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« on: February 10, 2005, 07:49:31 PM »
Wow, thanks for the food-for-thought, everyone!
A senior seminar is required at my U-Washington campus, but a senior thesis can take the place of that. To complete one, you have to have a high GPA and advisors (naturally), so I *can* see it being a fairly big plus in my application process.
What I may do is just focus on LSAT prep right now (I'm taking it in June). I generally test well and I've been doing pretty well in practice rounds. I'm almost positive I can be in the 160 range and I feel the 170s shouldn't be out of reach. My June score may help determine what I get up to...
...because, frankly, I'd like to travel some more. But I do have a squirrelly GPA due to floundering about at Denison U and DePaul Frosh and Soph years, so I'm going to have to bulk up somewhere. A senior thesis would show a level of seriousness that my early transcripts most certainly do not reflect.
Glad this board is here...y'all are a wealth of information.
« on: February 10, 2005, 03:38:18 PM »
I'll be applying for the 2006 cycle. I have an option of writing a senior thesis, but I'm thinking of nixing it, taking a senior seminar, and graduating early--so I can have some travel time before I start law school.
But, if anyone out there thinks that taking the extra time/effort to do a senior thesis is a big law school application plus, I might re-think.
As for me: I'm 25, and I've got a number of other projects/work experience going for me, so it's not like I won't have anything to talk about on my applications.
If I *did* do a senior thesis, though, it would probably deal with an intersection of environmental issues and human rights, which would parlay decently into my presumed focus of environmental law.
« on: February 06, 2005, 08:55:10 PM »
I am in the opposite direction. LG is the one that I least worried about. I got 1~5 wrong in the practic test even before I read LGB. But My LR and RC sections are horrible. I don't have time finish them and got a lot wrong on them. Hopefully LRB will help me on the LR section. Don't know how to improve on RC yet. If anyone has good suggestions, pls let me know....
For RC, is it your reading speed? Are you reading the questions before you tackle the text? And, are you flipping through the reading sections to acknowledge the subject matter? For example, if you favor science texts, you should do those sections first, and leave for last the sections that have subject matter you are uncomfortable with.
Also, try this to speed up your reading time: draw a line or two vertically though your columns of text. Use a pencil. Now, when you read, instead of looking at every word, look at just the point where the lines cut the text, and read the text in "chunks." This will force you to read faster, and will also help your eyes not tire out--it's much more work to read 10 words across separately than to "pull in" the text by looking at designated points on the page.
When we're confronted with new material to read, our instinct is to read more slowly. That instinct is very wrong, and particularly so in a test situation. Our brains have a "happy speed" when reading, and if we drop too far below that point, our brains get bored, wander, and cease taking in information. Thus, slowing down doesn't serve any purpose but to waste time.
Take something you're comfortable reading, read it, time yourself a few times, and calculate to determine your "comfortable" words-per-minute reading speed. Now, when you do your LSAT prep, do what you can to read about that fast. Any slower won't help you--you'll be better off getting the gist of the passage, doing some underlining of key phrases, and then jumping back to the text as needed when answering questions.
Hope some of this is useful--
« on: February 06, 2005, 08:31:07 PM »
I think it's cool you're trying for a schedule. I'm doing the same sort of thing, in part due to the fact that I have to round up so many transcripts and dig up excellent references. Esp. due to the fact I've seen a number of people complaining about LSAC losing their stuff, I figure the earlier I plan ahead, the more I can have time to correct for unexpected speedbumps.
That's why I'm taking the June LSAT, mee-self. That way I have OCT as a backup, barring disaster.
« on: February 06, 2005, 05:53:57 PM »
Have you been keeping track of the number of hours you've studied?
Have you grouped together the answers you've gotten incorrect and looked for common ground among them, to see if there's a pattern to the types of question you fumble/the types of wrong answer that are likely to lure you?
I've seen data that suggests that initial studying gets you to your first "score plateau," and if you make it beyond around 150+ hours of study time, scores statistically start to jump again for most people.
best of luck,
« on: February 06, 2005, 05:24:54 PM »
Hey, I'm taking the June LSAT as well!
I started studying in December, and just took a full simulated LSAT offered by Kaplan for free at my school. If you go to Kaplan's website, you can see if there are any free simulations in your area. They didn't try to sell me anything and I'll get to see what my score "would have been," which I think in invaluable.
One of the best tips I've gotten so far, LSAT-wise, is that "a point is a point." It's best to concentrate most on the areas where you stand to gain the most, instead of beating yourself up about areas where you're not making as much headway. You do want to studying *everything*, but here's what I learned from my test simulation: by focusing so hard on logic games, I did better on that section than I'd expected, but I also fried my brain, thus screwing me up for the next section.
I think it's all about test stamina, baby. And strategizing. Focus on each section individually, and look at that section score separately. Then, decide what the "maximum score" you think you could get for that section would be, and aim for that. Thinking about the "big picture" score at this point in the game might just serve to psych you out, you know?
best of luck,
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