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Studying for the LSAT / Re: One month point jump
« on: November 06, 2005, 12:45:53 AM »
Slorello -

To be completely honest - although i have gone through the lgb and i am finishing up the lrb, its very difficult for me to use the lrb concepts efficiently. That is - after a lot of practice untimed (in lrb) i'll start getting questions right, but not necessarily because i understand the concept or question - its because i start recognizing what the right answers tend to be.

when i'm working through a timed test i just kind of try to figure each question out one by one, and i never conciously apply the concepts.

i could probably be doing better if i had started really preparing a long time ago...but oh well. my recent jump in score was encouraging, and now i know what i'm capable of.

i think the trick to everything is just taking a million practice tests timed, and sections timed or untimed, and going over all the questions you got wrong. i havnt noticed a huge difference from test to test but i see that from most test takers, they usually break their plateau around the 10th practice test, using these methods.

don't know if that helped any but theres my 2 cents.

i don't know man. i don't know if doing a million tests is really gonna do the trick. personally, i started out reading a lot about the theory and getting background on each section and ever since then, i have been pretty much taking a practice test/day and then going over my answers. it helps in terms of feeling comfortable and knowing what to expect with each section, but my score is constantly around 157-158. i go over my answers, but nothing seems to work. maybe i need to put more time into games or something.

i just need 3 more points!!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: One month point jump
« on: November 06, 2005, 12:43:29 AM »
sorry - to answer your question - prepping has been a female dog.  i hate it and things have NOT come easily to me.

with that said, i've made huge strides. it can be done!

i think someone said that they were having difficulty with games - when i took my first diagnostic i didn't know how to do any of them. i got practically all of them wrong. the lrb helped a lot, but i still have problems diagramming some of the more complex games. still, i've improved a lot, and its because i started to not care ab games - i started just treating them like they wern't an obstacle. things have gotten much better. plus - the oct games were pretty easy, so i'm hoping that the dec ones will be on par. crossing my fingers

i am like your twin. i also read the lrb but i never really apply the concepts it talks about. once i read it, i started doing practice sections and applied all of the concepts (meaning like all of the extensive diagraming and inference bs) and i just found that i was going way over the alloted time. at this point, i am just trying to do one game at a time and kind of diagram based on what i got from the lgb but i dont really do any inferences on paper. i just mostly try different diagrams out and see which ones work and answer the questions based on just thinking about the rules and how they can apply to the diagram.

i tend to get about 15/24 right at this point by following that method. i know it's probably not very efficient, but i have no chance of finishing more than 3 games if i do what the LRB says. i got to work on this. i am starting to read big fat genious, perhaps he can help me.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: dec 05 LSAT
« on: November 06, 2005, 12:38:16 AM »
Why do you guys think it will be a good idea to be ourselves up after the test is done?

I say we just relax and feel relieved and forget about this whole process.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Official Dec 05 LSAT GAME PLAN/Strategies
« on: November 06, 2005, 12:37:06 AM »
i heard most adcomms are too busy with forums and recruitment to even look at the apps till january. unless, of course if they have ED or EA.

yeah, that's not really good news for us though. that just means they are putting files that are becoming complete now in order and we will be on the bottom of that pile, you know?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: adderall
« on: November 06, 2005, 12:34:16 AM »
i actually tried that stuff on friday, but i didn't study. i just assumed it would get me a lot more focused on point, like a few strong cops of coffee but it didn't do much besides give me a headache.

i think tomorrow i'll try another dose of it while taking a practice test. i really do hope this stuff works because i see it as a clear advantage. it's really hard to be on point for such a demanding and long test.

it's really expensive if you get it off the street though....

lol this seems like such a controversial topic on this board, but whatever. i'm willing to do anything that might help me get a better score. why not try....

jd - looks like you and i are in the same position - same scores, same time frame. its stressful...but its forums like this that help. misery loves company and don't worry, there are a ton of us that are feeling the way you are.

i'm so busy with lsat/apps/school that i feel like i don't have time to relax until after this month - which is fine with me, because i can't get things done without pressure. but the best thing for me is to watch sometime numbing whenever i am feeling overwhelmed...i find that when i am reading a book (my favorite pastime) i am searching the context for terms that might be used in questions, questionable logic, etc. i know, im crazy.

just wanted to say that i'm feelin ya.

thanks man. i feel you. just wanted to warn you that the real thing is a lot harder than taking it at home. that's kind of why i got stressed out.

we'll both do great man.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: One month point jump
« on: November 05, 2005, 06:54:56 PM »
Have you found prepping to be difficult or do you feel as if you understand the concepts as soon as you learn them?

I also just want to break 160. I started out at like a 164 avg. (although I was being easy on myself like checking my answers sometimes to get an idea if I know wth I'm doing and sometimes giving myself more time than allowed).

Now I am consistently at/around 157-158. My biggest problem is games. I read the LGB, but am still having difficulties. The only thing I've improved on in games is just understand how the hell to do certain problems. Before, I would just be completely clueless but despite that, would get scores indentical to my scores now on the games section.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Official Dec 05 LSAT GAME PLAN/Strategies
« on: November 04, 2005, 11:01:42 PM »
this week coming up i'm doing individual timed sections like crazy, and will be going over them in depth, then for the next two weeks if all is good i will be doing full tests timed every 2 days, finishing all of the problems i don't get to after and reviewing the tests through and for the week before the test i only know that i'll be heading to the spa (nothing serious just a message & mani/pedi) and mall on friday followed up by some good movies at home in the evening

i hope to have my ps perfected by friday and once that's done my apps will be ready to go out the door

anyone have any set plans for the week of? besides taking an lsat each day?

hey, are you applying with just the Dec. LSAT? if so, why are you applying this early?

Studying for the LSAT / rg
« on: November 04, 2005, 10:59:56 PM »

Hey, I was just wondering if anyone else out there is also feeling really stressed out with the test just a month away? I'm studying but I am having trouble getting the score I want and also with the time contraints. I think I'm stress primarily because I started the whole process pretty late and will only have 1 1/2 months  time to study for the Dec. test, because I really want to go to law school next year. But at this point, I've already taken 15 practice tests, in like 3 weeks, which is probably more than most people take when they study for multiple months. I've read a few books, including the LGR, but I've mainly just skimmed through books to get an idea of how to do each section. LR and RC came naturally to me and the LGB seemed to help somewhat, but I am still not getting the score I constant want. To be specific, I am aiming for 160-165 and I started out scoring this way but recently my score have dropped to like 157, 158, 159 on my last three tests and that gets me worried because I am expecting to do a few points less on the actual exam.

How are you guys coping with the stress? I'm just like really worried and am not doing too well with the stress factor, like I think it's hindering my performance on practice tests.

Can someone give me some advice on how to relax? Should I take a few days off to relax and get my mind together or is there no time to waste?

I've typically been clocking in about 2-3 hours M-Th. and about 4-5 hours on Fridays and 8 hours each on Sat./Sunday.

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