dkb17xzx wrote:Looks like a pretty good plan seacow; thanks for the input shinton.
I don't have a prep start date or through plan yet. But these are things I need to focus on:
1.) Anxiety control - While feeling a little anxious is fine (and keeps me on my toes), I don't wanna feel too anxious. Typically I'd like to be able to approach the entire test as an LG section - with relief and anticipation.
2.) Concentration issues - this screws me over big time in RC. I don't have ADD or any of that, just a massive case of dumbassness. I have started reading dense material again and am forcing myself to read at least an hour straight every day.
3.) RC strategy - need to figure this out. I have the Manhattan RC book and I might even invest in Dave Hall's RC course. I missed 9 on June 2012; without this horrendous section, I would have broken the 170 barrier (I think).
4.) Strategy implementation (for all sections) on test day - When I take PT's, I know the exact approach to an assumption question or a principle question. Come test day, it all goes out the window. Rather than panic or straight reading taking over, I wanna drill down so much on strategy that it becomes instinctive. FWIW, I missed a total of 5 on LR. This tells me that a more disciplined approach could cut down 1 or 2.
5.) 100% LG - I started with 100% LG during the 40's and early 50's. After that, it was -1 or -2. I accepted that and it was a mistake. This time I am going in with the -0 mindset.TLS1776, the author of that legendary guide, mentioned ACE the LSAT book for LG - fake games, but extremely tough. I'll be getting that book.
6.) Stamina - No more 4 or 5 section tests; it will be 6 or more sections with multiple RC's. The two RC sections I had in the beginning tired me out and I can't help but think that it had some effect on Sec. 3 LR (my reasoning indicates a massive LR fail, I know)
7.) "Silly mistake" - Esp. LR; two of the questions I missed were in 1-15. Don't know how I will approach this, but I certainly am aware and realize the need to do something about it.
If there any thoughts, suggestions, advice, please fire away. Any or all input is greatly welcome.
Comments about your game plan, DKB:
2. Reading is definitely a good idea, IMO. I feel like if you are very comfortable with reading - especially if you enjoy it - it can eradicate many problems. Including the silly mistake, concentration, and anxiety.
3. Dave Hall's RC is excellent, I recommend that.
4. As Shinton told me, the goal is to have LSAT come natural. I think characterizing your approach as strategy implementation is the wrong way to go about it. I did this the first time around and I eventually got so exhausted trying to actualize all the plans that I screwed up big time.
5. Good plan. -0 should be automatic.
6. Wholeheartedly agree.
7. From my experience, I've noticed that the vast majority of questions that 90th percentile scorers miss are from silly mistakes. It could be a lapse in judgment, a misread, or a lapse in concentration, but in most cases (s)he immediately realizes his error. I don't think you should classify missing questions like this as "silly mistakes", because of this. Everyone makes them. I would work to enhance your concentration, minimize your anxiety levels, and practice reading "tenaciously" - so to never miss that elusive 'not' in the stimulus, and I think this will be the best way to eradicate "silly mistakes". But don't be hard on yourself if you still have a few on each test.