Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

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Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Sun May 22, 2011 12:55 pm

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


153 diag in January, PT avg hovering around 170 with several above, and max 174. Taking in June. I will say that perhaps more attention needs to be paid to RC. I strongly suggest buying Cambridge LSATs RC sections arranged by type for $38 (law, humanities, natural and social sciences).

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Postby FantasticMrFox » Sun May 22, 2011 2:52 pm

Thank you so much! Will follow this even though I have more than 3 months

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Postby B-Brav0 » Thu May 26, 2011 11:52 am

Pithypike seems to have been MIA for quite some time, so I'll just ask on here:

This may or may not have already been discussed but there are a heap of posts to read through. So......

Since the only Big Orange and Kaplan Mastery books on Amazon are all used, and I'm not sure if I'd want to purchase a used book with markings all through it, what would be a good substitute?

Thanks in advance. :wink:

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Postby tmon » Thu May 26, 2011 12:07 pm

B-Brav0 wrote:Pithypike seems to have been MIA for quite some time, so I'll just ask on here:

This may or may not have already been discussed but there are a heap of posts to read through. So......

Since the only Big Orange and Kaplan Mastery books on Amazon are all used, and I'm not sure if I'd want to purchase a used book with markings all through it, what would be a good substitute?

Thanks in advance. :wink:


http://www.cambridgelsat.com/product/lsat/by_bundle/83

LR, LG and RC bundles for tests 1-38, if you're willing to sacrifice that many tests to drilling (and I'm assuming if you're doing Pithypike, you probably are).

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Postby B-Brav0 » Fri May 27, 2011 11:22 am

tmon wrote:
B-Brav0 wrote:Pithypike seems to have been MIA for quite some time, so I'll just ask on here:

This may or may not have already been discussed but there are a heap of posts to read through. So......

Since the only Big Orange and Kaplan Mastery books on Amazon are all used, and I'm not sure if I'd want to purchase a used book with markings all through it, what would be a good substitute?

Thanks in advance. :wink:


http://www.cambridgelsat.com/product/lsat/by_bundle/83

LR, LG and RC bundles for tests 1-38, if you're willing to sacrifice that many tests to drilling (and I'm assuming if you're doing Pithypike, you probably are).


Yes I am following Pithypike's guide and thanks a lot.

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Postby totaltest.milan » Sat May 28, 2011 7:43 pm

Pithypike's approach is pretty solid. I find that my students get the best results with a couple of adjustments. I tend to focus on the sections in sequence - games, arguments, then reading comprehension - all the while making sure that the hw I assign has elements of what we had gone over previously. Part of the reason that works for me is because my games approach is different from powerscore's and closer to the 'Big Fat Genius' guide.

Reading dense material in order to improve your RC skills is a great suggestion. I don't recommend magazines or newspapers (even the more sophisticated ones like the Economist or the Wall Street Journal) because that kind of material tends to be written for content. You don't want to train yourself to read for content, you want to train yourself to read for structure. I recommend my students read philosophy textbooks like the Blackwell or Routledge companion guides. The one I recommend the most is the Blackwell Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory.


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Postby SgtL » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:29 pm

How much adjustment to this approach would be required to attempt to take someone from the mid high 160's to the mid-high 170's? I understand the further you improve, the less room there is for improvement, but just wondering if this is applicable or is there something more prudent for that purpose anyone cares to recommend.

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Postby B-Brav0 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:40 pm

SgtL wrote:How much adjustment to this approach would be required to attempt to take someone from the mid high 160's to the mid-high 170's? I understand the further you improve, the less room there is for improvement, but just wondering if this is applicable or is there something more prudent for that purpose anyone cares to recommend.


It is true that the higher up you are the less there is to do. But to achieve the highest you possibly can, the key is to really just practice. If you're in the high 160s then you're probably just making a few minor mistakes. Find them and correct them. Some mistakes you'll find are the same ol mistakes. You can put a stop to it with repetition.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby SgtL » Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:56 pm

B-Brav0 wrote:
SgtL wrote:How much adjustment to this approach would be required to attempt to take someone from the mid high 160's to the mid-high 170's? I understand the further you improve, the less room there is for improvement, but just wondering if this is applicable or is there something more prudent for that purpose anyone cares to recommend.


It is true that the higher up you are the less there is to do. But to achieve the highest you possibly can, the key is to really just practice. If you're in the high 160s then you're probably just making a few minor mistakes. Find them and correct them. Some mistakes you'll find are the same ol mistakes. You can put a stop to it with repetition.


Thanks. I really appreciate the advice. Honestly for a while I wasn't even reviewing my PrepTests until my instructor almost smacked me for not doing so. Probably started too late, but when I did my most significant improvement came.

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Postby B-Brav0 » Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:43 am

SgtL wrote:
B-Brav0 wrote:
SgtL wrote:How much adjustment to this approach would be required to attempt to take someone from the mid high 160's to the mid-high 170's? I understand the further you improve, the less room there is for improvement, but just wondering if this is applicable or is there something more prudent for that purpose anyone cares to recommend.


It is true that the higher up you are the less there is to do. But to achieve the highest you possibly can, the key is to really just practice. If you're in the high 160s then you're probably just making a few minor mistakes. Find them and correct them. Some mistakes you'll find are the same ol mistakes. You can put a stop to it with repetition.


Thanks. I really appreciate the advice. Honestly for a while I wasn't even reviewing my PrepTests until my instructor almost smacked me for not doing so. Probably started too late, but when I did my most significant improvement came.


That's the hard part: Reviewing. Time-consuming but has to be done, otherwise if you're trying to make big gains, taking a bunch of PTs without dissecting them are a waste of time.

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Postby OUBobcat » Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:19 pm

Beginning Day 1 of this guide today!

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Postby Deuce85 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:14 pm

Is it broken down by day somewhere or did you just make you own schedule out of it?

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Postby sfsplitter » Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:33 pm

Deuce85 wrote:Is it broken down by day somewhere or did you just make you own schedule out of it?

i was wondering the same thing. how do the days break down?

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Postby Deuce85 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:25 pm

Here you go splitter. Somebody posted this on a topic of mine. You have to pay but its only 20 bucks. http://lsatblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/da ... uides.html

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Postby tmon » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:59 pm

sfsplitter wrote:
Deuce85 wrote:Is it broken down by day somewhere or did you just make you own schedule out of it?

i was wondering the same thing. how do the days break down?


It's easy enough to do yourself. Take the amount of work you want to accomplish and just start dividing it up by the number of days you have. If you're mainly drilling and then mainly testing, maybe aim to drill for 1/2 your time and test the second 1/2, then look at how many weeks you have and divide question types/passages/game types among the weeks, and then break down by day. It takes a little time, but it definitely helped me create a sustainable schedule from February through June.

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Postby omeezy4sheezy » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:13 pm

I took a princeton review course and learned everything the 'princeton way', per se. Will that affect me negatively if I try and do pityhpikes plan for the next three months? I took a look at the LGB and the way they categorize stuff looks pretty different and foreign to me.

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Postby funstuff » Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:22 am

In the guide, Pithypike says to spend 1 day taking a RC section, then 2 days reviewing. What did you guys do during those two days/how much time did you spend?

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Postby TMC116 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:03 pm

funstuff wrote:In the guide, Pithypike says to spend 1 day taking a RC section, then 2 days reviewing. What did you guys do during those two days/how much time did you spend?


I have the same question. Two days of review seems like a lot. What exactly do you do during that time?

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Postby eesana » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:38 pm

Pithypike: regarding the proposed study agenda for LG.. you have numbers between parentheses. what do they refer to?

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Postby crimsonred » Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:51 pm

I'm having difficulty understanding the latest editions of the books mentioned in here. Anyone care to help me out?

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Postby gavinstevens » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:11 pm

"Pithypike: regarding the proposed study agenda for LG.. you have numbers between parentheses. what do they refer to?"

That's the number of each type of game contained in the ones you photocopy. (e.g. there's 23 balanced linear games in the 10 more books)

"I'm having difficulty understanding the latest editions of the books mentioned in here. Anyone care to help me out?"

Not sure specifically what's troubling you, but all of those books are available on amazon. This is an example of a "10 More" book: http://www.amazon.com/Next-Actual-Offic ... 410&sr=8-1

The exception is the Kaplan Mastery book, which you can find used various places on the internet. If you have trouble finding it, you can drill LR questions by type using this list: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=108425

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Postby Easy-E » Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:33 am

Thoughts on condensing this plan down to a 2 month span (8 & 1/2 weeks). I'm guessing just make the first two months 3 weeks each, and the last month 2&1/2 weeks? Or is that not enough time dedicated to taking PTs? Would it be better to cut out some material instead of crunching it all in?


Edit: NM, found an answer back a few pages!

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Postby thehannahband » Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:17 pm

Ok, so which Kapal Mastery Book has everyone been getting?

Also is my interpretation of Pithy's directions correct?

LG- I need to make 3 copies of each logic game and then put them into their specific groups based on powerscores grouping. THEN I need to read the LGB chapter and do 3 of the corresponding games that I have photocopied?

So the first day say I'd do 3 LGs and review why I missed the answers I missed. Then like two days later I redo the same question while adding more new questions to my review? Is that correct?

LR- For this section I will read the appropriate LR chapter and then work on the LR in the matching Kaplan Mastery Book? Then I review why I got certain problems wrong, hoping that I will see some kind of pattern?

I have approximately 8 weeks before I take the Dec LSAT. How can I condense this down to 2 months? I already have a perfect score on almost all of the RC sections I've done so I'm not really worried about that section.

Thanks everyone for the help and clarification. Yes, I have read all 15 pages of this thread, but I would like some more input given that some of the responses are over 2 years old.

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Postby thehannahband » Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:55 pm

B-Brav0 wrote:
tmon wrote:
B-Brav0 wrote:Pithypike seems to have been MIA for quite some time, so I'll just ask on here:

This may or may not have already been discussed but there are a heap of posts to read through. So......

Since the only Big Orange and Kaplan Mastery books on Amazon are all used, and I'm not sure if I'd want to purchase a used book with markings all through it, what would be a good substitute?

Thanks in advance. :wink:


http://www.cambridgelsat.com/product/lsat/by_bundle/83

LR, LG and RC bundles for tests 1-38, if you're willing to sacrifice that many tests to drilling (and I'm assuming if you're doing Pithypike, you probably are).


Yes I am following Pithypike's guide and thanks a lot.


Do these bundles come with explanations? Or would I be better trying to track down a mastery book

EDIT- could i just buy these LSAT Logic Games Solutions Manual: Complete Solutions to All Analytical Reasoning Sections from PrepTests 1-50 (Cambridge LSAT) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/145360 ... 1453605096

AND

http://www.amazon.com/LSAT-Logical-Reas ... =pd_sim_b5

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Postby LSAT Blog » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:11 pm

thehannahband wrote:Ok, so which Kapal Mastery Book has everyone been getting?

Also is my interpretation of Pithy's directions correct?

LG- I need to make 3 copies of each logic game and then put them into their specific groups based on powerscores grouping. THEN I need to read the LGB chapter and do 3 of the corresponding games that I have photocopied?

So the first day say I'd do 3 LGs and review why I missed the answers I missed. Then like two days later I redo the same question while adding more new questions to my review? Is that correct?

LR- For this section I will read the appropriate LR chapter and then work on the LR in the matching Kaplan Mastery Book? Then I review why I got certain problems wrong, hoping that I will see some kind of pattern?

I have approximately 8 weeks before I take the Dec LSAT. How can I condense this down to 2 months? I already have a perfect score on almost all of the RC sections I've done so I'm not really worried about that section.

Thanks everyone for the help and clarification. Yes, I have read all 15 pages of this thread, but I would like some more input given that some of the responses are over 2 years old.



Your interpretation of Pithy's directions looks good to me!

As for your other question, people use all different versions of the Mastery Practice book.

There aren't significant differences between those from different years - what typically varies between editions are the questions/PrepTests used, with small modifications from year to year. Some versions vary widely in page count, though.

You can take a look at what's available on Amazon here. Just be sure to get a copy that's described as having little-to-no writing in it.




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