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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Logic Book?
« on: December 16, 2009, 03:21:06 AM »
Oxford has this neat "Very Short Introduction" series. When I plateaued, I picked up the "Very Short Introduction to Logic" and found it a bit useful - picked up around 2 points. I generally agree that the Bibles work well enough for 'most everyone, but if somewhere down the road you hit a roadblock, this would be the book I recommend.

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I believe LSAC is de-emphasizing the games and putting more focus on RC and LR.
I feel the same way, which is great for me because RC is my strongest and LR has always hovered in the middle as far as my strengths are concerned. I'm actually kind of angry because in Oct 08, I got a very doable LG section and did excellent in RC, but my worst ever (including PTs) in LR. Had I performed as usual in LR, I would've hit at least 166 or 167. This time around, LG was not nearly as easy and I although I think I did OK in RC, I don't feel like I knocked it out of the park - which was the case last time.

I'm sort of hoping that my ambivalence this time around will predict a better score than my previous optimism. I know, I know; the poster presumes, without providing justification, that the opposite of one expectation leading to a poor score is indicative of a better score. Or whatever.

Smiley: I personally don't remember, but I think actually discussing answers like A's and B's will get you in hot water with the LSAC so I've been avoiding it....although I have my fingers crossed for a lot of D's in my class times game since that's what I guessed.

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LSAT horror stories / Re: Were you one of these LSAT test takers?
« on: December 08, 2009, 06:03:28 AM »
This past Saturday's exam was The LSAT: Recession Style. It was filled with a large chunk of older people who had trouble following simple directions and had to ask questions such as "Wait, so we fill in our name where it says 'name'?" I sat behind "We're all in this together" woman who was very sweet and thought she could send 160+ vibes in my direction by dramatically waiving her hands.

I was "Trust me, I'm a retaker" girl. It was like being the seasoned war veteran in a room full of new recruits. I also had many pencils, just in case the first five broke.

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My test went LG, LR, LG, RC, LR. I am fairly certain the LG section with the class schedule is the real one.

I'm not sure how I feel about the test! This was a retake for me. I took one in October 2008 and felt pretty confident about how I performed to end up with a 159 (I performed poorly on my LR - worse than I had ever performed on any LR section.) This time around it's a bit foggy. I felt it was more difficult and LG is by far my weakest section. On the flip side, my usual strategy of "do three games and pick off questions in the fourth" was successful; my only concern is whether or not I got every question on those three games correct, so, fingers crossed.

RC, my strongest, wasn't bad until the sculpture passage. Spending time on that made me rush through the last one and I fear I made some careless answers on the section I use to cushion the blow of LG. I suppose, all in all, I'd rather be rushed on my best section than my worse, and hopefully that strength got me through the time constraint without too much damage.

I can never predict LR, but it didn't feel any harder than most other LR sections. I actually thought the final LR section was very manageable.

Thankfully, on practice tests where I've had ambiguous or negative feelings about my score, I've performed very well. My first 170+ score I thought I had failed. So I'm not canceling. I'm letting the chips fall where they may and submitting my applications before Christmas. I know my score will get me into /a/ law school and right now it's all about hitting more competitive schools and finding scholarship money. Best of luck to the rest of you!

p.s. I'm surprised this thread took so long to pop up.

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Personal Statement / Rough draft PS - could really use feedback.
« on: October 28, 2009, 10:50:17 PM »
I finally managed to pump out a bit of a PS. I'd be interested in having others read it. I'm willing to PM, or if it'd be easier to just post it here. Give me a shout if you're interested, I'd be very grateful!

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Studying for the LSAT / Logical Reasoning roadblock - please help.
« on: October 26, 2009, 04:36:40 AM »
Hey all,

I'm having a bit of an issue with the logical reasoning section, and I could really use helpful advice for my "extra mile." Originally, the logic games section was my weakest. I was getting, typically, about 7-9 wrong -- sometimes 11. With practice, I have whittled this down to 5. Not spectacular, but definitely an improvement. Reading comprehension is by far my strongest, with maybe 2-4, if that.

Now, the reasoning is becoming problematic. I score all over the place. Sometimes 3 wrong per section, sometimes 7 wrong per section. The pattern tends to be I score poorly on my first logical reasoning section and less poorly on my second logical reasoning section. Unlike the logic games, I have seen little improvement and I'm having trouble applying the strategies I learned studying (and going through repeatedly) the Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible.

I'm especially frustrated because, in reading the questions and understanding the nature of the section, I feel like this should be at least as strong as the RC section. If I could pick it up and maintain consistency, I would really up my score. I hit 159 on my actual LSAT last October and am retaking this December. Ideally, I'd get 165 and it's the logical reasoning that is holding me back now, because I am still seeing improvement in my LG. In comparing my scores, it's the few tests where I do well on both LRs that I end up PTin in the 168+ range. So, it's do-able, I'm just having trouble isolating what I'm doing right.

Any alternative suggestions? Anybody else have (or once had) this problem? How did you solve it? Perhaps doing some practice LR questions to stay "limber" before taking any test would be useful (I also worry a little about fatigue, although haven't had any horrible problems with that or timing so far)?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Stories from the 9/4 exam?
« on: October 06, 2008, 05:33:38 PM »
I single bubble. I feel like I'll forget if I don't (and, like the previous post, it feels unnatural not to.) The biggest downside, though, is that going back and forth each question occasionally almost resulted in me bubbling in the wrong section, luckily I caught myself and time to quickly check each section.

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LSAT horror stories / Re: I hate my life
« on: October 05, 2008, 06:23:20 PM »
yeah, i ignored the bus game all-together and put all B's because I ran out of time haha. but the other ones were easy so maybe heaven will shine upon me and let that bus game have a lot of B's credited.
I answered the first question in that game and put A's for the rest, though I judging by what folks have been saying, none of those were A's :( Oh well, fingers crossed that I did good enough on the other games.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: I feel so defeated!!
« on: October 04, 2008, 08:01:21 PM »
I'm not sure about everyone else, but how I think I did on the LSAT rarely ever predicts how I actually performed, because I almost always come out with this cautious optimism; however, the time I felt I performed the worst (on a PT) I ended up scoring a 171 - my highest. So, I suppose if it were me, I'd wait. I'm actually concerned that I feel semi-confident (thanks to the girls I drove with being so panicky afterwards) about my performance.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: So how did we do?
« on: October 04, 2008, 06:28:31 PM »
Now I have the sudden worry that I mis-bubbled somewhere.....this is going to be a long three weeks
Three weeks to imagine every single possible thing that could go wrong, joy.

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