Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

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Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby 180asBreath » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:45 pm

If someone is really focusing on the LSAT, would 5-6 hours be considered an adequate amount? I'm not talking about normal test-takers, I'm talking about the hardcore ones who put their all into the test.

Do they do 5-6 hours a day?

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby glucose101 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:47 pm

Depends what you're doing/reviewing. Granted it depends on your situation (not doing anything else/no job), I think that if it's focused time, that's too much/inefficient. Burnout def.

If you're taking an exam, which's around 3 hours, and then reviewing it, then I think that makes sense.

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby Tiago Splitter » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:50 pm

No one does 5+ hours for any extended period.

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby 180asBreath » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:50 pm

Ah, I was just making sure that it would at least be deemed sufficient.

The plan is to do a few sections in the morning for a couple of hours and go through prep books for 3 hours at night. It doesn't seem all that excessive, but I'll be vigilant against burnout.

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby 180asBreath » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:51 pm

Tiago Splitter wrote:No one does 5+ hours for any extended period.


5 hours at a time or 5 hours a day?

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby glucose101 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:56 pm

Trust me, I've def been there w the whole "it doesn't seem excessive thing." You def wanna go for quality over quantity. Make sure you're really understanding why things are wrong, etc. This takes time. But also the thing though is that you need time for your brain to reformulate how it thinks about the problems and the techniques/reasoning to solve them.

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby emkay625 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:57 pm

I will just share my experience:

I was doing about 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. The test did not go well, and I think part of it was burnout/test anxiety.

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby Tiago Splitter » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:58 pm

5 hours a day, although if you are breaking it up into, for example, morning and afternoon sessions you might be able to pull it off.

Treat it like a fairly difficult college class where you must get an A. No one spends 5 hours a day 5-7 days a week studying to get that A.

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby 180asBreath » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:02 am

Great comments.

1. Quality over quantity, and a deeper understanding of reasoning.
2. Avoiding burnout, being aware of how you're holding up.

As for it being like a class, an A has never meant a $150k scholarship ;)

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby Tiago Splitter » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:05 am

180asBreath wrote:Great comments.

As for it being like a class, an A has never meant a $150k scholarship ;)


True, but lots of As can.

I think the point is that if you are spending 5-6 hours every day on either the LSAT or that class and not acing it, effort isn't the issue.

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby 180asBreath » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:09 am

Yeah, I hear you.

I am just doing my darndest to get from a person who is weak in RC to strong in RC, good at LG to perfect at LG, and decent at LR to great at LR.

I agree with drilling specific question types and I bought all of the Cambridge LR/LG by type. I am going to drill each type, individually, in hopes of mastering patterns and getting better at recognizing their underlying structure. With RC, I am seeing a tutor and I think I need to do a timed section each day to get better at it.

I know I can get there through many paths, I'm just making sure what I am doing is one of them.

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby glucose101 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:24 am

180asBreath wrote:Yeah, I hear you.

I am just doing my darndest to get from a person who is weak in RC to strong in RC, good at LG to perfect at LG, and decent at LR to great at LR.

I agree with drilling specific question types and I bought all of the Cambridge LR/LG by type. I am going to drill each type, individually, in hopes of mastering patterns and getting better at recognizing their underlying structure. With RC, I am seeing a tutor and I think I need to do a timed section each day to get better at it.

I know I can get there through many paths, I'm just making sure what I am doing is one of them.


And while you want to do super well (who doesn't), and you're prob already doing this, but really focus on things you need to improve on. That doesn't mean totally neglect other sections, but if you're having more trouble with RC, focus on that--that's really the only way you'll be "adding" points to your score.

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby minnbills » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:29 am

+1 to the aboves

The temptation is definitely there to just throw as much time as you can at it, but you will burn yourself out. I did.

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Re: Is 5-6 hours a day enough prep?

Postby bp shinners » Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:16 pm

Tiago Splitter wrote:I think the point is that if you are spending 5-6 hours every day on either the LSAT or that class and not acing it, effort isn't the issue.


Exactly right.

I would say 5-6 hours/day is too much, especially if you're doing that every day. You should take a couple days off every week, and have enough time outside of LSAT prep to do other intellectually stimulating things (that backlog of books you've been meaning to read), as well as other completely non-intellectually stimulating things (Jersey Shore).




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