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A Day in the Life of a PowerScore LSAT Student

Posted by PowerScore Test Preparation on Aug 3, 2012 2:40:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what it takes to study for the LSAT? Check out our latest series, A Day in the Life of a PowerScore LSAT Student, which chronicles the journey of an actual PowerScore student studying for the LSAT. Candace, a student in one of our Full-Length LSAT Courses, will share with you her experiences as she attends class and prepares for her future life as a law school student. Be sure to check it out!

Day in the Life

Lesson 7 commenced the second-half of the PowerScore full-length course, and we began the lesson with logical reasoning. We continue to build on our existing knowledge and we go into detail about one specific type of question – “Must Be True” questions. This time, however, we go over a specific type of “Must Be True” questions that deal with questioning the “Method of Reasoning” used in the stimulus. This type of question can typically be seen on the LSAT with the following kinds of questions – “The method of the argument is to…”, or, “The argument derives its conclusion by…”.

We learned that the correct answer to these questions must come from the stimulus and from nowhere else, thus any answer choices that do not derive from the stimulus can simply be eliminated. Following this process of elimination, finding the correct answer choice is much simpler and very straight-forward – if it is not talked about in the stimulus, then it is not the correct answer, period!

We continued to follow the lesson format of:

  1. learning new information, then
  2. drilling that information on practice problems.
We went over twenty practice problems throughout the section on logical reasoning which included not only “Method of Argument” questions but also “Flaws in Reasoning” questions such as mistaken cause and effect relationships, circular reasoning, mistaken use of evidence, lack of relevant evidence for the conclusion, and so on. Then, we moved on to a new topic – logic games.

We returned to logic games to again build on our existing knowledge of grouped logic games and linear logic games and this time we combined the two to learn how to solve “Grouping/Linear Combination Games”. I have said this before and I will say it again, I really appreciate the way that PowerScore builds up a base or foundation of knowledge – such as learning about the basic linear games and grouping games – then moves on to something more challenging once every student gets a handle on the basic games. This way, these more advanced games do not seem as menacing because we already have tackled the basics and we all possess the foundational knowledge necessary to attack these more complex games. We drilled this new knowledge with 2 logic games taken from previous LSAT’s to finish the lesson.

I am extremely happy with my progress so far. After taking the LSAT a second time I realize how in-depth the PowerScore lessons are. We go over every aspect of each type of question that you will see on the LSAT, and this makes taking the LSAT more manageable and less stressful. As I was taking the LSAT I recognized the types of questions that were being asked as well as the types of answer choices included to throw me off.

The knowledge that I have gained so far from PowerScore has allowed me to take a step back and view the test for what it really is, not an impossible mind-game threatening to prove that I cannot succeed, but instead it is simply a test written by people who are relying on the nerves and anxiety of students to get in the way of their thinking and throw them off the right track. Given my newfound confidence after enrolling in the PowerScore course, my performance on the test will not suffer due to nervousness and I will take the LSAT with focus, determination, and a positive spirit. I can do this! It is possible! 

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