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I have several auctions going for LSAT material right now:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZsirjake21

I have other materials available as well not on ebay at present.  PM me if interested.

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Studying for the LSAT / Blueprint Reading Comprehension Method
« on: March 10, 2008, 06:19:00 PM »
In the recent controversial posts about BP and TM, the issue of Blueprint's RC method came up.  Specifically:

I agree that the reading comp portion of the Blueprint course is different from ours, although electronic discovery revealed that Blueprint used Robin Singh's liner notes to help create their reading comp "markups". The problem with Blueprint's reading comprehension methodology is that it doesn't work. It was created by Jodi Triplett, who has taken the actual LSAT five times--her lowest score was a 156 and her highest was a 168, and she missed multiple questions on each of the reading comp sections that she took. While those are solid scores, they certainly don't qualify her to create LSAT course curriculum. And Ms. Triplett even admitted at her deposition that she was not an LSAT expert.

Ignoring the legality of taking Mr. Singh's liner notes, because that's being addressed elsewhere, I'm curious what others, specifically those who have taken Blueprint (not the instructors), think of this.  I'm specifically asking if you think it works or worked for you.  Did you actually use it?  Did it illuminate the RC section for you?  Did it improve RC performance?

I'm not convinced by the argument above, of course.  It seems incomplete, at best.  Saying "it doesn't work" is a rather strong statement.  Yet, Ms. Tripplet's lack of perfection on the section doesn't prove anything.  It's relevant, but not conclusive.  A person need not be an expert to have an excellent idea or method that works better for others than they can use it personally.  The proof of the pudding, as they say, would be in the eating.  Does it work for students?  Is it used?  I'd be interested in hearing from those who have attempted it.

Thanks.

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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Workout (Princeton Review book)
« on: February 06, 2008, 06:33:50 PM »
Another thing I give to my really really high scoring students is the LSAT Workout.  It's the only book with fake LSAT questions I'd ever recommend.  The guy who wrote it did a really good job mimicking the real test, especially on Games and RC.  He just made everything about 10x harder.  *evil grin*

Quote from here: http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,101234.msg2583352.html#msg2583352

This isn't meant as a slight toward EarlCat, but as he does have a connection to TPR, I figured it may be best to ask others if they have any experience with this book.  Is it worth buying?

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Non-Traditional Students / Unusual BA.
« on: December 31, 2007, 01:06:32 PM »
This is long.  My apologies.

I'm about as non-traditional as they come.  I was home schooled through high school, screwed around in community college for a semester and still got all A's (though I did withdrawal-passing from a few classes), before taking an internship with a catalog company. After that, I attended for a single year at a private (NON-accredited) college where I had an LSDAS determined GPA of 3.07.  My GPA was that low primarily due to a freakin' F in science (first science exposure, really) and their non-grade inflation policy--self-consciously keeping grades lower except for "exceptional" work.  I did *very* well in the class that is probably most applicable to LS (rhetoric) garnering a rare SCL in my final quarter there and getting good grades the other quarters.

After the year there, my dad's salary was cut by more than half (airline pilot), so I got a job, left the college, and have been working full-time since then.  I got my degree through a fully-accredited (regional accreditation--the highest level of accreditation) via CLEP and other proficiency exams.  Because it was almost exclusively attained via proficiency exams (I had 8 credits from the community college transfer in and nothing else), I did not have a GPA like one normally would.  The college does not assign a grade to proficiency exams, only assessing a pass/fail.  I passed all without a fail, I should add...  To make up for this, I enrolled in another similar college (same level of accreditation) that DOES grade some of those exams before my degree was completed and had grades assessed for a fair portion of those exams: 33 A credits.

The long and short of it is that my LSDAS GPA is 3.66, but I only have about 61 "converted" credits (the rest are termed "unconverted" on my LSDAS GPA due to the pass/fails).  Oddly, that works out to something like 194 total credit hours.

I have been working full-time and have excellent recommendations from that for the past 4 years, and I will probably get a very strong recommendation from one of my profs from the year at the private college (if I decide to ask for it).  That year was 2003-2004, though.

My December LSAT was 163, but I'm planning to retake in June.

Does anyone have *any* clue how adcomms are going to look at this?  I can see several possible scenarios:
1. They won't care very much.  The 3.66 LSDAS and my LSAT score is all they'll care about. 
2. I'll get dinged severely because I'm more of a question mark.
3. I'll get props for being a non-traditional and work experience.

But I have no idea how all of this may play out because I've never heard of another applicant having a history anything like this.

Thoughts anyone?

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Edit: Never mind.  Got a set.  Thanks!

Jake

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Book sales, auctions, trades, etc. / .
« on: September 11, 2006, 02:15:27 PM »
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