Tag Archive: October LSAT advice

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Effective Studying: Everything You Know is Wrong

It’s no secret that we, as Americans, are getting dumber. 20% of us apparently think the President is a Muslim. We watch reality television rife with no talent assclowns. Google has realized we’re such a tremendous combination of stupid AND lazy that it has initiated a new search function that essentially makes it so you don’t have to think.

And now, apparently, we’re studying like morons as well.

The gist of this piece (brought to you by the Paper of Record) is that most conventions about learning and studying are based on a pile of nonsense. Three things stood out:

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Studying with Victoria: End of Summer, LSAT in Sight

“Officially,” the summer is over. Fear not, for LSAT prep goes on. Hopefully, you all enjoyed your long weekends and took advantage of the last of the summer days to do some logic games in the sun. I went back to LA for the weekend and after carefully weighing the options on which books to pack (sorry, German, but Blueprint wins), took in the sights and too much sun at the Los Angeles County Fair, where, apparently, anything that can be eaten is either on a stick or deep fried. I also did some LSAT homework because surely no holiday weekend is complete without resolving the apparent discrepancies in some statement about kidney stones. I sincerely wish I were joking.

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Blueprint: The Movie 2.0. This Time, It’s Animated.

In life, there ever-so-rarely comes an idea so rich in innovation and splendor that your only recourse is to share it with countless thousands of people so that they, too, can reap the benefits. An idea so ineffable that to even describe its quality would be akin to taking the entire ocean into your cupped hands. An idea so simply fantastic that the only thought running through the minds of those who hear of it is “why didn’t I think of that?”

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Studying with Victoria: Taking a Beating, Courtesy of Old Mr. LSAT

Well, it’s been about four days since practice exam number 3, aka, the once in a blue moon test, and I’m still tending my wounds. I was on the receiving end of an epic beat down, LSAT style. We’re talking swaths of logical reasoning and logic game questions gone wrong, a few questions left blank, the riding of the Four Horsemen, and the end of the world. Ok, maybe not those last two. I know I’m being a bit overdramatic, but everything seems dire when go time for the October test is T minus 37 days away. Take some advice from Douglas Adams though: “Don’t Panic!” Thankfully, class is like my very own Hitchhiker’s Guide to the LSAT. Last session, we went over the once in a blue moon test (aka the “LSAT of Equivocations and Double Negatives,” as it was named in class because practically every flaw in it was an equivocation and it had so many double negatives that it made the English language beg for mercy.) It also featured a couple logic games that seriously crawled out of the depths of Hades simply to ruin your day.

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Studying with Victoria: Sweating the LSAT

It seems that summer weather has finally hit my little corner of the East Bay with a vengeance. Apparently it’s making up for months of below average temperatures and cloudy skies in one fell swoop. To make matters worse, the streets of Berkeley now resemble some post-apocalyptic wasteland of discarded flyers and moving boxes, but instead of zombies the streets are clogged with nervous freshmen and even more nervous parents shuffling around in the sweltering heat. The heat has an interesting effect on LSAT prep. For one, it’s too hot for coffee, and without my caffeine fix focusing on several pages worth of logical reasoning questions becomes difficult if not impossible. Secondly, approximately fifty or so people in a classroom generate a lot of heat on their own, and that added to already hot temperatures made last Tuesday’s workshop a test of endurance and willpower.

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Through the Interwebs with Sophia: Slow and Steady

The new school year is just around the corner. Back to the old grind, as I like to call it.

I’m actually pretty excited for the semester to start up again. During the summer, I often feel unproductive and sluggish. My summer mornings are always unpredictable. I would wake up anytime between 7 a.m. and noon depending on what, if anything, I had planned later that day. Now that school is going to be in session, I’ll be up bright and early every day.

Back to hitting the books and evenings at the library. Back to laughing with friends over the day’s second cup of coffee and the latest grapevine gossip.

It’s good to be back.

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Studying with Victoria: Back to School LSAT Study

I was watching Legally Blonde the other night as a way of taking a break from LSAT prep, only to realize that one of the LSAT questions Elle is shown working with her tutor on is from a logic game that we just did in class the other week. Sounds like somebody did their research. So maybe watching a movie about law school isn’t exactly the best break I could come up with, but I was still pretty shocked to hear that question. Sadly, I’ve been seeing more ads for backpacks lately, and that can only mean one thing: the end of summer and the return of classes. Oh dear God, say it ain’t so! The end of summer means actually having to remember what day of the week it is, that my long hours spent at zombie genocide will be curtailed, and that I’ll have to start balancing my Blueprint homework with Berkeley homework. I’ll get back to you later on how that’s working out. Thankfully, I’m not taking too many units. Unfortunately, Berkeley cancelled my German class so I had a bit of a scramble a few days ago trying to come up with the minimum number of units. Between this being my senior year and the budget cuts, I can say that I’m kind of ready to say good-bye to Cal.

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Through the Interwebs with Sophia: The Trials of Reading Comprehension

Improving on my reading comprehension has been tough lately. When I first encountered reading comp, I was actually excited to get away from heavy diagramming and scenarios, at least for a bit. I obviously know how to read, and I’ve been tested on my comprehension in school since I can remember. Putting this skill to the test didn’t scare me at first. I figured I could just bank on my natural ability to decipher reading passages. But, my unabashed confidence quickly exposed my Achilles heel. With logic games and logical reasoning, I am very methodical and detail-oriented from start to finish. In those questions, the fine details usually make the difference in sifting out the correct answers. With reading comprehension, getting lost in the details can cause you to miss the forest, as Trent Teti would say. As the passages and their respective questions have become more difficult, my number of incorrect answers has begun to increase as well.

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Studying with Victoria: Reaching the Halfway Point of LSAT Study

Wow, apparently the halfway point in the lessons has come and gone and I didn’t even notice. I feel like I should celebrate with a belated Line Crossing Ceremony, minus the hazing. It’ll be great, instead of going before King Neptune; I can hit up Apollo for his logical blessings upon an LSAT n00b. Libations

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Through the Interwebs with Sophia: Mental Health During LSAT Prep

Rumor has it that test-day nerves can get the better of you. All the work I put in will be represented by just a few hours of testing. By the time the October LSAT comes around, I’ll have studied for about three months, not including the logic course I took last spring semester. I am