MichiganHoosier wrote:Hey guys!
Just got back from Afghanistan so I'm jumping into LSAT prep. I'm shooting for the December 2017 test. The earliest I feel I would apply is fall 2019 however. I just figured I would get one in while I can. My contract is up in may 2018, but my wife is in optometry school until spring 2020. So I see no reason in getting out before then due to financial reasons. Supppsedy we're deploying to the Middle East again in winter/spring of 2018, but who knows nowadays. That's another reason I'd like to knock it out in December, then maybe take the February and June 2018 tests once i get back.
I just did a diagnostic....and it was pretty bad. Timing wasn't a problem as I finished most sections with 3-6 minutes to spare. I crushed one LR section with 21/25 and then bombed another with 12/25. I scored 9/23 on LG and 20/27 on RC. I have all the power score books so I'm just looking for a starting point as it is somewhat overwhelming. Do I start with LG and do those until I master them or do I do that with LR? Or both? Is a tutor worth it? I'm heading to RSLC in a month, but aside from that I'm coming off the line and moving into the S2 position, so I should have a lot more time.
My LSAC GPA is a 3.41 from a Big 10 school. I'd love to go to a T14 like everyone else, but definitely need to get my LSAT up. Thanks in advance for any help, gentlemen.
The bibles, 7sage videos, and other online sources will teach you systems as well as any tutor. I worked with a tutor for a few weeks, but all it did was confuse the principles I'd learned at home. On the other hand, someone with lots of LSAT experience will be able to give you valuable information on how to actually take the test (i.g. Priority questions, timing, and recognition); you may be able to find that online as well.
You've given yourself plenty of time, which is the most important thing. I found that staying motivated through a long period of studying, which is critical, was helped by hitting milestones and getting excited about reaching goals. That said, do what is comfortable. Don't worry about which sections to study for now, just get used to identifying the questions and solidify the LG methodology in the bibles. You can start to get serious about individual sections once you're able to recognize deficiencies in each and distribute time accordingly. Another important point is to get your timing down. You shouldn't be left with much, if any, after your answer sheet is full. I suggest using the old standardized test method of saving the difficult problems for last. Good luck and stay safe.