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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Tutor advice
« on: October 12, 2007, 11:05:21 AM »
I'd probably ask if theyve tutored for one of the big companies and if they havent what techniques are they gonig to teach you... do they have some for RC improvement, LG, LR?

If you read my posts most of them are trying to sway people away from courses and stick with tutors.  Ive heard bad things about kaplan and better things about PS and TM.  I took a PS class and it helped... my teacher was great and I recomend them regularly to tutor but the course wasted alot of my time.  Read my other posts if you need more convincing.  Go with a great tutor and buy some materials... 

This tutor sounds good since theyve got a money back guarantee, get it in writing, No course will do that for you.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore/TM Prepcourse
« on: October 12, 2007, 12:40:38 AM »
I took a PS course and it helped me.  My teacher was excellent and I recomend her regularly for tutoring.  If your thinking of a course save yourself some cash buy the PS materials &/or the bibles maybe get the online access to everything.  Then find yourself a highly recomended tutor in your area.

In the course or the study at home course you will do loads of homework and if you want someone will explain it to you over the phone.  They do that here on LSD for free.  Usually your tearher will be very accessible.  In class you will work on stuff similar to what you do in the homework and it will be explained ad nauseum everytime someone has a question.  By the time the class is over you will have had things explained to you, that you already understand clearly, and end up wasting hours of your life.  Sure you will get some things explained that you need explained too but these items will be dwarfed by the others. 

Save yourself time and money and get a good experienced tutor.  Buy the materials if you must but if you have an ounce of self motivation, and I think you must since you found LSD, you will get much more for your money with a tutor. 

Read my other posts if you have time. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Dress up or Dress down?
« on: October 11, 2007, 12:49:26 PM »
That is one itty bitty ring-bearer!  Awwwwww.

I think that kid is squatting to poop in his diaper while bearing the ring at the same time...  Talk about multi tasking!

I never even considered getting dressed up.  Comfort was my main concern.  I think everyone there had more important things on their minds than my attire.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore/TM Prepcourse
« on: October 11, 2007, 12:42:23 AM »
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.

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

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Effective Reading Comp strategies
« on: October 08, 2007, 01:24:23 PM »

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.

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?

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!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore students...
« on: October 08, 2007, 01:14:32 PM »
Another good reason to go with a PS or TM tutor is that they might let you sit in on their diagnostic/ practice tests.  I think these definitly helped make me calmer when the real thing came.  Or maybe I was just so burned out by that point that I didnt care much anymore and was just happy to be getting it over with.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore students...
« on: October 08, 2007, 01:11:11 PM »
If you're self motivated and will study and or practice without being given "homework," or having you hand held throughout the process, then skip the course.  Buy the materials, and or the bibles, and get yourself the best tutor you can find.  You'll be glad you did and you will save yourself some cash.

I took the full length course and I definitely improved because of it BUT a tutor that knew the PS techniques would have given me the same improvements, if not more, in less time.

PS actually hurt me in RC.  Their RC techniques slowed me down and distracted me.  It took me a few weeks to get back to where I was before the course.  My instructor was fantastic in games and very good in LR and if I had hired him/her outside of PS it would have cost less than half the hourly rate that PS charges for tutors.  Also I would not have had to sit through hours of explanations to questions I understood.  A tutor will save you an immense amount of time and in my opinion that is more important than money when studying for the LSAT but it will save you money too so that makes going with a tutor a no brainer!

If you go with a tutor you will be focusing on your weaknesses instead of yours plus 20 some other peoples weaknesses.  The strongest people in the class actually end up skipping quite a few classes.  The classes rarely take as long as the time they set aside for them so you're not really getting the X number of hours of instruction that they advertise. 

The books are good so I might recommend the self study program.  If you cant find a tutor in your area maybe buy the minimum hours with a PS tutor and then try to buy more directly through them when you run out.  The online access is nice because you get the latest LSATs but you can get them through the LSAC for not too much.

If you look for a tutor via this site by making a post with your location you will probably find someone excellent.  If your in the NY/NJ area I can recommend someone.  Good luck.

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