My LSAT study schedule & general questions

scandk
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My LSAT study schedule & general questions

Postby scandk » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:19 pm

Hey all. I took a diagnostic exam, and got a 157. My goal is to score somewhere between 171-174.

I'm planning on taking the December LSAT, and drew up a 'study plan.'

Phase 1: Learn the Material
Powerscore LGB - Initial run through
Powerscore LRB - Initial run through
TLS RC Strategy guides (rkitten & voyager's guides)
--> Take first preptest since the initial diagnostic & review test
Powerscore LGB - revisited (redoing the games in the book, re-reading info and finding any tidbits that I missed)
Powerscore LRB - revisited
Powerscore RCB - initial & only run through
--> Take second preptest & review wrong answers
Manhattan LSAT Logic Games - intial
Manhattan LSAT LR - initial
--> Take third preptest & review wrong answers
Powerscore RC Passage type training
Powerscore Logic Games Bible workbook - first and only run through
Manhattan Logic Games - revisited
Manhattan LR - revisited
--> Take fourth preptest & review wrong answers
If LR performance is not up to par at this point, Powerscore LRB Workbook for additional practice
Blueprint LG
Blueprint LR
Master the LSAT

Phase 2: Applying what I learned (?)
goals - get a good feel for timing/pacing, fatigue, application of strategies/diagrams
--> fifth preptest
--> sixth preptest
--> seventh preptest
--> eighth preptest
--> ninth preptest

Phase 3: Examining my trends
Review the 9 preptests with more emphasis on the last 5, and try and determine where my relative strengths and weaknesses are.
Refer back to PS/BP/MLSAT books for help with subpar sections
Drill the problematic question types

Phase 4: Testmasters course
From what I've been told, if I go through all of the books that I've listed, the Testmasters course would be redundant/not worth it. But what I'm trying to get out of it, as well as all of the other books, is more practice. Also, the course starts during my fall semester. While I have a lot of free time during the summer, I might not be as inclined to budget time studying for the LSAT in school. The course meets four hours twice a week, and should force me to think "LSAT" for roughly 10-12 hours a week homework inclusive. I just don't want to regress after hopefully making gains during the summer.

*After Phase 4, if PTing around ~173, will not take test (accounting for the near-mythical 3 point drop)
*After Phase 4, if PTing sub-170 or between 169-170, wait and take Feb 2014.

Phase 5: Fourth Quarter hail mary
order some Chinese (Ma-Po Tofu with egg & crab rangoon)
PT at least twice a weekend, preferrably in the mornings so I can still live my life
refine technique/approach, eliminate/curtail problem areas
review practice tests
Two weeks prior to the Feb test, take a PT a day, then chill out for the week leading up to test

Phase 6: Go back to living my life

Whew. I'm spending anywhere between two to four hours in the library (8/10AM - 12PM), and am planning to increase my tempo if that seems to be necessary. What do you guys think about my approach? Would you re-arrange the order of some of the books? Most people have been saying Powerscore first, then Manhattan, so that's the approach I decided to take. Also, someone noted that by the time I get to the Blueprint book, I'll already have an established method of doing things, and the book won't do much for me. At the very least, it'll give me more practice/familiarity with the problems. At the best, it'll trim wrong answers off of my LG.

General Questions:

If I'm not PTing in the desired range in Dec, I'll take the Feb test instead of Dec. But is the Feb test any different? Why are they not typically released?

A guy from amazon posted the following about the "10 Actual, Official LSAT preptests"/PT 7-18:

"1. The Logical Reasoning sections in these tests SHOULD NOT BE DONE. At all. They are similar in type, scope, and topic to the modern questions, but they are looser. Less logical. It took some time for the makers of the LSAT to learn how to write very high quality questions. The reason this matters is because LR questions are a fusion of logic and english and if the english is a bit off, one can misinterpret how to look at the questions." - L**n

How much weight should I put into this? Specifically, "The Logical Reasoning sections in these tests SHOULD NOT BE DONE?"

Amazon review of MLSAT LG book (if you can't tell, I bought all of my books via amazon): "I wish I could un-read this book. I was scoring pretty well in the games section but decided to grab a self-study book to see if I could improve. Since I felt like I already had a decent grasp on games, I opted for Manhattan's book over Powerscore's to save some money. The more of this stupid book I read, the more my LG score drops! These strategies don't work, or they're horribly explained and impossible to apply quickly." - L**s.

Trolololol. Hopefully this is an anomaly?

Most important question: how the heck do you guys review preptests? If the only things provided are the questions & answer key, a lot of times, especially earlier in my prep, just knowing the right answer won't really help a ton, will it? So how did you veterans review a preptest?

On a side note, I already started this. Finished initial LGB run-through, read Voyager's RC posts, and am almost done with initial run-through of LRB. Will post preptest results afterwards.

scandk
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Re: My LSAT study schedule & general questions

Postby scandk » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:20 pm

Also, if anyone wants to be my online study buddy, let me know!

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Re: My LSAT study schedule & general questions

Postby Dr. Dre » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:32 pm

why aren't you aiming for October?

there's still time.

scandk
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Re: My LSAT study schedule & general questions

Postby scandk » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:51 pm

Hmm. Maybe. I dunno, just not sure if 4 months is enough time. If I'm PTing in the range that I want, then I think I will take it. When is the deadline for registration?

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Re: My LSAT study schedule & general questions

Postby essyct » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:56 pm

scandk wrote:

"1. The Logical Reasoning sections in these tests SHOULD NOT BE DONE. At all.


I would LOVE it if this is true. The only PTs/drills I have done for LR have been from these PTs and LR is currently my weakest section. Like in between -10 and -15. I just brought the most recent "10" book for PTs 53-62 or something like that.

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Re: My LSAT study schedule & general questions

Postby magickware » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:57 pm

Read all the books first. Manhattan LR book is better than the PS LR bible.

And it's not really necessary to read the books/take courses of every large companies out there. The vast majority of them teach the same things besides personal preferences regarding diagramming on games.

And get all your tests from- http://www.cambridgelsat.com/bookstore/ ... lications/

Reusable tests are fucking awesome.

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Re: My LSAT study schedule & general questions

Postby magickware » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:59 pm

Every PT before 40 should be taken with a grain of salt. Stuff from PT 1-15 or so have concepts that LSAC no longer emphasize. That's why most people just use material from them for practicing question types.

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Re: My LSAT study schedule & general questions

Postby scandk » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:40 pm

@essyct: Hmm. I'll keep that in mind. Was the LG section similar enough to the more recent tests?

@magickware: I read one of your posts on a thread (don't remember which one) and you said you went from -20 to -6/7, and eventually -0. What exactly did you do? And I'll keep that tidbit about MLR > PSLR in mind. I like PS LRB so far, but I feel like it overemphasizes classification. I dunno. I'm young and naive; what do I know? Also that link is pretty sweet. Now I don't have to weave through the thickets of the amazon jungle to find the preptests. I think I'll take your advice on the pre-15 PTs. Thanks for all the help!

@all: Hey study buddy. I know you're out there somewhere... :(

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Re: My LSAT study schedule & general questions

Postby magickware » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:45 pm

Buy the PTs from that site. Don't buy the books. LSAC is ripping people off by selling books while Cambridge LSAT has them all in PDF form.

Regarding LG - I just did about every existing LG at least twice. This site also helps a lot.
http://7sage.com/logic-game-explanations/

You can get LR help from this site-
http://www.manhattanlsat.com/forums/

I strongly recommend that you read all the guides posted in the LSAT guides/advice sticky at the top. They're helpful.

scandk
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Re: My LSAT study schedule & general questions

Postby scandk » Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:12 pm

update:

Took June 07 preptest after finishing LGB and going through half of LRB.

-5 LG, -7 LR (trololol), -3 LR, -5 RC

161. The RC went the way I thought it would, and I'm pretty pleased with LG (considering it was a problem area). Time to work on LR...




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