Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby LSAT Blog » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:28 am

mikeman wrote:Any idea if the 2003 editions of LGB and LRB are the same or close enough to what I assume are newer published editions? I know the general LSAT concepts don't really change, but LR has become harder, so is it outdated? Thanks for any help!


There have been two editions of the LGB: 2003 and 2008

You might want to get the 2003 edition because the 2008 edition contains several recent games that you'll want to save for full-length timed exams. The 2008 edition does contain some more drills, though, but those aren't absolutely necessary. You could always get '08 and just skip the recent games, though. On the other hand, '03 is probably easier to get for a cheap price online.


There have been two editions of the LRB: 2006 and 2009

The only significant difference between them is that there are a few typo corrections. Wouldn't say it's outdated - the fundamental concepts haven't changed.

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Postby nnghiem » Thu Dec 30, 2010 10:55 pm

Hey all,

I am preparing to take my first LSAT in june and was wondering for the kaplan mastery what edition or year should I be looking to buy?

Thanks

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Postby blink » Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:55 pm

LSAT Blog wrote:
mikeman wrote:Any idea if the 2003 editions of LGB and LRB are the same or close enough to what I assume are newer published editions? I know the general LSAT concepts don't really change, but LR has become harder, so is it outdated? Thanks for any help!


There have been two editions of the LGB: 2003 and 2008

You might want to get the 2003 edition because the 2008 edition contains several recent games that you'll want to save for full-length timed exams. The 2008 edition does contain some more drills, though, but those aren't absolutely necessary. You could always get '08 and just skip the recent games, though. On the other hand, '03 is probably easier to get for a cheap price online.


There have been two editions of the LRB: 2006 and 2009

The only significant difference between them is that there are a few typo corrections. Wouldn't say it's outdated - the fundamental concepts haven't changed.



RE: LGB, how recent do you mean? Where to draw the line in the 08 version?

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby blink » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:39 pm

One more question: I just read the thread and I can't tell how many tests will be spoiled by drills/LGB/etc. Whats the first untouched PT? 39? I saw something about spoilage occuring all the way through 44 or 45? Any clarification would be much appreciated!

Edit: this is according to the Pithy method, not any of the others suggested on this thread.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby nina09 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:04 pm

Assuming you have around 45 preptest the most recent preptest 50, 51, 55 and time to probably do all of them.


Theres still are around 8 test plus that you don't have, so no risk of running out of material. More likely risk of going in to an lsat overload.


How you should split them , how many full test and how many practice ?

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Postby holden147 » Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:09 pm

Hey new guy here, looking to take my first ever LSAT this June. My question for pithypike is: in your original post, you list game types and then T14 lists them in a separate thread. I have the LGB but am confused as to where all those games come from..is it from the SuperPrep book? The 10 more LSATs series? I'm new to all this and don't have those books yet so am just trying to clear up my confusion. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby holden147 » Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:18 pm

After crosschecking the reference in the back of the LGB with the 10 LSAT series, I found them to be a match so I guess that's my answer. Should've seen the references in the back before lol. :oops:

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby phlb19 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:04 pm

I know that LGs have changed significantly over the years. Do you guys think its absolutely essential to drill LGs from all three 10 Actual, Official books or will the later two be enough?

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Postby Excel » Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:14 pm

LSAT Blog wrote:
emmer79 wrote:Hi everyone,
I'm new to the site and just started studying, so please excuse my ignorance. Where can you get all the PTs? I've looked at the LSAC site and only see the "10 Actual" series for sale, which would only be 30. Everyone else seems to know where to get them, so sorry if this is a stupid question and I am missing something totally obvious.


I've got a big list containing every PrepTest so you can get them on Amazon for cheap.


that link as amazing.

thanks bruh

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Postby fosterp » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:21 pm

phlb19 wrote:I know that LGs have changed significantly over the years. Do you guys think its absolutely essential to drill LGs from all three 10 Actual, Official books or will the later two be enough?


Absolutely essential? No. Absolutely helpful? Yes

LG has changed somewhat over the years but the change is not so much that the concepts no longer apply. The skillset needed to do the early LGs is the same for the later. Someone who really wants to reach their max potential will do every LG available multiple times, especially since the newest LGs are getting harder and theres a very limited supply of these "harder" games (PT 55+).

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Postby pasteurizedmilk » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:25 pm

Keeper1125 wrote:I just wanted to express my enormous gratitude to Pithy. I condensed this schedule into about ~10 weeks and just had my score returned, a 180. Unbelievable. People, the guidance in this thread is superb: use it!

Congrats.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby Easy-E » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:21 am

Pithypike,

Way back on page 3 or 4 you said you don't recommend looking at any LSAT materials until at most 5 months out from test date. I'm not taking the test until next Fall, roughly 7 months. Is the main concern that prepping for such a long time will require one to spread the material out too thin?

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Postby Keeper1125 » Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:49 pm

emarxnj wrote:Pithypike,

Way back on page 3 or 4 you said you don't recommend looking at any LSAT materials until at most 5 months out from test date. I'm not taking the test until next Fall, roughly 7 months. Is the main concern that prepping for such a long time will require one to spread the material out too thin?


I'm not Pithy but I (successfully) used his method and, unless you're an especially slow learner, I would discourage studying so far out. I strongly recommend going fairly hard for ~3 months and peaking at the right time (about 2 weeks before your test date).

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Postby msm72388 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:47 pm

First off, I'd like to thank pithy and everybody else who has posted all this information; it is truly an amazing resource.

I am not taking the exam until October, but I'm in a little bit of a weird spot in that I'll have a bunch of time to study in April/May, very little time to study in June/July, and then a bunch more time to study in August/September. What would you guys recommend as a course of action?

Perhaps I could follow the first two months as planned, spread the 3rd month out from June/July, and then plug any leaks/continue to PT in August/September? Would adding a class onto the end of this program be overkill?

All input is welcomed.

Thanks.

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Postby Easy-E » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:55 pm

msm72388 wrote:First off, I'd like to thank pithy and everybody else who has posted all this information; it is truly an amazing resource.

I am not taking the exam until October, but I'm in a little bit of a weird spot in that I'll have a bunch of time to study in April/May, very little time to study in June/July, and then a bunch more time to study in August/September. What would you guys recommend as a course of action?

Perhaps I could follow the first two months as planned, spread the 3rd month out from June/July, and then plug any leaks/continue to PT in August/September? Would adding a class onto the end of this program be overkill?

All input is welcomed.

Thanks.



Your situation sounds identical to mine man. I figured the class would be good for getting the basics of the LSAT down, but towards the end I can't imagine it'd be to much benefit. I'm studying the Bibles and practicing untimed for the first two months, lots of timed sections mid-late summer, and then the last month and half is just full timed exams with the newest exams.

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Postby NiccoloA » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:56 pm

Quick question, I hope this is the right place to pose it,

I've bought the Three LSAC "Actual..." books, but I noticed that all of the tests are from around the early 2000's.


When I do the thirty full exams as trials, should I use these or should I just use the books for drills in specific areas of the exam (e.g. LR, LG, and RC)?

I'm also planning on buying the 18 most recent exams. Should I just buy the 30 most recent?

Btw. I'm taking the October test, so I'm just preparing my stuff right now.

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Postby preprobono » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:01 pm

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Postby wehman » Mon May 09, 2011 8:49 pm

okay now that this is a little bit older and more tests have come out, what should I buy?

I have 10 actual LSATS, LG Bible, and LR Bible.

What else do I need to buy?

I am also pretty unsure how to execute this plan other than it takes about 3 months and the basic principle of each individual month.

Is each section a certain day of the week? is there an LG day, LR day, and RC day, and then repeat? Am I doing 10 questions of each suggested LR section per month? Or just 10 questions per recommended section? I have read a lot of pages of this thread but never page... I just have not seen a very clear presentation of how to execute this. I want to use the next few weeks to prepare my materials to do this right but i'm pretty lost. I want to photocopy the games and everything so I just need some clarification please. This is for mid June-Oct. LSAT prep.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby tmon » Mon May 09, 2011 9:29 pm

I think the point is that you follow the outline and adapt it to your time/improvement. Whatever you do, be flexible as well, especially later on. That being said, here's how I did it from February through now (though I'm now changing my plans for the month after deciding to delay to October).

February:
Read Sequencing parts of LG bible and did corresponding LGs that I had presorted. I did 2 new games a day, 2 games I had done the day before and the day before that, and 2 games I had done only yesterday, so I was on a cycle. Others will say you should put more time between repeating games, but doing the same game three days in a row made all the difference to me. This was a 7 days a week thing. I may have started on grouping games in February, or that might've come later on, in March. Most likely March.

Read sections of LR bible, as suggested, then in subsequent days drilled that question type. I tended to do more than 10 questions a day, usually 13-16, just because that's how I wanted to apportion my time. Once I finished the drills, I moved on to the next LR bible section. Sometimes I used a day to review my wrong questions after some time had passed.

RC: was less structured, and my score is suffering because of it. If you foresee any issues with this section at all, work on it from day 1. Figure out how you want to go through the passage, how you'll mark it up/take notes/or not/whatever, and then just practice it in context of full sections, or at least full passages timed. It might be best, if you do full passages, to do a section one day, review it the next (and maybe the next) and then go on to a new one. You might also consider the Manhattan RC guide. It's well put together and has gained a pretty solid reputation among those who have used it. I think it's helping me, but hard to tell because scores there improve so slowly sometimes.

So, in a nutshell, it's really up to you based on how much time you'll put in on a per-day basis. Take the material you want to fit into a given month and the time you have to work on it, and apportion it evenly. Later on, it becomes more a matter of just taking tests anyways. Buy the most recent tests, too. Of all the tests, you'll want to have as clear an understanding of what the test feels like now, so the recent tests are pretty necessary it seems. Does that make sense?

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby butterfly » Wed May 11, 2011 8:50 pm

The study guide looks great. I want to start studying and getting my study materials. However, i am completely confused how to break it down on a daily basis. I have no idea what some of the numbers beside the tests/sections mean. I was hoping to get help with an individualized study schedule.

Pls someone explain. It is difficult to sit and read 15 pages to try and figure out the study plan.

I want to use the PS bibles and PTs. More info on the PTs I should get. I see some ppl say, don't use this one or that one bc it's too old or use this test bc it's more recent. Help! deciding which PTs are most beneficial.

Thanks.

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Postby mmk33 » Thu May 12, 2011 11:05 am

The study guide looks amazing. I was scheduled to take the test in June, but I've been convinced to delay until October and use this method over three and a half months (June, July, half of August [vacation for two weeks], September) to prepare.

I'm planning to purchase all of the materials, but I'm going to try and avoid all of the photocopying. It seems like if you measure the extra space on the sheet for the logic games section you could cut out squares of paper and limit yourself to this space when completing the questions. This would enforce the space limitation without all the extra paper and the cost. Has anyone tried this, or does anyone see an obvious flaw in this plan?

thanks pithypike for taking the time to share this information!

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Postby nshapkar » Thu May 12, 2011 8:18 pm

butterfly wrote:The study guide looks great. I want to start studying and getting my study materials. However, i am completely confused how to break it down on a daily basis. I have no idea what some of the numbers beside the tests/sections mean. I was hoping to get help with an individualized study schedule.

Pls someone explain. It is difficult to sit and read 15 pages to try and figure out the study plan.

I want to use the PS bibles and PTs. More info on the PTs I should get. I see some ppl say, don't use this one or that one bc it's too old or use this test bc it's more recent. Help! deciding which PTs are most beneficial.

Thanks.


use control+f and search pithypike and you'll see all of his clarification on each page. I would help, but some of your problems are answered in the original post. Daily basis is: read relevant chapter in LGB, do 2-3 games of that type per day, review...repeat for LR and RC. Then do that everyday for the first two months.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby MGH1989 » Fri May 13, 2011 9:30 am

I don't feel like reading through this, but what success have people had w/ pityhpikes study guide?

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Postby Icculus » Fri May 13, 2011 9:35 am

MGH1989 wrote:I don't feel like reading through this, but what success have people had w/ pityhpikes study guide?
MGH1989 wrote:I don't feel like reading through this, but what success have people had w/ pityhpikes study guide?


157 Diagnostic => 173 final

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Postby MGH1989 » Fri May 13, 2011 9:37 am

mjcaccio wrote:
MGH1989 wrote:I don't feel like reading through this, but what success have people had w/ pityhpikes study guide?
MGH1989 wrote:I don't feel like reading through this, but what success have people had w/ pityhpikes study guide?


157 Diagnostic => 173 final


wow, really nice, you followed it to a tee?




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