First of all welcome back! Right now I am going through the Powerscore LR Bible and I am planning on reading a chapter then drilling, then moving on to the new chapter. My questions are as follows:
1. Is that a good strategy?
2. How many questions do you think I should drill to make it effective and really drive home the points? Also, should this be from old prep tests or relatively new ones, or a mix? I have virtually all of them so amount shouldn't be an issue.
3. I screwed up and went straight through the LG Bible without driling, so I learned a lot and improved, but not nearly the amount I should have. How would you reccommend including LG prep into my LR study schedule?
4. Are you going to let us know LSAC's response to your detective work?
1. I'm a big fan of moving to timed tests as soon as possible. I don't think reading a book will help much, without practice. So I think drilling is a great idea. Theory is only useful with practice.
I think LR question types are overblown. For most of them, the main thing is finding the conclusion, the reasoning, and what's wrong with the reasoning/conclusion. The question stem just changes how you identify the error. So for a strengthen question, you fix it. For a weaken question, you point it out. For a flawed reasoning, you describe it abstractly.
2. Drill as much as you need to get the concepts down. Once you're comfortable describing how to do each question type, you can move past question types to timed tests. Some question types (e.g. necessary assumption, flawed reasoning) may take longer than others, because they are more complex. For example, I think reviewing the wrong answers on flawed reasoning is a great idea, because they will appear on other questions. Making sure you understand them will speed you up.
Once you're comfortable with the basics of the question types, I'd move on to timed sections. Usually it's hard questions, rather than specific types, that will trip you up. And a lot of errors (causation/correleation, number vs. percent, etc.) cut across question types.
3. I think 7Sage's method for LG is very useful (the foolproof method video). Basically, repeat games until you master them. I did this accidently when I first started as an LSAT tutor, because students kept request the same games. On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time through, I started to get much better at each game, and this improved my technique for ALL games.
The only amendment I'd make to the video is to wait until you've forgotten a game a bit before redoing it. I don't think pure memorization is useful. The goal should be to find the most efficient path through the game, and master the process of finding it. That will help you find efficient paths on new games.
4. I will definitely let TLS know what LSAC says. Probably will be 40 days or so, but I will make sure to let you know. I'm expecting something along the lines of "It's most similar, and therefore correct....", but you never know.