chup wrote:OK, I'll explain myself more thoroughly since you seem intent on butthurt whenever someone criticizes you.
Actually, you're frequent trolling on the social lounge is what makes you a suspicious tool. Besides, I've taken criticism before. Yours lacks substance and is therefore thinly veiled trolling.
chup wrote:It's not a question of usefulness, and just because it's Excel doesn't make it zOMG totally worth my time.
How does my response pertain to usefulness? If spreadsheets make your eyes bleed, that's a serious disadvantage. I'm sorry to hear that. I never said this is totally worth your time because it's excel. That had nothing to do with my statement.
chup wrote:It makes my eyes bleed because of all the colors and clutter of information.
This is the first real and credible critique you have offered. Thank you. Was that so hard?
There aren’t that many colors. If this is confusing, god help you.
chup wrote:It's not a matter of being complicated, but of being more work than is worth it-- or (as is often the case with law students and pre-law students) -- creating unnecessary work with no point.
Did you score your practice tests? Did you keep track of the question types you were missing? Is it really more work than is necessary to keep track of your missed questions? Perhaps some don’t need to do this. I’m glad you got away without doing this when you studied. However, I think many will tell you that this practice has its advantages.
chup wrote: For example, what's the added value of having a graph like this? What does this do that simply paying attention to and noting what kinds of questions you tend to be missing can't?
First, can I ask whether or not this graph was part of your ‘cluttered’ argument? If you even bothered to open this thing, or if you read the instructions (which I’m sure you did before criticizing because you’re clearly not a troll), you’d know that you can adjust the fields to reflect only certain dates and certain question types. Here’s the page from the instructions that you missed:
This is the same exact graph from the image you posted. The difference is that I manipulated the fields (by the simple push of a button) to display only the red trend line. One could also manipulate the dropdown menus above the graph to change the date criteria. You don’t have to view your results from day one. You could just view your results for a given week of your preference.
To answer your question more directly, I think most people will find it helpful to keep track of the question types they are missing. That’s how they know what question types they should spend the most time reviewing. I don’t know about you, but when I was studying for the LSAT, I went over every question I missed on my PTs. However, I would spend more time on some question types than others: specifically the question types I had been historically weak with. I spent less time on those that I miss a few of here and there. I didn’t have this graph to help me out. I personally remembered the question types that haunted me the most. I suspect most people can do the same on their own with some effort. This graph makes that a little easier.
That graph displays the top 10 question types you missed the most. Moreover, that graph also ranks those question types by series. In other words, the red series (that red line) will always be the question type you miss most often. The orange will always be your second most prevalently missed question type. This graph doesn’t ask that you memorize a bunch of color codes beyond the usual red (high priority) to while (low priority).
Lastly, the graph automatically updates this information for you when you enter your results for a given day. If you think entering your results for a given day is more labor than is necessary, you’re welcome to your opinion. I think you’ll find NR disagrees with you if you check the bottom of page one of this thread. I don’t take that as NR’s approval of this spreadsheet, but I take it as his acknowledgement of the importance of recording and monitoring this data.
I know you’ve had a hard on for me ever since I bad-mouthed your troll friends. Please try and keep it in the social lounge. If you want to criticize my spreadsheet further, you are welcome to. Please make sure you use it first so your next criticism has some credibility.