Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

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Postby pithypike » Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:40 pm

I know. Photocopying and sorting all the LGs was such a bitch. It paid off though.

Have fun! :twisted:

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby Chessiesmile » Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:37 pm

I might be totally missing something, so please forgive me if this is a dumb question, but... Where should I be drawing all the photocopied LGs from? I have all the materials mentioned on the OP, but am mainly concerned with avoiding drawing from preptests that I'll have to take in their entirety as I get closer to June. Thanks in advance, and thanks for this guide in general.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby pithypike » Sun Mar 22, 2009 6:42 pm

It's not exceptionally clear in the OP. My bad.

You are photocopying the LGs from the "10 LSAT" series and any other tests besides the final 10 and the Official SuperPrep tests, which you take in their entirety.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby NuanceSpecialist » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:54 pm

Upon dealing with the superprep prep test A today, I saw many common and easily fixable errors. I went back to my lessons from powerscore and pretty much lived through the lessons. I dont think that I have a lack of question type know how. But my studies were not timed because i wanted to learn in detail. Now and till exam day, I will be and stay times. Let me know what you think.

LR1- got anxious because of timed factored, freaked and lost accuracty. + 11 and -9. ALmostall my mistakes were from flying through the answer choices and not seeing the implications or effect of each choice onto my stimulis. This is also called lsat suicide.

LR2 - less anxious and more accurate but not where i need to be. +12 and -6 Again if I slowed down to see the choices more clearly my mistakes would have been mitigated.

I am not really impressed with the superprep explanations but they are not that bad. After review of the choices and explanations, I am stuck with the question of "why didn't I see that as the correct choice?". I dont think I need to explain my frustrations here and bet there is some common ground here.

On the brighter side, I am getting much better at the games and they are becoming less puzzling. If I can do grouping games and andvanced linear with grouping game combinations, anyone else here can easily master the section.

RC- is hurting in the same sense of LR. I am a bit slow and usually messing up with inference or aka MUST BE TRUE questions.

To remedy all this, I bought the full package from LSAT ALL STAR and hope it will help. I am going to take an exam a day (section by section) and live through the explanations to see what the errors were. I will try to make a log of my common mistakes and hope to remedy them. I dont want to study in the wrong manner and need to study in the smartes way possible. ANy suggestions?

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby Chessiesmile » Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:28 am

Okay, cool; I actually realized this today and managed to sort and flag all the relevant questions. Now it's time to head down to Kinko's... This system sounds great though, and obviously worked out for you. Thanks again.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby NuanceSpecialist » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:45 am

Does the logic games ultimate setups book cover anything from the superprep games? Sounds like a dumb question but I cant seem to find the exam number since it says "preptest A". What am i supposed to do with that?

Yes, I did and redid all the games from the logic games bibles and it helps out a lot.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby 2011hopeful » Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:15 pm

thanks for posting this guide, pithypike! I am going through it in conjunction with your study plan and the LSAT blog.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby Jay Phatsby » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:02 am

thanks for the advice

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby Jay Phatsby » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:09 am

R.X. Narcs wrote:IDK whats up. I'm having trouble finding a copy of the Kaplan Mastery book.


Search for Kaplan's "Big Orange Book of LSATS" on Amazon...I purchased it and I hear it is virtually the same except the material is in a different order.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby FreeGuy » Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:13 pm

Found 'em here. I grabbed a perfect copy for $30, but Listing #3 has a decent copy available for around $10 - good call! I hadn't even thought of the Orange book since Kaplan doesn't make it anymore.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby NuanceSpecialist » Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:51 pm

ok so is this big orange book the same as the lsat kaplan mastery book? There is a book like this and it goes through each question type from beginning to higher difficulty. Book is split into rc and lr. Now im curious

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Postby LisaMBA09 » Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:51 am

anyone...

I ordered both the PS Logic Games Bible and the PS LR Bible off of Amazon...well, Amazon does not carry the LR any more.
any ideas on how to get ahold of the PS LR?

Has anyone used the PS RC Bible that just came out in December yet?

thx

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Postby crazycanuck » Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:05 pm

LisaMBA09 wrote:anyone...

I ordered both the PS Logic Games Bible and the PS LR Bible off of Amazon...well, Amazon does not carry the LR any more.
any ideas on how to get ahold of the PS LR?

Has anyone used the PS RC Bible that just came out in December yet?

thx


I'm reading through it right now, it's pretty decent.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby Jay Phatsby » Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:24 pm

NuanceSpecialist wrote:ok so is this big orange book the same as the lsat kaplan mastery book? There is a book like this and it goes through each question type from beginning to higher difficulty. Book is split into rc and lr. Now im curious


I have heard it is the exact same, but in a different order

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby ronbravo » Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:41 pm

pithypike i have five months and i currently own the latest versions of the kaplan's lsat 180 and kaplan's premier program book. can you tell me if these volumes are of equivilant value to the mastery book? If you are familiar with these books how can i incorporate them into your study plan? thanks again for your time and effort

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby hypermeganet » Mon May 04, 2009 9:27 am

I've started this guide exactly. I am taking the September test and my timed diagnostic was a 157 (a 162 on the second timed diagnostic after getting a feel for the questions but with almost no prep).

We'll see how much improvement I see between now and the exam. Thanks PithyPike!

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Postby idiothek » Thu May 07, 2009 12:27 am

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby royce178 » Thu May 07, 2009 9:30 pm

Pithypike, I have a question. After doing 3 LG's for the first time, do you check your answers with the answer sheet, or check them after your second and third time?

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby pithypike » Thu May 14, 2009 3:30 am

Fiction wrote:I'm taking the LSAT in June, so I'll tell you then how I performed, but I have to throw in a little issue I had with this study plan, which I abandoned eventually. My problem is simply that it leaves too wide of a gap between test types. You spend a month on Grouping and you have forgotten all of your Linear skills. You focus super hard on Parallel Reasoning and forget the best way to do Assumption questions.


A valid point, but, for me at least, completing full LR sections during the 2nd month prevented any decay of the skill set developed while focusing on specific types of problems.

The rest of your post is solid.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby donzoli » Thu May 14, 2009 10:44 pm

pithypike wrote:Note: Feel free to PM me with questions, but do look through the thread first. I have gotten a dozen or so PMs with questions that were already answered below. Don't hesitate to message me if you have an unanswered question though - I'm happy to help.

Note from Ken: Pithypike, thank you for the excellent summary. Other members should feel free to add their study tips or advice as posts to this thread or PM Pithypike to add something to his posts.

You will need:
Kaplan Mastery (Kaplan's Big Orange Book is no longer available)
Powerscore Logic Games Bible
Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible
All 3 of the '10 More LSAT" series
The most recent 10 PTs
Official LSAT SuperPrep
3 months (more or less - adjust to your rate of progress but do not try to cram)





LG:
You will need to divide LG into specific types (Grouping, Linear, and various subtypes) and work on them one after another in order to master the game type.
1) Make 3 photocopies of every LG
2) Separate them using the classification method of choice - Blueprint, Kaplan, etc. will all work but I prefer PowerScore
3) Do each LGB section in order and work on the respective game types as you progress. For this I usually do 2-3 new games and 3 repeats every day, but it doesn't matter as long as you get it done. Try to keep some separation (24 hours+) between the first and second time you attempt a game.

Repetition is crucial - after you have done a lot of games a lot of times anything they throw at you will seem elementary and routine.

LR:
Pretty simple really. Do the appropriate LRB section and then work through the corresponding chapter in Kaplan Mastery/Big Orange Book. I generally reviewed the LRB section thoroughly the first time, and then just read the summary of points and strategies at the start of the question set to refresh myself after that. Do up to 10 problems at each sitting and monitor which question types give you the most trouble. Review those questions heavily. If you're really motivated, cut out particularly troublesome questions for later review. I found that writing out explanations for question types I struggled with helped immensely.

RC:
This is the most difficult section to improve on. You have to develop a feel for what the passage as a whole is conveying while making sure not to miss small details that you could be tested on. I suggest developing a set of symbols that help you refer to specific points in the passage. For example, I place a 'C' next to the line in which a critical viewpoint is mentioned and underline the part of the passage indicating this viewpoint is critical. It doesn't matter what you use, as long as it helps you refer back to the passage. Many people suggest writing short summaries at the end of each paragraph, which can also be effective.

The only surefire way to improve on RC is to do as many as possible and develop your own personal system as you progress. Reading dense material, like science journals, The Economist, etc. can help as well, but working through as many passages is possible is undoubtedly the most effective tool. I can't vouch for the RC Bible as I never used it, but if it is comparable in quality to the LG and LR Bibles I would imagine it is a useful tool.

Month 1:
LG: (# of game type through PT 44-Powerscore Classification)
Basic Linear - Balanced (23)
Basic Linear - Overloaded (5)
Basic Linear - Underfunded (5)
Advanced Linear - Balanced (25)
Advanced Linear - Overloaded (4)
Advanced Linear - Underfunded (7)
Write down the exact time and your score at the top of each LG. Push yourself to finish faster the next 2 times you complete that LG. DO NOT sacrifice speed for accuracy though.

LR:
Follow the guide set out above for these question types

Assumption
Strengthen/Weaken
Flaw

RC:
Complete all 10 RC sections from the first '10 LSAT' book (untimed)
Three-Day Cycle:
1) RC Section
2) Review
3) Review

Remember, you have to be focusing on developing your own method for identifying relevant sections of the passage. When reviewing wrong answers, focus on what referents or symbols would have helped you find the correct answer within the passage. When reviewing correct answers, look for what helped you pick that choice out and find out what strategies are effective. This is just as important as reviewing wrong answers.

At this end of this month take PrepTest 'A' from the SuperPrep series - timed. Review the test heavily and read the explanation for every single question, not just the ones you got wrong. Hearing it straight from the horse's mouth can often be very useful and helps you get in the test maker's head.

Month 2
LG:
Grouping - Defined - Fixed - Balanced (10)
Grouping - Defined - Fixed - Overloaded (11)
Grouping - Defined - Fixed - Underfuned (5)
Grouping - Defined - Moving - Balanced (14)
Grouping - Defined - Moving - Overloaded (2)
Grouping - Partially Defined (9)
Grouping - Undefined (6)
Rare Game Types:
Grouping/Linear Combination (8)
Pattern Games (6)
Pure Sequencing (6) Note-much more common in modern games - pay attention
Mapping (3)
Circular Linearity (2)

LR:
Inference
Principle
Parallel
Paradox
Method of Argument
Main Point
Role of a Statement
Point at Issue

You should take at least 10, maybe a few more, timed LR sections during this month to start getting comfortable with timing. Continue to develop endurance and pacing. By the end of this month you should have an established and effective pacing system, i.e. 15 mins/15 questions. Do not be complacent. If you are finishing the section within 35 minutes consistently, knock off a few minutes and see how you do under pressure. You will likely be feeling a bit of pressure and nerves on test day, and this (+ studying in noisy conditions) can help mitigate any test day drop.

Don't use any of the SuperPrep tests or any of the 10 most recent tests, as you will be taking these in their entirety.

RC:
10 timed sections from the most recent '10 LSAT' book you bought. Use the same three day routine for month 1. Continue to develop your style of marking passages. Same story for RC as LR-if you're finishing comfortably shave off a few minutes.

During this month you should take PrepTest 'B' and 'C' (both timed) and review them heavily. I suggest taking B in the middle of the month and C at the end.

Month 3:
During this month you will focus exclusively on full , 5-section PrepTests.

Make 3 photocopies of each LG type for these tests as well. The style of games changed significantly after the June 2005 exam, and it is beneficial to repeat these newer LGs to get a feel for the new ways of phrasing rules and various other differences versus older games. Note: while new LG are easier, it is best to practice with the older ones so that you can truly master the appropriate concepts and be prepared for whatever they throw at you on test day.

Take the 10 most recent PTs in whatever order you prefer. Since the real exam will be 5 sections, you should add a fifth section (whichever you are weakest on) from older exams to provide you with extra material and to build up endurance for the real thing.
Repeat this cycle:

1) PT
2) Review
3) Review

until you have done all ten PTs. On the review days, redo the LGs and monitor which types of questions are tripping you up. Review the Bibles as needed.

Here's what another poster had to say on PT improvement and working toward test day:

lollypotter wrote:Rather than thinking of the LSAT as 30 prep tests to be gotten through, think of it as weaknesses to be eliminated. Every test is a snapshot of your weaknesses and you MUST address them. Going over the tests is crucial. DO NOT DO MULTIPLE TESTS without review. This is a waste of time and tests. The review is the part most people don't do. They rely on familiarity. They improve (on PTs) but in the cold light of the official test they panic, and then they start guessing. That's how people score crazily below their prep test average.


Lolly's right. Eliminate weaknesses, make everything second nature and let your instincts take over on test day. It's a rare tester who doesn't feel a bit of nerves during the real thing, so it is VITAL you hone these concepts until they are second nature.

HTH


Links:

T14's gametype classification (PS Method)
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=50657&p=1042536&hilit=pithypike#p1042536

Voyager's RC Guide
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7240

LSATinator's Guide to Time Management
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=35546&hilit=lsatinator+time+management

PowerScore Games Classification June 2003 -- Present
http://powerscore.com/gamesbible/content_game_info.cfm

Useful LSD LSAT Prep Thread
http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prel ... 881.0.html



I'm looking to order the Kaplan Mastery book from Amazon, but I'm not exactly sure which version you are referring to. If anyone could help with this I would appreciate it. Thanks.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby FreeGuy » Fri May 15, 2009 12:31 am

You want the Mastery Practice Book, not Mastery Homework.

There are two reasonably-priced copies of the 2008 edition of Mastery Practice left on Amazon here.

For all results, see Kaplan LSAT Mastery Practice on Amazon.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby donzoli » Fri May 15, 2009 8:54 am

Thanks Guy, have you followed the Pithypike method?

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby smdalton » Fri May 15, 2009 10:24 am

Hey Everyone,
First of all good luck on the upcoming LSAT! I am trying to study closely to Pithypike's study guide.
But, I have one problem... I have 4 months to do this stuff in, below is my setup based off his. I don't want to study too early and be rusty when I go into the LSAT. What would you suggest I do during the 4th month, shown below with questions marks??

LGB - 9 Chapters
LRB - 20 Chapters
RC - 20 (10 untimed sections / 10 timed sections)
PTs - 13 (1 in first month / 2 in second month / 10 in third)


Month 1 < May 17th - June 17th > LGB (Chapt. 1-3); LRB (Chapt. 1-13); RC
(10 untimed sections); PrepTest A

Month 2 < June 17th - July 17th > LGB (Chapt. 4-9); LRB (Chapt. 14-20); RC
(10 times sections) PrepTest B + C

Month 3 < July 17th - August 17th > 10 PrepTests timed


?? Month 4 < August 17th - Sept. 29th (Test Day) > ??

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby FreeGuy » Fri May 15, 2009 8:00 pm

Yeah, I think the Pithypike method is great.




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