Saturday, October 27, 2007

Colds, LSAT and the Sappranos

little monkey is sick, and I am not feeling so hot myself. Hubby took the baby out today and I was going to study but I watched 2 hours of Sapprano episodes and then studied for an hour. I took a timed section. I think I am improving, I think. Hard to tell right now. My next practice test is this coming Saturday. I keep thinking I am going to be a success story like those testimonials on the Powerscore website, "I went from a 148 to a 170 and now I am at Yale, thank you Powerscore I couldn't have done it without you", I seriously have fantasies of waiving the email with my LSAT score around yelling "I did it! I did it!", then of course there are all the acceptance letter fantasies. Pathetic, this damn test has become my life right now. My mood seriously revolves around how well I think I am doing on mastering the questions, its worse than stepping on the scale !

Monday, October 22, 2007

Pratice test not until Nov.

Kaplan moved their practice test site without telling me, so I missed it yesterday. So my next practice test is with Powerscore on Nov. 2nd. Its okay though, we haven't gotten very far yet in the powerscore class, mostly Must be True and Weaken questions, briefly games, and very very briefly reading comp.. So I still have a lot to go over before I feel like the practice test will be a real reflection of where I am at. I was so tired yesterday I went to bed at 6pm, I hope I am not getting sick . Little monkey has a runny nose again.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

RANT ON BOARDS

I just can't seem to help myself. I have to get on those pre law school discussion boards. They are so obnoxious, post after post of "disappointed" lsat test takers who are so "upset" that they didn't get a 170, only a 168. Or another one of my favorites, the "devastated" person who has to go to "crappy UCLA". I know its either them getting their egos off or they are just flat out lying but I just can't help it. Maybe I need to block those sites, so I remove the temptation.

Saturday

I am very very sleepy this morning. Its almost 10am and I am on my second cup of coffee. I trying to deceide what to do today, my choices are clean the house, study or go into to work and do some overtime, and also I wanted to work on Abby's costume (I deceided to make it after all). All of those things need to happen, but hubby is taking the babe shopping and to the park which means its the perfect time to clean and/or study. Tonight we have to pick up my parents from the airport and then tomorrow I have my practicce LSAT. There just aren't enough hours in the day, some days.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

BRUTAL

This schedule is rough. Working all week and class until 10pm three
nights a week, plus homework. I am having ah ha moments every night in my powerscore class. I am so glad I am taking it. The ADR
class I am taking though, I am not so excited about. It is my last
class to finish my paralegal certificate. I just show up and take the
tests, counting own until it's over. My next practice test is on
Sunday, not through powerscore though its a free Kaplan promo thing.
Come in and take the LSAT practice exam and then have them try to sell
you on their course, kind of thing. I'll take any chance to practice
the LSAT in a proctored setting.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

LSAT Prep Course

I am loving my Powescore class, I could have saved myself a lot of time and frustration by signing up even sooner. The LSAT is the only part of my application I am focusing on right now. I know who is going to write my recommendations , I have a draft of my personal statement and my transcripts are starting to arrive. I am wondering if after I take the LSAT, I should pay for someone to look at my personal statement. I can get people to check my writing but I wonder if I should get someone with specific law school admission experience. Especially because I really only have one law school I want to attend and their admission rate is 20%. Hmmmm food for thought ?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Curves ?

Had my first real class last night, my instructor was late. Between that and the testing conditions Saturday I was ready to ask for my $ back, but my instructor is great. I already think this is going to be $ well spent and I haven't even taken my second practice test yet. I was getting very frustrated on my own, rereading concepts over and over, not really sure I was "getting it ". But already the instructor has cleared up a couple of my misunderstandings. She is also someone I think I can relate to, she is older and she studied for the test 5 months before she took it.

I am signed up to take the LSAT on Dec. 1, but I am okay with pushing it until Feb. if I need to. I think it's more important to get a good score and wait to apply then rush it and apply to schools I don't really want to go to. I wonder if there are any stats on the curve and when you take the LSAT, are some dates better than others ? I might have to look that up and see if I can find anything.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

bombed the diagnostic

I have excuses though, the testing conditions sucked. The conference room I was in was right next to the parking lot and it was so loud. For almost the entire time allotted for Section 1 there were guys talking and laughing right outside of where I was sitting. I just sat there getttin more and more pissed, rereading the same logic reasoning questions over and over. I am doing well though on individual timed sections that I have taken on my own. I am thinking my main problem is endurance. I am really having trouble concentrating for such an extended period of time.

A soon as I came home I had to read lots and lots of posts from people who improved their score significantly from their practice tests, to make myself feel better. I am 10 points away from my goal of 161 ! Hubby took the babe to the store, I need to snap out of self pity mode and start crackin.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

LSAT

I am counting down until my first Powerscore diagnostic test this Saturday. I have been self studying off and on for two months now. I got very frustrated with games about three weeks ago and stopped looking at them and just picked them up again a couple of days ago. Amazing the difference, they seemed almost (eeek I don't know if I should say it) easy ! Well I am not getting too confident, I may have to eat my words come Saturday !

Monday, October 1, 2007

Getting Somewhere

Been bored to tears at work, for the last 5 months. Now a week before I start my Powerscore class I actually feel like I am getting somewhere and getting more challenging work. But, I can't complain I would rather be busy.

I have been studying almost 2 hours a day on the train, to and from work. The practice questions are getting easier and I am getting faster !!

I am actually excited to take my diagnostic. Its been hard to simulate the testing conditions on my own. I get distracted easily. Not really a great sign of a future law student, oh well. I feel like I need some help pin pointing what areas I need to work on.

On the home front, hubby got pumpkins today. I can't wait to paint them with munchkin. I am rethinking my great idea to make Abby's Halloween costume this year. I haven't told hubby that I am probably going to buy it after all, I don't want the "I told you so" look.