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Studying for the LSAT / Re: First LSAT practice test
« on: August 13, 2011, 01:47:27 PM »

The LSAT is about solution strategies... i.e. understanding when to solve the scenarios and when to merely create scenario templates.. or understanding when to diagram conditional statements and what said statements actually mean.  As such I do not agree with you.  I do, however, agree with you on BS little tricks that are termed solution strategies such as pinning ones hope on getting a correct answer by solely determining the logical force of a conclusion and picking an answer choice with the same logical force -- that is one example of test taking strategy does not really get to the heart of the matter.

The very first test one takes if a one has never seen the LSAT would result in no real understanding of how to solve a logic game or how to even approach solving a logic game. 

I also firmly disagree with you regarding the prosepctive law students studying hard for the test.  I have taught literally hundreds of students and there is over confidence that permeates the air.  Most students think the LSAT is just a memory game that can be crammed for right before test time.  Most students that I have run across think that they are just going to ace the test because that has been their experience through undergraduate.  Student EGO is oen of the biggest hurdles to get through. 

There simply is no real review of prep tests when a student sits down COLD and takes the LSAT (the initial test diagnostic)  from the three major prep companies that I have taught for.  In a nutshell, 1) it is to break the student down with the hope that they will listen and apply proper technique later and 2) (which I find stupid) a way for major prep companies to get a low starting score so that the point upswing can be calculated -- the lower the better. 

I do agree with you if you are talking about handing the student a printout and letting them know where their intuitively weakest topics are.  I also think that the first test is not a real indicator of true test taker weaknesses on specific aspects of the LSAT.

Even from my own experience the VERY first LSAT I took without any preparation whatsoever - I was lost on that test.  It would have served no purpose to go through the test.  The idea is after that test the instructor can then take a look at everyone and say --- ok, we are dealing with a serious bitc** of a test here... now lets begin at the beginning.

I absolutely disagree that taking the test COLD and not reviewing it WHATSOEVER is a waste of time.  It puts students on notice of what they are dealing with.  Up to this point these ARE NOT LAW SCHOOL students at all -- they are undergrad and up.  Before you take the test you have no idea what you are dealing with.  The point of the COLD test is to put you on notice.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: from untimed to timed?
« on: August 10, 2011, 10:59:22 AM »
From my experience timing should become a major issue four weeks prior to the test.  I took a timed test everyday for about 25 days straight.  For some that might be a bit too much as I was becoming mentally exhausted at that rate.  The key is to spend half the day taking the test and the other half making sure that you know exactly what you did wrong on the questions that you missed.  No matter what take a break two days before the exam to regain your faculties.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: First LSAT practice test
« on: August 10, 2011, 10:54:58 AM »
I studied for the LSAT for approximately five months.  I worked through the PrepTests twice.  I was very good at reading comprehension but the rest of the test was difficult. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Curse you logic games!
« on: April 24, 2011, 10:07:38 PM »
As I have posted before I have solved every one of thes logic games and placed them on video.  The best way to improve is to do them.  There are 268 games that have been released since 1991.  Work four of them a day for about 60 days and you will master them.  The key is to understand what you did wrong.  Another key is to understand that 70% of the games require work to be done before you look at the questions. Of that, 50% of the games can be wholly solved.  20% require scenario templates.  This leaves 30% of logic games that require no work up front. 

Talking about setups is a good thing but continually doing the games makes the setups occur intuitively.  The real issue with logic games is to determine very quickly what amount of work is necessary up front.  This is done by understanding the hierarchy of rules.  Put another way, the types of rules given dictate waht your solution strategy will be.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: First LSAT practice test
« on: April 24, 2011, 10:00:29 PM »
The initial test is largely irrelevant.  I would not review for it nor would I worry about your initial score.  What matters is when you begin to study for the test.  The first test I ever took resulted in a 145.  I ended up with a 172. 

reading comprehension is more difficult to teach but I would suggest that you practice five passages in a sitting to get your mental stamina where it needs to be.  Do five passages in forty two minutes every day for fifteen days. 

With regard to the logic games I suggest you start doing a number of them.  Too many students simply don't do enough games to actually understand them.  There have been 268 logic games released since 1991.  If a student is serious about the LSAT they should work through at least 60 of them.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How much studying should I be doing a day?
« on: April 22, 2011, 01:42:26 PM »
I scored a 172 on the LSAT and studied about five hours a day for at least four months.  I have taught the LSAT for about seven years and find that students are not prepared to make the necessary sacrifice for this test.  This test is principle based not memorization based.  This means that you must understand the concepts and apply them rather than spit out things that you memorized the night before.

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