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Re: December 2013 Retakers

Postby NotASpecialSnowflake » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:40 pm

I've found that throughout my LR studying, my biggest problems come from not reading a question/answer choice correctly. I'll just miss a word in an answer choice or not give all the answer choices equal treatment.

Anyone have any advice for how to fix this? Besides reading carefully (duh). I usually can do two questions better by just reading correctly :oops:.

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

Postby samoby » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:46 pm

Louey12 wrote:Hey guys - anyone know of an LSAT study group in NYC? I'd love to join.


I'd love to join one, too.

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

Postby bombaysippin » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:47 pm

bee wrote:
PourMeTea wrote:
snagglepuss wrote:That's what I've been wondering. Retake studying is very different from first take studying, but the retake threads always die well before test day. Retaker threads have the luxury of most (all?) posters having a solid skill foundation to build upon and a variety of feedback on supplements/strategies/tips. I like being able to assume that the advice I get in a study thread will come from high scorers.


Yeah, retaking is a whole different beast. I'm gonna stick to this one.

watch as this disintegrates into waiters 2.0, with an occasional comment about rc strategy


I will gladly take comments about rc strategy...
-4 June....then with panic and fatigue -8 in October -_-;;

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

Postby foundingfather » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:48 pm

I just got all of my books in the mail. I went on kind of a shopping spree with this one...

Since we only have about 5 weeks and I probably won't be able to reasonably go through all of this material, what should I focus on? Some background info: I took a Kaplan course for the October test and went from a 146 to mid 160's in PTs. (I think) I have a pretty good grasp of the fundamentals, I just need to stop making stupid mistakes (I've already read TLS1776's advice), but I definitely need to review the basics before I start drilling.

My materials at the moment are:

LG Bible
Trainer
Manhattan LR
10 New Actual Preptests

A bunch of LR questions and RC questions that seem equivalent to the cambridge bundles; I'm thinking I should purchase the Cambridge difficult LG and just print them all out at work.

Any advice on what I should go through throughout the next 5 weeks?

If I go through the Trainer, how should I supplement with the LR Manhattan and LG Bible? I already know I should drill following any "lesson."

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

Postby SteelPenguin » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:49 pm

PourMeTea wrote:
bee wrote:
PourMeTea wrote:
bee wrote:watch as this disintegrates into waiters 2.0, with an occasional comment about rc strategy


Bee, any advice on tightening up LR and RC?

idk t, we essentially studied in similar ways before oct. im pretty sure we have the same-ish strategies. i honestly think you dont *need* advice re: lr/rc, just a way to reduce anxiety.

hows your timing on both?

eta: oh whoops were you being srs or not? if not then now i look like an ass lol :oops:


No I am serious :( I am so inconsistent in LR which shows fundamental issues, but it's not overwhelmingly a single type.


Are you getting questions wrong in a fairly consistent spot (first 10, 15-20, last 5, etc)? First 10 might mean you're rushing through too much, and last 10ish might just mean you need to work on the most difficult questions.

If you can't find any sort of pattern or reason for it, I might read a new LR or reread an LR to review some of the basics. I really liked PS for my foundation, but I've heard good things about Manhattan, and you already read the Trainer.

Sorry for butting into your study group, I just miss the LSAT. =/

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

Postby yomisterd » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:50 pm

samoby wrote:
Louey12 wrote:Hey guys - anyone know of an LSAT study group in NYC? I'd love to join.


I'd love to join one, too.


Should we start/is there a NYC study group thread?

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

Postby snagglepuss » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:51 pm

foundingfather wrote:I just got all of my books in the mail. I went on kind of a shopping spree with this one...

Since we only have about 5 weeks and I probably won't be able to reasonably go through all of this material, what should I focus on? Some background info: I took a Kaplan course for the October test and went from a 146 to mid 160's in PTs. (I think) I have a pretty good grasp of the fundamentals, I just need to stop making stupid mistakes (I've already read TLS1776's advice), but I definitely need to review the basics before I start drilling.

My materials at the moment are:

LG Bible
Trainer
Manhattan LR
10 New Actual Preptests

A bunch of LR questions and RC questions that seem equivalent to the cambridge bundles; I'm thinking I should purchase the Cambridge difficult LG and just print them all out at work.

Any advice on what I should go through throughout the next 5 weeks?

If I go through the Trainer, how should I supplement with the LR Manhattan and LG Bible? I already know I should drill following any "lesson."

A breakdown of your strengths and weaknesses would be helpful. If you need to tighten up your whole game, you may want to just do the LSAT Trainer plus cambridge drilling for LR (plus some mixed review/sections), RC section drilling, and 7sage LG video watching. These things should round out your game assuming you have minor struggles across the board.

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

Postby NotASpecialSnowflake » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:59 pm

I felt the same way about rc in the last month. Stress and burnout were part of it, but I started overthinking the questions. LSAT trainer has a great chapter on that. Try to focus on the general in the passage, and the specifics in the answer choices.

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

Postby foundingfather » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:59 pm

snagglepuss wrote:
foundingfather wrote:I just got all of my books in the mail. I went on kind of a shopping spree with this one...

Since we only have about 5 weeks and I probably won't be able to reasonably go through all of this material, what should I focus on? Some background info: I took a Kaplan course for the October test and went from a 146 to mid 160's in PTs. (I think) I have a pretty good grasp of the fundamentals, I just need to stop making stupid mistakes (I've already read TLS1776's advice), but I definitely need to review the basics before I start drilling.

My materials at the moment are:

LG Bible
Trainer
Manhattan LR
10 New Actual Preptests

A bunch of LR questions and RC questions that seem equivalent to the cambridge bundles; I'm thinking I should purchase the Cambridge difficult LG and just print them all out at work.

Any advice on what I should go through throughout the next 5 weeks?

If I go through the Trainer, how should I supplement with the LR Manhattan and LG Bible? I already know I should drill following any "lesson."

A breakdown of your strengths and weaknesses would be helpful. If you need to tighten up your whole game, you may want to just do the LSAT Trainer plus cambridge drilling for LR (plus some mixed review/sections), RC section drilling, and 7sage LG video watching. These things should round out your game assuming you have minor struggles across the board.


I need to tighten up my whole game. Sounds like a solid plan - I'll go through the trainer and drill, and supplement with Manhattan LR if needed. I think i just need more practice on LG to be where I want to be, I was consistently getting -2 and -3 on practice sections. I totally got nervous on this section during the real thing and paid the consequences (LG was my first section)

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

Postby cheme2014 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:00 pm

PourMeTea wrote:TCR, remembering spatially is incredibly helpful. Mixing extra maca powder with my synchro really helps my spatial awareness.


Really? That's pretty interesting. How much maca/synchro do you mix? I might try it, since my mom has maca lying around in the kitchen somewhere lol.

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Re: December 2013 Retakers

Postby drawstring » Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:00 pm

For what it's worth, when I started studying I was consistently between -5 and -10 on RC. At that time I was notating very heavily and quickly summarizing each paragraph once I completed it. I then changed my approach and instead of all the notating, I went through the passages more quickly and marked them up much less heavily, while still mentally summarizing each paragraph after reading them. After taking this approach I started going between -1 and -4, and I ended up with a -2 on the real thing (would've been -1 if I hadn't changed a correct answer at the last minute).

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