I'm glad cyberspace has websites like this where we can connect with others who share similar interests. Otherwise, at least for me, it's going to be a long few months of focus and detachment from friends who don't understand why we never go out anymore.
Anyhow, I'm currently in the DC Area, work full-time, earned a 3.67 in Finance in Undergrad from a VA State School, but possess very stellar extra-curriculars and good work experience.
Motto: Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication; and Performance excellence equals Result Excellence; therefore, utilize the abstraction theory, to breakdown a daunting unknown 100 questions into doable familiar elements.
Target Law Schools-UVA ( Top Choice-Virginia in-state-Tremendous Value) Northwestern, Berkeley, UT-Austin
Ideal Study Partner: Ideally I want someone completely committed who possesses an iron will to do whatever it takes to succeed in studying. In other words, a study partner who treats practice as if it were the super bowl, every time out. I'm extremely intense when it comes to goal setting, and would like someone who is planning on generating unique analysis on how to improve their score. In contrast, I don't want the typical LSAT taker who I often meet socially, that fails to break every element of the test down section by section, question by question.
Study Plan: I scored a 161 on the first practice test that I took, and improved drastically when going through Critical Reasoning and Logic Games.
Mindset: Elimination of all distractions, complete commitment toward the test, continual goal setting, planning and analysis, breaking the test down to the most fundamental of elements, and Practicing with a sense of urgency like the following Saturday will be the real thing.
Breaking the Test Down into Buckets and asking, what percentile am I scoring in for each section? Then from there breaking that down by games/passages/question types
Books: Both PowerScores (Logic Games and Logical Reasoning), Every single Prep Test from 7-65, The Official LSAT SuperPrep, Kaplan analysis of tests (I have the complete set; utilizing to gain a perspective on how questions were successfully answered, Pithypikes 4 month study guide and website materials, and potentially explanations on logic games
147 days until October 6th
First Month until June 12th-Mastery of Logic Games and by that breaking the games down to type, and mastering each type, analyzing inefficiencies and familiarizing myself with questions, Becoming a diagram generation demon.
Goal: By June 12th I need to have mastered all game types, and be hitting within the required time
Day-by-day-focus needs to be worked out, however, I'll probably piggyback on Pithpikes study guide
Second Month-July 12-August 6 -Perfecting Critical Reasoning based on Question types, Analysis of imperfect areas, and understanding of reasoning behind correct and incorrect answers
Goal: Identify any problem areas; and hone in all areas of imperfection
still working on day-by-day strategy
Third Month-August 6-August 26-Nail reading comp passages down, understand all question types, and have speed and focus materials down
August 26-October-Practice Tests-I want to start out with normal 4 section tests, then move on to 5 sections, and ideally get up to 8 sections like some friends of mine who scored over a 175.
Overall, like anything else, my schedule is tentative, and I will concurrently be working on my stamina throughout the study period. If there are any dedicated potential test takers, let me know and let's do it! I've done a number of individual sections, so I already have a good understanding of the test, but I am committed to a more focused approach