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How Should I Proceed with Studying

by cody4lynn Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:34 pm

I began studying for the LSAT last November and my diagnostic score was around 154, my highest practice test was a 164. I reached that score a month and a half ago and haven't been seen any improvements since. Granted I don't take practice tests often because I'm saving them for the months immediately prior to the test. I'll take the LSAT in September and ideally I would like my scores to be closer to 170. My goal is 165, however I want to be prepared for a bad test day. I would like to do well enough that my goal score is what I get when I'm not at my best. Does anyone have any advice? Could the online class be worthwhile? I have only used the study guides on my own so far, so was curious if the class will offer anything new. There's still room for me to improve on Logic Games which could raise my score a few points.

Thanks, I appreciate the help.
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Re: How Should I Proceed with Studying

by ohthatpatrick Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:46 pm

I'll offer you some thoughts from a teacher's perspective.

One year of studying is a LOT! I admire your commitment, but you also run a risk of burning out.

Try to mix up the way you study as much as possible. Try different activities with specific goals (f.e. "for 25mins, I will search for Str/Weak questions that deal with causality).

Study with other people and alone. At home and out in the world. In silence and with background music.

Keep a REDO Calendar.

When a Game takes unacceptably long or feels unacceptably difficult, schedule it into your life at lest two more times.

Normally, your 1st redo is 5-10 days later, 2nd redo could be 30 days after that (with your long study schedule).

When an LR question or RC passage is confusing, schedule at least one more redo. I would wait about two weeks before re-trying those.

The general theme is that you're trying to wait until the memory of how to think about / do a problem has started to evaporate from memory. So the better you understood something to begin with, the longer you'll tend to remember it, and thus the longer you'd wait to do a redo.

The less you understood something, the harder it is for you to retain the explanation once you see it, and thus you can redo it sooner.

I do think working with someone else (either a fellow studyier) or a tutor or a class would probably benefit you because you will get exposed to some ideas and you will interact with the material in a very different way (assuming you actively participate in class).

If you're concerned about plateauing, then you might want to try shaking things up sooner, rather than later, so that you have plenty of time to endure the "it gets worse before it gets better" learning curve of trying new things.

Finally, going from 154 to 174 (so that you get a 170 on a bad day) is a Herculean amount of improvement. I don't want to discourage your efforts, but I want to remind you you're aspiring to accomplish something few people can, so don't be surprised if it ends up being very, very challenging.

The most limiting factor at the upper end of the scoring band is simply people's ability to read complex sentences and distill them into simple to understand conversational thoughts, while accurately preserving their nuance.

You would probably be the best judge at this point whether the gnarliest arguments or passages in LR and RC seem realistic / unrealistic in terms of your capacity your understand them.

Good luck!
 
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Re: How Should I Proceed with Studying

by cody4lynn Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:42 pm

Thanks for the reply!

Yeah, a year of studying has already been difficult, but I take some weeks off. Plus I really like studying and miss school alot so I also find it somewhat energizing.

Those are some good ideas for studying. I have a couple ideas myself for LG and RC.

I'll definitely find a class. Probably online, since I'd have an easier time registering for one. I'll try to find a study partner, that would be really helpful.

My goal score is actually 165, I'd like my pts to be 170 for a safety net because 165 would give me a good chance at the schools I'm looking at.

I think raising my score in RC and LR would be doable, hopefully. When I reviewed my latest test most of the correct answers on the questions I missed seemed obvious. I'm hoping I can begin bringing that into the tests

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Re: How Should I Proceed with Studying

by JamesL274 Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:25 am

If you're looking for tried and tested methods to help you perform better, there are plenty of resources online--this forum being one of the best examples. On the other hand, if you're looking for other, more rare means to help you do better, you could try the following:

1. You could try to weed the extras out of a short newspaper article, which is quite difficult because a newsppr article is already bound to be concise. Yet, this exercise both requires and sharpens critical thinking and reasoning skills. Both skills are essential for a test such as LSAT. Summarizing is a great critical exercise, but it under-used as a preparatory tool.

2. You could also try this exercise with academic articles, explanatory solutions, and research papers. Reading these requires sustained concentration, which is also important in the context of LSAT. You can find plenty of research papers at JSTOR, and you could try Bartleby for explanatory summaries of commonly tested concepts--which you can summarize further. You can even set a word limit and do several rounds of summaries--each time reducing the target word count by 10 or 20, Hope this helps! All the best!

I realize the original post was made a while ago, but these techniques have served me well, so I thought I'd share them nonetheless.
 
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Re: How Should I Proceed with Studying

by RosemaryK917 Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:12 pm

Try to write a detailed plan for each day. This will help you time management.
 
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Re: How Should I Proceed with Studying

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