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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT studying has begun, but I am very sad!
« on: October 28, 2005, 07:31:16 PM »
I think the biggest problem for a lot of people in your situation is that they get so caught up in what the LSAT is going to mean and how little they know right now, that they get overwhelmed way too early. 

Don't think about how crucial the LSAT is.  Think about how much fun you're going to have mastering the female dog. 

You're going to law school.  You're not stupid.  If you practice, chances are pretty damn good that you will "get" it somewhere along the way (I know, there are exceptions, and the LSAT is not indicative of your intelligence, but you get my point).

Like JPhilmore said, just stick to the self-study for now.  The more LG questions you go through, the more you'll understand where you're going wrong.  I mean, wasn't there something that you had to practice for as a kid?  Piano?  Basketball?  Either way, you started with very little, and as time went on, you acquired new skills, until one day, you looked at yourself and said, "Hey, I can't believe how much I sucked back then!"  Lucky for you, the LSAT takes a little less work than, say, piano, so just be confident that you'll get there, because you will.

It makes me sad to see people panic too early (or, for that matter, at all).  Don't make the LSAT the end of your life.  Just look at it as another activity to enrich your mind.

I know I will "get" into law school, but I really want to go to a higher ranked school with some prestige.  It upsets me everyday that for college I go to an average state school filled with imbeciles.  >:( All because I did not have my act together in high school.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT studying has begun, but I am very sad!
« on: October 27, 2005, 09:50:30 PM »
I think maybe you're stressing a little too early. Games require practice! The more you practice, the better. Don't panic about it now; you've got plenty of time to better your understanding. Just take it easy, and work on understanding why the answers are right, and the other alternatives are wrong.

Is it a poor strategy to self study first and then take a class? Or would taking a class first be the better choice?

Studying for the LSAT / What options do i have for test prep?
« on: October 27, 2005, 09:45:59 PM »
I go to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  I know that testmaster/powerscore is regarded as one of the best, but unfortunately the closest one is in boston which is 4 hours away total.  There is kaplan and princeton review practically on campus. I know Kaplan is supposed to be horrible, not sure about Princeton Review though.  Do I have any other options here besides taking the PR class? My plan of attack for the LSAT is a good few months of self studying, followed by the prep class right before the exam.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT studying has begun, but I am very sad!
« on: October 27, 2005, 09:32:35 PM »
Also for studying, i already have the Logic Games bible here, will do that after this book.  And then later in the year i will take Princeton Review (the closest testmaster/powerscore is over 2 hours away each direction from my college)

Studying for the LSAT / LSAT studying has begun, but I am very sad!
« on: October 27, 2005, 09:28:21 PM »
I started studying with my "Master the LSAT" book about 3 weeks ago, just lightly so far, as I am only on page 50.  I plan on taking the June 06 LSAT.  This book starts off with the games, and i must say I do not feel comfortable at all with them yet.  It usually takes me a while to even logically see how the book comes up with the solutions, and alot of them are just too overloading for my brain, and i miss very easy stuff for no reason.  Like some of the games I look at the solution sets and I know I would have never reached the right answer. Is this normal to be extremely horrible on games for the first month or two?  I am very intimidated so far, and my GPA will be 3.5-3.6 when i am applying to schools, so i really need to do great on this test to get into the good schools i want to go to. Just trying to see if this is normal is all.  I just get an overwhelmed feeling during some of the games and cannot figure them out.

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