Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby LSAT Blog » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:57 pm

It sounds to me like you're trying to do too much work in too short a time period, especially if you have other obligations. This will lead to burnout.

Many exams have been released since pithy's plan was first written. In my opinion, you don't need to complete all, or even the vast majority of, released LSAT exams in order to prep sufficiently. Using solely the exams from PrepTest 29 and up will give you more than enough prep material.

When are you taking the LSAT? June? Why not spread out the work over a longer time period? This way, you'll be able to spend less than 5 hours each day studying, and you won't feel like you're falling behind.

Or, if you need to study over a shorter period of time, just complete fewer questions of each type and focus more specifically on the questions that give you the most trouble.

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Postby bdeans91 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:19 am

LSAT Blog wrote:When are you taking the LSAT? June? Why not spread out the work over a longer time period? This way, you'll be able to spend less than 5 hours each day studying, and you won't feel like you're falling behind.

Or, if you need to study over a shorter period of time, just complete fewer questions of each type and focus more specifically on the questions that give you the most trouble.


Bold seems like a good move ^

Thanks for your quick input

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Postby A.Taarabt7 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:46 pm

solid thread

I read this entire thread the last few days. Starting my prep soon for retake in October

Will be doing hyrbid of this plan along with LSAT blog plan.

materials I will be using:
2004 edition of powerscore LR,LG bibles
2011 editions of Manhattan LR,RC and 2012 edition of LG
possibly will use Blueprint material as well

all the exams

Will aim to spend 4 hours a day drilling/relearning material for first few months

I need to master conditional logic, strengthen ,parallel and master RC/LG so I can miss -0/-1 on those 2 sections

then will PT in late July/August

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Postby ajl17 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:40 pm

Thanks for your plan, even though it was years ago. I wish I saw this before I sat for my first test last December. I will need to study between now and the June 2013 exam so thank you!

I will be using the 3 PS bibles, PTs from the beginning and the Kaplan Mastery (which I was able to get a 2011 version of on Ebay).

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Postby Varys » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:06 pm

Since this information was given awhile back, is it still advisable to do use the Kaplan Mastery book? I don't see many recent good reviews of Kaplan. I do see a lot about Powerscore, Manhattan, and Blueprint.

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Postby A.Taarabt7 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:03 pm

anyone do worse when they redo their LG the following week or following days? I just did redid all the pure sequencing games that I have drilled ( about 6-7 total)

Actually did worse when I redid them. Don't really like this timing aspect on 2nd try, I blame it personally because most of the Q I got wrong were from not following up as thoroughly as I did the first time I attempted the games. The 2nd time around I got the games done really quickly but missed more. Next time I redo the games im not timing myself. I don't feel that it helps me at this stage of my prep since I am in the accuracy phase

I feel that since this is a retake for me, and I have previously already worked on speed

I shouldn't really time myself 2nd and 3rd time redoing LG or LR because this speed factor at this time of my prep just caused me to miss more questions ( of which most I got right 1st time around) than I should have.

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Postby Dr. Dre » Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:08 pm

Varys wrote:Since this information was given awhile back, is it still advisable to do use the Kaplan Mastery book? I don't see many recent good reviews of Kaplan. I do see a lot about Powerscore, Manhattan, and Blueprint.

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Postby Vaulter » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:01 pm

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Postby lsatprepd00d » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:46 pm

Since you got a 167 your avatar should say that instead of 180.

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Postby Pneumonia » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:02 pm

Vaulter wrote:I posted this on another thread but if anyone is having trouble with Logic Games, I offer one on one tutoring/coaching over phone/Skype exclusively for the Logic Games section. For more information:


the people following this guide (and on this forum generally) aren't trying to go -4 LG on test day. For less than the cost of 1 hour of "Skype tutoring" from you people can buy the entire Cambridge Games by type set, make copies, and use Pithy's method for free.

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Postby Pneumonia » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:12 pm

Dr. Dre wrote:
Varys wrote:Since this information was given awhile back, is it still advisable to do use the Kaplan Mastery book? I don't see many recent good reviews of Kaplan. I do see a lot about Powerscore, Manhattan, and Blueprint.


Powerscore has always been better than Kaplan for method/strategy; the same goes for Manhattan and Blueprint now. The reason Mastery is included in the original guide is that it includes LR questions by type. In my opinion Mastery is no longer advisable because you can do LR by type from Cambridge.

*Edit- here's a review form Steve:
http://lsatblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/ka ... -book.html
It seems clear to me that Cambridge is superior to both of these options. Explanations at the back of the book are convenient, but you never need all of them and the Manhattan forums are usually better anyway.

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Postby goCats3 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:09 pm

Long time reader, first time poster here.

I'm studying for the June test and had a question about repeating LG sets. I'm following this guide to an extent and am working my way through the LG. Was curious to see how much time people left between doing the same LG. How do you know you're doing it correctly instead of just remembering, especially since a question missed the first time sticks out more and is more likely to be remembered.

Which leads to my second question. For those of you who have done games multiple times, do you think getting better at them is due to becoming more familiar with the game specifically, or the actually techniques? Or does it just give you an inflated confidence booster? I just don't want to be doing really well on drills and then come test day I'm shocked to see a lower score because the games are obviously ones I haven't done 2-3 times.

Hopefully that makes sense.

Thanks all!

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Postby Pneumonia » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:37 pm

@goCats3

I used this method and did not find the repetition to be detrimental. If you do LG from some variation of 1-40 that's at least 120 games you're going to be seeing. Pithy's guide isn't super specific about how to go through them 3 or 4 times each, though there has been some clarification in this thread. I went through them three times: once by type, untimed; once by type timed; and once mixed timed. I found this method to be really helpful. You'd think that you'd remember solutions/inferences for specific games but I didn't. Even if you do it's still good practice to go through them again; it builds muscle memory.

Doing it as I did you will have 120+ games between each repeated game, which decreases the likelihood of remembering a significant detail pretty substantially. I think getting better at the games using this method is 90% skill 10% previous exposure. This has been reflected in my PT scores: -0 LG on all PT's since finishing the second round of this method. Did the third round just for kicks mostly. Still have the fourth set of copies lying around that I intend to peruse leading up until test day to stay fresh.

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Postby goCats3 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:01 pm

This has been reflected in my PT scores: -0 LG on all PTs since finishing the second round of this method.


Thanks for the reply. I assume your -0 score on PTs consisted of completely new LG sections that you didn't use for drills, correct?

Also, I only got 7-42 classified by game type, do you know where I can find 1-6 classified as well? Thanks.

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Postby Pneumonia » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:24 pm

goCats3 wrote:
This has been reflected in my PT scores: -0 LG on all PTs since finishing the second round of this method.


Thanks for the reply. I assume your -0 score on PTs consisted of completely new LG sections that you didn't use for drills, correct?

Also, I only got 7-42 classified by game type, do you know where I can find 1-6 classified as well? Thanks.


Yes, they were new games that I had not seen before. You don't necessarily need 1-6; 7-42 is a pretty good sample. However, if you are ok with spending the money this is the best way I know of getting them:
http://lsatblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/ls ... nload.html

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Postby goCats3 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:29 pm

Pneumonia wrote:
goCats3 wrote:
This has been reflected in my PT scores: -0 LG on all PTs since finishing the second round of this method.


Thanks for the reply. I assume your -0 score on PTs consisted of completely new LG sections that you didn't use for drills, correct?

Also, I only got 7-42 classified by game type, do you know where I can find 1-6 classified as well? Thanks.


Yes, they were new games that I had not seen before. You don't necessarily need 1-6; 7-42 is a pretty good sample. However, if you are ok with spending the money this is the best way I know of getting them:
http://lsatblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/ls ... nload.html


Actually I meant the actual classifications for 1-6 LGs, as in which games are which type. I already have the PTs. But I guess you're right, I don't really need them. Did you see a big difference from when you first start doing the drills/first run through, and the second time? I'm really struggling with time (between 9-12 min) and getting them right (a few 0's, a lot of -1's, a few -2's).

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby Pneumonia » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:03 pm

goCats3 wrote: Actually I meant the actual classifications for 1-6 LGs, as in which games are which type. I already have the PTs. But I guess you're right, I don't really need them. Did you see a big difference from when you first start doing the drills/first run through, and the second time? I'm really struggling with time (between 9-12 min) and getting them right (a few 0's, a lot of -1's, a few -2's).


I don't have the LGB handy but I believe even 1-6 are classified in the back, though perhaps not. As for your first pass I wouldn't move on from a game until you're 99% certain you've gotten it right, even if that means erasing and starting over. If you keep time during the first round then I'd just use your phone face down or something else that you can't see or hear. If you're consistently 14 minutes or more on a certain type then I'd say pause and review the LGB or consult other guides, like Manhattan. I saw HUGE improvements the second round: wrong answers went down by 75% and average time went down by several minutes.

Don't worry about time the first round, just focus on understanding. Once you get all the way through stuff like Basic Linear will seem much much easier.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby goCats3 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:25 pm

Pneumonia wrote:I don't have the LGB handy but I believe even 1-6 are classified in the back, though perhaps not. As for your first pass I wouldn't move on from a game until you're 99% certain you've gotten it right, even if that means erasing and starting over. If you keep time during the first round then I'd just use your phone face down or something else that you can't see or hear. If you're consistently 14 minutes or more on a certain type then I'd say pause and review the LGB or consult other guides, like Manhattan. I saw HUGE improvements the second round: wrong answers went down by 75% and average time went down by several minutes.

Don't worry about time the first round, just focus on understanding. Once you get all the way through stuff like Basic Linear will seem much much easier.


I just keep a stopwatch going to see what time I end up finishing at, I don't actually look at it. I'm done when I've reached the last question, so I haven't allowed myself to go back and make sure everything is right, as you've suggested. I'll try giving that a shot.

Also, when you do these sets for the first time, even if you get -0, do you go and check explanations to see how it's set up and how all the questions were/should be approached. Or do you only review the ones you got wrong or were unsure of?

Thanks for the advice so far.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby Pneumonia » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:55 pm

I actually use the explanations as my answer key, but I mostly just scan them to see if I'm right and make sure I diagrammed in an efficient way. If I go -0 but took long enough that I think I missed an inference I'll check the explanation as well. I have the Kaplan explanations and they are pretty helpful. I just scan through them for the correct answer, stopping if something jumps out at me or if I missed a question or think I could have done better. I'm sure this strategy could be utilized with the Manhattan boards as well.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby SwindlersList » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:40 pm

hey pneumonia,

how long did the entire process take you in regards to LG? I like the idea of how you went about it and feel that that I'm going to take the same approach. :D

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby Pneumonia » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:27 pm

SwindlersList wrote:hey pneumonia,

how long did the entire process take you in regards to LG? I like the idea of how you went about it and feel that that I'm going to take the same approach. :D


It took about 8 weeks give or take. I combined some game types that were similar and only had a few games each (like unbalanced:overloaded/underfunded for a specific type). After this combination I had ten "sets" of games that I put into manila folders. On the inside of each folder I stapled a progress chart that let me keep track of time and questions missed for each individual game per round. This was beneficial for two reasons: 1) I could see my times going down in the second/third rounds and 2) if I missed a specific question more than once I could deconstruct it and see if I was making any fundamental errors.

In regard to your question this also enabled me to look and see how much time I spent using this method. It was almost exactly 50 hours spread over the 8 weeks, but that figure only includes the actual time spent working the games. I also spent quite a bit of time sorting, reviewing, and browsing the Kaplan explanations and Manhattan forums. I'd put it at around 120 hours total. I do LSAT prep 5 days a week, Sunday-Thursday, so during the time I was doing games I'd try to do 1 folder each day (answering and review). Some folders were bigger than others (like Advanced Linear Balanced) so I'd split them over multiple days.

For those keeping track this is about 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for two months; this figure seems to accord pretty well with how much time per day I felt like I spent on them. BTW I'm not a whiz at LG or anything- I was 7 for 23 on my diagnostic. I haven't missed an LG point on a PT since finishing the second round of this.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby MKX » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:25 am

Are Cambridge and LSATblog the best to get drill packets/books from?

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby TheMostDangerousLG » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:45 pm

MKX wrote:Are Cambridge and LSATblog the best to get drill packets/books from?


Random person's two cents: I like the Cambridge packets the best.

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby MKX » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:17 pm

TheMostDangerousLG wrote:
MKX wrote:Are Cambridge and LSATblog the best to get drill packets/books from?


Random person's two cents: I like the Cambridge packets the best.

Much appreciated :mrgreen:

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Re: Pithypike's Complete LSAT Study Guide

Postby ellewoods23 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:57 pm

I am starting preparation for the October LSAT. Any recommendations on a daily schedule with specifics on what to study? I already started the Logic Games Bible by Powerscore. I work full time but would be able to dedicate 2-3 hours of my day studying.




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