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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How do you deal with a bad day?
« on: December 05, 2008, 01:43:10 AM »
Ahhh, the famed Letters Of Recommendation. These constitute the part of your application over which you have the least amount of control, so it's natural to be nervous about them. I would suggest getting the request forms to your recommenders ASAP.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot, you asked about the LSAT. Don't worry about it, and don't study Friday. Not even a little. Get to bed early, eat a proper breakfast, and do some gentle warmups before the test.

Good luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading comp is the struggle...
« on: November 26, 2008, 02:53:44 AM »
Some say Reading Comprehension sections are usually easier than your mind wants to believe. Find a way to avoid getting psyched out by them. I like to write a short note after each paragraph indicating the purpose of that paragraph. I also like to circle sentences that state a conclusion. If I come across a word too big for my vocabulary, I make sure I properly understand it within the given context. Slow down a bit to avoid skipping important details; I'd rather get through the passage in 150 seconds with a solid understanding than get through it in 85 seconds with a bit of uncertainty. Cheers!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: I've run out of logic games...what next?
« on: November 14, 2008, 02:09:41 AM »
There is some good advice here, so I'll throw out something different that helped me (21/23 = October LSAT AR score).

Write your own logic game(s). This allows you to think like the test creators, and it just might give you the perspective change you may need to conquer the logic games. Once I felt comfortable with my preparation, I created two of my own logic games. I spent about an hour on each one, and I'm convinced those two hours helped me further internalize the strategies needed for successful performance on test day. It's almost like looking at "the other side of the glass."

Good luck!

P.S. Promise me you'll NEVER use another ink pen for LSAT preparation, even for the short essay!!!

Another option would be to white out my markings and run it through a copying machine, but that seems unnecessarily tedious
Much of an attorney's work will be tedious...get used to it now!!! ;)

General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Passed the Texas Bar!
« on: November 14, 2008, 01:46:52 AM »

I just got admitted to Cal Western...not an Ivy League school, but family circumstances prevent me from leaving California. Can't wait til January!!!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: RC Strategies
« on: November 13, 2008, 04:16:29 PM »
I go with strategy D:

I read the questions (but NOT the answer choices), then read the entire passage, taking notes as I go. I summarize the main point of each paragraph in my own words as it seems to help me retain the information better. Then I attack the questions.

Advantages: I know what the questions are when I start reading the passage. The active note-taking has helped reduce the mind-numbing effects of the passage while giving me a firm understanding of the passage. Once in a while I'll come across the answer to one of the questions and stop reading the passage to mark the answer (for example, "the word 'quixotic' in line 53 most likely means...").

Disadvantage: Takes a long time to get through the passage, but this should be offset by quick response times on questions.

Good luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Speed Training for LR
« on: November 11, 2008, 05:36:25 PM »
Pacing should depend on the individual question, in my opinion. There are some questions that can easily be answered in 20-30 seconds, while others may take up to 2 minutes. Some say the 1st 10 questions are the easiest; my October LSAT seemed to support that. I found the most difficult questions to be concentrated between 14-22.

My strategy is to skip a question as soon as it looks confusing, then come back to it later. I also skip the longest passages because even though they may not be too difficult, I'd rather save the reading for the end of the section. On my October LSAT I got to the end of each LR section with about 3 skips and between 5-10 minutes to attack them.

Good luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: October 2008 Reading Comp bitchfest
« on: October 26, 2008, 05:13:00 AM »
I got smoked by the RC, and it really pissed me off. I missed more on RC than I did on ALL 3 OTHER SCORED SECTIONS COMBINED. This was a 1st. I performed worse on RC than I did on any timed practice test. Ouch.

I'm OK with the talk-stories; the speculative bubbles, on the other hand, can GTH!!!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: October Analytical Reasoning...
« on: October 26, 2008, 04:47:22 AM »
Definitely the hardest game on the October LSAT...I went 21/23 with both strikes on the soon-to-be-infamous "bus stop game."

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Glad I'm already successful
« on: October 25, 2008, 04:09:23 AM »
OK, rbg81, out with it! What was your score?

I was horrified to open my email and see 158 staring at me. WTF? I was practicing at 165, and I left the test thinking 162. Then I saw the breakdown:

LR1 = 21/25
RC  = 14/27 (OUCH)
AR  = 21/23 (NICE)
LR2 = 19/25

I performed as expected on 3 out of 4 sections. I am very happy with the logic games, but I bombed RC. I've never done that bad. Guess what I'll be working on over the next 2 months?

what do y'all think?  i'm on the fence but leaning toward retaking.

I'd need to know your score breakdown before I make a call on that one...But my first inclination is to say "keep it."

I just got my score and I'm horrified. 158, there it is. I'd been practicing at 165. The funny thing is, I did well on every section accept the RC. Here's the breakdown: LR1=21/25, RC=14/27, AR=21/23(best performance on Logic Games?!?!), LR2=19/25. Wow. I really screwed up the RC. I've never done that bad on a practice test, so I guess test conditions got the best of me on that one section.

Obviously planning a December retake; fortunately I've been doing logic games for fun the past 3 weeks!


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