Lsat Strategy plan

bigmnstyle
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Lsat Strategy plan

Postby bigmnstyle » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:03 pm

current lsat score 156
goal 160
I took a kaplan class and have a pretty good feel for the lsat in general. I struggle in reading comp and logical reasoning.

Would it be smarter to go through and read the whole reading comprehension bible by powerscore before going through all the practice tests for those sections?

I think I may break it up like this... let me know if you disagree with this strategy looking at my goals I have posted. Since Logic games is good to go- I am going to wait until the last 10 practice tests to start looking at it.

Goal: Get reading comprehension from a 14-15 to a 20 lock everytime.
Get logical reasoning from a 31-34 to a 37 everytime. That will give me about 10 more answers correct and also a 5 point increase to score.
I Have 6 months to do this.
Remember I have taken a Kaplan class and have a decent overview of the lsat in general and tricks... just didn't put much studying into the two sections I am going to be working on.
Since reading comp is my weakest- Month 1 read and go through whole reading comp bible by power score.
Month 2: start on the first 10 practice tests-- Go through every reading comp section in those 10 sections, review it thoroughly and then do it one more time.
Pick up logical reasoning bible and skim through it on the problems I have trouble with which are parallel, flaw, and inference usually.
Month 3: Go through next 10 practice tests for reading comprehension review and then redo.
Same with logical reasoning
Focus on problems giving trouble and try to time myself while doing these 10 practice tests.
Month 4: Next 10 practice tests for both sections review and rework
Month 5: Same thing but in addition, go over all the logical games for practice test 1-20, if still averaging a 20 I will probably spend less time on these.
Month6: 10 Full tests, review each one (should I do them again)

Someone please revise this strategy if it seems terrible. I am going for 5-7 points on addition to what my current lsat is. Thanks guys!

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby bigmnstyle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:17 am

?

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby Underoath » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:17 am

6 months? which test are you planning on taking because 6 months puts you in September....

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby FreeGuy » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:19 am

OP prob doesn't realize it's in October this year, or perhaps he/she is taking a month off at some point.

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby Underoath » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:21 am

FreeGuy wrote:OP prob doesn't realize it's in October this year, or perhaps he/she is taking a month off at some point.


Besides the bar and a HIV test the LSAT should be the next important test. Thus, OP should know the date.

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby bigmnstyle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:22 am

October is even better, I took the September one last year... So 6 full months would put me at September 9, which means I got about 7 months to study. I am not going to go all out everyday for the first couple months but I want to get a couple hours a week in for the first 2 months or so. I am going to try to get about 20 hours a week in when the summer comes. Any suggestions?

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby bigmnstyle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:23 am

Actually didn't know the date because it is so far in advance. I am in the application process to law school and am withdrawing all my apps right now. I just decided to take a year off, work, and study for lsat to get in the 160 barrier

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby Underoath » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:24 am

bigmnstyle wrote:Actually didn't know the date because it is so far in advance. I am in the application process to law school and am withdrawing all my apps right now. I just decided to take a year off, work, and study for lsat to get in the 160 barrier


Good luck. I won't be applying to law school until next year, but taking the June LSAT.

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby FreeGuy » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:24 am

Underoath wrote:
FreeGuy wrote:OP prob doesn't realize it's in October this year, or perhaps he/she is taking a month off at some point.


Besides the bar and a HIV test the LSAT should be the next important test. Thus, OP should know the date.


Haha, I agree.

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby bigmnstyle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:29 am

With all this said, anyone have any advice or comments on the strategy I posted in regards to my weaknesses (reading comp and log reasoning)

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby vandy2012 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:18 am

For people that have been preparing for the LSAT, how much improvement have you seen in your Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension scores. I took a diagnostic (June 2007) with 17 correct on RC and 32 correct on LR. Would it be a reasonable goal to expect 5 more correct in RC and 10-12 more correct in LR after 4-5 months of studying w/ a Full Length Powerscore Course?

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby oneforship » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:48 am

bigmnstyle wrote:With all this said, anyone have any advice or comments on the strategy I posted in regards to my weaknesses (reading comp and log reasoning)


I know you said games are good to go, but does that mean you are -0/-1 every time on them? Because that's the easiest place to pick up points.

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby bigmnstyle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:40 am

Ya in one month of prep I can get it to (0 or -1) everytime. That is where I was at when I last studied 6 months ago and I took a pacing for fun recently and got -3 so I know with one month I can get it back to where I was. As for the person who asked if you can improve that much from your diagnostic. Absolutely...if you put the effort in, and do it the right way, you will improve the sections by that much in 4-5 months. I went from a 144 diagnostic to 156 and now I am prepping again because I know there is still progress to be made and I am shooting for another 5 to 7 points by focusing on reading comp and logical reasoning like you.

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby oneforship » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:46 am

bigmnstyle wrote:Ya in one month of prep I can get it to (0 or -1) everytime. That is where I was at when I last studied 6 months ago and I took a pacing for fun recently and got -3 so I know with one month I can get it back to where I was. As for the person who asked if you can improve that much from your diagnostic. Absolutely...if you put the effort in, and do it the right way, you will improve the sections by that much in 4-5 months. I went from a 144 diagnostic to 156 and now I am prepping again because I know there is still progress to be made and I am shooting for another 5 to 7 points by focusing on reading comp and logical reasoning like you.


Ok, well definitely make sure you can lock up that 0/-1.

As for improving LR, this was my strategy:

I kept track of every question I missed (I actually erased any writing on the prompt, and cut the question out of the LSAT book). Once I had enough for a full section (25 questions or so), I would "retake" that section of only questions I had missed. You may remember the questions and answers a bit, but go further and try to figure out WHY your answer was wrong and the right answer is right. Try to figure out the pattern in questions you are missing. If you are missing one type of question consistently, you need to figure out why, and fix your thought process for that type of question. If you are missing all different types of questions, step back a bit, read through the LR bible some more, and try to shore up the holes in your logic.

I don't have a whole lot of advice for RC, other than to take a lot of practice, and try a lot of different methods. I tried highlighting, underlining, circling, boxing, all sorts of methods before finally settling in on something that worked for me (I actually ended up going with no marks at all, just reading and answering). Don't try to use one method just because someone else said it worked for them.

GL getting those extra points.

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Re: Lsat Strategy plan

Postby bigmnstyle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:52 am

Thanks!




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