - like Martial artists, boxers, & Olympian athletes' training before competition.
    * On testing day, 1 hour before exam, take another 250 mg of B-1 ( it really works).

Law School Admissions / What's It Really Like After BIGLAW?
« on: December 02, 2009, 06:59:54 PM »
Until recently, I've been really wanting to be a lawyer, because it seems like it seems like something I could do. But upon doing more research, I'm really having doubts. The "best" jobs are at "BIGLAW" firms, where, although the money is good, the jobs themselves seem to be really, really crappy. People say that "BIGLAW" jobs are just starting points, but fail to specify what sort of jobs are out there, how much they pay, and how difficult it is to get one.

Studying for the LSAT / Best GRE Prep Materials/Other Sites
« on: July 06, 2009, 09:05:56 PM »
What are the best study materials for the GRE?
Does the "practice only with authentic questions" rule apply to the GRE?
Are there any other websites that have boards dedicated to the GRE? I don't want to make the same mistake that I did with my LSAT preparation; I had wasted lots of money on Cliffs, Princeton Review, Barron's, etc...before I discovered you guys (thanks, EarlCat!), and learned the formula of PS+PT=171.
I've discovered that PS doesn't make a GRE Prep book, but they do offer tutoring and weekend courses (they don't offer full courses). Does this mean that a weekend course, while not helpful for LSAT prep, could help with the GRE?

I've done a little googling, and this is what I've come up with so far:

GRE Practicing to take the General Test, 10th edition (actual GRE tests).

Barron's GRE 2009 (I'm a bit skeptical of this, considering how crappy their LSAT prep is, but people seem to swear by it).

Any others?

Choosing the Right Law School / Penn-Like Atmosphere?
« on: February 19, 2009, 01:55:43 PM »

I am going to take my LSAT in June, and apply for Fall 2010 admission. I've read up on several law schools, and Penn seems like it has a really nice atmosphere. It struck me as laid-back, collegial, and intellectual, rather than cold and competitive. Of course, it's Penn, and I only have a 3.5 from a decent, but not exceptionally great, state university, so I think it's a long shot.

Which schools have communities similar to Penn, and which ones don't?

Also, has anyone heard of decent financial aid being awarded to students transferring to a T-14 school?

Studying for the LSAT / Are Kaplan Books and Old Questions Really That Bad?
« on: February 02, 2009, 12:17:12 PM »
I'm in the midst of studying using the PowerScore trio, but I've also picked up a few Kaplan books (180, Pacing Practice, Home Study, & Stratosphere Workbook). I've since learned that their questions may not be close enough to the real thing to be useful, and that practicing with them might actually hurt me. Is this true?

The consensus on LSAT prep is that I should do as many practice problems as possible, so I'm going to try to get my hands on as many questions as I possibly can. I also understand that the LSAT has changed through the years. Are the old tests not as useful as the newer ones? How do the old tests compare to the "fake" Kaplan questions? How old is "too old"?

Studying for the LSAT / Concentrating/Staying Calm
« on: January 30, 2009, 09:41:03 AM »

I tried taking the LSAT last October, and I didn't get the results I wanted (I ended up canceling the score the following week). I will be forthright and say that I haven't mastered the material or sufficiently prepared for the score that I need (hiiiigh). I am currently working to master the content, and next, I will move to taking timed practice tests.

What's bothering me is the uneasiness and panic I felt during the test. It compounded my "content problem" by making it difficult (impossible at times) to concentrate on the problems. I got to a point where I just lost it and bubbled "C" for the last 3/4 of a section, using all my strength just to hold my composture.

Have any of you successfully addressed similar issues? If so, how? If you are not comfortable "publishing" your story on this forum, please PM me or something.

By the way: I am sure that a good deal of this can be attributed to my lacking content studies, and limited timed practice (maybe even most of it). I am also aware of the fact that the LSAT authors intentionally try to screw with people. I have also wasted $40 on a test-taking mastery hypnosis CD, which I had used a couple of weeks before my unfortunate encounter with the LSAT.

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