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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How do YOU study for the LSAT?
« on: August 30, 2006, 11:21:49 AM »
Do you review each question you've gotten wrong and understand why the credited answer is correct? Your score will not necessarily improve by taking additional tests if you're making the same mistakes over and over.  Take the test one day and review your mistakes the next, also re-do the questions you've gotten wrong and see if you can get them right the second time around (don't cheat and look up the correct answer first though).

As far as RC, improving your score depends on what your weaknesses are.  Do you run out of time? Depending on how you study best, it may be better for you to quickly skim the passage and then take the time to refer back with each question.  If that's not productive, perhaps you should read carefully, taking as much as 4 minutes per passage and then anwer the questions based on your understanding of the text.  RC is actually the most helpful section to practice continuously, since there are very few question types and they repeat over and over for each test. 

Read the last 10-15 pages on this board, there's a wealth of helpful advice.

Good luck to you.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LG SURVEY
« on: August 29, 2006, 02:11:25 PM »
1. I scan all games and do the games with the most questions first - my problem with games is that I run out of time so I'd rather have 5 minutes left on a game that only has 5 questions than the one that has 7.

2. Determine numerical distribution of the game, write out limited options, and make deductions.

3.  Do "must be true/cannot be true questions" first (to make sure I didn't miss a major deduction), then do local "if" questions, then list, etc.

This approached helped me improve my accuracy to where I rarely miss the questions I attempt to answer (may be one due to carelessness).  However, initially it takes a bit longer than doing the games and questions in order, and may not work for everyone.  I hope that with practice I will be able to finish all questions in time without rushing, but this is not the method I'd recommend to someone who can already finish each and every game within 9 minutes with more than 80% accuracy.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Need PrepTest advice.
« on: August 29, 2006, 11:00:05 AM »
My book says Feb. 1996, Feb. 2000, and Feb. 2000 - so I thought one was the Sabbath test.  Probably just a typo - you must have a newer addition of the Superprep than I do, lonewolf.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Big Fat Guide to Logic Games
« on: August 21, 2006, 12:00:37 PM »
I used it.  I really liked their time management advice and the tips for doing questions in a certain order/reviewing old diagrams.  Their approach of making no deductions, going straight to attacking the questions may work for some, but not the others.  If you have the money, buy it and look through it, it may be useful.  If you're still shaky in your LGB methods, perhaps you shouldn't be learning a new techinique 6 weeks before the LSAT.

Hope this helps.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Lets play "Post those diagnostics!!!!"
« on: August 21, 2006, 10:27:30 AM »
Don't freak out - take this new information and begin practicing on new tests now!  Six weeks, 13 recent tests (defining recent as 2002 and on). approx. 2 a week - doable if you don't work.  Otherwise, maybe just do the 2004-2005 tests, plus June 2006 - everyone has enough time to do at least one per week, even if broken into individual sections.

Minority Topics / Re: Russian Law (and Pre-Law) Student Discussion Board
« on: August 18, 2006, 11:33:21 PM »
Privet!  I'm also a Ruskie :)

I've been on the boards for a year now, and to my shame, just now saw this topic when it popped up in my unread posts.  I'm in Texas, re-taking the LSAT in September and hoping to get into UT.  I'm older than most of you (29) and have a 2-yr old :0

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Looking for some help
« on: August 18, 2006, 09:27:59 PM »
How many total prep tests have you taken?  Do you strictly time them, bubble in your answers on a scantron sheet, and include a 5th section from another test to simulate real testing conditions?  All of these steps are important, otherwise your practice scores are not a fair representation of your true score.  You can't go easy on yourself now and expect that your concentration/pacing will hold up on the real test (ask me how I know this :)).

Have you read the Logic Games and Logic Reasoning Bibles by Powerscore?  If not, run to the bookstore and get them, or order them online.  That's at least 3 extra points right there if you work through both of them with enough time to really practice and internalize the methods.

Here's a thread I bumped up yesterday that has pretty good tips on the first page.

Also, search through Vera's posts on this board - she started in low 150s and got a 173 on the real test (her screen name is sunfunliving) she's posted extensive reviews on Reading Comprehension and other study tips.  Use the search function on this board and type in "LSAT tips" or something similar and you'll get a ton more helpful links.

Good luck to both of you (and me, as I'm retaking as well).

[What's your reason for working your way backwards afer the first 5?  I'm curious. 

When I started, I was sometimes running out of time on the last 2-3 questions, and had to guess, because I've waisted too much time working slowly on the first 10-15 questions.  Working backwards give me the luxury of taking the time on the harder questions which generally come later in the test, and then I can work through the easier questions more quickly if I see that I'm running short on time.  Since the earlier questions (1-15) are easier, I don't sacrifice accuracy as much by working through them quickly.  I used to work through all the questions backwards, from 25 to 1, but found that I make mistakes on 25-21 because my brain hasn't warmed up quite yet. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: WHAT IS MY PROBLEM!!!!?!?!
« on: August 18, 2006, 11:07:21 AM »
Have you read the Big Fat Genius Guide to Logic Games?

It may be just the thing for you if you have trouble setting up/making deductions on a few games.  The author dicusses sort of a brute force approach to working through it.  While he advocates making no deductions past the set up, which I personally think is going overboard, he has good suggestions for game strategies and deciding which questions to answer first to get the most points - key if you're running out of time.  It basically goes someething like - answer all of the if, then questions first, as they may give you key inferences you would have otherwised missed, then the order questions, what must be true, etc.  May be worth a look.

Personal Statement / Re: What do I do with these?
« on: August 17, 2006, 11:29:31 AM »
There are a lot of prompts which ask - "What personal, social, or academic experiences contributed to you wanting to study law?" - Being straight from UG, I have been trying not to focus on why law, but rather showing strong qualities that I have.  Am I going to have to write about an experience that made me realize I wanted to be a lawyer?  I thought that was advised against for us straight-from-UGs ...

I guess they just want to know that you are really interested in law and not applying to law school just because there's nothing else you could do with a liberal arts degree :)

You can still answer the prompt while focusing on the strong qualities that would make you a good lawyer.  Just discuss those qualities through the experiences which allowed you to aquire them.  I.e., if you're a great analytical reader and writer, you could say that you are interested in law because throughout your undegrad you took great pleasure in analyzing articles/books/philosophical treaties, deconstructing authors' arguments, and making a point as to why they were correct/incorrect.  Or, if your strong quality is that you are a strong leader, dig deep and find a legal/social justice, etc. project you've taken on that shows your leadership skills - running for SGA office, lobbying for better lunch meat, etc.

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