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Studying for the LSAT / how to diagram this?
« on: December 26, 2007, 03:45:19 PM »
The storm passes over Johnston at some time after it passes over Laramie and at some time after it passes over Nillstown.

Is:   L
       ~    >J   correct?    Or is it  N>L>J ?      My brain is fried today.  I am ready to killself.

Studying for the LSAT / Time between sections? previous test takers.
« on: February 02, 2007, 02:36:23 PM »
How much time do the proctors give between sections.  1 minute?  3 minutes?  30 seconds? >:(     I have not seen this question addressed before and was curious.  I only give myself about 1 minute in my studying and was curious.   Does it vary with proctors or is it standardized?

Now, a 155.  :) 8) ;D   This week I only worked 30 hrs vs. my usual 52.  I will do the same next week. The extra rest and countless hours of QUALITY studying this week helped immensely.  I did take this test in the afternoon and was a bit tired, I am taking a fully proctored test tomorrow and will hope for the best.  I feel happy about this test as it did finally start to "click" and although the games section was tough, didn't even get to one, I still felt really good on the 3 I did do completely but I missed some key inferneces.  I will chalk this up to the games section coming 4th and me being a bit tired.  I just wanted to give some hope to others out there that are really does come around.  Of course I could post a 149 tomorrow........ ::)

I started my LSAT prep in November by briefly going over the LGB and LRB a few days a week.  I took my first timed test December 1st and got a 149.  I just took my 5th full test today and got a 150.  I have been through the LGB bible twice and the LRB twice all to no avail it seems.  I have implemented many of the tips on studying I have seen here and while I seem to do okay sometimes with timed individual sections while studying, when it comes to full tests I crap out it seems.  I don't get nervous, I don't get tired, I can still concentrate,I just can't make it happen.  I do work 10 hrs a day and sometimes my studying isn't exactly top notch, but I do at least two games or one LR section a day and I always review my wrong answers on LR to better understand my mistakes.  I am doing it all right according to what I have read and can ascertain, but it isn't clicking.

I have trouble making the inferences on games and have tried only doing 3 games to no avail.  The extra time doesn't always help.  The other day I got 17/24 on a timed games section, this morning I got 8/22. I understand how to set up games, and the rules, but some games I look at and just go blank and I have trouble really getting anywhere with it.  I have the Powerscore Games set-up guide, but some of the inferneces they describe in the setup I don't even come close to realizing while I did the game.  AFTER reading their inferences it all makes sense, but that is too late.   ;)

On LR I never get less than 12 right, but I also never get more than 18 right.  Most of the time I can narrow down the two contenders, but not always. No one question type gets me, I am all over the place as far as what question type I usually get wrong.

On RC I never get less than 19 correct.  This is by far my best section and I have yet to even read Nova's tips for doing better on this section.  I decided to concentrate on my weaker sections.

I have a feeling that I need someone to help explain the LSAT to me as I am not always making the connections.  I am going to go ahead and take February, but I know that I will be retaking in June/September.  I need at least a 160 to get into my preferred school and the T3/4 that is available to me gives fairly generous schloraships to those with scores in the mid 150's.  But I am applying too late in the cycle for those scholarships... 

so I am thinking about a prep course.  I have Testmasters, Princeton Review and Kaplan available to me.  From my readings here I am going to opt for TM or PR over Kaplan. 

My concern:  Since I have been using the Powerscore books and study methods would TM or PR be a better choice?  I think doing the full length in-class teaching will help me to understand exactly what I am doing wrong and maybe help make the connections that I am missing through self-study and allow me to boost my score in June/september.  What do you think?

Sorry for the confessional, but my SO, friends, and co-workers don't seem to understand the stress that I am going through, and how challenging the LSAT can be, not that you care, but I needed to vent and ask for some honest advice.  I will go to law school, but I would much rather go to my preferred school than take the T3/4 route.

Studying for the LSAT / Games breakthrough!!!!
« on: January 22, 2007, 06:26:20 PM »
I just got done with June 98' and I scored a 17/24 in 33:10 minutes on the games section.  1 stupid misbubble mistake, should have been 18/24.  I looked back over my answers and saw why I got some wrong, others I couldn't figure out.  The PS games explanation guide has been a lifesaver for games flunkies such as myself.

I have only been doing timed games after doing LR sections so this was my first full games section in like a month.  I was so scared of games after scoring a 7 and 9 in my previous two preptests back in December.  I went through the LGB twice and then some and did numerous games for weeks and it never seemed to click or make any sense.  So, I put the games away for about 2 weeks and then gradually worked my way back into them and now I am feeling good based on my practice games and this full section!!!!!

For me it was great, for others not so much.  But I just had to share with people that are OCD about the LSAT.  I think my SO is sick of hearing about this test but she is being supportive....
(i fully expect to be told that June 98 games were easy......)

Law School Admissions / Scholarship question
« on: January 07, 2007, 03:29:10 PM »
I am taking the Feb 10 LSAT but was looking at some of the schools I would like to attend and noticed that they mostly stop offering money in Dec/Jan.  Will they offer the scholarships that aren't taken by people going somewhere else to others such as myself late in the cycle?  I have the money for LS, but someone else picking up part of the tab would be nice.  I have contemplated postponing for a year if I could qualify for a scholarship.  what do you think?

Law School Admissions / Academic Probation/suspension and Deans cert
« on: November 20, 2006, 12:37:35 PM »
I know there is a sticky about the Deans cert on this board but reading it didn't answer my question.  Do I understand correctly that most if not all LS's I apply to will require a Deans cert? Do I send this to each school or is there a place on LSDAS for this that I haven't seen?  Also, I am going to write and adden for my grades "slip up" but what do I get from the school since a Deans cert is out of the question for a prob/susp person such as myself?

Law School Admissions / Apply before LSAT scores?
« on: November 16, 2006, 03:56:19 PM »
If I go the old school pen and paper application route, will schools take/accept my application before I undertake the Feb 07 LSAT?  I am curious if they will throw me in the pile and wait for LSDAS to send my score or toss/send back my application?
I know that I am limiting myself by waiting till the Feb test for Fall 07 admission, but I am still gonna try and get into some of my first choice sKools.  I have checked the sKools that I want and they all take the Feb LSAT.


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