Taking on an additional course

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gutrot13
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Taking on an additional course

Postby gutrot13 » Sat May 11, 2013 6:37 pm

Since I've been to three institutions I've fallen behind on credits and have been forced to stick around for two semesters on my college campus to finish up both my degrees.
I'm taking two in the first term and only one in the second, however if I were to take another class during the second term I could possibly boost my LSDAS GPA by .01. It may seem miniscule, but it appears that slim margins like these separate applicants at the top schools.
So, is it worth taking on a second class? I'll also be studying LSATs, but I wouldn't have an issue moving the test date back to December or further if truly necessary.

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Re: Taking on an additional course

Postby Vexed » Sun May 12, 2013 3:17 am

Any increase is good, the question is how sure are you that said class will translate to an A/A+? Does the class present a risk of hurting your management of your other classes + LSAT study?

To me, I'd probably trade the time that class would take for LSAT studying. +1 point on the LSAT > .01 GPA bump.

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Re: Taking on an additional course

Postby Clearly » Sun May 12, 2013 3:23 am

I think it depends on a lot of things. For starters, where your LSDAS GPA stands now. If you are a 2.99, or a 3.69 or something that would be a meaningful bump, then absolutely do it. Make sure the class is something you know you could ace, it would suck to go through the effort to drop your GPA. Don't push back to December LSAT if you plan on applying that cycle, unless you absolutely have to reach your goals.

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Re: Taking on an additional course

Postby gutrot13 » Sun May 12, 2013 1:02 pm

Clearlynotstefan wrote:I think it depends on a lot of things. For starters, where your LSDAS GPA stands now. If you are a 2.99, or a 3.69 or something that would be a meaningful bump, then absolutely do it. Make sure the class is something you know you could ace, it would suck to go through the effort to drop your GPA. Don't push back to December LSAT if you plan on applying that cycle, unless you absolutely have to reach your goals.


I'm pretty sure it would be a 3.88 to a 3.89 if I'm doing my calculations correctly. Not totally sure however.
I'd take a class I could easily ace, but it may cut into LSAT studying a bit. Then again, a total of 2 summer courses a semester is pretty manageable. I could even do 3 now, 1 later so I can really focus on the LSAT come July.

How many hours per day should I be devoting to LSAT studying? I could still probably do 2-3 hour blocks. Class is only ~50 mins a day and I could probably find an online class to fill the slot.

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Re: Taking on an additional course

Postby Vexed » Sun May 12, 2013 5:10 pm

gutrot13 wrote:
Clearlynotstefan wrote:I think it depends on a lot of things. For starters, where your LSDAS GPA stands now. If you are a 2.99, or a 3.69 or something that would be a meaningful bump, then absolutely do it. Make sure the class is something you know you could ace, it would suck to go through the effort to drop your GPA. Don't push back to December LSAT if you plan on applying that cycle, unless you absolutely have to reach your goals.


I'm pretty sure it would be a 3.88 to a 3.89 if I'm doing my calculations correctly. Not totally sure however.
I'd take a class I could easily ace, but it may cut into LSAT studying a bit. Then again, a total of 2 summer courses a semester is pretty manageable. I could even do 3 now, 1 later so I can really focus on the LSAT come July.

How many hours per day should I be devoting to LSAT studying? I could still probably do 2-3 hour blocks. Class is only ~50 mins a day and I could probably find an online class to fill the slot.


Given that's where you're sitting as far as your GPA is concerned, you should be spending that time 100% for the LSAT. You've got an HYS GPA. It's time to go all-in on the LSAT. I don't think that a .01 bump is going to do enough to necessitate taking that extra class.




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