Weird Schedule and LSAT classes

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Weird Schedule and LSAT classes

Postby ConcernedHabsFan » Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:58 am

Hi,

I need a pretty high LSAT score to get into law school. But, my schedule this summer is pretty weird. I'm entered in a post-bachelor Finance program this fall away from where I live so I'll have to move in September. And I might take a couple business classes online or at a random college this month to get some prerequisites out of the way (my undergrad wasn't in Business/Finance). So it's been hard trying to find a class that doesn't go into september, or fits my schedule.

I was going to take a Kaplan Advantage LSAT prep class this month that lasts 6 weeks, but I missed the registration deadline because I thought I was going to be taking the GMAT instead to apply to another business program, but was fed some inaccurate information by an advisor (so not planning on taking the GMAT anytime soon).

I've never taken an online class before. But I went to a large University with the 300 people class lecture halls, so I'm decent without having much face-to-face teacher/student interaction. Also, although I wasn't good at all with keeping up with homework/daily work in college, I was a very good exam and final taker. So, do you think in this situation, an online LSAT prep class would be a good idea? I mainly need help increasing speed on logic games, I'm pretty confident with everything else.

Since law school is sort of a plan B for me, I'm concerned about cost/benefit of classes. I've had someone suggest tutoring too, but it costs $1500. Which online classes are the best, which ones should I avoid? I've been reading Yelp reviews but they're all over the place. And again, I've never taken an online class before and it seems like a lot of people who take online classes prefer that format.

Thanks! :)

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Lawst
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Re: Weird Schedule and LSAT classes

Postby Lawst » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:06 am

ConcernedHabsFan wrote:Hi,

I need a pretty high LSAT score to get into law school. But, my schedule this summer is pretty weird. I'm entered in a post-bachelor Finance program this fall away from where I live so I'll have to move in September. And I might take a couple business classes online or at a random college this month to get some prerequisites out of the way (my undergrad wasn't in Business/Finance). So it's been hard trying to find a class that doesn't go into september, or fits my schedule.

I was going to take a Kaplan Advantage LSAT prep class this month that lasts 6 weeks, but I missed the registration deadline because I thought I was going to be taking the GMAT instead to apply to another business program, but was fed some inaccurate information by an advisor (so not planning on taking the GMAT anytime soon).

I've never taken an online class before. But I went to a large University with the 300 people class lecture halls, so I'm decent without having much face-to-face teacher/student interaction. Also, although I wasn't good at all with keeping up with homework/daily work in college, I was a very good exam and final taker. So, do you think in this situation, an online LSAT prep class would be a good idea? I mainly need help increasing speed on logic games, I'm pretty confident with everything else.

Since law school is sort of a plan B for me, I'm concerned about cost/benefit of classes. I've had someone suggest tutoring too, but it costs $1500. Which online classes are the best, which ones should I avoid? I've been reading Yelp reviews but they're all over the place. And again, I've never taken an online class before and it seems like a lot of people who take online classes prefer that format.

Thanks! :)


What about self-study? I had similar concerns about my schedule.
I bought some of the Powerscore bibles, a bunch of practice tests and found a study guide here. http://lsatblog.blogspot.com/ I'm sure there are other sites like this, but I found this one was really helpful because it gave you a study schedule depending on how many months you have to before the test.
I had a 152 diagnostic and ended up with a 165, and I don't think I was going to get much higher than that with a class (*shakes fist at stupid logic games and their stupid diagrams*).

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Re: Weird Schedule and LSAT classes

Postby Mr.Binks » Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:30 pm

As lawst suggested, you can try self-studying. There are several stickied threads that provide an overall guide as to what materials you will need, etc.

If you feel like you need further instruction, you may look into an online course that teaches through videos, so that you can access them whenever you choose. Some popular online classes that come to mind are BluePrint, 7Sage, and Velocity. I personally used Velocity and loved it, but I've heard wonderful things about the other two as well. They have a bunch of free material online that will give you an overall feel of what the course will be like. You ought to check them out.

HTH.

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Re: Weird Schedule and LSAT classes

Postby ConcernedHabsFan » Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:05 am

Thanks for the feedback.

I just bought the Powerscore Logic Games book.

I want to self-study and it looks like right now I have no choice. But the 3 lawyers I know all took Kaplan and thought it was great, and told me I should definitely take it. And I heard over half the people who take the LSAT take a prep class (which is why I was considering online courses). So I feel like I'm starting out slow out of the gate behind everyone else, even though I'm a decent self learner.

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Re: Weird Schedule and LSAT classes

Postby Clearly » Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:31 am

ConcernedHabsFan wrote:Thanks for the feedback.

I just bought the Powerscore Logic Games book.

I want to self-study and it looks like right now I have no choice. But the 3 lawyers I know all took Kaplan and thought it was great, and told me I should definitely take it. And I heard over half the people who take the LSAT take a prep class (which is why I was considering online courses). So I feel like I'm starting out slow out of the gate behind everyone else, even though I'm a decent self learner.


Half the people also score below median. Forget those people. This test is an easily learn-able (if frustrating) skill, try self study, and if that doesn't work, give an online class a shot. I too am a Velocity student, although I'm sure any reputable online class will help, it's all the same shit. It's really about your dedication to study, be it in person, online, or out of a book. The best thing you can ever do with the LSAT is fall in love with the challenge.




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