Plateau for about a month

esther0123
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Plateau for about a month

Postby esther0123 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:56 pm

Hi, I'm just so frustrated and depressed.
In the past month or so, I've taken ~10 PT's and the scaled score has been plateauing at 161 average (161-164-160-161-162-157-160-162-165-161-162), although the raw score is going up ever so slightly.. (73-80-73-74-78-72-75-82-84-79-77). I can't believe this is my ceiling T_T. Has anyone had experience breaking through their plateau in a sudden jump? I'm so unmotivated... my untimed scores are always in the low to high 90s, but I don't know how to bridge the gap between my untimed and timed score....

So far I've taken about 15 PT's including my diagnostics.. any words of advice or experience would help!

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Re: Plateau for about a month

Postby TERS » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:26 pm

Explain more about your study habits. If you're just taking PT after PT and reviewing each half-assed, then you shouldn't be surprised. What are your scores for each section, one section particularly troublesome, etc?

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Re: Plateau for about a month

Postby esther0123 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:38 pm

TERS wrote:Explain more about your study habits. If you're just taking PT after PT and reviewing each half-assed, then you shouldn't be surprised. What are your scores for each section, one section particularly troublesome, etc?


I review pretty thoroughly (ie. i redo the whole test untimed, then analyze the ones that I didn't get right even when untimed)... so I'm not doing half-ass review I don't think...

LG (timed): avg -4
LR1 (timed): avg -7
LR2 (timed): avg -7
RC (timed): avg -8

LR's mistakes are random, there doesn't seem to be a single (or a few) type of questions that I consistently get wrong
RC.. is a part that I haven't done much studying yet, but I think I'll start drilling as of today.
LG fluctuates wildly, but I've had -2 ~ -1 quite a few times, it's just that early on, I'd get some abdominal -8 until I got some idea about grouping games.

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Re: Plateau for about a month

Postby PDaddy » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:46 pm

Work and drill hard on your weaknesses, not your strengths.

If you cannot pinpoint specific questions that are giving you problems, then your problem is more general: (1) reading too quickly but passively, (2) reading too slowly and passively, (3) inability to consistently identify premises and conclusions, (4) incomplete understanding of formal logic and how it is applied, (5) poor time-management (doing questions or specific problems in a disadvantageous order), or (6) daydreaming or overall lack of focus, (7) fatigue, lack of prober rest or poor diet, (8) altering your testing conditions (keep them consistent), (9) nerves/lack of stress-management, etc.

If LG are the problem, drill hard on them. Consider taking four sectioned, timed practice exams with just LG.

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Re: Plateau for about a month

Postby NoodleyOne » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:56 pm

Manhattan LSAT LR strategy guide.

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Re: Plateau for about a month

Postby Funkycrime » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:24 am

NoodleyOne wrote:Manhattan LSAT LR strategy guide.

You love that thing. Mine is supposed to arrive tomorrow, I'm pretty pumped.

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Re: Plateau for about a month

Postby Mik Ekim » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:49 am

What is it that you are learning/getting better at with these practice tests? How do you try to implement what you've learned?




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