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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Gotta release the anger somewhere
« on: July 13, 2007, 05:32:47 AM »
An anal-retentive point...



it is.

easy answer for the OP: given that the PS books don't use recent test questions, and you should be taking timed and scored tests that are recent, just study the books and don't score most of your practice tests. (meaning total score, not per type). focus on the individual questions, not the whole enchilada with cheese.

scoring practice tests can either build false confidence or a deflated ego and frustration, neither helpful to your study. also, the focus of study can easily become misplaced onto the total score rather than the point of study which is...repeat after me...


one of the best elements of many prep courses is that the homework questions are detached from their original test and corresponding scale. no temptation to score or time performance. the total focus is on accuracy and understanding the material and correcting mistakes. monthly diagnostics and a few tests towards the end take care of timing issues and keeping tabs on particular problem areas.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Gotta release the anger somewhere
« on: July 12, 2007, 11:43:47 PM »
in the "signed up for a course, now what?" thread, in response to walkaway's queation on how to resolve problems with talkative and generally annoying classmates, i initially posted a picture of an uzi machine gun. i took it down out of a post-virginia tech pang of guilt, but perhaps i should have left it up for you, tinkle45.

i like the genital herpes idea though. nice touch.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading out loud phobia
« on: July 11, 2007, 01:48:18 AM »
It determines if you end up working for 14.95 as a contract temp attorney or not.


Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading out loud phobia
« on: July 11, 2007, 01:44:50 AM »
just talk to your instructor before your next class if it causes you real distress. there's no need to suffer from anxiety attacks for the sake of your lsat score.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Pacing Tips
« on: July 11, 2007, 12:31:45 AM »
As noted, you need to understand all the question types really well before worrying about increasing speed.  When you do start introducing speed, you should do so gradually, starting at an hour, then maybe dropping by 5 minutes each exam, so you're not overwhelmed by the new time pressure.

In terms of eventual formal timed performance, try the following approaches:

1.  Don't focus on hitting every question.  Your goal is to maximize your points, not hit every question.  For most students, you'll be best served by simply guessing on the hardest questions, especially parallel reasoning questions.  After all, you can miss a number of questions and still break 170.

2.  For LR, try to take out the easiest questions first before tackling the tougher questions.  Most observers feel the first 10 or so are usually fairly easy, along with the last 5 or so.  However, the important thing is that you take out the ones you find easiest first, and save the hardest ones for last.  This will ensure you maximize your score, and can relax more when tackling the harder questions.

3. With LR, first preform the correct answer in your mind, and then skim the answer choices looking for a match.  This will save time vs. analyzing each choice.

4.  With Games, do the easiest Game first, then the next easiest, etc.  Again, you want to maximize your points, and make sure you rack up as many points as quickly as possible.  Saving the hardest game for last will ensure you do that. 

5.  Within each Game, do the easiest qeustions first, then the next easiest, etc.  It's easy to get hung up on the toughest questions, which are often placed fairly early in the game.  Also, working through the easier questions will give you greater insight into the game, and will make it easier to solve the harder questions. 

6.  When solving a Games question, skim the answer choices first, looking for a choice that must obviously be correct in light of your diagram.  This will save time that would otherwise be wasted analyzing incorrect choices. 

this post might just rate lindbergh an official "expert" link and this post spot in the links thread. well done.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading out loud phobia
« on: July 10, 2007, 11:28:11 PM »

Studying for the LSAT / Re: ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: July 10, 2007, 01:55:48 PM »
absolutely. they should all stop it immediately. very bad.

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agreed. still, he's easy on the eyes.

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