NYCLSATTutor wrote:Then care to offer justifications for the other 2 things I listed? I'd especially like to hear your justification for telling minorities that they will do worse on the test.
Mis-spoke slightly. I don't say, "You're black. You will do worse." But if anyone asks, I do acknowledge that the LSAT shows racial bias. It's simply a statistical fact. Now, individual people can overcome that, so it would be horribly prejudiced and stupid to say that any one person will perform better or worse because of race, and I seriously doubt that anyone actually told any of your students that in so many words. However, the test is biased.
As far as taking games questions out of order, the main thing is that we suggest doing Specific questions (the ones that start with the word "If," basically") before General questions (most of the rest of the questions), the reason being that it is fairly common that work that you've done on Specific questions can help you eliminate answers on General questions so that you don't have to try a whole bunch of hypotheticals; you've already written out a bunch of possibilities in answering the other questions. That's about it.
Or you might be referring to doing the games themselves out of order, which is a complicated thing. For people who have time problems, it is often useful to make sure that they do the hardest game in the section last, which means taking a quick glance at each game (maybe 10 seconds at most) to assess whether it's going to be awful before doing it. The idea is that you then skip a game or two on the first pass through the section, so that they don't suck up a ton of your time and leave with no time for easy games that you could definitely do if you had only gotten to them. This helps a lot of students, but exactly how this plays out is obviously quite individual.