Ep. 5: When to Stop Making Deductions...

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This week’s LSAT questions:

#1: 00:00:15 - Took the lsat in sept and scored a 170, i was pting average of 175(my last 10 pts before the test)

I am retaking in november and want to know which pts should i study with? I've exhausted PTs 19-84. Should I do 1-19(but no comparative and LR is a little different, no?) or should I redo the ones ive already done (19-84) redoing the ones I took in the beginning of my studies, a few months back (as opposed to the ones I took more recently)

#2: 00:04:55 - It's not like I only miss a certain question type. Therefore, I'm having a tough time IDing my weaknesses, figuring out why I get questions wrong, and consequently, what to work on in order to improve.

#3: 00:08:15 - Logic Games:

I have come to a point in which if I spend enough time on a game, I can easily crack it.  However, I tend to (i) overdue the amount of time I spend and (ii) not knowing when to stop coming up with scenarios.  Question: What is an easy way to cut off time spent in this section, when I honestly feel like I need as much time as possible? How can I determine when to either not or stop making deductions


#4: 00:19:29 - Logical Reasoning:

I have a problem where I will freeze on this section and have to either (i) read a passage over and over again or (ii) unnecessarily diagram a question that could be easily read and solved on the spot.  Is there a way of knowing when it’s actually necessary to diagram something, especially if I don’t get it right away?  Is there a way to predict an answer choice, so I can save time on easy questions and spend the time I need on longer, diagramming questions?


#5: 00:31:30 - Reading Comprehension:

I’ve noted that a lot of questions are similar to that of LR and I’ve worked to try and translate passages to more of a formula, rather than that of content.  Is there a way to translate some of the deductive methods in LR to that of Reading?

There can be many components to a LG, like sequencing, grouping, out group, or I have to consider scenarios when there are different numbers of things in each group. After I have made the obvious inferences, how do I know which of these elements I should focus on now?

I would love to have an algorithm in my head that would tell me what my next step is in cracking an LG, depending on what I have in front of me on the page.

Links / Misc:

LSAT Pros podcast on iTunes

LSAT Blog (Steve’s site)

LSAT Hacks (Graeme’s site)

Sufficient Assumption Wigs Question - PT58 S2 Q25

How to study for a retake - Steve’s YouTube videos

Steve’s LSAT Unplugged podcast on iTunes

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