Me too! Anything you're doing differently to prepare this time? I took the test last June and I'm kind of low on tests. I think there might be a handful of recent ones for me to do and then probably 19-29 because I hear anything before that isn't really worth doing? I think I'm going to go through the bibles again as well, but I just thought I'd see if you have any pointers or ideas on a new approach.
I used the Bibles and Kaplan's LSAT 180 for RC. I think I zoomed through those instead of really reading carefully and absorbing the material. Also, I think I took too many timed tests and didn't really focus on learning the material and picking my mistakes apart. Still, the mistakes I made on the real LSAT were stupid errors. I got all of the "hard" ones right and made careless errors by misreading or not paying attention to small details. I also got nervous and took too long on the games. I think what I need to do more than anything is focus on really picking the material apart, along with improving my concentration and mental endurance. Those things are so critical!I took the Sept 07 LSAT, so I'm hoping I've forgotten enough of the specifics of the questions to make the PT's usable again. I think I've taken every single one of the modern ones. If I try to take one or two and find that I remember too much to use them, I'm not sure what I'll do.
I started back studying a few weeks ago, and found that despite having done all the PTs from 19 - 53, I barely remember the questions. I've been mostly doing older LR sections untimed, writing down why each answer is wrong and why the CR is right, for each question. I figure I'll do that for a few more weeks, with a few timed sections thrown in (did one today.) I'm saving the more recent tests (41-54) for the last month, where I'll do a full test every other day. I'm already down to a consistent -1 on LR (down from my previous -3/5) so I now just have to get to the point where I don't get spooked for any reason whatsoever. I will be the test .Glad to have your company on the retake, Dot. I thought I'd have to suffer through just with the newbies .
Pick the stuff apart and make sure you understand and SEE how the pieces relate in the context of what is presented/the question type, etc. and READ VERY CAREFULLY/VIGILANTLY (active reading) in order to minimize careless errors. The moment you get a little careless/are not paying very close attention, the LSAT will pick pocket points from you and rob your score blind without you even knowing it with the old bump and grab distraction technique.As for tests you remember a lot about, just forget about what the correct answer is and force yourself to reason through the logic and relationships in the same way instead of just playing pin the tail on the donkey in terms of simply selecting the CR. It's really as easy as that and just takes time dedicated to forcing yourself to go through ALL THE STEPS over and over again in order to sharpen and burn in your LSAT instincts.
Quote from: limegreen on April 17, 2008, 07:44:25 PMIf you guys come across any tips while you're re prepping please keep me updated. I don't plan to start for a couple of weeks (trying to finish up school) but then I should have 5-6 full weeks to devote to it.Good luck everyone!No offense towards you intended with this. You are going to have to stay vigilant and take the time to read through threads and back posts and such and put in that work to keep up with all the various pearls of wisdom and perspective people share and talk about in online LSAT discussion forums. Things move pretty quick and change/migrate from topic to topic, issue to issue, day by day and NOBODY has the time to organize and condense it for you. Doing that work for yourself and creating your own condensed outlines is a big part LSAT prep and getting good at it regardless of whether you are getting your information from strangers on the net, from books, from a class, or from a tutor.Case in point, there is a student I am tutoring, the other day I put something in front of him that involves concepts and techniques we have covered numerous times in previous sessions. I did it as a challenge test to see where he is at with that stuff. He floundered and didn't remember the relevant (and simple) methods and concepts we had already spent a lot of time on previously. I asked him WHY? He said he forgot about that stuff. I asked him "Where are those notes about it I saw you take? Didn't you re-write them out into a condensed outline right after our session like I told you to do and then review them occasionally WHILE DOING PRACTICE PROBLEMS with stuff of that type like I assigned in order to burn it in?"His answer: "No, I didn't do that and forgot where those notes are, they are scattered all around in the books written in the margins so I just worked other problems, can we go over it again?" I wanted to him at that moment, but instead said "ok, it's your $$, call it learning money, please do your assigned homework ASAP after we are done today, OK? Please, pretty please? So that I don't end up right in front of you next session.
If you guys come across any tips while you're re prepping please keep me updated. I don't plan to start for a couple of weeks (trying to finish up school) but then I should have 5-6 full weeks to devote to it.Good luck everyone!