October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Dripworx
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October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Postby Dripworx » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:36 pm

I am planning my regiment very close to what Pithypike's studyguide has entailed. I took a Kaplan Extreme course last summer, but did not walk away with alot of improvement due to my own lack of involvement. (work, etc.) I have put aside work for the summer, and have bought almost all of the materials pithypike suggested. My last diagnostic test from kaplan was 140, and I am shooting for 160+ by october... is it doable? Any tips pithypike might have left out?

feedback & suggestions please!

Glad to have found this forum, really like what you all have to contribute! :D

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Re: October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Postby rsuelzer » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:59 pm

How many hours can you put in?

I am taking the October LSAT also, I started studying on April 11th and have put in 33 hours of study time so far, with a goal of 400 by test day.

How was your Logical Reasoning section? What are your weakest sections?

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Re: October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Postby SupraVln180 » Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:47 pm

I just started prepping for the October LSAT on April 16th, thats six months, I'm gunning for a 180 and Columbia. Lets just get as many hours as we can in. The LSAT is our life for the next six months.

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Re: October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Postby waxloaf » Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:56 pm

of course it is enough time, stop tlsing, start studying

Dripworx
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Re: October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Postby Dripworx » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:31 am

rsuelzer wrote:How many hours can you put in?

I am taking the October LSAT also, I started studying on April 11th and have put in 33 hours of study time so far, with a goal of 400 by test day.

How was your Logical Reasoning section? What are your weakest sections?



I did relatively well on my LR section, I think around 85%+ but my problem is the games, so Im going to hammer them down as much as possible.

lol waxloaf your right, I gotta quit tlsing :P

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Re: October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Postby oneforship » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:35 am

Dripworx wrote:
rsuelzer wrote:How many hours can you put in?

I am taking the October LSAT also, I started studying on April 11th and have put in 33 hours of study time so far, with a goal of 400 by test day.

How was your Logical Reasoning section? What are your weakest sections?



I did relatively well on my LR section, I think around 85%+ but my problem is the games, so Im going to hammer them down as much as possible.

lol waxloaf your right, I gotta quit tlsing :P


You have 3 posts, you aren't TLSing.

4 months is a lot of time to prep. Don't stress out just yet.

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Re: October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Postby Dripworx » Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:27 pm

rsuelzer wrote:How many hours can you put in?




well i am taking 2 online classes as a junior in my undergrad, and 2 actual on campus classes, so i already worked out a schedule comprising of about 5 hours of studying (MWF) and a Plsat on tuesdays and thursdays in the morning at 9am to sort of simulate real testing... and after the tests, spend about 2 hours reviewing/dissecting answers as much as possible.

so total, ideally would be 20 hours per week of studying. weekends I will be doing whatever is troubling me the most... logic games namely for now...

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Re: October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Postby fiathebia » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:04 pm

Your schedule sounds intense. 20 hours a week + school sound like you might burnout, or most likely not be able to put in the time. Any chance you have the summer free for 20 hours/week studying and then just focus on practice tests and reviewing during the school year?

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Re: October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Postby 09042014 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:10 pm

If you don't fuck around it is plenty.

Though if you've taken a course and you still PT at 140 something is wrong with you. Either you aren't studying right, taking the rest right, or have a subpar intelligence.

So when you study this time, take it seriously, and focus on taking sections in realistic conditions.

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Re: October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Postby Dripworx » Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:07 am

Desert Fox wrote:If you don't fuck around it is plenty.

Though if you've taken a course and you still PT at 140 something is wrong with you. Either you aren't studying right, taking the rest right, or have a subpar intelligence.

So when you study this time, take it seriously, and focus on taking sections in realistic conditions.


I took the kaplan extreme course, and your absolutely right. I was working my night shifts all throughout summer to make money thinking I could do everything at once, and failed miserably at doing so. Its because of my experience last summer that ive completely rooted out working at all, and my entire summer will be dedicated to prepping for the test this time. The only thing I did right in my opinion is to not have taken the actual test after the kaplan course lol.

Thanks again!

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Re: October LSAT: 4 months to prep, is it enough?

Postby Knock » Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:26 am

Plenty of time. When I first started about 3 months ago (nearly exactly to the day) I couldn't do any of the logic games (not an exaggeration). Now i'm averaging about 175 on timed 5 section practice tests, topping out at a 179 (and two 178). If you're interested in seeing my progression, check out my profile and go to the link in my signature. Short story, I'm guessing I would probably have scored in the 150's when I first start (didn't take my diagnostic until I had finished the LG Bible), after taking a month to go through the LG Bible and the first couple chapters of the LR Bible scored a diagnostic score of 165. After 2 months, and finishing the majority of the LR bible, I was averaging probably around 170. Now after month three my last 10 timed PT's or so are at a 175 average (although only half of those are 5 sections). I also took nearly 2 weeks off for finals week and the first few days of spring break without doing much studying for the LSAT, if any at all.

So yes, 4 months is enough time if you work hard, spend enough time, and do lots of PT's. If I were to start again knowing what I now know, I wouldn't worry at all about the various classifications given in the LG Bible, and go through it much quicker. I only did about an hour a day or maybe a little bit more. It also took me about a month to work through the LR Bible, and I probably spent an hour to two hours working on it a day. I would go through the Bibles much faster, then start putting questions, sections, and tests under my belt.




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