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Re: Retaking: study recommendations?

Postby Deardevil » Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:31 pm

Before you work on speed, make sure your accuracy is on point.

What's the breakdown of your sections?
If LG is your savior like it is for me, devote more time drilling the other two.
For LR, don't time yourself and eliminate every AC that is incorrect,
but in order to do that, you need to tell yourself the reason for the falsity,
such as "oh, E cannot be right; it talks about pandas when the stimulus only mentions grizzlies."
RC also needs to be repeatedly attacked, passage after passage, if you wish to get better at it.
Fill up as many holes as you can so that you go from -6 to -2, -1, or -0.

In the end, you should consistently get within your target score so that, when test day arrives, that's what you'd get.

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Re: Retaking: study recommendations?

Postby brinicolec » Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:44 pm

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Re: Retaking: study recommendations?

Postby RamTitan » Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:59 pm

RC is actually not easy; I'd argue it's the hardest section to improve on. Honestly, keep doing passages, but make sure you repeat them. It wasn't until I did passages 4x before I really started to see the structures and how similiar they all are.

Right now though, I'd focus on drilling the hell out of games and LR. That's where you'll see the most gains in improvement.

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Re: Retaking: study recommendations?

Postby Deardevil » Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:33 pm

To me, RC is just, in a way, a harder version of LG.
In games, you draw diagrams, and, given the perfect setup,
questions should be cake. For RC, you also need a good setup.
Whereas LG relies on where things must go to answer list or global questions,
RC hinges on main idea, author's perspective, and definitions.
You should not only keep an eye out for those, but also "set up a diagram"
in that you do whatever you can to identify those elements (whether by circling, underlining, highlighting).
For example, if I encounter an SAT word that I don't quite remember,
I have a feeling a question might direct me back here, so I would underline it.
When a question asking for its definition does surface, you can immediately refer to it
(just as you would refer to a specific position in LG), you save time by not having to hunt it down.
And yes, as RamTitan says, you need to keep doing passages to have a better grip.
You'll know exactly what questions are mostly asked so that you know exactly what you need to circle/underline in the text.
The rinse and repeat process goes for the other sections as well; practice makes a -6 a -0.

Once accuracy is down, use a stopwatch to see how fast you can finish a section.
For games, you would optimally like to be done with a simple game in less than eight (even five, depending on how easy);
doing that gives you the extra, and sometimes required, minutes (10 or so) to attack harder games.
Same thing for RC, really, since you're given four passages.
For LR, see if you can accomplish the first 10 questions accurately in 10 minutes;
those tend to be the easiest, so a minute or less is probably the most efficient way to go.
Afterwards, you're bound to spend a little over a minute for each, so every second really counts.
Keep timing yourself until you're capable of perhaps getting 10-15 done within 15 minutes;
that way, you're more than halfway done in less than half of the time remaining.

GL!

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Re: Retaking: study recommendations?

Postby brinicolec » Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:52 pm

Thanks to you both! Do you have any recommendations of books or anything I could check out or do you think since I've done so much previously I should just focus on working through problems? Also, would you recommend doing another diagnostic even though I've taken the LSAT to see if I've gotten rusty or maybe even better with a little space from the test? Lol.

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Re: Retaking: study recommendations?

Postby Deardevil » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:55 pm

I believe you're set in terms of reviewing any books.

Nonetheless, PowerScore and Manhattan Prep are pretty solid;
I find the former (Bibles) sufficient, though may look into the latter (I frequent its forum) if I continue to bomb with LR lol.
Heard good things about LSAT Trainer as well. Consider looking into the Official SuperPrep for extra PTs,
as that's what I am and will be reviewing for the next couple of days.
7Sage... SO helpful. Your LG should hopefully be 110% on-the-mark with its explanations.
In addition, the site can compute your scores for you (you just have to punch answers in).
Furthermore, it looks for patterns of where you're having trouble with,
so sign up for the free account if you haven't done so.
And if it entices you enough, maybe consider paying for its three-month course.

Finally, it's summer! Go grab a drink or two.
Relax a bit, then come back and say...
"WELP, back to square one." You got this. 8)

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Re: Retaking: study recommendations?

Postby FayRays » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:24 pm

Deardevil wrote:
Finally, it's summer! Go grab a drink or two.
Relax a bit, then come back and say...
"WELP, back to square one." You got this. 8)


I second that, It's summer try to go on a vacation for a week or so.. Why not visiting your dream school, maybe that will get you motivate?

My advice for your is to bring other RC books like the one for the Dat (Dental Admission Test). It's pretty hard. They give them like 2 pages and 17 questions .. It's pretty different but it's will help you with timing.



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