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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Absent vs. Cancel Score
« on: September 26, 2009, 05:15:52 AM »

Putting in the effort to show up, supposedly give it a shot and then cancel your score for whatever personal reasons (that you don't have to explain if you don't want to, adcomms really don't care much about ONE cancellation but want explanations about 2+) looks better than flaking out and having a no-show 'absent' on your score report no matter how you look at it.

Adcomms tend to be curious/suspicious about and want a good explanation/excuse when they see an "Ahead of time I registered and paid good $$$ to take the test that influences my future but didn't show up at the location with a few pencils that morning" 'absent' note on a score report. 

Giving it a shot, having a bad day and deciding to cancel is understandable, everyone has bad days.  However, unless you are incapacitated (like being in the hospital) or are otherwise physically incapable of making it to the test center for a verifiable reason (sudden military deployment?), pulling an absent has FLAKE, can't handle the stress, pressure and demands of LS written all over it.   

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept 09 LSAT
« on: September 26, 2009, 03:54:51 AM »
Yes, Good luck to everyone taking the test in the morning!

Get a good breakfast in you with quality carbs/energy food (oatmeal and some fruit is good), don't overload on a ton of coffee or other liquids/stimulants that deviate from your normal routine that has been working.

A good energy bar and/or an apple or something like that with a SMALL amount of water is good for a snack during the break to energize you for the last two sections.

During the test try not to focus on and obsess about how much time is remaining in each section.  Time spent thinking about that is time wasted that you should be using to carefully analyze and answer each question you face.

You do NOT want to be the person being chased by the clock like this:



Time management and pacing yourself appropriately is a major key now to achieve a good score under the strict testing conditions. 

Remember, the really hard/time consuming questions are only worth one point each, just like the easier questions.  Therefore, do NOT let yourself linger and get stuck for a while on a few hard/long questions along the way that could cost you the time to be able to fully analyze and answer other questions in each section.   

When you encounter the few of them per section that are stop you in your tracks mind benders and you just don't know which answer to select, rather than sitting there stuck on it, go with your best judgment, select an answer choice and move on to collect more points from other questions.  Go back and double check those mind benders if time permits.  Otherwise, let them go in order to rack up as many raw points as you can from other less difficult questions. 

There is nothing worse for your ultimate score than letting a few hard questions along the way tie you down and rob you of the time you need to address and correctly answer several more less difficult questions during the allotted time. 

While in line checking in and during the break DO NOT talk to anybody about the LSAT, lawschool stuff, etc. and DO NOT listen in on the stress fueled conversations others around you will be having about it all.  You have enough stress and pressure on you already facing a real administration of the LSAT, you do not need to get riled up any more by thinking about all the nonsense the rest of the stressed people will be talking about. 

Either tune out and quietly ignore everyone else while getting into your mental 'zone' or alternatively, if you feel like being social to get relaxed, make jokes or talk about stupid stuff like the weather or why Taco Bell and Pizza Hut got married! 

I'm AT tHe COmMmMBiNaTIoN PIZZA HUT and TACO BELL. Huh?

Good luck everyone! 

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Dear LSD folks,

PSA:  The tenure of Jeffort on LSD and other LSAT related boards has come to an end.  

My discussion site www.lsatdiscussion.com and my LR Question Type finder tool that was on that site have been deactivated.  

The times I have had here dispensing LSAT advice and explanations while also having lots of fun have meant a lot and I hope they have been as fun for you as they have been for me.

As is well known, I previously taught classes for TM for many years. I have now rejoined the company and will be working full-time in the research and development department as well as teaching classes.

I wish everyone taking the June LSAT or later test administrations good luck.

I will miss working with all of you in this venue. This is my last post.





Post Edited 01/08/2010

The above is redacted.  I'm back alive and well and www.lsatdiscussion.com is back online and like before I'll be floating around to give LSAT prep advice and answer questions.  







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Studying for the LSAT / Re: LSD LSAT: ALL TIME GREAT POSTERS
« on: June 09, 2008, 09:35:12 PM »

Dear LSD folks,

PSA:  The tenure of Jeffort on LSD and other LSAT related boards has come to an end.

The times I have had here dispensing LSAT advice and explanations while having lots of fun have meant a lot and I hope they have been as fun for you as they have been for me.

As is well known, I previously taught classes for TM for many years. I have now rejoined the company and will be working full-time in the research and development department.

I wish everyone taking the June LSAT good luck with it, as well as the people prepping for October.

I will miss working with all of you in this venue.




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Nothing to do with the LSAT, but it seems somehow relevant to this board in some way so I figured that I would share the news...  I am sad =(

Split into two parts due to that 10,000 character limit per post.


Sad News: Albert Hofmann died on Tuesday, April 29

Albert died of a heart attack on Tuesday morning, April 29, at the age of 102, fully lucid and deeply satisfied that LSD psychotherapy research had been permitted to resume. He spoke several months before he died about the renewal of LSD psychotherapy research, sponsored by MAPS and conducted by Dr. Peter Gasser in patients with anxiety associated with end-of-life issues, as the "fulfillment of my heart's desire."

Albert died several months after his wife Anita died on December 20, 2007, demonstrating that their love affair of over 70 years was the primary motivation for both of them to stay alive so long.

Obituaries for Albert have been printed in newspapers around the world, with links listed below. A moving obituary by Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller, organizers of the recent World Psychedelic Forum, is printed below.

With regards,

Rick Doblin, Ph.D.
MAPS President

Albert Hofmann, 11 January 1006 – 29 April 2008

An Obituary by Dieter A. Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller

At the age of 102 years, Albert Hofmann died peacefully last Tuesday morning, 29th April, in his home near Basel, Switzerland. Still last weekend we talked to him, and he expressed his great joy about the blooming plants and the fresh green of the meadows and trees around his house. His vitality and his open mind conducted him until his last breath.

He is reputed to be one of the most important chemists of our times. He is the discoverer of LSD, which he considers, up to date, as both a "wonder drug" and a "problem child". In addition he did pioneering work as a researcher of other psychoactive substances as well as active agents of important medicinal plants and mushrooms. Under the spell of the consciousness-expanding potential of LSD the scientist turned increasingly into a philosopher of nature and a visionary critical of contemporary culture.


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