Thanks for the insight. I have mostly internships at film making studios and news stations (broadcast journalism). Other than that no. I plan on finding a FT job somewhere for the year break and shadowing an attorney who works in a downtown Miami law firm. That is worst case scenario if I can't find something else in the legal field.
For the first test (160) it was cold. 164 was a few practice tests and lessons from Kaplin. I now have Princeton review books (4) as well as 20 practice LSAT tests that were released. I plan on taking as many tests as possible between now and then. I don't have other plans that would get in the way. I plan on taking a test in the morning, then evaluating the errors at night. That is the best way I learn. Also, my weakness seems to be the logic games so I may focus more tightly on that.
If you have any insight for studying tips, I'd welcome those as well.
Awesome, it's great to hear you're planning on getting a FT job, NU will love that. 160-164 is a great place to be starting out: it means you have a pretty decent understanding of the test before having really studied a lot. Here are my recommendations regarding retaking the LSAT:
1) Buy the Powerscore Bibles.
2) DO NOT do any PTs. Just work through the Bibles, make sure you understand the tricks and theories behind why certain answers are correct, what you should look for in diff sections, how to diagram LGs, etc etc.
3) Once you've worked through the Bibles, do ONE (1) PT to gauge where you stand. Based on that PT, you should have an idea of what section is your hardest one and what you don't have issues with.
4) Drill, baby, drill! Do practice problems for the section/question types that trouble you. Begin by doing them untimed and shoot for 100% accuracy. Once you have the accuracy down, work on timing them.
5) Once you're done drilling, THEN move on to doing practice tests. The reason why you want to put this off is because you cannot improve without a good foundation for the LSAT: otherwise, you're just burning through PTs that you've paid for without really improving.
6) After every PT, analyze your incorrect answers and the qs that troubled you THOROUGHLY. This should include asking yourself these questions (keep a notebook/log if it helps you):
- Why was my answer wrong?
- Why was the right answer correct?
- Did the writers of the LSAT use any 'tricks' to get me to pick the wrong answer?
- Is there any methodology I can use to combat this sort of a trick on this question type in the future?
If you need an example of the above process, I can make one up, I'm just too lazy to type it up right now.
7) Once you are comfortable with PT-ing under testing conditions (early morning if possible, not in your bedroom, 35 min per section with no breaks except for 1 10 minute break between section 3 and 4) THEN you should try to move on to PT with less time. AKA, move from 35 min/section to 30 min per section. Why should you do this? Because inevitably, time passes faster when you're taking the actual test. 35 minutes will feel like a lot less. If you're used to having 30 minutes though, you won't end up running out of time during the actual thing. In fact, you'll probably still have 2-3 minutes to look back over your answers for all of your sections. In a test where nerves can fuck you up badly, this can be a lifesaver. Even having 45 seconds to put your pencil down, take a deep breath, and relax will help you during the test.
ANYWAY...sorry, really long post, I hope that was helpful. Best of luck from one splitter to another <3