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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sunfunliving
« on: May 10, 2006, 09:37:55 PM »
Word.  Vera provides this board with a wonderful mix of encouragement and patient instruction.   

And for people who are now discovering the board in their pre-June-LSAT panic - before posting a question, I suggest doing a search of past threads for tips on Logic Games, LR, and LC - Vera and other helpful posters have already dispensed tons of great advice on these topics.  You might find that the answer you're looking for is already out there. 

Yes, thanks Vera, the LSAT Queen!

Studying for the LSAT / PS, addendum and URM questions
« on: March 14, 2006, 04:14:38 PM »
I posted this on another board and did not get many responses, hoping I can get more answers here:

1. As I understand it, one must write a PS when applying to Law School.However, I have been reading about people putting in Addendums. When and/or what circumstance would require one to do write Addendum?

2. As far as stating about URM status, does one place that in the PS, Addendum or is that a different animal in light of the PS?

3.Does one submit the addendum the same time as the PS or at some time later after submission?

4. If I am of Asian/Pacific Islander decent would I be considered a URM here in California? I looked up in LSAC's FAQ's and they said that Asians are considered URMS but, someone mentioned that in California Asians are not considered URM's. Any truth to this? Can anyone confirm?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: I think I am doomed!
« on: February 20, 2006, 09:24:09 PM »
What part of the country do ytou live in?  Someone may be able to suggest a tutor/instructor.  I know several in Los Angeles.

Unfortunately my $$ are really low, I spent a crapload of money for a TM course, the bibles and LSAT Superprep books. I should've used it for a tutor. I am in Northern Cali.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: I think I am doomed!
« on: February 18, 2006, 08:33:20 PM »
You are not doomed.  The LSAT can be very frustrating, and scoring low is certainly not an indicator of your intelligence.  I think you may be studying too much.  Here is my advice, and if it means anything, ive gone from 151 on diag, to mid 160's. 
1. Relax, take a day off and read an interesting book.
2. After taking a break, begin doing one timed section at a time.  Upon finishing the section go through each and every question (even the ones you answer correctly).  Because the LSAT really is just 5 individual sections, if you begin thinking of the test in any broader way than each and individual section, you will screw yourself up, trust me, ive been there.
3.  Keep doing Logic Games, Logic Games can help everything.  By practicing Logic Games, you will begin to get a feel for the logical reasoning section, as well as improve your reading skills for RC.  Start doing Logic Games one game at a time, untimed.  Then after doing atleast 10 in this fashion, you may want to start giving yourself 15 minutes for each game, and then eventually, ween it down to about 9 minutes.  Do Logic Games in bed, they are actually fun once you get the hang of it.  The first time I took a practice LSAT, I got 3/24 correct and while preparing for the Feb '06 LSAT, I was consistently getting 4 or less wrong. 
4.  Continuing to take practice exams in hope of scores suddenly increasing will not work.  You will not suddenly get a 160, and if you do, you certainly will not get it on  test day.  So relax and dedicate about 2 weeks to doing 2 or 3 timed sections a day, and tehn going over them (again, it should take a while to go over them, or you are not going over them enough).  At night, do logic games in bed, and thumb through the Logic Games bible.  Be patient,  It takes a while to start seeing improvements, but I promise you it will happen.  I have been through the frustration, and I have wasted countless LSAT practice exams just by trying to score high on a timed exam so I would feel less stressed, it doesnt work. 
5.  Read 2, 3, 4 again. 
6.  Good luck, you can beat the LSAT.

I am certainly not an expert, but this is how I made some significant improvements. 

Thanks so much for your advice and encouragement. Yeah, I think I need to chill out and remind myself that *huge* (although a little increase in my diags would make me immensely Happy) improvements will occur soon. Got to keep on pressing on though if I want to do well this June.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: I think I am doomed!
« on: February 18, 2006, 06:10:50 PM »
Thanks for all of your comments I feel a little better.  As far as my studying techniques, I spend about 3 hours a night on weekdays and about 5-6 hours each Saturday and Sunday.  I read a couple of chapters a night from the logical reasoning bible and do the practice questions after each chapter.  When I take a timed test, I usually do them on a weeknight, so I do not come in “cold” for the test.  After each test I go over the questions and look to see why the answer I chose was incorrect and why the correct answer is the correct answer.  On several of the questions, I noticed that I need to read the stimulus a couple of times before I am able to answer the question.  Sometimes it seems like a bunch of stuff that I somehow can not make sense of.  Perhaps it is just anxiety that is doing that.  I fear that if I do not show some sort of improvement in my “diags” that I might end up psyching myself out of doing well for the real test.

The games section is my utmost weakest section albeit I still have not finished the games bible.  I seem to “get” the inference of what “can go in” and somehow can not “see” the inference of what “can not” go in.  More practice I suppose is what is needed.

The encouraging news is that I am very consistent with cause and effect reasoning and do well with strengthening, justifying questions as well as main point questions.  I am still trying to grasp conditional reasoning but am very, very weak with parallels.

Like anything else, when trying to learn something new, it will take some time and lots of practice before that “click” happens.  I just hope I do not lose sight of my goal and get discouraged.

Studying for the LSAT / I think I am doomed!
« on: February 18, 2006, 03:19:16 PM »
I am begining to think that I must not be cut out to pass the LSAT thereby not having the opportunity to go to law school. Here's my gig: took the LSAT June 05 and scored a miserable 133! Took a course from one of those test prep places and my diags never passed the 140s. So I purchased the bibles (logical reasoning, games) and am a quarter way through both of them. Prior to reading these books I decided to take an untimed test to see if I had at least grasped anything and I got a 143.
Just last night I took a timed test and scored a miserable 134 (again). I am totally out of my mind! I can't be that dumb what is up? I have been studying daily since the 1st of February. So my plan of action now is to go through each chapter of both books again and try to devote a day for each chapter until the June 06 LSAT. Short of trying to memorize each and every chapter I fear that I will not be able to reach my goal of 156 or higher on the LSAT.
Encouraging comments and suggestions are appreciated. Rude and heartless comments will not be tolerated.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Effing Games
« on: January 27, 2006, 09:21:50 PM »
Did the same thing today, at times I saw myself  "hurling the uncertainty"

OMG! I got a much needed laugh reading "hurling the uncertainty" quote. I am in a Testmasters class and struggled in the section of "Mastering the possibilities". I now can smile when I attempt to Master the possibilties when agonizing over a game and keep a silent chuckle to myself.

Thanks for the laugh! :-* ;) ;D

Studying for the LSAT / Re: June 2006 LSAT Roll Call
« on: January 17, 2006, 01:18:29 PM »
OOOPS I meant to post this in the Feb 2006 Roll Call. sorry

I'm retaking in Northern California. I am taking TM classes right now and I am freaking out. First Diag was ok but 2nd diag I actually went down by 7 points. I asked my classmates and 10 out of the 20 their points went down on also.
I am having a really hard time with the Games. I have so far looked at Kaplan and Bobrow's explanations and it seems like I am doing stupid mistakes or not thoroughly reading the stimulus right. It is a little too late for me to get the LGB but there is alway June right?

Studying for the LSAT / Suggestions and experiences with silent timers
« on: January 12, 2006, 02:31:16 PM »
Any recommendations to buy, avoid or whatever on silent timers?

Thinking ahead, I want to gather ideas for my personal statement. Any suggestions?

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