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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Attention all NY LSDers
« on: August 28, 2004, 11:37:19 PM »
im there.  lets meet up at the corner of willis ave and 145th in the bronx, in front of the liquor store and across the street from the fried chicken joint.


LOL....LOL.... ;D

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How old are you guys?
« on: August 28, 2004, 11:34:11 PM »
I turned 29 June 22nd.  It took me SOOOOO LONGGGGGGGGGGGGG to figure out what I really wanted to do with myself. It took me an even longer time to accept, that it's ok and I don't have to fit into any particular mold or time table.... I just have to graduate before 92...which uh leaves me.... about 63 years...that should give me enough time to get this LSAT thing under control..... :-\

-Rebecca



Just outta curiosity, how old are you guys?
I'm 20 right now and prepping for my LSAT...it's not going too great right now so I'm prepared to spend next summer as well to prepare for the exam.(even though if i do, i'll be wasting my year since i'll be graduating after this academic year)
I feel kinda bummed out cause i'd hate to waste a year but i also realize that i'm still young.



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I had an experience similar to yours, Rebecca, even though I'm an auditory learner. When I took Kaplan, going to class drove me crazy because I felt the class was too time-consuming, too slow and the students weren't on my level...so I was sitting there listening to things I already knew and watching the instructor work questions I could already do.

I believe doing practice tests is the best way to go, too. It's not the ONLY thing to do. And it took a long time before doing practice tests over and over and reviewing my errors made any difference...but eventually it did. All you need before doing practice tests is strategies and techniques, and you don't need to go through a course to get that. I bought books from PR, TM and PS in addition to taking Kaplan, and I didn't find one course book that didn't basically teach what I'd already gotten elsewhere for less than taking a full course would have cost. It seems like the bulk of course materials for every course is the LSAC (or simulated LSAC) questions/tests anyway, so it doesn't seem like much difference between practicing that in a course and just going to buy the tests from LSAC and practicing on your own except the cost...like you said, it's still repetition that makes the difference.

A lot of people just feel better and more secure taking a course and/or don't want to sit down and take the time to figure the LSAT out on their own. It's easier for them to just spend all that money, and I've noticed a lot of people on message boards are like this. So, in a sense, your comments will "come in one ear and go out the other."

I agree with what you are saying. It is not in my control if people take my particular advice or not.  But what I do know for sure, is that every person learns differently. I did not have a particularly good experience with sitting in class four hours most days a week, after working and commuting a long day. But that is MY particular circumstances.  However, I do believe like what you said; by purchasing the course material and picking up on the techniques by reading and understading, I can do the practice tests fine. I guess reading and understanding without the step by step instruction, works for most people. I just have to do it in a way that works with my learning abilities and schedule.

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"Understanding symbolic Logic"

Virginia Klenk

4th edition

HIGHLY recommended for those with no logic background.  It is very easy to follow and perfect for learning the logic necessary for the LSAT.  A real easy read, with plenty of examples and the easiest flowing language i've read from a philosophy book.

Matt

Matt,

Thanks alot for this tip!

Regards,
Rebecca

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Greetings everyone:

I took the June 2004 LSAT and I don't care to mention my pathetic grade, however, what I wanted was to be evaluated as to what specficially I am lacking in.  The suggestions I have received are as follows:

1) I should take the test in December so that I have more time for more practice tests, reviewing every aspect of my strength and weakness.


2) READ THE NY TIMES every single day, focusing on the editorials and Sunday book review. 

Since I started doing this, I have noticed that when I first started reading the NY Times, I struggled to understand what I was reading. So now that I am on Straterra, a GREAT MEDICATION for ADD, I am improving in my reading comprehension abilities.  By practicing to read an analytical and prestigous newspaper, I am training my mind to read and think in a manner similar to what the LSAT test makers are looking for.  This is why I have struggled with the LSAT, but I have renewed determination here.

For alot of people, it is the technical structure of the exam. For me, I just had a hard time grasping the "language" of the exam. I don't know if this helps anyone, but it sure helps me so I thought I'd share it.

Is anyone else taking it in December?

Regards,
Rebecca E.





Do you have ADD or you just took medicine anyway? I'm not doing well on RC's. I'm looking at various methods to improve.

I believe that I have a mild form of ADD, which is why the medication is helping me alot, HOWEVER, I am being helped with reading comprehension ALOT by reading the NY Times every single day. I strongly believe it will help you as well.  Unfortunately, my college doesn't offer Philosophy of Logic, or I would of for sure taken it.

Let me know how you do,
Rebecca

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Greetings everyone:

I took the June 2004 LSAT and I don't care to mention my pathetic grade, however, what I wanted was to be evaluated as to what specficially I am lacking in.  The suggestions I have received are as follows:

1) I should take the test in December so that I have more time for more practice tests, reviewing every aspect of my strength and weakness.


2) READ THE NY TIMES every single day, focusing on the editorials and Sunday book review. 

Since I started doing this, I have noticed that when I first started reading the NY Times, I struggled to understand what I was reading. So now that I am on Straterra, a GREAT MEDICATION for ADD, I am improving in my reading comprehension abilities.  By practicing to read an analytical and prestigous newspaper, I am training my mind to read and think in a manner similar to what the LSAT test makers are looking for.  This is why I have struggled with the LSAT, but I have renewed determination here.

For alot of people, it is the technical structure of the exam. For me, I just had a hard time grasping the "language" of the exam. I don't know if this helps anyone, but it sure helps me so I thought I'd share it.

Is anyone else taking it in December?

Regards,
Rebecca E.



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Studying for the LSAT / PR, KAPLAN, PS, TESTMASTERS ETC...
« on: July 15, 2004, 03:00:09 PM »
Hi everyone: 

I am one of those that is re-taking the LSAT on Oct 2nd.  I did way too poorly to even mention it, but I have a 3.50 UGPA at a local college in New Jersey, and would be considered intelligent by most ( I think...).  Anyways, I shelled out thus far, close to $1,500 for the Power Score test, some Kaplan books, and anything that promised to be from a legit. source of lsac.  I called up a friend of mine who is in Florida State med. school, already having got a J.D, M.A, and Phd. from Columbia.  I told him of my LSAT troubles, and all of the time, effort and money I have so far spent on taking the LSAT. Samuel used to be a professor at John Jay College of Criminal justice where I used to go, and he knows me well. He gave me the following advice, which I am now doing and going to do until I get to Oct 2nd.:

Just keep taking old LSAT exams, purchased DIRECTLY from LSAC, and keep reviewing the answers and explanations. This is the best way to learn.  I only got my test books in the mail a few days ago, and this is how I plan on studying till the real test. 

The reason why I am posting this, is b/c the explanations that LSAC has in their test books, are written very well and very easy to understand. I almost wish I knew this $1,500 dollars earlier, but experience always teaches me best.

I hope this helps at least one person, if not, at least I get a chance to vent...

Good luck everyone!

Regards,
Rebecca
cutenshort27@yahoo.com

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Studying for the LSAT / I TOOK THE POWERSCORE COURSE TWICE THIS YEAR!
« on: June 28, 2004, 02:28:17 PM »
Hi everyone:

I took the PowerScore course this year, twice over. Here are my thoughts/experience and I hope it can help someone.

Dispite having went to every class, went through almost every lesson, spent hours reading the lesson / homework explanations, I decided to stop the whole course and JUST do practice tests.  I did only 3 practice tests prior to June 14th and I kicked myself in the ass for not having JUST DONE PRACTICE TESTS with explanations over and over again, until I dropped!!!  The whole course includes ALOT of repitions.  The classes literally put me to sleep, b/c it was not up to my speed nor tailored for my level.  What I mean by this, is that I am a "reader", better than a "listener".  There are two types learners: those who learn better by reading and when it comes to listening it just goes in one ear and out the other, and those who dislike reading, but retain what they hear.  I am the type of learner that does best by reading.  Once I got wind of this, I started just doing the practice tests and going over EVERY SINGLE WRONG ANSWER with the explanation.

June 14th rolled around quicker than expected. I thought I did pretty well, but we will see next Tuesday July 6th. So my advice to you all who are about to take out your or your parent's plastic cards and shell out $1,100...first do 15 practice tests and review it all. Then if you score too low, reconsider the course.

Hope this helps...
Regards,
Rebecca E.
Brooklyn, NY

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LOL.....LOL...

I looked around the room...and all the "millions" of students milling in the hallways before the exam, and I thought to myself, I sure as hell hope I don't end up with even a quarter of these folks in law school!  I mean, one women sat down when told to, and then took out A HUGE ASS pile of HUGE mint candies, and just sat there sucking and crunching and then making noise with the wrappers....

I thought I was going to have to take a cab straight to Bellveue Hospital with chronic aggravation, let alone the dehydration issue...!!!   :-[ :-\



When I took the LSAT, before the test there was this guy who kept asking dumb questions, like he didn't read ANYTHING about the test before...kinda just walked in off the street or something.

Then, DURING the test, he just blurted out, "Do we get penalties for guessing?"

The proctor shushed him, and after that section she told him he could not talk during the test, and told him that if he did it again she would eject him.

IF he makes it to LS, I know he'll be not only a gunner, but a gunner with stupid questions (Professor, do we have to know how to spell law?")

Lavia

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LSAT horror stories / Re: My horror story
« on: June 26, 2004, 08:08:11 AM »
I took the LSAT in Queens College, NY when it was 75 and humid as all hell outside.  I walked into the building, and I felt like I was walking into a wall of heat.  The proctors said that the building couldn't get the A/C on.  Then these couple of dumb-as* guys had to yell at the proctors to turn off the fans, because "it was making distracting noise".  I sat in that room from 12:30pm-5:45pm, and must of lost 2 gallons of bodily fluid in SWEATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!  I felt like belting those bastards....

I am not going to do anything about the A/C situation and my score etc.  I am wondering if the LSAC tries to make the conditions as gruesome as possible, to "test" our physical and mental apptitude...boy I was mad....

Cheers,
Rebecca
UGPA 3.50
July 6?????!!! ??? :-\

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