Private tutoring or self-study

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aliceydu
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Private tutoring or self-study

Postby aliceydu » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:54 am

Hey guys,

I've been self-studying for a while now, and I've gone through the Powerscore books and tons of practice tests. I just can't seem to improve anymore. Right now, I can score around 161-165. The questions I miss are all over the place, and it's hard for me to pinpoint my weaknesses. I'm planning to take the LSAT in October, and ideally, I want to score 165-170.

Can someone tell me how private tutoring works? How much can one improve (usually)? I only have a month left, and money is not an issue. I live in San Jose (Bay Area). Any recommendations?

(And how do YOU discover your weaknesses? Categorize the types of problems you missed?)

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Private tutoring or self-study

Postby minnbills » Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:27 pm

I did self-study.

Keep drilling PTs. Make sure to review each question (right or wrong) and be able to articulate a good reason for why you got a question wrong. It's normal to get questions wrong all over the place. As you keep practicing, your accuracy should increase somewhat over time.

I have no experience with tutoring so can't really attest to its value.

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Re: Private tutoring or self-study

Postby scenariosolver » Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:50 pm

Private tutors can be effective but they are very expensive. A good LSAT tutor is difficult to find as well. It is my belief that self study is the way to go. Self motivation and 'want to' is all that is required. Too many students depend on their tutor. As I have always posted I believe video solutions far outweigh written solutions. Ideally you work diligently attempting to figure out the LSAT and refer to video on the questions that throw you off.

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Re: Private tutoring or self-study

Postby bgdddymtty » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:16 pm

scenariosolver wrote:Self motivation and 'want to' is all that is required.
No, no, no.

I believe video solutions far outweigh written solutions.
And this is why. A video solution is essentially a tutor, only it can't answer questions, clarify points that you didn't understand, or analyze your performance to notice problem areas that you don't notice on your own.

To put it in LSAT terms, having a teacher/tutor is not sufficient to maximize one's potential, but for many students it is necessary.

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Re: Private tutoring or self-study

Postby scenariosolver » Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:39 am

Video Solutions allow a student to review until they reach understanding. I do agree that other questions must be answered as to individual issues. I am in contact with any student that has question... Again I stick with real want to and grit that makes for a great LSAT score.

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Re: Private tutoring or self-study

Postby bgdddymtty » Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:54 am

scenariosolver wrote:Video Solutions allow a student to review until they reach understanding. I do agree that other questions must be answered as to individual issues. I am in contact with any student that has question... Again I stick with real want to and grit that makes for a great LSAT score.
So, then, you're tutoring students.

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Re: Private tutoring or self-study

Postby scenariosolver » Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:58 am

yes I am.

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Re: Private tutoring or self-study

Postby scenariosolver » Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:59 am

its the issue of cost that I am most concerned with. Students dont need to pay 100 an hour for a tutor. Its a waste of money.




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