The Official October 2015 Study Group

How many PTs have you done? (timed)

0+
5
4%
5+
12
10%
10+
25
21%
15+
14
12%
20+
20
17%
25+
9
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3
2%
35+
33
27%
 
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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby Judgeasaurus_Rex » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:21 pm

PatriotP74 wrote:PT 46 163

RC: -5
LR: -6
LR: -6
LG: -0


Seeing that RC was awesome, been averaging -10+ so felt good to see that, took a new approach and focused on each of the first 3 passages for 10 minutes each and then just skimmed and guessed on the last passage.

LR I just don't know, I'm all over the board on it and no real specific weakness, considering going through either the trainer again or the Manhattan LR book. Out of those 12 missed, 4 came before question 10 (2 on each section) and including those 6 came at 15 or before. Maybe the easy ones are too easy???? Right now my goal score is a 166-168 for October (trying to be realistic)

LG felt awesome, had 15 minutes left by the time I got to game 4 and finished it in 10. If I pull off these numbers for LG and RC on game day I will be happy. Just gotta focus on LR from here on out.


I would see if there is a pattern to your mistakes on LR and then use the days between PTing to drill those question/game/passage types. 7 Sage analytics is good for keeping track of this sort of thing.

Regarding the RC strategy you mentioned, do you take heavy notes during the first 3 passages?

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby MikeSpivey » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:50 pm

Here is a little blog I wrote before the last test that some people told me helped. There is nothing ground breaking in here, I promise. But it's just a reminder of What's Important Now for the next few weeks. I hope it helps...or at least that the last sentence puts some people at ease!

Mike

http://spiveyconsulting.com/blog/lsat-t ... out-rates/

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby appind » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:41 pm

on ch-2 of "on liberty" by John Stuart Mill. good read so far.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby Judgeasaurus_Rex » Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:49 am

PatriotP74 wrote:
Judgeasaurus_Rex wrote:
I would see if there is a pattern to your mistakes on LR and then use the days between PTing to drill those question/game/passage types. 7 Sage analytics is good for keeping track of this sort of thing.

Regarding the RC strategy you mentioned, do you take heavy notes during the first 3 passages?


I use 7sage I need to dive deeper into exactly what I'm missing/why, it's just frustrating to see that it's not any one type of question but a variety!

As far as RC I took no notes, I've always had a great memory when it came to what I read, just not under times conditions haha so I just slowly read the passage, then went back on each question to the area (I would typically remember where) it was talked about to confirm my choice. The 5 I missed came 1 from the first passage, 1 from the second, and 3 from the last passage. I always would rush thinking I just had to finish all 4 passages and loose focus and get frustrated. I threw that away this time and I was happy with the results. If I can just continue to force myself to focus I think I'll be good on RC (my mind likes to wander)



Interesting info, thanks for sharing!

I'm having similar trouble with RC scores & I have found it is helpful to read a few newspaper or economist articles before diving into a prep test - just to warm up my senses. During my previous LSAT takes I did not do this and went -8/-9 on average. Ever since I started doing this the number of incorrect has dropped to -5 or so per RC section. I think it really helps to read before and treat it like an RC passage; think about the viewpoints expressed, referential phrasing, etc.

Im interested if anyone else has some RC suggestions.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby RZ5646 » Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:56 am

I know we all want to get into a top law school, but what are your career goals?

Right now I'm thinking top school -> biglaw to pay off debt and gain experience -> use my impressive resume to get a low-stress job someplace cool.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby mist4bison » Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:59 am

Wtf.

PT 68, 163. Going to BR today and then taking another test tomorrow, which will hopefully be better.

To be fair, I had 6 hours of sleep, 3 of which were at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere. I'm hoping I was just too tired from this weekend and that's why I scored how I did. Just really dejected to be scoring like this 4 weeks out.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby mist4bison » Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:13 pm

Mint-Berry_Crunch wrote:
mist4bison wrote:Wtf.

PT 68, 163. Going to BR today and then taking another test tomorrow, which will hopefully be better.

To be fair, I had 6 hours of sleep, 3 of which were at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere. I'm hoping I was just too tired from this weekend and that's why I scored how I did. Just really dejected to be scoring like this 4 weeks out.


Yeah... That'll do it.


I really do hope that was it. Just crazy to have that drop so soon before the test. Bleh.

somethingelse55 wrote:I'm right there with you, Mint. Part of the reason why I've stepped up to 3 PTs per week. For LR drilling I've also only been doing the "Difficult Questions" Cambridge packet. I really like that packet because it makes regular LR sections seem easier in comparison. At this point I'm also only doing full sections of RC and LG for drilling as well.


I think that I'm going to start doing only sections for RC and LR. I still haven't drilled Principle questions, so maybe I'll do those before I switch to full sections.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby mist4bison » Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:54 pm

Mint-Berry_Crunch wrote:When you guys drill do you do the whole packet at a time? Or do you break it up amongst multiple days?

I'll probably do target drilling to focus on things that I really don't want to miss anymore (strengthen, weaken, stuff, nec, and flaw).
I could easily knock out a packet for those each day if i wanted to.


ETA: I've already done the Cambridge packets, I would be drilling just to review/refine.


I try to do a full packet all at once and then move on. However, if you're just reviewing, maybe pick out the pages with problems you didn't answer correctly, add them to a stack of all your wrong answers, and redo those pages. Then you could drill them almost as sections rather than packets.

I still haven't finished all of the Cambridge packets and am unsure if I should attempt to or just drill sections. The question types I haven't drilled haven't been giving me trouble at all. Maybe I'll start doing timed LR sections and if I notice that there's a certain question type giving me problems, I'll do that.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby nlee10 » Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:47 pm

Mint-Berry_Crunch wrote:
OT: I'm so ready for summer to end. It's like 95 today.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby bigv » Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:59 pm

It seems like every LSAT I take, I either bomb a RC passage or I bomb a game. I can't move away from the mid 160's.

I'm gonna drill that misc games packet and level 4 RC for a couple days and see where that leaves me.

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Re: The Official October 2015 Study Group

Postby mist4bison » Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:32 pm

Finished BRing (which I loathe) 3 of 4 sections of PT 68. I'm glad I decided to. Definitely needed to see that I'm not totally missing it. I'll probably BR RC tomorrow night, but wanted to post right meow.

RC: -6 / haven't BR'd
LR1: -4 / -1
LR2: -8 / -0
LG: -4 / -1

Score: 163 / 174 (with 3 of 4 sections)

Taking PT 69 tomorrow morning. Let's hope it goes better than Monday!




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