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Studying for the LSAT / Studying with a job ....
« on: August 30, 2012, 10:02:25 PM »
First off I'll say I've been lurking around for years on here or and I often see people say/ ask "I can't dedicate more than an hour a day to studying, I work". Guess what? I work too. No I don't do retail or work at a restaurant, something with nice flexible hours where I can adjust my schedule if necessary. I have a very stressful job which I do love, but it isn't my dream career. I said all of that to say that sometimes I am in the office 50+ hrs a week.

Now while I am probably the last person to give anybody advice for studying, (seeing how this is probably the 5th time I've ever studied for anything in my entire life,) I thought I'd offer some tips to those who are working but don't know how to fit in study time.
As of right now I study minimum 3 hours a day and the maximum is 5 for 5-6 days per week. I'm now in my 4th week of prep for December, so I've only gotten up to LG and LR at the moment.
I study everywhere and every given moment.

1. When I wake up while I brush my teeth and etc, I do a logic game. (yes I keep a logic game next to the bed so when I when I wake up I can do it immediately as I walk to the bathroom) (generally around 6:30 am)
2. I either do a LG or read notes on LR while I eat my breakfast.
3. While I'm taking a shower/ getting dressed I listen to LG explanations (generally of prep test I'm familiar with so I can easily identity them since I can't see them)
4. If you can take public transportation to work, DO IT! My commute is 30-40 mins choose LG, LR or reading notes on LR (I like to brush up on the notes at least once a week bc it helps me memorize the fallacies/ wrong answer types)
5. I get to work a little earlier than my boss so I can do 1-2 games uninterrupted
6. I keep a folder filled with LR and LG in my desk so I can periodically do them throughout the day (I alternate btwn the 2 sections daily)
7. If I just completed a LG I listen to the explanation on my phone via youtube otherwise I'll read some notes on LR
8. Lunch - eat and study
9. I study on the train on my way home
10. I give myself an 1- 1.5 hr break depending on the time I get home. This is the only time I watch tv and eat and shower without studying.
11. I study for 3-4 hours (8-11/12pm)

On the weekends I break up my studying on Saturday into 3- two hour sessions or 2 - four hour sessions depending on what I need to get done.

This may sound unrealistic to some, but I really want a good score on my LSAT, and I've already taken it twice. I was extremely unhappy with my scores. Most of it was due to distractions such as deaths, and nerves, which hindered my studying, in addition to a crappy Kaplan course. I know you're thinking when do you get a break? All the other non-LSAT stuff you're doing is your break. For the most part I've isolated myself from friends and family to make this happen. I can say this, so far, 4 weeks in, headed to week 5, it's definitely working. I've seen an improvement in my understanding of LR and LG. Prior to this I couldn't even identify a wrong answer. Also for those worried about endurance and being tired mid-way through the test, studying like this randomly throughout your day helps with that bc your mind will be tired but you will force yourself to fight through it.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSAT Study Partner - Philadelphia
« on: February 17, 2010, 12:01:30 PM »
what does that mean?

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Studying for the LSAT / LSAT Study Partner - Philadelphia
« on: February 10, 2010, 01:06:38 PM »
Is anyone in the University City area studying? I would love to have a partner. I go to Drexel.

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LSAT horror stories / Re: High Diagnostic-->Bomb real test?
« on: January 25, 2010, 02:32:58 AM »
I did 3 points better than my best practice LSAT, but a friend of mine dropped like 11 points from his average practice score. I don't think that mental state can be emphasized enough. I don't get nervous for exams, he does. If you tend to get nervous, then I would definitely use the strategies mentioned by other people. I never even thought of taking practice tests in the actual test location! Good luck everyone!

Wow I think taking the exam in the testing center is the perfect resolution to my problem since I drop like 20 points on my actual exam. I originally planned to take the exam at home in NYC but I'l take it at my school here at Drexel, so I can feel comfortable. There's no way to find out like what room the actual exam is going to be held in right?

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LSAT horror stories / Scared and Curious
« on: January 25, 2010, 02:07:15 AM »
I took my LSAT in Dec 2008 and had probably the panic attack of a lifetime. I still have nightmares about that sat afternoon. I pretty much dumped out my plastic baggy in the middle of the hallway to search for my identification which was in my pocket. There was money and everything everywhere. I started crying and then my mind blanked out. The only accomplishment about taking this exam is that this is the first standardized test that I have ever taken where I didn't fall asleep. Yes I fell asleep on my SATs ... twice. Anyways my score was 139 ashamed I was going to give up on law school. I do however really want to go it's all I ever wanted to do. I took 2009 off and debated whether or not I would study. I'm currently at a decent grad school and my grades are better than under grad. But I'm still concerned about the test. I took 1 practice test 6 months after the exam and scored a 157, which is what I was averaging before the exam. Not what I want I think if worst came to worst that I could get that at bare minimum on the exam. I have a lot of extra time, I'm willing to dedicate myself to this but how much time should I be spending on this? I would like to at the very least get a 165, my real goal is 170. I don't work, live a lone and I am a 5 min walk to the library. I've started practicing slowly to get back into the swing of things.  I did the kaplan thing which was of no help to me. I am considering the powerscore LG bible though. I own all the test prep books, so I have the materials. I have 3.58 from undergrad and a 3.8 gpa from grad school so I'm not worried about that. Any advice at approximately how much time I should spending per day on my test prep to reach my goal of 170? Also any advice for calming my nerves is greatly appreciated. 

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