« on: December 01, 2005, 02:07:00 AM »
Lawgirl, I also plan on taking the February LSAT and hence am in a somewhat similar predicament as you are...but here's how I'm approaching my preparation.
First off, keep a positive attitude. As simple as it sounds, don't let yourself get overwhelmed or discouraged, because that will only work against you. For example, even if you didn't do as well as you would have liked on your first two sections, don't let that get in the way while working on the next two sections. Imagine if you were taking the real thing and you could have aced the last two sections but you were so let down by your poor performance on the first two sections that you screwed up the last two sections as well. Today, I took a practice LSAT and wasn't able to finish all four logic games of the first section. However, I went on to score a 165, which was quite good, since i didn't allow myself to be discouraged.
Also, in the larger scheme of things, you have so much time left...the way I see it, I can score high on the LSAT if I prepare wisely in the next two months. You can do the same, just find ways you can use your mistakes to improve and try to see where you're making errors most often. Also, if you don't see why your answers are wrong, perhaps find a friend who can give you another take on the questions...preferable a friend in law school if you have one. I'd ask you to post them here so we could all work through the questions together, but I just read a post saying not to post copyrighted material on here.
Ok, now away from generalities and onto specifics. I'd say the best thing you can do is to take practice tests under real conditions. I found that in high school this best prepared me for the SAT, as it gives you tons of confidence. Also, it helps you find your strengths, weaknesses, and find patterns in the questions of the LSAT. That means taking all four sections in one sitting, instead of breaking sections up.
What I'd do is space these practice tests intermittently while also going through the LGB and LRB. Perhaps take one real LSAT a week. Also, what I'm planning on doing is practicing individual sections as well as the entire test. So, since logic games are my weakness, perhaps two or three days a week I will work through an entire logic games section. I find that the biggest obstacle is timing, so perhaps start off giving yourself 40 minutes and then cutting down to the 35 minutes. However, DO TIME yourself. I can do logic games if I stare at them for an hour, but doing them under time constraints is what counts.
So, to summarize, I'd say take tons of practice tests, individual sections, and make sure to analyze all tests you take to find areas that need work. and most importantly, make sure you understand why you got questions wrong so as to not make the same mistakes in the future.