LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

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LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu May 02, 2013 1:34 am

I've taken the actual exam twice. 162 and a cancelled score. This will be my final retake.

Just PTed test 56 (timed classroom setting).
LG: -2 (Ran out of time on the last two questions)
LR: -3 (ran out of time) and -0 (had 3 minutes extra time)
RC: -6 (didn't know wtf the third passage was about) for RC.

Overall: -11, 170 according to the scale.

I've gone through the PS books twice. I've gone through all three Manhattan books in the last two months. The Manhattan books were a big help. I never felt so confident during the LGs and LRs but my RC is still lagging behind. At this point with my limited amount of time, are there any other resources out there for me to exploit or should I just do a bunch of PTs?

I'm planning to do 1 PT a day and review the taken exams extensively until the start of June.

Is there a better plan of attack or should I keep doing what I'm doing?

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby Nova » Thu May 02, 2013 2:02 am

Doing 125 questions a day is fine if you dont think youll burn out, but Id mix in some serious drilling, bro.

Maybe this http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-LSAT-Pra ... icult+lsat

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby Nova » Thu May 02, 2013 2:05 am

Also, if youre putting in about 3 hours a day doing problems, youre spending at least another 3 reviewing, right??

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu May 02, 2013 2:06 am

Is this better than the Cambridge series?

http://www.cambridgelsat.com/problem-se ... reasoning/

I bought these last week but they haven't arrived in the mail yet.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu May 02, 2013 2:08 am

Nova wrote:Also, if youre putting in about 3 hours a day doing problems, youre spending at least another 3 reviewing, right??


I'm spending only about half that time reviewing. I'm focusing only on the problems (or entire passages that I struggled on for RC) that I got wrong while briefly going over the problems I got right.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby Nova » Thu May 02, 2013 2:15 am

I used both and it worked well. IMO its worth the $30 + shipping.

The difference, obviously, is that cambridge includes many easy questions too. Which is fine. Everyone should be practicing their uncontested layups. Also those packets you linked to are in order of difficulty, which is arguably the same thing if you save the hard ones. I personally liked having the hard ones separated out in a different book though.

I enjoyed and benefited from the challange of doing 4 difficult games in 35 minutes. It was a major part of my final step toward going -0 to -2 consistantly.

Difficult RC + LR probably need more time than usual. Drilling difficult problems for a while, even untimed with a lot of reflection, will further aid you in spotting your weaknesses + will make medium difficulty questions seem like cake when you switch back.

Just something to consider.
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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby Nova » Thu May 02, 2013 2:22 am

ManoftheHour wrote:
Nova wrote:Also, if youre putting in about 3 hours a day doing problems, youre spending at least another 3 reviewing, right??


I'm spending only about half that time reviewing. I'm focusing only on the problems (or entire passages that I struggled on for RC) that I got wrong while briefly going over the problems I got right.


I was the same way and prefered to plow through everything.

But honestly reflection is really important and you should consider investing more time in it. Especially since you dont sound like you have stamina issues. re working the problems shortly after doing them and mentally stating why the 4 answer choices are wrong and the correct one is right + really reflecting on why you chose the wrong answers on the ones you missed and how you can avoid those mistakes in the future can be really boring but still very helpful.

RC was my biggest problem too. I never quite cracked it. So in that regard I have nothing to offer except encouragement that you can get the other sections very close to -0 over the course of this next month.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby enigmabk » Thu May 02, 2013 2:32 am

Don't go to law school

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby Nova » Thu May 02, 2013 2:39 am

enigmabk wrote:Don't go to law school

Lol, of all places on TLS to post that, this is probably one of the least appropriate.

Guy is lookin at T14 with money if he pulls off 170+, as opposed to whatever his prospects are with a BA in History.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu May 02, 2013 12:49 pm

enigmabk wrote:Don't go to law school


I'll actually consider that IF I don't get at least an upper 160 lower 170 score.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu May 02, 2013 12:54 pm

Nova wrote:
ManoftheHour wrote:
Nova wrote:Also, if youre putting in about 3 hours a day doing problems, youre spending at least another 3 reviewing, right??


I'm spending only about half that time reviewing. I'm focusing only on the problems (or entire passages that I struggled on for RC) that I got wrong while briefly going over the problems I got right.


I was the same way and prefered to plow through everything.

But honestly reflection is really important and you should consider investing more time in it. Especially since you dont sound like you have stamina issues. re working the problems shortly after doing them and mentally stating why the 4 answer choices are wrong and the correct one is right + really reflecting on why you chose the wrong answers on the ones you missed and how you can avoid those mistakes in the future can be really boring but still very helpful.

RC was my biggest problem too. I never quite cracked it. So in that regard I have nothing to offer except encouragement that you can get the other sections very close to -0 over the course of this next month.


I don't have stamina issues, but I do have timing issues. Any advice on that? From what I've read from TLS, you're supposed to be at the point in which you have extra time to review your answers, right? I believe I've read that in guides (probably Noodley's 179 guide). I had to rush my RC, which explains why I missed so many on the last passage. The only problems I tend to miss on the LGs are due to time constraints (the only two I missed on my latest PT was due to the fact that I ran out of time and had to guess D on both).

I suppose more focus on review would help me nail the easier questions faster so that I'll have time for the harder ones + section review.

I'll buy that book today. Thanks for the insight.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby Dr. Dre » Fri May 03, 2013 8:42 am

well if timing is your issue (and I don't even know why i'm saying this) then you might want to consider buying that 180 watch

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby Pneumonia » Fri May 03, 2013 9:54 am

Dr. Dre wrote:well if timing is your issue (and I don't even know why i'm saying this) then you might want to consider buying that 180 watch

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby ManoftheHour » Sun May 05, 2013 11:49 am

This is a dumb question, but how should I drill?

Timed vs timed? How many questions per drilling session? I'd imagine it's not prudent to drill the entire pack and then review. I was thinking about doing 15 questions per 20 minutes and then reviewing (like how I did in the Manhattan book).

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby ManoftheHour » Mon May 06, 2013 7:48 pm

Nova wrote:Doing 125 questions a day is fine if you dont think youll burn out, but Id mix in some serious drilling, bro.

Maybe this http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-LSAT-Pra ... icult+lsat


It just arrived along with exam 66 and 67. Man, amazon is fast.

Shit just got real.

If this retake is unsuccessful, I'm going to be so sad that I wasn't out partying all this time.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby Dr. Dre » Mon May 06, 2013 7:56 pm

ManoftheHour wrote:
Nova wrote:Doing 125 questions a day is fine if you dont think youll burn out, but Id mix in some serious drilling, bro.

Maybe this http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-LSAT-Pra ... icult+lsat


It just arrived along with exam 66 and 67. Man, amazon is fast.

Shit just got real.

If this retake is unsuccessful, I'm going to be so sad that I wasn't out partying all this time.


you'll do 170+, breh

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu May 16, 2013 12:49 pm

Nova wrote:Doing 125 questions a day is fine if you dont think youll burn out, but Id mix in some serious drilling, bro.

Maybe this http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-LSAT-Pra ... icult+lsat


Yo Nova. This book is so beast. Thanks for the tip.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby Gamine » Thu May 16, 2013 3:09 pm

Looks like a good book to get

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby tuffyjohnson » Thu May 16, 2013 4:45 pm

But if you have all the 10 actual books you have all the questions in the 905 book. Right?

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby ManoftheHour » Thu May 16, 2013 7:00 pm

tuffyjohnson wrote:But if you have all the 10 actual books you have all the questions in the 905 book. Right?


Yeah, but it's useful drilling difficult question after difficult question...of the same type. You start to subconsciously categorize the questions you see on exams. You start to see the pattern and you get quicker at them because you know exactly what you're looking for and how they're going to try to trick you. It's hard to explain, but it works. I'm already seeing results from my recent PTs.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby Nova » Tue May 21, 2013 10:18 pm

ManoftheHour wrote:
Nova wrote:Doing 125 questions a day is fine if you dont think youll burn out, but Id mix in some serious drilling, bro.

Maybe this http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-LSAT-Pra ... icult+lsat


Yo Nova. This book is so beast. Thanks for the tip.

Glad its working out! Hope you kill it.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby Nova » Tue May 21, 2013 10:36 pm

ManoftheHour wrote: I was thinking about doing 15 questions per 20 minutes and then reviewing (like how I did in the Manhattan book).


That sounds legit.

From what I've read from TLS, you're supposed to be at the point in which you have extra time to review your answers, right? I believe I've read that in guides (probably Noodley's 179 guide). I had to rush my RC, which explains why I missed so many on the last passage. The only problems I tend to miss on the LGs are due to time constraints (the only two I missed on my latest PT was due to the fact that I ran out of time and had to guess D on both).


Im sure soon those simple ordering games will take you 5 or less minutes, and youll have plenty of time for advanced games. AR is so mechanical, I think finishing with time to spare has a lot to do with being efficient and automatic. Reps will get you there.

I personally never had more than a five minutes after LR/AR to spare, so instead of reviewing with 2-3 minutes, I just chilled and took a short mental break. To each their own, though.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby monadologist » Thu May 23, 2013 11:36 pm

ull get 170 homie, just keep drilling RC

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby supernma » Thu May 23, 2013 11:43 pm

Nova wrote:Doing 125 questions a day is fine if you dont think youll burn out, but Id mix in some serious drilling, bro.

Maybe this http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-LSAT-Pra ... icult+lsat


Looks like an incredible resource. Definitely looking into buying this.

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Re: LSAT In 1 Month. Last minute advice?

Postby ManoftheHour » Fri May 24, 2013 3:23 pm

supernma wrote:
Nova wrote:Doing 125 questions a day is fine if you dont think youll burn out, but Id mix in some serious drilling, bro.

Maybe this http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-LSAT-Pra ... icult+lsat


Looks like an incredible resource. Definitely looking into buying this.


I highly recommend it. The Cambridge series is good, but half the problems are easy problems that you could probably do in 40 seconds. This book contains only the hardest ones (the ones you're most likely to miss). I feel that drilling them has helped me out tremendously. Even the worst problems I can do now not because I understand the right answer, but because I can confidently point out the four wrong answers. For the tough problems, there are answer choices that I cannot comprehend but am confident they are correct because the other four answers are evidently wrong.




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