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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Does this happen to you?
« on: September 18, 2007, 05:19:01 PM »

Studying for the LSAT / Re: how to improve reading comprehension
« on: September 05, 2007, 10:48:24 PM »
Do a search for the "best damn Reading Comp" thread... good info in it.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Study Method Help (LR)
« on: September 05, 2007, 06:50:31 PM »
I find it more an exercise in futility...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Study Method Help (LR)
« on: September 05, 2007, 05:57:19 PM »
You have spend a lot of time studying for this test, so is improving your score really just about doing questions untimed until you perfectly understand why each answer is right and wrong?

I find it near impossible to understand why I get a question wrong without knowing why the other answers are wrong.  For me, I just made sure I knew all the methods/principles for LG and LR before  taking timed test, and if you work at it, it really does not take more than a few days.  Although games were troublesome, but doing them over and over and over and over and over...(get my point) teaches you what to look for.  RC was different, it was the only thing I could do well since I overcompensated for my not going to college until my late twenties by reading everything possible.

I am pretty motivated myself (I probably cant study 12 hours a day though lol) and need some guidance from people like you. (I admire people who are hard-workers much more than naturally gifted people who score 170's in their first exam) ;)

Honestly, I'm skeptical about the validity of the scores people claim to have...  That said, I've always believed that if you want something bad enough, you'll achieve it through hard work.  A lot of theis came from watching my wife, who grew up in abject poverty in the Philippines, succeed in Med school and residency while raising three girls.  It tends to motivate people like me, who grew up privileged, yet did nothing spectacular with their lives...

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Ouch
« on: September 04, 2007, 11:57:05 PM »
Make sure you click on his Google ads... I hear he's not making much from them.  ;)


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Study Method Help (LR)
« on: September 04, 2007, 11:44:54 PM »
10 hours?  Are you serious?  Was this with ONE prep test?  how did u go about analyzing each question?  i look at my wrong answers, but, wow, I hope you took some breaks to pee and eat. How many months did you study to raise your score?  After how much time did you experience your "break through?"  What books/classes did you use?  did you have other commitments during this time?  I'm always interested to hear from people who can vouch that studying the way to an ideal score can be successful. 

Yup, 10 hours st8, I feel ridiculous admitting it, but if it helps anyone, then, it's worth it.  I used all the Powerscore books and NOVA.  I studied the books for about three months without ever taking a test, stupid mistake.  I took a practice test, and scored a 144!  So I signed up for the full Powerscore course.  It's been about six weeks, and I'm right around 167-170.  I, however, took a sabbatical from work, so I'm studying, literally, 12 hours a day.  Since my wife makes all the money, I have that luxury.  The way I look at it, if I score a 175, I'll save 50k in tuition.  I cannot make 50k in two months at work -- not in public interest, ha.   

While I may not be "naturally" smart, I will not fail from lack of work or effort.  Currently, I'm taking 5 practice tests a week, but I'll be doing 2 a day the last two weeks.  I am sure people with think its crazy, but I am such a competitor that I'll regret for the rest of my life if I do not do the best possible job I can.

Butler,  when u say shave off 5 minutes progressively....are we talking after every prep test, every two prep tests,,,etc? 

Typically every test because I find noticeable patterns of question types I'm getting wrong.  This is what I love about PS, you input your answers and it tells you what percentages you need to improve, say weakening conditional questions.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Analog Watches
« on: September 04, 2007, 11:29:06 PM »
Someone else said, set your watch to 12 noon when you start the test... I've done it with the last seven practice tests, works like a charm.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: if the LSAT was not timed...
« on: September 04, 2007, 11:27:09 PM »
This is the credited response, just a guess.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Study Method Help (LR)
« on: September 04, 2007, 11:15:09 PM »
There is a big gap between your timed and "untimed."  So it depends on how long the "untimed" are really taking you.  I decided I wanted to get a 180, so I did a preptest in just over 10 hours (straight).  It had little to do with my ego and more to see if I understood the principles.

Try giving yourself 50 minutes for each section, then, shave off 5 minutes progressively.

I am relentless when it comes to reviewing what I missed.  It took me awhile, but when I understood why answers are wrong  -- every time.  My score went up, significantly.

By the way, I admire that you post your "honest" scores in your sig.  I had a similar diagnostic score, but studying for 10 to 12 hours a day -- I added 25 points to my score.  It can be done with dedication. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Logic Buffs: Negating "Any"
« on: September 04, 2007, 04:59:56 PM »
logical negation is not the opposite.  Your first sentence was correct. It about the "people who.." not the comedians.

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