gnomgnomuch wrote: kbrizz wrote:
Comstock wrote:Hey guys, first time poster, been lurking since May when I started LSAT prep. This thread has been so useful so just wanted to thank-you all. Yesterday I hit my first 170+ (173! PT 28) and it felt so good. Diagnostic was 154 with something like -18 on LG, and for the life of me I could not figure it out for the first few weeks. Yesterday went -1. For all of you still struggling, especially with LG, keep it up and it will start flowing.
Amazing!! Tell me your secrets!
Prob the fact that he/she started with a 154 with a -18 on LG. Thats basically 17 extra answers he/she added, to an already solid baseline. Add in familiarity with LR and RC and thats prob another 5-10 more correct choices. Congratz though! Thats something to be very proud of.
Haha yeah definitely the biggest improvement was LG. I'm thankful that was by far my weakest section because I do feel it is the most improvable section. Honestly, all I did was put in a lot of raw hours into just doing games. I did nothing special; just the powerscores bible to get the basics, and then just drilled sections (not 7Sage, etc, just figured out by myself). The biggest thing that helped me was not going in with an extremely rigid method and not panicking if I didn't have a huge, fully filled diagram going in the questions. As soon as I allowed myself to rely more on intuition of the game my score jumped a lot because I was finishing on time. This also has the benefit of not completely bombing novel games that appear randomly and which used to guarantee me going -6/7+
LR came the most naturally to me at the very beginning, and like the other poster said with some familiarly I was able to pick up a few points on each section consistently. I'm normally between -4 to -2 now, but even with that I don't feel I'm at my 'cap' as some of my mistakes are quite silly. I did the opposite of what I did with LGB and did drilling of sections (full 35 minute sections as would be in the PT) and then read the LR Bible for specific areas I was getting wrong (for example, parallel was my bane for a long time, so I read the LRB and drilled and now I'm much better. Conversely, assumption questions came much easier for me, so I didn't drill those).
RC used to be -8/-10, and now that I'm familiar with it I'm normally -3/-5 (with a high of -1! Twas a good day). I really don't drill this a lot, and I'm not too happy with the -5s when they come up, but I feel like the energy expenditure I would need to get RC down to below -3 consistently is better spend on places like LR where I really do feel a consistent -2/-1 is possible for me.
In short, the best advice I could give is to be flexible with what you are working on and how it goes. Because one method works well for others doesn't mean you necessarily have to do it. I assume this is a major sin on this forum, but, for example, I don't blind review after my PT. I just don't find it super helpful for various reasons.
Also, stay positive! There are times when my score regressed and I felt so frustrated, so I took a few days off from the LSAT completely and each time I did that I broke a new high on my PT record (first time from a 160-162 plateau to a 168, then from a 166-168 plateau to a 173). The LSAT is very much a mind game, and if you are constantly doubting yourself and feeling burnt out, its going to be hard to do anything.
All of this is very general I'm sure, but I just wanted to says what's worked for me so far. Being on forums like this also keeps me motivated to sit down the next day and improve that score! So I hope I do the same for all of you writing because trust me, you guys can do this.