Feeling really discouraged.
I know I shouldn't rely on anything to be a magic bullet but....
LG was my weakest section.
I got my LG powerscore in the mail and have been working through it. It has absolutely helped a ton but I just feel like there's not way that I will ever get through a game with enough time. I know I shouldn't be worrying about this now, but it's extremely hard not to.
Anyway, any tips for time improvement? Also, I just finished chapter three on linear games. Is it best to just drill those games now, or work through powerscore LGB in totality and then start drilling?
kbrizz, I totally understand, if it makes you feel any better I have had problems with all three sections at varying times. Just when my RC gets better, then LR gets sloppy, suddenly LG goes up, and RC slows down. Really, really annoying, but since they say LG is the relatively easiest to improve on, that is still good motivation.
I'm still on linear games, but I have not started powerscore yet. I'm using The LSAT Trainer and Cambridge bundle for drilling and I just finished the 24 simple ordering games (the names on all of these seem to vary, so I assume simple ordering is the easiest bunch of the linear games). I did 6 a day and finished in four days (do not recommend, but I had a very tight schedule and SO MANY questions to drill). Out of all of the games I would get one or two wrong every other game or so and was pretty happy with the results since I used not even know where to begin for any of the games. For the drilling of the 24 simple ordering games, 1 game could take me anywhere from 8 minutes 45 seconds to 30 minutes, with most of the games taking between 15-20 minutes. For a few games I would have complete diagrams, for other games I would have the diagrams half-complete and work with individual questions. The latter method of course took the most time.
Today, I started reviewing the 24 again and of course I did not remember any of the answers but redoing them gave me a clearer picture of inferences and better diagrams which allowed me to complete most questions around or under 15 minutes. Obviously there is still much need for improvement on time but getting the right diagram with all of the inferences are key, that is the shortcut and to me the only way to save time, and the only way it seems for me to do this is to drill each game (that was confusing or took a lot of time the first time I did it) more than once. Also, watch the 7sage video to see their diagrams/explanations as they have videos for every game available on their website/youtube.
Have you noticed specific issues regarding why you cannot finish the question within the time frame? Can you completely diagram a game, do you see inferences when you are diagramming, or are you working from scratch for each question? For some questions, do you have to try each answer choice or can you immediately eliminate wrong answers because of inferences or familiarity with the parameters of the game? And to answer your question, definitely drill after each section, you'll spend 2x of time if you read everything and then start from the beginning again. You want to be able to apply each section before reading the next one.
Good luck and stay strong!