Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

JoeC12
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Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby JoeC12 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:05 pm

I plan on taking the December LSAT. I have the LR and LG bible as well as practice tests and access to nearly every LSAT question via the Testmasters books. Please review my 2 month plan and let me know what you think. It will be greatly appreciated!

Week 1
• Start with practice test

• LR: Review Must be true questions, Main Point Questions, Conditional Reasoning in Bible

• LG: Review Basic Linear in Bible

• RC: Do 6 passages and focus on going slow and absorbing the material

• Homework: 10 MBT Q’S, 10 Main Point Q’S, Do 5 basic linear games and review thoroughly

• Take practice test and review

Week 2
• LR: Review weaken questions, cause and effect reasoning, Strengthen/Justify/Assumption questions in Bible

• LG: Review Advanced Linear in Bible

• RC: Do 6 passages and focus on going slow and absorbing the material

• Homework: 10 weaken Q’s, Cause and effect reasoning Q’s in bible, 20 Strengthen/Assumption/Justify Q’s, Do 5 Advanced Linear games and review thoroughly

• Take practice test and review

Week 3
• LR: Review Resolve the Paradox, Formal Logic, Method of Reasoning Q’S in Bible

• LG: Review Grouping games in Bible

• RC: Do 6 passages and focus on going slow and absorbing the material

• Homework: 10 resolve the paradox, Formal logic Q’s in bible, 10 Method of Reasoning Q’s, Do 5 Grouping games and review thoroughly

• Take practice test and review

Week 4
• LR: Review flaw in the reasoning, parallel reasoning, and numbers and percentages in Bible
• LG: Review Grouping/Linear combinations and Pure Sequencing in Bible

• RC: Do 6 passages and focus on going slow and absorbing the material

• Homework: 10 flaw in the reasoning q’s, 10 parallel reasoning q’s, numbers and percentages q’s in bible, do 5 grouping/linear games and 5 pure sequencing games

• Take practice test and review

Week 5
• LR: Review evaluate the argument q’s, cannot be true q’s, point at issue q’s, and principle q’s in bible

• LG: Go over the “forgotten few” in bible

• RC: Do 6 passages and focus on going slow and absorbing the material

• Homework: 10 evaluate the argument q’s, 10 cannot be true q’s, 10 point at issue q’s, 10 principle q’s, Do 2 of each game and review thoroughly

• Take practice test and review


Week 6,7, and 8
• Repeat process from week 1 except do twice as many q’s for each and 2 practice tests a week

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby crumpetsandtea » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:13 pm

For the last few weeks, don't just blindly go back and repeat yourself. Track which section/types are your weak spots and drill those. There's no point wasting your time drilling questions that you never get wrong.

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby JoeC12 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:16 pm

Thanks for the advice. How does it look besides that? Solid approach?

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby crumpetsandtea » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:31 pm

JoeC12 wrote:Thanks for the advice. How does it look besides that? Solid approach?

TBH I skimmed the rest and I didn't use this sort of setup for my studying so I might not be the best to analyze your approach on a more specific level. I think it's good that you're drilling before doing any serious PT work. Just remember it's ok to be flexible and focus more or less time for drilling on a particular section/type if you don't have any trouble with it!

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby JoeC12 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:32 pm

What sort of setup did you use?

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby crumpetsandtea » Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:48 pm

JoeC12 wrote:What sort of setup did you use?

I went through the LG and LR PS Bibles and then PT-ed for like, 5 months and did the Manhattan RC Bible. My study log is here, if you want to see it: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=146970&p=3986201#p3986201

FWIW, I choked on the test and retook in October. My October studying was pretty different--I did only a few PTs, a teensy bit of drilling, and that's about it. It was mainly about making sure I didn't panic on the day of the test and experience another nervousness-induced score drop. So don't follow my method, per se, because in hindsight I should have spent more time perfecting RC before jumping into PTs and burning through them.

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby ProfitsProphets » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:02 am

If you're anything like me, you'll burn out by week 3, desperately needing a break from all that studying. I'm also retaking the December LSAT, but I started in July (with studying) and found that a few days off here and there (and a shot of macchiato when I study) has worked wonders for my understanding of the material. In short, work on weaknesses and make sure you fully understand why you selected the correct answer. Find a steady pace that works, but don't get overwhelmed and place undue pressure on yourself to perform on test day. Patience goes a long way. Everyone learns differently. Take practice tests and see what works for you.

Side note: some of the advice I've read suggested skipping certain questions on the test (because their designed to be confusing and/or waste time) and come back to them, if you have time. And if you're short on time, always guess answer choice D.

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby totaltest.milan » Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:06 am

You're not doing enough work and you can structure your material a bit more effectively. I use a different approach with my students and you can check out my schedules on my site but from what you've set up the structure itself seems pretty good. I would advise you to not take practice tests for the first five weeks. Think about it, what will be the point of taking a test if you haven't learned how to approach the different question types? Instead of those tests take the 100 questions that you would do and practice the question types that you've done for that week. The last three weeks should be dedicated only to tests and reviewing the tests - by that point you should already have a good idea of how to do the different question types if you prepare effectively. When you review your tests and you see that you're having problems with specific areas then you should review those questions not only until you get them right but until you understand what you were getting wrong, how to avoid that in the future, why the correct answer is correct, and why the incorrect answer is incorrect.

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby rivermaker » Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:38 am

once you finished logic games bible. get all the games by type 1-40 20-40 and drill like 12 games a day. You will start to crush.

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby romantisaurusrex » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:06 am

tbh, I never was down with the categorizing of the LR questions (inference, mp, etc). Just go over the answer explanations of the ones you get wrong and after a while you start picking up on LSAT subtleties-- it's not always about how good your logic is but rather how well you understand the LSAT. For example, I remember being frustrated on one LR question on a PT that was a "which one of the following demonstrates a pattern of reasoning most similar to the passage above", with three of the answer choices that seemed to mimic the exact pattern of reasoning. I wasn't even taking into account the actual practicality of what was being argued, because that didn't seem to me to be relevant. But when I read the answer explanation, two of the choices were ruled out just because they were bad arguments based on content not on argument pattern (ie valid but not sound). So anyway my point is, I would advise you to not waste your time categorizing, just make sure that whenever you practice you understand exactly how and why you got each question wrong before moving on.

Oh, and do not be frustrated if the LGs are taking you more than 8 or 9 minutes at first. After 200 of them, they'll be taking you 5.

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby JoeC12 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:30 am

My reasoning for taking practice tests throughout is because
A) I would like to see if I'm progressing enough (even if that progression is very minimal)
B) I feel like the getting used to the time constraints and pressure of the exam early on will only help me.

Make sense? Thoughts? Any other suggestions for my 2 month plan?

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby ruhl88 » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:59 am

rivermaker wrote:once you finished logic games bible. get all the games by type 1-40 20-40 and drill like 12 games a day. You will start to crush.


Rivermaker, I have been following something similar to what you propose regarding LG. I've printed out 3 copies of each game and have been drilling 5-7 per day.

I have yet to try 12 per day but I bet games would become second nature by then.

Since you have a bit more experience with this, what do you suggest doing for games in which you answer all questions correctly but you spend 9-10 mins??

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby romantisaurusrex » Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:20 pm

ruhl88 wrote:
Since you have a bit more experience with this, what do you suggest doing for games in which you answer all questions correctly but you spend 9-10 mins??


It is fine if some take you that long as long as you can get the easier ones done in 6-7 minutes.

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby JoeC12 » Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:40 pm

Where can I find the games seperated into each type?

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby KevinP » Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:45 pm

JoeC12 wrote:Where can I find the games seperated into each type?

http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... &p=1042536

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Re: Advice on 2 month LSAT plan

Postby lulzalicious » Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:03 pm

Only thing I would change content-wise is to use the Manhattan method for Pure Sequencing or 'Relative Ordering'. Infinitely better I promise.

Good luck w/ your studying :)




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