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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore/TM Prepcourse
« on: October 10, 2007, 10:42:23 PM »
Look for my numerous posts on this subject.  SKIP THE COURSE!  Seriously.  Find the best tutor you can get.  Spend some money on getting all the tests and some practice materials and practice practice practice.  You will save yourself money and you will spend your time focusing on your weaknesses instead of the weaknesses of the other people in your class.

Good luck.

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Woops, Did that link not lead to tutors?  Sorry if I misled you.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Effective Reading Comp strategies
« on: October 08, 2007, 11:24:23 AM »
UL,

If your very fast in this section then I dont think reading the questions first is a bad idea.  My problem was I wasnt fast enough.  I wouldnt finish because I end up reading the questions 2x.  Same thing for LR. I would use this techniqe if I was fast though because this would definitly help with accuracy.

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I had to stop marking-up.  When I was doing that I would completely miss the main point of the passage because I was getting so involved in the details.  I discovered that for me it was far better to just read through taking note of the main point and what the author's tone and inferences seem to be.  When you go to the questions you can always go back to individual sections for the detail questions but if you missed the big-picture things the first time around it takes a LOT longer to re-read the whole passage.

I agree with this 100%.  Not only did this technique distratct me but it also slowed me down.  I get the main idea out of articles in the newspaper without marking up why should I do it for RC?

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2. When you read the passage, read it as if you are reading a news article - quickly but with a complete comprehension of the issues and evidence.

Great advice!


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check your pms

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore Virtual Course
« on: October 02, 2007, 12:14:31 PM »
Yes I did like the PS materials.  I would recomend PS but no the course. Get their materials and maybe one of their instructors for a tutor.  If you hire the tutor independantly you will save yourself a lot of money.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore Virtual Course
« on: October 01, 2007, 08:22:16 PM »
I took the powerscore full length course.  It helped but I would of been better off spending my money on tutors.  You can probably find a good tutor, in your area, via this site... or find out where your PS/TM course is go to the first one and ask the instructor about tutoring.  Sitting throught the course wastes a lot of time.  You sit through other peoples weaknesses instead of focusing on yours. 

The nice parts are the practice tests and the materials...  Those helped... but the class was a waste of time and money.  Seriously find a great tutor and spend your money with them.  Especially if your easily self motivated.  One practice test should give you all the motivation you need.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: suggestion...
« on: September 26, 2007, 09:52:58 AM »
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You may also want to post this suggestion on the meta board, btw.

I suggested it in the suggestion section.  It wont have much impact on my life now.  I'm just trying to help those that come next.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: suggestion...
« on: September 26, 2007, 09:50:36 AM »
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Oh. Missed some of that. Disagree on "The OP's post is entirely clear." Fact: it isn't entirely clear, since at least some of us aren't aware of what he means. By definition, the fact that you had to paraphrase pretty much disproves your very claim.[/

The fact that "some of us" arent aware of what I mean, "some" meaning "at least one," so far you're the only confirmed one in that "some," does prove that the post wasn't "entirely" clear, but only in the context that your using the word "entirely" and not the context in which miss P is using it.  

You should know from your LSAT studies, specifically the LR flaw questions involving two speakers disagreeing, that it is important to use important words in the same context as the person you're arguing with if your argument is going to be flawless and valid.

The fact that she can paraphrase the "entire" post for you means that it was "entirely" clear to her and possibly others.  Since the OP is clear to "some" and not clear to "at least one" that would explain your misapplication of the word "entirely" and illustrate to you the truth behind her claim.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: suggestion...
« on: September 26, 2007, 09:39:48 AM »
Love your avatar Miss P.

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Don't be absurd.  The OP's post is entirely clear.  He wasted money on an LSAT course that didn't help him, and he had the rather sensible idea that LSDers could generate a directory of well-liked tutors and classes, organized geographically, to help future applicants avoid his mistake.

Thanks you miss P.  While I agree with my critic about the errors being present in my original post, I believe (s)he must be very dense if (s)he can't comprehend any of the points I intended to make with it.  Seriously, put down the microscope, take a step back, and maybe you will see more than you want to.

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Bricolage raises the two most obvious problems with creating such a directory: (1) given their desire for anonymity, people may be hesitant to post information about their locations and tutors, and (2) given the already-significant number of LSAT tutors on the board, and the amount of conflict they have seen in the past, the directory could easily devolve into a forum for dirty competition, fake reviews, etc.

Two good points but I think they can both be overcome with foresight.

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(1) given their desire for anonymity, people may be hesitant to post information about their locations and tutors

Absolutely, but for every tutor that doesnt want the extra business, or student that doesnt want the opportunity to recommend and help someone that helped them significantly, there is someone out there that does.  (Disclaimer in order to prevent attacks from the premise police: I have no proof of an exact 1:1 ratio but there are clearly people that fall into both categories.)  

So if there are people willing to take advantage of such a service as well as help improve upon it, and if such a service could attract more traffic to the site and in turn increase the money the site recieve from advertising,  then why not implement it?  The fact that there are some people out there that will not take advantage of such a service is surely not a reason to not implement it.

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(2) given the already-significant number of LSAT tutors on the board, and the amount of conflict they have seen in the past, the directory could easily devolve into a forum for dirty competition, fake reviews, etc.

It could if we didnt have bright people with the foresight to point out that this problem must be prevented.  For example, maybe only people that were confirmed to recieve tutoring from tutor X, via introduction through this site for example, would be allowed to leave feedback.  

Tutors would be encouraged to point out their tutoring strengths and weaknesses in order to attract the appropriate clientel so that everyone has the best chance to succeed.

I'm sure there are other problems as well as better solutions to these but thats why I brought it up.

Oh and if missed an apostrophe or something, I dont care.

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