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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Speed Reading Software for RC??
« on: February 24, 2005, 11:55:24 PM »
I'd say 3 minutes is a good ballpark--that allows for some wiggle room. What should also help--*most* ot the RC questions shouldn't be surprises. There are some very basic questions that are almost always asked (although in tricky, crafty ways--but with practice, you get used to LSAT-speak and can see through the disguises), so you should be mentally tallying main points as you read--the main argument of the passage, or the main supports introduced, or the idea and author disagrees with, etc.

Also--being able to recognize these things helps you read more efficiently as well--you can think to yourself "this is an argumentative essay, so I need to internalize the thesis and supports," or whatnot. The essays LSAT offers tend to be fairly well-organized and linear, and thus should be fairly straightforward to navigate, despite differing topic matter.

Maybe you could try some drills...give yourself a boatload of essays about the same length and a stop watch, read the essays in three-four minutes, put them down, and then try to articulate what kind of essay it is, the main point and supports, etc...I dunno. It's an idea.

Writing abstracts for essays and articles is a great way to train yourself to look for the right info in a passage, although doing them can fry your brain--I think it's worth the effort, though:
...not that you would do this while taking the LSAT--rather, it's training to get your brain looking for the right info in an efficient yet thorough manner.

Keep at it--Good luck!


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Speed Reading Software for RC??
« on: February 24, 2005, 10:34:49 AM »
Actually...don't slow down *or* speed up.

You should try to read the passages at your comfort level--that is, the level you read at when you're reading something that is familiar to you, and you're not pressed for time, but you're also not reading totally leisurely (say, readings for a class you really like). Time yourself reading something you're comfortable with, and see how you do. This should give you your comfort range.

If you slow down too much, your brain will get bored and you won't take anything in. If you read too fast, you won't take anything in. Your brain has a comfortable speed; find it. Then, try and read LSAT passages at this speed. You might not take in *everything* if the material is difficult, but speeding up or slowing down ultimately isn't going to help you in LSAT time (35 min).

If you find that your "comfortable speed" is still too slow for the LSAT, then it's time to strategize.

Good luck!


Studying for the LSAT / Tutoring v. Classroom
« on: February 21, 2005, 09:12:47 PM »
I've been doing lots of LSAT self-study, and I really want to take the LSAT only once (June), so I'm thinking of hiring a PowerScore tutor for 10 hours. The classroom gives more hours, but doesn't work well with my schedule.

Does anyone have any one-on-one tutor experiences? Any tips as to maximizing time spent? I imagine I'll want to focus on games--that's the only section I'm not consistently finishing in under 35.

Also, please let me know if there is a better tutoring option...



Studying for the LSAT / Re: Who's taking the June LSAT
« on: February 15, 2005, 08:52:46 PM »
Y'know, I have heard conflicting things on different sites about what test prep to do, and I *have* heard Kaplan slammed. But, a number of people I respect a great deal all did Kaplan or Princeton Review and scored very well, and I'm apt to go with the reactions of those I know over anonymous board reactions.


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lewis and Clark visit
« on: February 15, 2005, 08:47:27 PM »
married? Reeeeaallly? I've heard from numerous people that Portland is the most over-sexed city in the country.

Guess the rain forces indoor activities. I suppose peeps could be married, but I didn't see overwhelming evidence of this while down there.


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Who's taking the June LSAT
« on: February 15, 2005, 01:56:57 PM »
I'm June too--I've been studying on-and-off since december, and I think I'm about to sign up for Kaplan's test prep course. I'm aiming, as many on this board, for a 170+, but that doesn't mean I'll get it. ;-) I have a GPA to offset as well, though.

Here's hoping...


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lewis and Clark visit
« on: February 11, 2005, 11:00:18 PM »
Thanks for sharing the "number one" info! That's super useful.

Spider over the hand...y'all talking about the goofy henna tattoo in my pic? Does that look like a spider?

I'm originally a Chicago gal, but I can hang with PNW-ers.


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lewis and Clark visit
« on: February 11, 2005, 12:14:11 PM »
Hey Franz!

You've applied to a number of schools I'm considering...what's your take on Boston College? Are you looking at Environmental Law?


Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Lewis and Clark visit
« on: February 11, 2005, 12:10:45 PM »

Well, hopefully we'll both be here then! I'm sitting in their library now...just talked to admissions, and they were swell. Everything here is so hands-on and student oriented, I have to say I'm completely charmed.

And, these have to be some of the happiest law students I've ever seen.

I like your tagline--reminds me of a photo I saw on Lenny Bruce once.



Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Lewis and Clark visit
« on: February 11, 2005, 12:04:06 AM »
well...I'm headed down to Lewis and Clark tomorrow morning, to check the campus out and sit in on some classes...should be good times. This will be my first Law School visit. Are there any basic do's and dont's? I just found out I'll be meeting an admissions officer, and I'm mildly worried that I could do something foolish and be perma-banned from what is currently my number one school.

any horror stories? Anything that I can say that will make them think "what a freakin' genius this girl is!" Please do share (esp. for the latter).



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