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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Game 3 from the June 96 Test...
« on: March 11, 2005, 01:15:34 AM »
The last rule states that in any part of the strand that is 8 beads long you must use all 5 colors, not just any strand that is over 8 beads long.  That means that the first 8 beads must use all 5 color, beads 2 - 9 must use all 5 colors (if it were longer, beads 3-10 would need to use all 5 colors, etc.)  See if you can figure out the rest now.

Since this gets posted so often with very strong answers one way or the other, I thought I would try to give my 2 cents on the issue.

Studying for the LSAT can be like learning any other skill.  The best analogy I think I can give for the difference between self preparation and a prep course(I seem to like analogies in my posts)is like learning the piano.  You can buy books and work really hard and eventually teach yourself what you need to know to play or you can pay someone who already knows how to teach you.

This seems to be the same thing here.  Either way you might eventually learn to play Bach (sorry for the reference to Feb 05), but having a teacher show you how can often be significantly more efficient.  It will also differ greatly based on what skills you bring to the table beforehand.  I taught myself how to play piano (still can't play Bach quite yet), but I knew how to read music because I already played other instruments.  Man it would have sucked to try to learn with no understanding of music at all.  Same goes with the LSAT.  If your first test is truly in the 160s (I say truly because at home self tests do not seem to be indicative of actual test performance I noticed after reading many posts on this board), then you might have enough innate understanding of the LSAT logic to work on your own and boost your score.  It still might be more efficient with an instructor but then you have to make a decision about your time versus your money.  However, if your first score is in the 140s you may find that all the self study in the world won't show a score improvement because you are not really sure what you are doing wrong or how to fix it.

So my basic recommendation is to take a full test before you make a decision and see where you stand.  When you take this test, make sure to very strictly time yourself, add in an experimental section from another exam, and do it all at one sitting.  Then you can make a more informed decision based on where you are starting, where you want to end up, and what the best course of action would be.  Remember a $1200 course may seem expensive, but it you need it to boost your score than just think of it as an investment in your future.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Study Schedule?
« on: February 24, 2005, 03:49:58 PM »
Well along the same lines as where I left off, some other drills you can do are just look at the clock when you start a section and look when you are done.  Many people find that yes they may be 5 minutes over, but that just means that you may not get to the last 3 questions.  As mentioned before if what you did answer, you answered correctly then you would have an amazing score.  Last time I took the LSAT i ran out of time before finishing one of the logical reasoning sections.  I wasn't able to answer the last two questions.  I ended up getting only those two wrong.  How nice it is to leave an exam and not have to wait to hear your score.

Another exercise I often recommend is take a full test completely untimed.  One thing most people discover is that their logical reasoning section doesn't improve as much as they think it would (proving time is not really the problem).  It also allows you to see exactly where your weak points are.  What you still get wrong when you take all the time in the world is clearly what you don't understand.  And when I say take as long as you want, I mean as long as you want.  Do a few questions today, some tomorrow, etc.   If one question is giving you some grief, don't pick an answer right away, come back to it tomorrow with a new look.  We call it the 180 challange (can you get a 180 if there was no time constraint?)  Most students of course go up in score although most of that improvement comes in games (another point is given all the time in the world you could try every answer in the games section till you got the one that works so of course that goes up), so some people who have done this with me in the past may have a score in the 140s lets say and yes do see their score jump into the 150s.  They come back to me often saying, "see time is my problem.  I jumped 10 points from a 145 to a 155."  What I then need to point out is that that means really a 155 is the absolute best you can do and that with all the time in the world you still missed about 40 questions.  I hope the student then realizes that although their score of course rose with no time restrictions that it is their inability to answer those other 40 questions that will ultimately keep their score down.

Remember it is not the number of questions you answer on test day, it is the number of questions you answer correctly that determines your score.  As any woman will tell you their is no prize for going quickly or finishing early.  If you really want to see your score rise in the long run, worry about your accuracy, don't just take test after test and hope that your score will just magically jump.

The first time I took the LSAT i put a little yoda on my desk because I figured if I had any questions who knew more about the universe than yoda.  My highest diag before that had been a 165.  I got a 170 on test day, so I guess it worked.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: HELP!! Trying to cancel!!
« on: February 21, 2005, 07:09:10 PM »
I just tried calling.  The recording definitely says they are closed for President's Day.  I find the easiest way to get a person on the phone is dial (215) 968-1001 then hitting 0 to be transfered to the next available agent.  Good luck.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: test prep question
« on: February 21, 2005, 05:36:42 PM »
Yes E is the correct answer for exactly that reason you sighted.  The assumption is that the snake molts at a regular frequency and E is the only one that makes that assumption.  Despite your uncertainty about D, A is the most likely chosen wrong answer.  students will want this one because it proves the conlusion, but they fail to understand what the question is really looking for.

Where are you planning on teaching if you do get the job?

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