lawschool2014hopeful wrote:MDJ2588 wrote:I certainly agree with you to the fullest extent that I need to "get smarter" when it comes to the LSAT, but thats the whole point no matter what your initial cold diagnostic. My life style in general has changed, and will utlimately will change even greater from this point till test day. Primarily due to your article, your overall premise/conclusion has truly inspire me, yet gave me a humble notion of what this test is truly about. Perhaps I was extremely exhausted when I wrote that post, but I will clarify that I don't believe that with enough studying, meaning enough in terms of the linear nature of time, I mean the term enough in the nature of overall knowledge. As for example purposes, you can have an individual study for 4-months, thus being "enough" to achieve a satisfactory score to be a competitive candidate for most T-14 schools, but the said person EFFECTIVELY PREPARED for the test, rather then ENOUGH STUDYING. To clarity further, from all the research I've conducted, the life style changes I have made, including but not less then hanging every 180ers study guide, purchasing the most effective/popular Prep Material, being a TLS member, conducting approximately two months prior to this day effectively learning the nature of this test, eating healthy, exercising when I can, reading as many academic scholarly articles as time will allow, and perhaps most of all devise a concise yet effective strategy to conquer this test with not just a logistical sense, but as in a systematic process of cognitive thought. In other words making the test questions 2nd nature to me, just as I have the ability to instantly know 2+2=4, I must instinctually know the nature of this test. I don't believe in a "Get Rich Quick Scheme", but I do believe in definitely if a person fully understand the mechanics, and design of the Test they will score above 90% of the rest of students. The one thing that every high-scorer, including yourself realized was rather then knowing the answer to the question, you know "HOW" to answer the question, you and your fellow high scorers knew precisely the answers not based off memory, but through repetitive conditioning, retrieving this information on instincts rather the short term memorization. I think its outrageous to statement that if you have a low cold diagnostic score your chances to increase this drastically is unlikely. I took the cold diagnostic to get a feel for the test, not to see what I was capable of. Of coarse I am not going to have a high score, because I never been test nor understood the requirements for such a test.
I think the attitude in this response is better than the previous post you have made. But you have to understand, this is not only a test of logical mechanics, but your ability to handle stress in an extremely fast-paced/intense environment. By being completely obsessed with an insanely unrealistic target (not just for you, a 180 is extremely unrealistic for anyone) as your post indicates, you induce more stress, impede performance, introduce frustration, which most of the time ultimately leads to failure. If I were to guess I think you are a definite fan of Gladwell. Look, practice can get you so far, but with a such a baseline you have, its effect will have its limits. Changing habits and your life to become "smarter" is definitely going to help you reach the upper limits of your capabilities, but genetics and early childhood development will have a ceiling.
Be realistic with yourself, dont shoot for 180 right away. You dont aim to be a pro NHL player when you cant even walk.
One step at a time, master your mechanics, shoot for the 150s, then the 160s, then so forth.
Shooting for the stars in 1 go will only lead to frustration or insanity.
I do agree with you somewhat on this perspective. I also failed to assert that my third diagnostic PT 29 was a 153 un-timed, and this was after a minimal assessment of three weeks of studying, I had only read Chapters 1-3 in the LG Bible, and read Chapter One in the LR Bible. On the scale of genetics, if anything I serve at the advantage, my biological Father is incredibly brilliant, he achieved his undergraduate degree at Colombia University, and proceeded to graduate school at Wharton Business School, unfortunately he suffers from Bi-Polar Disorder and Schizophrenia, but thats a whole other topic, and my Mother was a business owner of a successful salon in Garden City, N.Y. Though she wasn't incredibly book smart her motivation was equally useful. I never cared about school when I was young because it came to easy to me, I was never challenged by the world of academia, now at 25 yrs old I am engrossed by it, I absorb knowledge like a sponge. So yes genetics can play a factor as well, as early childhood development, I attended one of the most prestigious Catholic High Schools in Long Island, N.Y. Also, was placed in advanced Reading Courses, none of which I cared, but naturally had a strong sense of literary/interpretational abilities. I am have an uncanny ability to memorize a vast amount of useless/important facts, as well as being able to read virtually any literature (in English of coarse), including Socrates,Thucydides, etc. Shakespeare not so much, not big into the creative writing, but philosophy, politics,logistical writing I can excel in. Timing is perhaps my most difficult hurdle in this exam, the content I feel is essentially learnable, the timing is conditional, and relative to the reparative use PTs. I don't get stressed easily at all, not to discuss my lives story, but essentially Ive endured many of lives stressors in the earlier duration of my life, so this test is certainly not a means of distress in regards to my mental stability. What I feel (truly feel, doubt free) is what will happen.