239840 wrote: Rupert Pupkin wrote: damask_rain wrote:
239840 wrote:How did some of you studs get from 9-12 wrong in LR to 0-5?
Since I'm apparently not smart enough to miss fewer than 5-7+ questions in the LSAT's RC section, I'll have to do pretty well in both LR and LG to have any prayer of making it well into the 160s.
repetition repetition repetition
preferably repetition by type before repetition by sets
This and make sure you are implementing the fundamentals when you approach each question and not just answering from "the hip"
Do you guys pretty much just try to habitualize question-type-specific strategies and learn common trap ACs? I think timing is big too. I usually get the first 12-15 questions right, but getting through the final 10 without missing 4-5 is pretty tough. Also, how many questions did you do by type?? And just the more common types, or did you do pretty much every type as much as possible?
Literally read the LR Bible from Powerscore (I haven't tried other books so I can't speak for other books). For every question type, read what the common answers and wrong answers are and internalize. Read it again and again until you have a good grasp of what you need to be looking out for. The book lays it out for you pretty well. For reference, I made shorthand notes for each question type so I wouldn't have to read it more than like 3 times. Then I just went back and reviewed those notes right before doing sets of the specific question type. After a while of doing the same question type, it should just click for 90-95% of the questions. It's pretty systematic. Once you have a base of the fundamentals, then move on to doing full sections. I used PTs 1-20 to practice this skill. I did that twice and felt I had a solid grasp. I went from getting only 7-8 RIGHT on each LR section to sometimes getting -0. It just also really depends on the test too and your mindset. I think the hardest part of it all is having the motivation to sit and do this over and over without getting bored and giving up. I think that's what separates high scorers from low scorers. Unless you have a natural gift for thinking the way LSAT wants you to think, which most people don't, you have to be incredibly disciplined and motivated to get to missing -2-4.
To miss that few on the LR, you will have to get to a point where you are no longer consciously stopping and thinking about the question stem and where you have a firm understanding of the overall structure of the argument. I would advise you to practice this method until you sincerely feel you're at that level. Once you start finishing LR with 5-7 minutes to spare, I'd say you're in great shape and you have practiced enough.
And to answer your question, you should practice every single question type and also concentrate on your weaknesses, which varies from person to person.