IMO, a logic course is either going to be too little or too much; to my knowledge, there isn't a logic course that would be helpful enough for the LSAT to warrant taking it for that purpose alone. If it's one of those lightweight "Introduction to Critical Thinking" courses (aka "Reasoning for Dummies"), where you do things like spot the fallacy or pick out the bias in an argument, then probably anyone taking the LSAT is beyond this stuff and wouldn't stand to gain much. On the other hand, any course in formal logic would be serious overkill. I did a lot of analytical philosophy in college and had my fair share of formal logic, and only perhaps the first two weeks of Intro to Symbolic Logic, which include conditionals, truth tables, DeMorgan's Law, etc., is at all useful for the LSAT. The rest of the stuff -- formal proofs of validity, polyadic quantifiation, etc. -- isn't going be of much use. Philosophy of Logic is even worse; no way is discussion of undecidability and imcompleteness going to do anyone any good. I'd suggest just taking a few interesting looking, traditional philosophy courses. Reading and trying to understand Hume, Kant, Locke, Descartes, et al. will do wonders for one's reading comprehension and logical reasoning abilities. After four years of that, nearly everything in the LR sections is intuitive to me, and I attribute it much more to difficult readings in philosophy than any formal logic I've done.
Greetings everyone:I took the June 2004 LSAT and I don't care to mention my pathetic grade, however, what I wanted was to be evaluated as to what specficially I am lacking in. The suggestions I have received are as follows:1) I should take the test in December so that I have more time for more practice tests, reviewing every aspect of my strength and weakness.2) READ THE NY TIMES every single day, focusing on the editorials and Sunday book review. Since I started doing this, I have noticed that when I first started reading the NY Times, I struggled to understand what I was reading. So now that I am on Straterra, a GREAT MEDICATION for ADD, I am improving in my reading comprehension abilities. By practicing to read an analytical and prestigous newspaper, I am training my mind to read and think in a manner similar to what the LSAT test makers are looking for. This is why I have struggled with the LSAT, but I have renewed determination here.For alot of people, it is the technical structure of the exam. For me, I just had a hard time grasping the "language" of the exam. I don't know if this helps anyone, but it sure helps me so I thought I'd share it.Is anyone else taking it in December?Regards,Rebecca E.
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