This has been quite the journey thus far! I committed to myself, and I have chosen PS as the medium to invest in in contributing to my intellectual growth. I have enjoyed getting to know a couple of you in particular, and the banter, and thought producing engagement with the rest of you, and have always given 100% effort into any interaction I have had with each of you, be it; the forums, tutoring, e-mails, and phone calls. I believe you are the best of the best, and you each have something that you have particular expertise in.
I am asking PS to help me with one final push towards the June test. This will be my final undertaking with the LSAT. I will start studying again on April 8th. I will use this week to replenish, refresh, reset, and re-assess.
I have PTs 82-85 that I want to study with prior to this June test.
How do I yield the most value out of this study period, and material?
What do you gather from this data?
What questions do you have for me?
This is my study plan:
• PT on 8th, 22nd, 6th, 20th, *3rd
After each test I plan to do an in-depth blind review.
Here is all the data I have on my prior performances:
Side Note: (2/26/19) is the correct date for the test following 2/20/19, and my best performance is 156, since the 160 I had taken previously which I didn’t realize at the time.
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Hi T.B. Justin,
First, congratulations on how far you've come since your first PT. It's clear that you've put in a ton of work. So way to go!
I like your timing for PTs. I think they are well spread out, and I'm glad to see you using the recent tests. For best results (as in, most likely to be accurate for your test day performance), try to take the PTs in as similar a situation as your test day. For the June test, you have all morning to yourself. It's why I was a June test taker myself--I hated the idea of trying to get up and be functional that early in the morning for some of the other administrations. In any case, try to spend your morning in similar ways to how you will on test day. Eat/work out/read/work. Whatever you plan on doing the day of the test, start doing the morning of your PTs. The more you can train your brain to be ready for the test, the better.
Your data were helpful, but it was hard from just the numbers to tell what your performance was like within a given section. At this point, that's what really matters. How do you manage time in a section? Why are you missing the questions you are missing? Could you use your time more effectively in a section? Would doing 3 passages/games and guessing on the last improve your score? Are you diagramming too much on a passage? Too little? How are your games? What inferences are you missing? Are you making incorrect assumptions? Would jumping around more in logic reasoning help? Play around a bit with your big picture strategy to see what is most effective for you individually.
Make sure your study plan is flexible enough to accommodate changes as your test weaknesses/strengths change. They will change from test to test, and you should adjust your study in between tests accordingly.
Hope that helps!
Thanks for responding. I am letting my energy build on where I am with all this. At the moment, the only concrete idea I have is that time management is a psychological tool used to distract test takers. It been counter-productive for me when I have tried resisting time.
So, how do I determine if I reached a plateau?
I feel I have a good grasp of the macro side of this test. Timing is my weakness and I have accepted that. I know when there is 5 minutes left what I must do.
The most improvement I have seen is when I have focused on the details of the micro side section by section.
After the July test last year, I took a 2-3 weeks break and then focused on LG section primarily with LR secondarily. The first test I took after July was in December. Since that point I began focusing more on RC, LG has remained balanced, LR fluctuates, and RC is a work in progress and is my weakest section.
Since December I took several PTs and my results have stayed in the same area and have yet to surpass this past December's, so is this a plateau?
I just read this:
https://blog.powerscore.com/lsat/how-to ... sat-study/
I am afraid that I will burn out again once I jump back in to studying. Nonetheless, I want to employ this strategy that this blog covers.
I feel I have heard this before and been reminded about this before. So, I apologize if any of you feel the same with giving me similar reminders.
I don't think pounding away at several more PT's is going to get me over this plateau. I also don't want to waste the new material that I have available to me (82-85). Side note: I have access to most tests and have barely touched the LR and RC on the 90's ones, but I feel the most value will come from the newest material.
I am thinking of doing some of those PTs timed sectionally, and then maybe save a couple for a complete PT.
But also, I feel even attempting new material would be a waste of time without having a better understanding of the processes of each question type, game type, passage type and structure, purpose, SR anticipation, MP, etc. Which I am confident I am aware of.
So, how do I gradually start this process this blog is speaking of? I obviously want to equally apply it to each section. Do I just take a gander at 5-10 LR questions, 2 LG, and 2 RC passages from PT 82 and apply that strategy? Timed or untimed?
Background: this revolves around the Best Way to Review LSAT Practice Tests
I have determined the areas I want to focus on prior to taking PT 84 this coming Monday the 6th, which are, Flaw, MBT type in RC, and rule substitution and either/or sequencing rules with conditional reasoning.
My question is I am at the point where its suggested to take a few days in between reviewing those super tricky questions, and I think the guidance that is offered is, in the meantime, to address these areas of focus. I'd prefer to stick with newer material and at the same time want to save PTs 84 and 85 for full-timed practice, so I am looking for suggestions on what to study in these areas during the next few days. I plan to do the super tricky problem review on Friday.
I have PT 82 that I can use 2 sections from, as the other two I plan to use to incorporate into 5 section practice tests.
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