Whatever works for people is fine. It's all personal preference. For me it wasnt a matter of dodging questions because I did try my best to tackle as many of the problems that I can.
I did realize when discussing the test with other that when executing the method of reading the stimulus first and question second alot of times people would have to go back to the stimulus to reread certain portions in order to answer the question.
In my opinion, re-reading the stimulus is much more of an issue than re-reading the stem.
Re-reading/reviewing the stimulus is certainly a much bigger and more important issue for performance than whether to read the stem before or after the stimulus when initially approaching each question.
With many questions, (typically the higher difficulty/frequently missed ones), it is typical for students to get their selection narrowed down to two of the five answer choices after having fairly easily eliminated the three clearly incorrect others.
It's at this point getting stuck debating between the two contenders to make a final decision where most time is usually wasted and point costing mistakes are made, regardless of whether you initially read the stem or stimulus first.
When in that situation stuck debating which of the two contenders to select, instead of just sitting there stressing out letting time run by and possibly considering flipping a coin, there us nothing wrong with quickly reviewing parts of the stimulus to help make the final decision.
Since you've already read all parts of the question and it is fresh in your mind, it doesn't take long to quickly spot check the stimulus for numerous reasons:
- You may have forgotten a seemingly unimportant detail/thing in the stimulus that is pivotal with how it relates in conjunction with the stem and to the credited answer choice.
- You may have misread/misinterpreted a crucial part of the stimulus that is buried in the included distracter 'fluff'
- You may have overlooked an important logically operative word and interpreted something in the reverse. One of the most common occurrences of this is missing a 'no' or 'not' or something similar. Remember LSAT LR questions frequently speak in double negatives and if you miss one of the "no's" or "not's" or whatever (typically due to speed reading/careless reading/being in a stressed out 'gotta hurry' mindset), there will typically be a sucker choice begging you to select it.
Since you have already read the stimulus once and are familiar with what it is about if you read it carefully the first time, it shouldn't take more than several seconds to spot check it quickly to make the 'get the point or don't get the point' decision if need be.
After all, each stimulus is just two to at most 5 or 6 short sentences.