dmarieb wrote:Hi all, I'm taking the LSAT for the first time in December, and applying this cycle. I'm sure my question is answered multiple times on this thread and others, but I was hoping someone could answer my question anyway so I don't have to go searching when I should be studying.
Is it better to go through a book (Powerscore, whatever) on one section then drill that like crazy and then move on to the next section and do the same, or is there a preferred method? I was working through the LG Bible but switched to LR halfway through because I was going crazy.
Any advice would be really helpful. My diagnostic was 143 (before I had every looked at anything having to do with a LSAT) and I just want at least a 160 (which is where my choice school starts giving scholarships).
Welcome. The general consensus is that the way you study is up to you and your own preferences. If you find something works, stick to it.
I find that the books (I can only speak to the PB and Trainer because I haven't used MLSAT or anything else) generally build on skills as they go on. So, for example, if you jump around in the book, you will probably have a bad time. So in that sense, yes - I would focus on reading the book in the way it is presented. They have drills at the end of the section, and you can always supplement that with the Cambridge packets. After you have read the book cover to cover, you can jump to sections and revisit ones that you find you're experiencing difficulties with once you start PTing.
I would also be pro switching it up. So, for example, spend a day or two on LG, then do LR, RC, etc. At this stage in my prep (since I'm retaking) I find it useful to do a little of each section each day so that my skills are on point. It's really up to you and where your weaknesses are.
HTH. Good luck!