I've got a question. It used to be Earlcat, but he said he's not very active here. Who's in charge here?
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I'm the moderator of Reddit's LSAT forum. I made a list on Reddit of all the LSAT books that I recommend to all my students. I included an extensive list of books, but the most important ones are at the top. Hope it helps!
Also, I've recently published a book of explanations for LSATs 29-38. They're the tests from The Next Ten Actual Official LSATs. My explanations for various LSATs have been sold on LSAT Blog and Cambridge LSAT for quite some time, and now you can get my explanations for LSATs 29-38 in a print version.
I'm obviously a biased source, but I think these are the best explanations you can get for LSATs 29-38. The book is called Hacking the LSAT, and it comes in two volumes. Here are Volume I and Volume II.
They're just new, some review will be up soon.
« on: June 15, 2012, 12:33:10 AM »
In my experience, the *only* questions that should be diagrammed are:
In fact, if anyone finds a single example of another question type that should be diagrammed....you can have a half hour skype lesson, because I'd really like to see one.
(first come, first served)
Usually there are only 2-4 questions per section that should be diagrammed. The Powerscore Bible is misleading in this respect.
« on: March 25, 2011, 12:44:59 AM »
If you're good at self study, then you might consider simply buying the prep materials on your own. The companies write all of their strategies in the books.
For example, a powerscore course will cost ~1300.
You could get all of the LSAT preptests and the 3 powerscore bible books for ~300, and that's if you pay full price.
You'll need a bit more motivation, but it can be just as effective.
« on: February 16, 2011, 06:07:28 PM »
I second lawstudents' reply: Check if the schools you're interested in take an average, or just the highest score.
There's no downside to keeping your score if they take the highest. Either:
1. You'll get a better score, Or
2. You'll get a bit more data to analyze, if you plan to write again. Don't underestimate how useful this is.
« on: February 10, 2011, 12:17:44 AM »
It's hard to say. As EarlKat mentions, parallel reasoning quesitons almost always need them. Inference questions (must be true), and sufficient assumption questions (The argument would be good if which one of the following were true) are likely candidates.
A better idea though, is simply to learn how to use it, in writing. Then don't use it. I barely write out contrapositives anymore, but I am doing a lot of them mentally when answering questions.
Writing it out is a useful tool to help you think logically, and can be a bit of a chore while you're still learning. But eventually, your goal should be to be able to think about it intuitively.
« on: January 15, 2011, 02:40:47 PM »
Does your school accept highest score, or average LSAT? If it's highest score, it wouldn't be a bad idea to write again in February. That way, if you get a higher score you get a better chance at admission/scholarship. If you get a lower score, you've lost nothing but prep time. You wouldn't have to prep too hard, since you already have a pretty good score to go on.
Hmm, no one's answering. I'll give it a try. I think thing with writing samples is that both sides are about equal in their advantages and disadvantages. There is no one right answer. You may wish to more explicitly acknowledge the disadvantages of downtown, and the advantages of suburbia.
THEN explain why downtown's advantages aren't as big as they seem, and suburbia's disadvantages aren't as big as they seem.
An interesting experiement to try would be this: write the strongest possible case you can for suburbia. Pretend you were answering this the other way. Then, write this essay, arguing for downtown. Take your strong argument for Suburbia, and stick it into the essay, and proceed to demolish it.
The best arguments show why even the strongest argument of the other side is weak. This type of reasoning becomes very important in trials and appeals. The writing sample itself is not very important though, law schools usually don't give it as much consideration as they do to other factors.
« on: January 14, 2011, 03:58:31 PM »
Bigs makes a good point. I think everyone has a different baseline level of LSAT skill, and they can improve from there. Eventually, you will plateau. You don't want to keep practicing and practicing if your score isn't budging. You shouldn't give up to soon, but the opposite mistake is to keep going and going and going even when you're not getting better.
So how can you tell if you've hit your peak or not? Track your practice score results, and also see if you're still learning and understanding things which you didn't before. The quantity of tests you write doesn't really matter; it's whether or not you get the concepts which will let you write ANY LSAT well.
Your score on the practice tests is still moving upwards, so I'd say you should still keep trying. When it stops budging, then you have to find out if there are any concepts to learn to help you improve your weaknesses. Only once you've done that and your score stays stable, should you decide to call it quits.
Keep going for now, and use practice tests to gauge how you're doing. Five isn't that many to have written. I probably wrote at least ten before I took the LSAT. It's for that reason that I suspect you've still got some margin for improvement left. It's impossible to be sure, but you'll never know unless you try. Good luck!
« on: January 13, 2011, 11:04:51 PM »
1. It's definitely possible to see that kind of improvement.
2. Studying too hard is also quite possible. The goal of your study should be improvement. Focus on quality --> learn techniques which will let you understand questions betters. THEN practice to solidify your grasp of those techniques.
-One good way to do this would be to identify a weak area, then ask your course instructor after class to teach you ONE thing which will help it. Get him to watch you do a problem if possible. Then focus on mastering that one skills. Repeat.
3. Do the schools you're interested in look at highest score, or average? If they only look at the highest, I strongly suggest you write in February, and June (if you don't do well enough in February). Quite a few students can get freaked out the first time they write the LSAT, but are much more relaxed the second time. That tends to help their score.
Good luck, and focus on identifying weaknesses, so you can eliminate them
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