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What/how to study before prep class begins????

What/how to study before prep class begins????
« on: June 21, 2015, 12:27:07 PM »
I plan on taking a prep class for the October LSAT.

The prep class doesn't start until late July , (approx a month from now)

What  and how do you recommend I spend this time studying/preparing?

Newbie here, so please help me out.

Any books or materials to buy/not to buy?

Websites to look into/which ones to avoid?

Thanks in advance.


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Re: What/how to study before prep class begins????
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015, 01:10:25 PM »

First, I would point you to my advice to you in the other thread.

Next, take the approach that maximizes the value for you. Some people do just fine buying books and doing lots of practice questions. Other people prefer a more strutured environment (a class), so that they can feel that they have easily attainable objectives and a requirement to meet. Still others do better with personal one-on-one, and those people might look into hiring someone to help them out. No approach works best for everyone. For me, doing it on my own was great- but each person is different.

My only other advice is that you should maximize your attention on logic games, because that is the area where, for most people, you can achieve gains through prep work.

Re: What/how to study before prep class begins????
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2015, 04:13:54 PM »
1) Learn about the exam and strategies on how to tackle it.

2) Practice applying the strategies untimed on individual questions. You should have strong reasons not only why a given answer is correct, but also why the other ones are 100% incorrect. You should jot down at least short hand reasons either way. This process is going to take a long time to internalize (hence why it is untimed).

3) Once you have untimed under control, practice taking full sections (not full exams). Again, don't worry about timing - but do start noting how long it is taking you.

4) Once you have an idea where your timing is, keep practicing on more exams, adding more sections, reviewing your sections after the fact. The more you do this - and the stronger you focus on your strategies - your time will naturally fall down to where it should be. That said, you should start figuring out ways to maximize points. In other words, if you realize you take too long/keep missing Fallacy questions, skip those and keep them for the end - that way, you can spend your time on questions you can knock out quickly and accurately.

5) Once you are doing 3 sections in a row, getting consistent times/scores, move on to full exams. By this point, your timing and scores should be leveled out. The point now is to solidify your game and boost your confidence.

Good luck!

Re: What/how to study before prep class begins????
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2015, 07:24:36 PM »
Thanks to you both for the replies.

I  just want to make sure that whatever choice I make in that one month prior to the beginning. Of the prep course that I spend it wisely preparing.

I've been researching online about the best of the various self study prep books and packets and have been reading mixed reviews about them.  so I don't want to just start prepping with a book or books that will possibly confuse me or work against me.

Re: What/how to study before prep class begins????
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2015, 10:09:41 AM »
Most important of all just take the test. Study your ass-off and as Loki points out plenty of people just buy books and study for it, while others do a Prep Course. I did the former, but if you have the time and money I don't see any harm in taking a Prep Class.

It is also important to realize odds are your not going to get a 180 on the LSAT. I hope you do, but there is a 99% chance you will not finish in the top 1% of test takers. More likely than not you will get somewhere between 150-160, which will allow you to get into numerous law schools. You will again be certain that you will finish in the top 10% at your law school, but again 90% chance you won't finish in the top 10%.   Basically, law school will not make you feel like a special snowflake you will probably get a solid LSAT score and probably finish in the middle of your class at an ABA Law School and pass the bar on your first try.

Getting your first job will be a female dog and you will be overworked and underpaid. If you pay your dues for years and enjoy the practice of law you can likely have a good legal career, but it is not some get rich quick skeem.

However, many people never do the first step of simply taking the LSAT and put it off time and time again, which puts their whole life on hold. Study as hard as possible for a few months show up and take the exam if you get a 140 law school is probably not for you. If you get between 150-180 you can get into an ABA school and I would be on my description above happening, but maybe you will finish as Valedictorian at Harvard and taking Scalia's job when he retires, but I wouldn't be on your or anyone else to have that fact scenario play out.

Re: What/how to study before prep class begins????
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2015, 08:15:44 PM »
I agree about taking it, you can always retake if needed so don't cancel if you get scared. I always laugh at the thought of people sweating if they should cancel since almost no place averages scores anymore but instead goes with the highest. Don't sit it raw, but the reality is this test is pretty easy with a very generous curve. As long as you study at all and had a decent GPA in undergrad (a sign you know HOW to study) you are pretty much a lock for a 160 or higher IMHO.