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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Anna Ivey-NYU
« on: October 17, 2006, 10:13:41 AM »
She has a book published that you can purchase for a few dollars on ebay or ebay.half or amazon.

I did get the book and found some of the essays and the introduction to the book helpful in my application to law school essay.

I guess that if somebody has a big bank account, they can afford to retain sombody to do all the application work for you. However, law school admissions personnel will also look at your LSAT writing sample (the essay) to see if you wrote your personal statement or if somebody else wrote it for you.

Just a thought....

Where should I go next fall? / Re: San Diego (big) Law
« on: October 16, 2006, 06:33:00 PM »
University of San Diego (especially since I live right next door to it)...LOL

There is a lot of mentorship going on for current students. The only thing is that the school is very expensive and most scholarships only last for the first year of law school. They do have a part-time evening program. My interaction with the USD law school staff when I was applying was not so positive. They seemed to be "bothered" by anybody making an inquiry. The law library staff is really nice and the professors that I met were friendly as well.

So, USD is your best bet for BIG LAW, in my opinion. 

Vera :)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: What does it take to break 170?
« on: October 09, 2006, 10:16:44 AM »
You can only miss about 10 maximum to break the 170. As you mentioned, RC is your hardest section.

This is what I would recommend:

1) Focus on accuracy (without strictly timing yourself) - when you do that, do you still miss 10 per section?

If you do, then you need to work on the accuracy portion. Analyse the questions that you got wrong. Figure out why you picked the wrong one and what makes the correct one right. RC tends to have the same kinds of questions over and over again.

Work on some strategies...for example, it helped me to go back to the "main point" question after having gone through the other ones, for example.

2) Then start working on timed passages. I used to set the timer at 8 minutes per section and only worked one section at a time. This way, once the timer went off, I marked where I was...then timed myself to find out how long it actually took to finish the section. I marked the questions that I got wrong (not the answers) and worked those questions again to make sure that I got the correct answer. I needed to understand what I did wrong and why.

Often, I would work that section again to see what I missed when I had read it timed. I also worked on a quick marking system. For example, I circled names, underlined lists and examples and made a small one-letter notation on the side of the text (L - list, A - author's point of view, E - example). Having those notations helped me find information fast when answering the questions.

I know that the current LSATs tend to have one difficult reading passage. You will need more time on that one. Maybe you can work on doing the easier reading sections in 6 minutes? This way you will have more time for the more difficult passage?

Here is a list of difficult reading passages:

Prep Test #   20   Questions  7-14
Prep Test #   22   Questions 22-26
Prep Test #   24   Questions 21-27
Prep Test #   25   Questions 22-26
Prep Test #   27   Questions  8-14
Prep Test #   30   Questions 15-21
Prep Test #   31   Questions 21-28
Prep Test #   32   Questions  8-13
Prep Test #   33   Questions 23-28
Prep Test #   35   Questions 15-20
Prep Test #   35   Questions 21-26
Prep Test #   37   Questions 22-26
Prep Test #   38   Questions 15-20
Prep Test #   39   Questions  17-23
Prep Test #   39   Questions 24-28
Prep Test #   41   Questions  21-26
Prep Test #   42   Questions  8-15

Good luck! You can do it!  Vera :)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Studying for a re -test, what to do?
« on: October 09, 2006, 10:05:30 AM »
I agree with Liz -- look at previous exam questions. Analyze them to see if you can articulate why the correct answer is the correct answer. When I was prepping for the LSAT, at one point, I started to see patterns in the LR questions. It was almost like I was understanding and being able to point out the "tricks" from LSAT.

In terms of the games, you probably don't remember each game set-up and deductions (rule connectors). However, as in LR, you will start to see patterns on what to look for in each game type.

Reading Comp, you probably remember having read that passage, but probably not the particulars?

Also, there are 54 released tests now? Surely, you have not been exposed to every one of those?

Best of luck!  Vera :)

« on: October 09, 2006, 09:59:47 AM »
The problem with Curvebreaker is that they do not use LSAT material and all their games are made up. I had that book when I was studying for the LSAT and it really is not good. Also, it has some mistakes in it.

The Logic Games Bible by Powerscore is great. Once you have worked through that, you need to take the time to practice on actual games. I took all the released tests and made a "game binder". When I took the LSAT, there were about 52 released tests, now there are more. When I had 10 minutes time, I would work through one game...I must have taken about 40 tests' games in prep to the LSAT. The actual practice is just as important as learning the games.

Also...and I know that I am going to catch "slack" for this from some on this board, I found the "Master the LSAT" book by NOVA very helpful for games because that book goes over the more strange games. I know that the LSAT has gotten easier in the games lately, but one should be prepared as that can change at any time with the next test.

In addition, Kaplan recently published a book on games. Again, this one does not use actual LSAT games, but they do a good job at explaining the particular types of games and what to look out for on a specific type of game. I would recommend this book if you are really not getting one particular type of game. But, I would go with the Powerscore book first and foremost.

Vera :)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How does my plan sound?
« on: October 07, 2006, 08:33:17 PM »
I do not know what I have done to you for you to attack me in that manner on the LSD board.

To the HATERS!

If you do not believe my identity then click on this link that is a newstory about me. click on "browse" on the search feature...once you click on that, scroll down and click on "Award Winning Principal is single mother of nine..."

Stop being so hateful. Vera :)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: About 40, can I do it?
« on: October 07, 2006, 07:51:15 PM »
Hi PennyLane,

I have just been really busy with law school, work and kids. :) At my law school, we have mid-term exams, they only count 10% toward our final grade, but still...I have been studying like crazy for them. But I am around.... :) Just have not had much time to post.

Vera :)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: About 40, can I do it?
« on: October 06, 2006, 06:19:39 PM »
I am 40 and I am in law school now...part-time in the evening while working full-time and raising kids. It can be done...once you get through the LSAT, it will seem like a distant memory.

You can do it!...and like PennyLane said, it is actually to your advantage that you already have a career and your are more mature...the admit people take that into consideration because they want older students as it makes their schools more diverse.

Vera :)

I misbubbled on my LSAT, but it turned out that it must have not been that bad of a misbubble. The LSAC will nottell you how many you misbubbled, they will only confirm that you misbubbled. Then they will give you a choice to cancel the score.

In addition to your possible misbubble, it sounds like you had a lot of other things go wrong.

If I was you, I would probably cancel my current score and retake in December. However, it seems that now the law schools do not average the scores anymore, but they take the highest score. So, if in fact you take your score and it is bad, then you could always write an addendum of why the one score was so low compared to your second score. I think that it will also depend on what law schools you are applying to.

By the way...I am in law school in San I am local to you...what school are you attending in S.D.?

Vera :)

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