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General Off-Topic Board / Re: If I Did It
« on: June 11, 2012, 09:41:55 PM »
My humble opinion: it is kind of creepy to give these killers a platform.

For instance, all weekend long they were playing an interview of Jeffrey Dahmer on MSNBC. I bet unstable people like that Montreal Cannibal see these killers' rise in celebrity and figure they could do better, and round and round she goes...

One way to help stop the cycle may be for the public to stop leering.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: My 1L neighbor is driving me crazy
« on: June 11, 2012, 09:28:00 PM »
OP mentioned the $2k rent to show he/she can afford it.

OP finds a board, sets up an account, rants, and asks a question he/she could have found through minimal research.

OP probably just needs friends.


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Annoying LR Question !!!!
« on: June 04, 2012, 06:16:56 PM »
Although I agree that the question is poorly worded, there is definitely a clear correct answer here.

The argument states that people don't notice plants other than grass growing in the summer because, "unlike growing grass that needs to be mowed, the growth spurts of other plants do not require reciprocal actions."

For this argument to stand, the premise that "the growth spurts of other plants do not require reciprocal actions" must be true.

Answer choice A: "Juniper bushes do not need extra pruning during the summer months," is an assumption that must be true for the premise "the growth spurts of other plants do not require reciprocal actions."  In other words, if the contrary of this answer choice were true, that juniper bushes do require extra pruning during the summer, the underlined premise above would be false and the entire argument would no longer stand.

Hope this helps.

Dear Mateudn,

Although there have been many great tips on this thread regarding diagramming LR questions, here's another thing to consider:

The better you get at the LR questions, the less you will chart. People whom expertly solve the LR section rarely, if ever, diagram any arguments in the LR section. This goes back to something Jeffort mentioned: people teaching you the Logical Reasoning section will diagram arguments for you to follow their analysis, not necessarily as an example of the optimum way to solve these questions.

I liken this to training wheels on a bike; when you are learning how to ride, you will use training wheels (diagramming/notating LR Arguments), but when you learn how to ride a bike, the training wheels get in the way and are tossed aside.

Hope this helps; best of luck.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: What to do for a month....
« on: June 04, 2012, 05:32:44 AM »
Dear Zap,

Congratulations on your decision to take the LSAT.

How you prepare for the LSAT during your last month (or week) depends entirely on the type of student you are. For instance, some people get distracted socializing when studying in classrooms or groups. Others get distracted by TV, the internet, or hobbies when trying to study alone. The point is, you must identify when and how you get your best studying done, and try to study in that setting.

Perhaps more important than where and how you study is what you study. During your last month, you should ideally be done learning new LSAT techniques and instead be practicing what you already know. You also want to practice and establish your pace.

Last, you must decide if you are ready to take the test. Although this last suggestion may seem out of place, during your last month you should decide if you are ready to take the test and leave your mark. In other words, decide if you have reached the pinnacle of your LSAT prowess, and if so, go for it; if not, thereís always next quarter.

Anyway, Zap, hope some of this is helps. When you do decide to take the test I hope you knock it out of the park. Best regards and good luck.

Dear MissJenna,

You are right; asking someone to review and learn from their wrong LSAT answers assumes that he or she can figure out why their answers are wrong in the first place. That is similar to asking someone whom has never before tasted a beer to brew a beer, taste it, and then change the recipe to make it taste more like beer.

You asking how to analyze the wrong answers indicates that, like Henri and Julie mentioned, you may still benefit from learning core LSAT Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension skills. There are books that specialize in helping people improve at the LSAT Logical Reasoning section. You may also take an LSAT class or course specific to the Logical Reasoning section.

Last, you may benefit from learning and incorporating some new LSAT studying techniques. You can learn some effective LSAT studying techniques from this free article titled How Much Can You Improve Your LSAT Score or by looking around LSD.

I hope some of this helps. Best of luck.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How can I improve my reading?
« on: April 04, 2012, 03:04:42 PM »
Hi Javier,

Congratulations on your commitment to improve on the LSAT.

Your problems with the LSAT are very common.

In fact, many LSAT preparation companies offer specific classes to help you with LSAT Reading Comprehension or speed.

For instance, our reading comprehension mini-workshop helps you review relevant grammar, teaches you how to spot the main points of paragraphs and entire passages, and how to manage your time to answer every question in the section.

Since you are self-studying, first brush up your grammar, like Jeffort suggests, and make sure you can spot the main point of every sentence and paragraph.

To score well on the LSAT, you must also develop good time management skills.

You will need a sense for how much time to spend per question or passage, and when to move on.

Again, many LSAT prep companies offer mini workshops related to improving your LSAT speed.

The bottom-line is that if you are trying to improve your LSAT reading skills or speed, do so in increments; and track your results to see whatís helping.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: best lsat prep materials
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:54:40 PM »

Most LSAT prep books have some things they explain well, and other things that they confuse to all...

Go to your local library and check-out all the LSAT Prep books you can carry.

Scan the books and pick-up their nuggets of wisdom, and forget the rest.

Also, buy the Official Past PrepTests with Comparative Reading, like Micdiddy suggested, and practice practice practice.

If you find that you can't understand a specific question or question-type, post your question on this forum (not TLS), and I'm sure someone nice will help.

You can also hire an LSAT Tutor or enroll in LSAT classes specific to your LSAT weakness.

Just make sure not to get stuck trying to learn and master techniques that may not work for you.

Best of luck.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: PT54, S2, Q22
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:20:01 PM »
Hi kohsuen,

In the second sentence, the student states that if Vallejo is correct, there is insufficient evidence for claiming that glass-blowing originated in Egypt.
However, in the conclusion the student incorrectly infers that to mean glass-blowing must have originated elsewhere.

According to the passage, Vallejo only claims there is insufficient evidence for determining glass-blowing originated in Egypt, not that there is evidence that glass-blowing did not originate in Egypt, or that there is evidence that glass-blowing originated elsewhere.

The fault in this passageís reasoning is similar to fault in this more simple passage:

Although most scientists believe that cigarettes cause cancer, a new study by Scientist X questions the validity of the evidence linking cigarettes to cancer. Therefore, if Scientist X is correct, cigarettes donít cause cancer.

Kohsuen, hope this helps.


Studying for the LSAT / Re: my score has hit a plateau...what do I do?
« on: March 01, 2012, 05:58:21 AM »
Hi PreLaw12,

Sometimes people hit plateaus because they have maximized the potential of their chosen methods.

For instance, think of the people you see at the gym working up maniacal sweats on the same machine day-after-day and never looking fit.

Their bodies have acclimated to their routines; sure, they may loose a pound here or there, but their weight is range-bound.

For them to get past their hump, they would need to incorporate new techniques.

You may similarly want to look for and incorporate new techniques to get your score improving.

Best of luck.

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