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ive never marked up anything for RC, i just read the passage once through and do the questions, referring back if i need to.  but i mean, everyone reads differently, so take this with a grain of salt.  but if you wanted someone who has been successful with minimal diagramming, it worked for me.

Heres my story, I'm going a bit against conventional wisdom here:  Two months before the test, I scored a 176 on a preptest.  After that, I stopped studying completely for 2 months, and I started again the week of the test.  I took 4 preptests that week:  I scored a 171, 172, 171, and on the morning before the test I took June 2006 and did so badly that I was already in the 160's halfway through.  I didn't even end up finishing it because I was so discouraged.  I went home that afternoon and planned to postpone my test date to February.  To add insult to injury, I had come down with a pretty bad cold that week.  I didn't feel ready at all: all I had been reading on this forum was how people had taken 30-40 preptests (I had taken 8 total...8 and a half counting my failed attempt at the June 2006 preptest), how they had taken tests in different environments, taken tests in the room they were going to be testing in, selected test centers on the basis of desk space, added an extra "experimental" section to their preptests...the list goes on and on.  I had done none of these.  My test center was notorious for having very little desk space...I had only taken preptests in the comfort of my own home while wide awake...I took 4 section preptests without adding experimentals.  I hadn't gone to coffee shops or intentionally sleep-deprived myself to see how I would do.  I felt I was vastly underprepared.  I let the hype get to me. 

Then that afternoon, in the pit of my despair, I read something on this forum that inspired me.  It was something like:
"Fools master procedure, men master substance."  (by the way, whoever made that post--thank you)  It made me realize that I didn't have to account for every single scenario that might or might not pop up in order for me to do well.  All that really mattered, and what it really came down to, was whether I could do the problems...and I knew I had what it took to do the problems.  More desk space isn't going to make me get a problem right that I would've otherwise have gotten wrong. 

My decision came down to the wire, but I decided not to postpone my test.  I went in on Saturday morning and gave it my all, and I ended up hitting the high end of my range on test day, a 176.  Remember, don't get psyched out by the test or what may or may not happen.  Just learn how to do the problems--it doesn't matter if you do them in the comfort of your own home instead of the test site.  Master substance, not procedure.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: not messing around anymore...
« on: December 23, 2006, 10:47:45 PM »
how did i feel after i got a 158 on one of my practices?  i didn't feel sick at all...instead, i looked at the test rationally.  I reviewed my mistakes, analyzed them, and thought of all the ways I could improve.  Like a poster said smarter, not harder.  I did only around 8 full preptests total, which is probably more than the average joe but still much less than some people on this forum.  However, I made sure that I wasn't making the same mistakes again and again...which is an easy trap to fall into if you're just trying to blitz through as much prep material as possible.  I jumped from 158 to 167 and then to 176 with very little work in between, because I took the time to find out WHY i was getting things wrong and figuring out ways to fix my mistakes.  You don't have to do tests every day for 5 hours and study when until you're sick and me, it seems like a recipe for burnout and diaster, but I guess you may learn differently than me, so I won't tell you not to do it.  Regardless, good luck.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: not messing around anymore...
« on: December 23, 2006, 08:37:15 PM »
wow...i realize how important this test is, but you seriously have to chill. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LR question (PT 45, Dec 2004)
« on: December 23, 2006, 08:05:38 PM »
this question is pretty infamous, do a search on this forum and you will find some explanations...i'm pretty sure i've explained it before here, but I'll give it another shot:

You really have to understand the scenario.  The argument says, the dioxin from the mill doesn't cause the fish's hormone levels to be altered, because when the mill shuts down, the fish regain their normal hormone levels, EVEN THOUGH "dioxin decomposes very slowly in the environment".  SO...Mill shuts down and stops releasing dioxin, dioxin stays in the environment because it decomposes slowly, fish regain normal hormone levels even though dioxin stays in the environment.  Get the argument?  It basically implies that something else from the mill is causing the fish to have abnormal hormone levels, not the dioxin, because when the mill shuts down dioxin levels remain constant yet fish still regain hormone levels.

"C" says...dioxin is carried far downstream in a few hours.  Which means...when the mill shuts down, dioxin levels in the river do NOT stay constant, but are instead decreasing, because even though dioxin decomposes slowly, it's being carried to another place by the river.  So instead, mill shuts down...dioxin level DOES regain hormone levels.  This weakens the argument that dioxin has nothing to do with the fish hormone levels.


Avg across all preptests (eight total over a 6month period): 167
Range: 158 to 176
Predicted: 172-178

Actual: 176

I'm satisfied considering the week of the test I got 171, 172, 171, and then the day before the test I did June 2006 and completely bombed it.  I stopped it halfway through because I had already missed enough to be in the 160's (I didn't count this in my average because I didn't finish it).  Thought about chickening out on test day, then ended up hitting the high end of my range.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Sept PDFs
« on: October 23, 2006, 10:10:03 AM »
sorry, but here too!! would be greatly appreciated.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Has anyone tried a test on their lap top?
« on: September 24, 2006, 12:32:28 PM »
it sounds weird, but i think my whole thought process is a bit different on the computer.  i think faster because i type pretty fast, so just about any task i do on the computer i end up doing quicker out of habit (i.e reading a CNN article, looking at pictures, writing an email, etc.).  When i have a piece of paper on front of me I concentrate on it and treat it with some respect lol. 

i am strange. 

that's not strange, im pretty sure that's how everyone is.

the dioxin question right?  i'll try to explain it from memory.  argument: dioxin isnt responsible for the hormone changes in fish because :

1. hormone levels return to normal during mill shutdowns
2. and dioxin decomposes very slowly in the environment

the key to getting this question is understanding what exactly the argument means.  it's basically saying, dioxin decomposes very slowly, meaning that even when the mill shuts down, there's still lots of dioxin in the river.  EVEN SO, the hormone levels return to normal in the fish, despite the fact that there's still lots of dioxin around them.  this suggests that fish hormone levels are affected by something else about the mill, not dioxin. 

to weaken the argument:

C says that the dioxin in the river is washed far downstream right after it's released.  this means when the mills shut down, there's no dioxin near the fish, cuz the existing dioxin has been washed away and the mill has stopped releasing dioxin.  then the fish hormone levels return to normal, suggesting that dioxin IS the cause of the hormone changes in the fish. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: PT 45 answer key
« on: September 22, 2006, 11:55:24 PM »
sim, pm me with your contact info.

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