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awkward follows you like a beer chasing a shot of tequila.
F*cking bi+ch drinks a 1 oz bottle of goose and thinks she's French
For a very long time, I was a zealous 'read the stimulus first' person. Then one day I woke up, realized that I was being blindly chauvinistic, and decided to really give the matter a bit more consideration.First off a disclaimer: which one you read first is not going to have THAT big of an impact on your score. It's the LSAT, and what makes the difference is your ability to evaluate an argument, read quickly, and combine facts to make reasonable inferences.What made me change my mind was the anxiety that some of my students faced when approaching the question. I thought that having them read the question first might alleviate some of that anxiety. They'd know what they were looking for and know what to do next. Also, many of our more powerful strategies are very question-specific, so it made sense to try having them read the question stem first.So it feels like it worked to take off at least some of the pressure. I haven't gathered any solid data yet to see how it affected scores. I have a fairly small data sample and it could be easily skewed by sample bias since a wider variety of people are now taking the course due to the economic crisis, so any data I could bring to the table would be inconclusive. That said, I've become a fan of reading the question first. I did so on the more recent test and found it incredibly useful for the function questions, main point questions, principle questions, strongly support questions, and sufficient assumption questions.Again, let me reiterate that which one you read first isn't going to be the thing that really makes the difference. It's kind of like the strategy of reading the answers from E to A instead of A to E, which is a great strategy for a certain type of personality that can't stop rushing through things but not really going to make a difference for anyone else.I'm also not a big fan of the "find what works for you" advice, because I believe that most people think that what is easiest for them is what works for them, but I've found that often what is going to work best in the long run is toughest to adapt to in the short run (like learning to type with 10 fingers instead of 2). So I would take a look at your strategies for the LR section and use the method that makes the most sense considering those strategies. If the strategies are tied to the argument, read the stimulus first. If they're tied to the question types, read the question first.
I heard Bernie will go right to work on the stem, and for an extra $20, she'll simultaneously stimulus your passage