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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Speed Training for LR
« on: November 13, 2008, 07:54:29 AM »
Thanks to all for the replies. I plan to get through 20 more preptests (all from 2000-2008) before December 6th. Additionally, I'm going to keep doing some timed section training in the breaks between classes when I don't have the hours for a full preptest. I can't physically do much more practice than that without sacrificing sleep!  :P

Studying for the LSAT / RC Strategies
« on: November 12, 2008, 12:03:46 PM »
What is your strategy for RC and why do you find it most effective?

Strategy A: Read the entire passage, then go to the questions.
            Advantage: You have a full grasp of the passage when you get to the questions.
            Disadvantage: Takes a long time and the passage is mind numbing.

Strategy B: Read the 1st paragraph, the 1st sentence of each paragraph thereafter, and the conclusion 
            sentence, then hit the questions.
            Advantage: You get to the questions quicker with some grasp of the passage main points.
            Disadvantage: Doesn't really work in a two giant block passage (best with multiple
            paragraphs)and requires some time going back into the passage to locate issues you missed.

Strategy C: Screw the passage, on to the questions and dive into the passage as necessary to answer
            Advantage: Well, you hit the questions before anyone else!
            Disadvantage: Difficult to then gain an understanding of tone or main point. Lot of time
            spent searching the passage for key words. 

Strategy D: ? - If you employ some other method, throw it out there for review.

I'm looking for ideas as to how to move more efficiently through reading comprehension. Strategy A isn't working well for me, as I tend to lose focus getting through the 65 line wall of text.

Studying for the LSAT / Speed Training for LR
« on: November 11, 2008, 07:24:30 AM »
So I'm to the point where I really don't miss any questions because I didn't understand them. I am, however, still missing questions (typically 5 of the last 6 for example) in each section because I simply never had the opportunity to read the question. Can anyone make suggestions for improving speed at this point?

I'm thinking an ideal breakdown for LR pacing would be:
Questions 1-15: 15 minutes
Questions 16-25: 20 minutes

So, my plan is to go back to old tests and work my way through LR sections practicing:
Questions 1-5: 5 minues
Questions 6-15: 10 minutes
Questions 16-25: 20 minutes

Once I've gotten used to each step, I'll put it all together. Any thoughts?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Who is postponing until December?
« on: September 14, 2008, 07:37:38 PM »
Good question from JJ.  I second.

Also, as for the trade off between early apps and higher score:  if you submit everything aside from LSAT score by, say, October, but delay submitting that until December, will the benefits of early application still apply?

This is my application plan. Everything into the admissions offices except for an LSAT score which will arrive in December. Takes you out of the running for early admission programs, but your file is still complete sooner than anyone who submits their full portfolio after Christmas. The sooner you are complete, the sooner they can make a decision.

Studying for the LSAT / Complete and Accurate List Questions in Logic Games
« on: September 10, 2008, 08:06:05 PM »
There is one particular logic games question I am consistently missing or having to take much longer to answer correctly:
"Which of the following could be a complete and accurate list of...?"

Anyone have particular suggestions for how to handle this question type?


Does this help?

If you need the actual games themselves, you'll have to buy the full Prep Test through LSAC or Amazon, but that link will break down the game types on each test given during that time span.

Good luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore Question
« on: September 05, 2008, 07:36:47 AM »
Awesome, thanks.

How would you rate the materials? Is there still anything new to be garnered from the Powerscore class if you have thoroughly reviewed the LGB and LRB?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore Question
« on: September 03, 2008, 07:36:19 AM »
Thanks for the reply, that's very encouraging.

How were your instructors?

How was the functionality of the course? Were there a lot of technical issues or did it run pretty smoothly?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT 3rd try?
« on: September 02, 2008, 12:45:15 PM »
No, I'd just write an addendum noting that you hadn't appropriately prepared the first time and the second test reflects your best effort. What if your new score goes down? Unless you have some reason to believe you are going to significantly improve again, I'd just explain your 1st score and rest on your 2nd.

Studying for the LSAT / Powerscore Question
« on: September 02, 2008, 07:37:37 AM »
For anyone who has taken Powerscore's courses, a couple questions:

1) Is the course material different in any way than the Bibles? If I've read the LGB and LRB, is it overkill to take the course? Or do the materials compliment each other?

2) Has anyone taken the Powerscore Virtual Course? The live class isn't offered in my area, so I would be taking the Virtual Course. Any reviews?


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