Quote from: booker09 on Yesterday at 04:05:31 AM
truth be told, i'm not 100% sure if i can make the 6 or 7 point jump i want to make. for what it's worth, though, i'm willing to sacrifice my social life for another two months lolz. anyway. in response to your questions..
1) i started studying near the beginning of August (i know, kinda late. i was taking summer classes to boost up my gpa )
2) problematic particular q type: LR must be true qs that involve formal logic, and effing long parallel reasoning qs (grumble)
3) i started doing timed PTs about... two weeks ago? i've only done 6 so far. (i know, i'm lacking in the full-length PT practice area.)
4) improvement is slow, but then again, i is a slow learnerrrr
5) so i definitely don't have a 4.0, but my gpa puts me in the median range. (hence, i need a good lsat score.) and i'm not an Ivy student, either. but my (overpriced private) school is fairly well-regarded, i think. well, i hope.
Given this response, I would definitely suggest taking the December test instead of the October one. If you've been preparing for less than two months, I think the extra two months will allow you to reach your goal. More importantly, if you're already scoring low-170s, those two months will give you a legitimate shot at 180. Make sure to use only Actual, Official LSAT questions...
I know what you mean about the formal logic questions and the 600-word parallel reasoning questions (disclaimer: 600 words
is an exaggeration). Here's my strategy for the latter: Skip them and do them at the end of the section. I generally finish my LR sections with at least 5 minutes to spare, including the time to complete the effing long parallel reasoning question(s). In my opinion they're a time trap, so I don't even attempt them until I'm done with every other question in the section. Once I get to them, I draw a rough diagram of the question so I have the logic chain on paper in my own words. Then I read through each answer and cross it out as soon as it breaks the logic chain (or adds an extra link). The answer that doesn't break the chain (and doesn't add an extra link) is the correct one. These question types used to be my LR weakness, whereas now I get them right nearly every time. I can also smile knowing many people will waste 5-6 minutes of test time on them, get the wrong answers, and let it mentally affect them for the rest of the section (or maybe even the rest of the test!). I don'enjoy seeing other test takers suffer, but (almost) anything that helps the curve is OK with me!
As a final note, I suggest doing timed PrepTests in distracting environments so you train yourself to focus through nearly any disturbances that could occur during the actual LSAT. I've read some posts in which people claim to take a full PrepTest every day for several days, if not weeks. That may work for you, but for me taking one every 3rd day seems to be just right (Monday, Thursday, Sunday, Wednesday, etc.). I retain my "muscle memory" while I avoid mental burnout. Whatever you do, do it well!!!
Good luck, keep shredding.