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Postby jcccc » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:42 am

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Re: Studying for the LSAT while taking 5 other classes

Postby harocutter » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:50 am

You should try to get at least 3 hours or so of study time in per day for about 2 or 3 months if you want a 175+. Take a bunch of practice tests under timed conditions. A 175 is missing only around 7 questions or so, so you need to know your stuff. It can be done, but you will have to sacrifice and study smart because you will be short on time.

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Re: Studying for the LSAT while taking 5 other classes

Postby harocutter » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:52 am

Get a lot of studying done over the summer when your not in school also.

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Re: Studying for the LSAT while taking 5 other classes

Postby FryBreadPower » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:53 am

Don't do it. I tried this and it was the most miserable semester of my undergraduate career. The next semester, I was only taking three classes and bumped my score considerably. Whether this was due to the material being more reinforced in my mind, or the actual increase in LSAT study hours is hard to say. But I imagine the decrease in other commitments certainly helped.

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Re: Studying for the LSAT while taking 5 other classes

Postby Davidbentley » Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:05 am

Another point to consider: I don't know what your academic Calender is like, but mine meant that the October administration landed smack dab in the middle of midterms. It was not a serene experience.

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Re: Studying for the LSAT while taking 5 other classes

Postby Mal Reynolds » Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:20 am

Take a year off. I know you will say you can't and that you absolutely have to go next year. I said the same thing. I was an idiot.

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Re: Studying for the LSAT while taking 5 other classes

Postby jcccc » Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:02 am

Hmmm

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Re: Studying for the LSAT while taking 5 other classes

Postby Mike12188 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:17 am

I took 4 classes the semester I really studied - just pick them the right way - search ratemyprof for your school sort by easiness and read some comments and find the easiest classes to take. The way I set my schedule up I had no prob. pulling straight A's and studyin. One class I took was completely unnecessary to attend since he wrote the book and literally read from it in class.

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Re: Studying for the LSAT while taking 5 other classes

Postby jbates14 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:26 am

I am currently in 5 courses and I study 5 days a week...its hard to stay on top of it, but manageable if you push yourself to study after a long day of class

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Re: Studying for the LSAT while taking 5 other classes

Postby Easy-E » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:35 am

Mal Reynolds wrote:Take a year off. I know you will say you can't and that you absolutely have to go next year. I said the same thing. I was an idiot.

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Re: Studying for the LSAT while taking 5 other classes

Postby MLBrandow » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:07 am

jcccc,

I averaged six classes per semester in undergrad, and while I probably still had ample time to study for the LSAT, I surely would never have done that. You can't always tell when your workload will drastically increase or decrease, or a slew of other things.

You are likely asking because you are registering or have registered for your fall load already. The problem is you don't have your syllabi yet and likely won't for months. And even when you get them, they may be subject to unpredictable changes. This is NOT something you want to deal with when studying. Consistency is key.

I studied in undergrad for the LSAT but ended up taking the better part of two years off. The difference in being able to study at my leisure versus having to juggle it among student activities and a full class load (I didn't have a job) is, to be cliche, like night and day.

Plus, you want to be giving your intellectual all to this test, not the leftovers when other obligations permit. Take the five classes, join some extracurricular clubs (Habitat for Humanity, Student Government, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Society of [Your Major] Students, etc etc), and enjoy a full semester that will only add to the quality of your application.

Furthermore, studying for the LSAT during the semester will compete with your class study time. This puts your LSAT score in (in)direct competition with your GPA, the two most important factors in your admissions.

Unless you are currently a 4.0 student and/or have already discovered the formula for straight A's (it took me two years to discover it and a third year to actually master it), I recommend not studying for the LSAT simultaneously.

Also, after having taken the time off from school after undergrad, I highly recommend it to anyone considering it. I spent nearly two years in Korea and I feel like I gained so much from it, from perspective to language and culture to just growing up in general.

If you do decide to take the LSAT though, as others have said, ensure you can commit the necessary time. If taking in October is your goal, speak with the professors who will teach your classes (or if unknown, speak to the program coordinator(s)) and try to find as much information as possible about these classes. Also, ask students currently in these classes now, or sit in on them if you have time. It's April, and there's a good chance that at least some of what you're taking in the fall is being offered right now.

Get as much access to the information as you can to hash out a schedule that balances the necessary study time for the LSAT with the necessary study time to make A's in these classes. And unlike in other semesters, cramming for midterms likely won't be an option as Davidbentley said. So if your style is to load up on study hours the week before rather than consistently review during the semester (I'm of the former), you need to consider the likelihood that you will actually be able to make these changes to yourself.

Best of luck in whatever you decide!

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Re: Studying for the LSAT while taking 5 other classes

Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:14 am

I studied for about a year and took 5 classes over the two semesters while working PT and was working FT during the summer. Honestly, it wasn't that bad. You just have to understand that you won't really have a social life...at all. But shit, if not having a social life for ~1 year or less means having a great score, there's no reason not to.

I made sure to enroll in easy classes while studying. If you wouldn't lose your scholarships, maybe dip down below 12 hours (3 classes, etc.). But, to be sure, it can be done with a busy schedule. Diagnostic->actual: +18 points




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