Can a college Art and Society course perhaps help my RC?

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Can a college Art and Society course perhaps help my RC?

Postby itachiuchiha » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:20 am

I need to take a BS course in college for an easy A and 3 credits, something that would give me more time for LSAT studying. I've noticed that some reading passages have a lot to do with Art and Society, is that a class I should consider taking?

P.S. I've already took a lot of philosophy and intro to logic classes.

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Re: Can a college Art and Society course perhaps help my RC?

Postby M458 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:17 am

itachiuchiha wrote:I need to take a BS course in college for an easy A and 3 credits, something that would give me more time for LSAT studying. I've noticed that some reading passages have a lot to do with Art and Society, is that a class I should consider taking?

P.S. I've already took a lot of philosophy and intro to logic classes.


Take either a class that interests you or the easiest possible class where you know you'll get an A (possibly A+).

The best way to improve on RC is by reading LSAT passages. There's almost 70 PTs out there, each with 4 passages. Work through the nearly 280 LSAT passages before you look to other sources; I think you'll find once you do so, you'll be scoring much better on RC.

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Re: Can a college Art and Society course perhaps help my RC?

Postby scottyc66 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:25 am

M458 wrote:
itachiuchiha wrote:I need to take a BS course in college for an easy A and 3 credits, something that would give me more time for LSAT studying. I've noticed that some reading passages have a lot to do with Art and Society, is that a class I should consider taking?

P.S. I've already took a lot of philosophy and intro to logic classes.


Take either a class that interests you or the easiest possible class where you know you'll get an A (possibly A+).

The best way to improve on RC is by reading LSAT passages. There's almost 70 PTs out there, each with 4 passages. Work through the nearly 280 LSAT passages before you look to other sources; I think you'll find once you do so, you'll be scoring much better on RC.

Sounds like a good way to exhaust LSAT resources, reusing RC isn't the same as other sections because you don't have the same kind of unfamiliarity with the subject as you will on the real thing. Most people suggest certain scientific journals or newspapers. Really anything with convoluted, verbose language and dense passages will help you master the type of reading you'll need for the LSAT.

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Re: Can a college Art and Society course perhaps help my RC?

Postby M458 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:13 pm

scottyc66 wrote:
M458 wrote:
itachiuchiha wrote:I need to take a BS course in college for an easy A and 3 credits, something that would give me more time for LSAT studying. I've noticed that some reading passages have a lot to do with Art and Society, is that a class I should consider taking?

P.S. I've already took a lot of philosophy and intro to logic classes.


Take either a class that interests you or the easiest possible class where you know you'll get an A (possibly A+).

The best way to improve on RC is by reading LSAT passages. There's almost 70 PTs out there, each with 4 passages. Work through the nearly 280 LSAT passages before you look to other sources; I think you'll find once you do so, you'll be scoring much better on RC.

Sounds like a good way to exhaust LSAT resources, reusing RC isn't the same as other sections because you don't have the same kind of unfamiliarity with the subject as you will on the real thing. Most people suggest certain scientific journals or newspapers. Really anything with convoluted, verbose language and dense passages will help you master the type of reading you'll need for the LSAT.


I really believe that LSAT passages are unlike most other passages you'll read in scientific journals or newspapers. I guess it depends on how you're typically scoring on RC sections at the moment. If you're scoring, let's say -7 or more, then I think scottyc's suggestion is valid, as that might indicate that you need to improve your reading comprehension in general and reading anything dense will give you the practice you need. If you're scoring -5 or less, then I think familiarity with LSAT passages and the actual questions is more helpful and a better use of your time.

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Re: Can a college Art and Society course perhaps help my RC?

Postby Mik Ekim » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:21 pm

Life is short and it's a privilege to get to go to college -- for the sake of your teachers, and the people footing the bill, take classes you are interested in. It'll be easier for you to get an A if you are interested, right?

And no, an Art and Society class will not have any noticeable impact on your LSAT performance.

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Re: Can a college Art and Society course perhaps help my RC?

Postby bp shinners » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:51 pm

M458 wrote:I really believe that LSAT passages are unlike most other passages you'll read in scientific journals or newspapers.


Considering they pull the passages from scientific journals/newspapers/news magazine, I'd disagree. They edit them down, but the passages are real articles from actual publications. You can check the references to the originals at the back of released test booklets.

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Re: Can a college Art and Society course perhaps help my RC?

Postby M458 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:09 pm

bp shinners wrote:
M458 wrote:I really believe that LSAT passages are unlike most other passages you'll read in scientific journals or newspapers.


Considering they pull the passages from scientific journals/newspapers/news magazine, I'd disagree. They edit them down, but the passages are real articles from actual publications. You can check the references to the originals at the back of released test booklets.


You're right; they are real passages, but I think in the process of editing them down, it changes them in an important way by affecting the structure and flow of the passage. For me, personally, it wouldn't have been very helpful to spend time reading other publications--I learned and improved a lot more by reading LSAT passages, getting a familiarity for the way every passage is structured, and understanding what the typical questions were so I could have them in mind as I read each passage. I'll defer to you and the prior poster though, as it seems my way of studying might not be the most advisable for others.

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Re: Can a college Art and Society course perhaps help my RC?

Postby scottyc66 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:13 pm

M458 wrote:
bp shinners wrote:
M458 wrote:I really believe that LSAT passages are unlike most other passages you'll read in scientific journals or newspapers.


Considering they pull the passages from scientific journals/newspapers/news magazine, I'd disagree. They edit them down, but the passages are real articles from actual publications. You can check the references to the originals at the back of released test booklets.


You're right; they are real passages, but I think in the process of editing them down, it changes them in an important way by affecting the structure and flow of the passage. For me, personally, it wouldn't have been very helpful to spend time reading other publications--I learned and improved a lot more by reading LSAT passages, getting a familiarity for the way every passage is structured, and understanding what the typical questions were so I could have them in mind as I read each passage. I'll defer to you and the prior poster though, as it seems my way of studying might not be the most advisable for others.

I didn't read outside materials, it just sounds like this person has a ton of extra time to study if they're taking a semester-long course in hopes that it yields some sort of returns. If you're going to study for 6+ months, assuming they aren't taking theirs until June at the earliest, then you could run out of RC passages for legitimate studying and PTing which could be detrimental to your real prep.

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Re: Can a college Art and Society course perhaps help my RC?

Postby bp shinners » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:04 am

M458 wrote:You're right; they are real passages, but I think in the process of editing them down, it changes them in an important way by affecting the structure and flow of the passage.


I agree with that statement, but you can't say they're unlike the original passages. They share a lot of features in common. And they don't, for the most part, do a wholesale rewrite. So if you're looking for some additional practice, reading articles like that won't hurt. They won't prep you specifically for Reading Comp, but they will improve your ability to read on topics outside your comfort zone. Plus, you'll become a better informed individual, which is good for life in general.

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Re: Can a college Art and Society course perhaps help my RC?

Postby crazyrobin » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:32 am

I am actually preparing for June 2013 LSAT now and I am doing timed RC section on PT1-18, this is a good way for me to familiarize LSAT RC structure & analysis every corresponding RC questions. I am a bit worried I will exhaust all my LSAT resources at the end of May, right now, I read Scientific America and couple Supreme Court cases..... Bottom line, I try hard to not to get bored.... :)




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