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I love drilling from the testmasters books and feel like I'm learning, but I don't want it to take up most of my prep time either.

you are taking a course but you don't want it to interfere with your prep time?

your coursework IS your prep!

sorry, i don't mean to seem harsh, and this is not directed at you, per se,  but no matter how loud i shout, some faulty advice and reasoning keeps circulating and recirculating around LSD.

faulty assumptions

1) course homework will be easily completed in a short amount of time and within the alloted span in your class schedule.

2) lots of free time will be remain

3) any free time will be best spent on using self-study strategies and materials.

4) the priority is on using retail prep books.

wrong. wrong. wrong.

your priorities need to be 100% on fully working through your course  materials, and according to your course's schedule. any extra materials should support and supplement your course, not the other way around. and it's quality not quantity study, especially through the first 3/4s or so of your course; slow, careful deconstruction and analysis of the questions and stimuli, taking as much time as you need on each to aim for accuracy.

oh and to answer your question, no matter how much time you have, and how free your schedule, you will always have more homework, more review to do, more reading supporting material to do, and being perilously close to falling behind. it's the nature of the beast of 5000+ questions, complex concepts, numerous strategies, and only two to three months. what you are experiencing is completely normal.

the TM average is about 2 hours of homework per class hour, i think, or 16-20 hours a week. but more is certainly better provided you don't burn out. you are in an excellent position with 4-5 hours a day. nothing to worry about. keep working your TM books and reviewing your notes, consult the bibles to supplement your class notes.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: reading comp
« on: July 16, 2007, 06:57:03 PM »
during one proctored exam i took last spring for my prep course, i ran out of time to do the last RC passage. I decided to run a little experiment to see if i could reason out the correct answer without even looking at the passage.

the result: 7 questions = 0 correct.

I may have been able to randomly guess more questions correctly than by this, your, method.


Studying for the LSAT / Re: best book for self-study
« on: July 15, 2007, 11:53:10 PM »
Seriously.  Or maybe to that Top One Percent guy.  Now that would be hilarious.

two words. binary solution. it's fabulous! really!

Our founder, who was an award-winning chemical researcher, wrote the course after she built a predictive model of the LSAT based on repeated word patterns and relations. The Binary model was built by counting every word that has ever contributed to the solution of any LSAT question, and mapping that language onto the section of the test where it appeared. Since 1991, the Binary Solution has predicted questions several years before they have appeared on the LSAT.

just kidding.

hey i wonder where toponepercent went? i dug the groovy crayon art tar.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: best book for self-study
« on: July 15, 2007, 11:43:55 PM »
i should start sending everyone to kaplan, thus blowing lsd's collective mind.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: best book for self-study
« on: July 15, 2007, 10:54:47 PM »
now that's a new one.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: best book for self-study
« on: July 15, 2007, 10:52:02 PM »
don't forget the new powerscore 2004 tests deconstructed book. it's full of win.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: General reading skills for LSAT
« on: July 14, 2007, 04:20:22 PM »
...and i started in the lower 150s too (shh! don't tell anyone!) and ended up with a dream score many long months later. ;)

vince, thank you for adding to the "it may take longer-term study to achieve a substantial score increase" data. not everyone needs to, of course, and not everyone will be able to meet their goals within a reasonable amount of time, but in my opinion, not enough students consider the possibility of more extended study.

i take a lot of crap around here for being on the slow train to LSAT score junction, both from the quick-study-to-high-score crowd and the prep-test-cancel-prep-retake-disappointment-prep-retake-dammit crowd. my response is: ::)  :P :D

i think some with firm score and school ranking goals would be best served by being flexible with their study plans, and take the test when they are ready, rather than when it fits best into their schedule and plans like the SATs.

::gets off soapbox::

::prepares for flames::

back on topic:

OP, for a non-native speaker like yourself, my usual advice to only focus on real lsat material might be supplemented with some outside reading, but i really don't know. i'd just say,  don't sacrifice too much time with real lsat material to do so. you aren't being tested on how well you read the economist, after all. the passages in the lsat are chosen specifically for content and structure, and i just don't know if you'll be replicating that closely enough to be useful. for pure language translation...maybe.

vince what do you mean by "translation drills"? oooh oooh oooh!!! even as a native english speaker, lsac's convoluted use of language in structuring stimuli, especially near the end of the sections, gives me heartburn. of course, it's planned that way, the bastards. any tips for a confused english speaker with a ginormous vocabulary?

maybe she's a halfie?  ;D

ugh, don't say that name in my presence. (and i still owe you a PM, vince; i'll give you the background on "halfie" then.)

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How do you like to study?
« on: July 13, 2007, 08:47:32 PM »


Studying for the LSAT / Re: My Hair is Falling out!
« on: July 13, 2007, 08:19:49 AM »
my hair isn't falling out but my skin is breaking out and i'm having mad bouts of insomnia. yes, i've been looking particularly fetching lately.

and for temporary hair loss try nioxin or vitamin supplements.

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