modernista wrote:I've started studying and it's extremely laborious and a huge time suck. I'm reading the LG Bible, making notes in the margins, and marking it up but I find that itself takes up about three hours a night. I am learning but it's a very slow-going process. Does anyone have any tips to make it go faster? Am I going about it the wrong way?
Going through the prep books the first time to read about all the basics and understand them takes a significant amount of study time. No way around that unless you already understand what is being discussed in the chapters, but if that was the case you wouldn't need to read the books.
It's only been less than two weeks since you started the LGB and posted about how dry you found the material. Given the limited amount of time per day you said you have available for LSAT prep due to work, I wouldn't expect you to have made it super far through the book yet since even just doing the drills and practice games for each chapter takes a lot of time.
How much progress do you make through the book in each three hour study session? If you are spending a lot of your study time on highlighting and note taking instead of learning, understanding and applying the information to the sample questions and drills, then you could cut down on getting fancy with you highlighting & note taking system so it doesn't slow down the actual learning. Other than that, you should take as much time per chapter and set of practice questions as it takes to really understand what is going on so that you learn as you go. Racing ahead just for the sake of getting through the materials faster cuz you get impatient is a solid way to prep badly that will not lead to much improvement.
You really do need to put in as much time as it takes you to really understand the stuff you read and practice the stuff a lot in order to get good at applying everything. Again, it IS a very slow laborious process. You WILL have to spend HUNDREDS of hours doing this for several months or more if you want to improve your score into the 160s-170s range. There is no shortcut to putting in the time and work, it is very hard and takes a LONG TIME to significantly improve your score. There is a reason that, even though it is possible for people starting in the 140s/150s to prep themselves into the mid/high 160s-170s, VERY FEW people EVER actually do it! Most people give up early due to the workload once they realize how much of their lifestyle they actually have to give up and how grueling LSAT prep work can be.
Please re-read my long post on the previous page about what is required to improve your score and reflect back on it now that you are about two weeks in. Getting impatient at this early point does not bode well for your chances of working hard and long enough to reach your goal. Seriously, you have MONTHS of this ahead if you are really determined to at least hit 160+ due to your limited hours a week for LSAT prep. Getting frustrated about slow progress after only several three hour study sessions over the last two weeks shows that, despite what everyone on the forum has already told you about what it takes to improve from 140s/150s to 160s/170s, you still have unrealistic expectations of what YOU yourself will actually have to put in to significantly improve your score and are still holding out false hope that you will be an exception to the rule. There is no easy
way to significantly improve or speed up your improvement rate.
Nobody in this thread was exaggerating about a long time meaning like 20-30+ study hours a week continuously for many MONTHS. Again, please re-read my long post on the previous page and think very seriously about it this time, everything I said does apply to you, there is no shortcut to serious LSAT score improvement. If you are not dedicated enough to invest the enormous amount of prep time needed, you will not reach anywhere near your target range no matter how quickly you want it to happen or how many study shortcuts you look for. Sorry for the harsh reality alert again. Strap yourself in for a long ride with not much/no free time for a while if you really want a solid LSAT score. If you want a social life and free time for fun or whatever, change your target score to something realistically obtainable with much less prep and settle for a crappy law school. You can't have it both ways.