Currently, Im in the Marine Corps, and Im in Afghanistan. I was wondering what you all thought of my plan to study for the LSAT and take the exam in February.
While Im out here in AF, i dont have much time to study. I study during the slow parts of the work day. So i can do about 1-2 sections a day. But there are a lot of distractions. Im fairly brain dead from working 12-15hrs a day every single day for the last 4-5 months or so. Therefore, I focus on the reasoning and reading comprehension, since they require less brain power than the logic games do (for me, at least).
So basically, ive been doing 1-2 sections a day. Often times disjointed. So i'll do 2 or 3 questions of the reasoning or i'll do 1 section of the reading. Do some work stuff and then do another section. So, obviously, my studying is un-timed. But i always have the time in back of my mind. I focus on the question and try to get the correct answer, but try to do so fairly rapidly without sacrificing quality of work. I plan to do this until I return to the US of A in the October time frame.
WHEN I RETURN:
When I return, i hope to focus on the logic games, which are a bit more difficult for me. I'll have about 1-2 weeks off when I return, which will allow me to study A LOT for the logic games. Go at it hard at first and then go into a routine similar to what i am doing now -- 1-2 section a day. After work for about an hour, or during my lunch break for about an hour. Even when Im in the states, Im still working a lot. Ill still do the other 2 sections fairly often so that I keep fresh, however.
Over the Christmas time frame, I plan to treat my studying like a job. Taking full length practices, timed, etc. Fine-tuning my skills. I'll have a lot of time off (2-3 weeks for Christmas).
Then I plan to take the February exam.
HOW IM CURRENTLY DOING:
Currently, on my untimed and disjointed reasoning and reading sections, I am scoring about 78-85%. I've only done 4 sections of each though. I figure that the fact that they are untimed is offset by the fact that there are constantly people bugging me, etc. Perhaps not though. On the other hand, despite that I do untimed 99% of the time, I do time myself everyonce in a while on random questions, and they normally take between 40s and 1:35. So I dont anticipate the timing will be THAT big of an issue -- though, i dont anticipate it being a cake walk, either.
Ive read the logic game bible (most of it), and ive done enough logic games to know that it will take some serious studying to get good at them. I did 1 or 2 sections after reading the bible and scored about 60% on each.
Any thoughts on my plan? I like the idea that Im doing a little bit each day, with one final cram session lasting 2-3 weeks. I have a very very long attention span and am quite self-motivated, so I dont anticipate getting burned out. My goal is to get a 165-170. I have a 3.8 GPA from a major state school (e.g., U of Texas, U of Florida, U of Maryland, etc). I will also have 5 years of Marine Corps experience on my resume, which I'd imagine would prove useful... hopefully.