Schedule for full time workers?

  • November 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm #3352
    sabinaklee
    Participant

    Hey guys! I recently started a 9-5 job and just read the first chapter of the LSAT Trainer. Since I work full time, I decided I’m going to take the June 2018 test to give myself a little over six months to study. Between work, the gym, and sleep, I have about two hours to study a day (weekends could do more). Would you suggest going off the 16 week study plan nonetheless? Do you have any other suggestions for full time workers studying for the LSAT? Thanks!

  • November 17, 2017 at 4:14 pm #3358
    Mike Kim
    Keymaster

    Hello Sabina! — Thanks for trusting in the Trainer and nice to have you here. I think the 16 week schedule will work great if you can fit it into your schedule — the fact that you have a few months after that means that if you need to stretch it out a bit that’s okay too —

    A couple of other thoughts —

    1) I do have a beta version available of an updated schedule that includes up to PT 81 — you may not want it (because you may want to keep the newest tests for practice when you are done with the study schedule) but if you do just email me at mike@thelsattrainer.com and I’ll send it to you.

    2) If you think the 16 week schedule may be a bit too much to handle with your schedule, you could also work off the 8 week schedule, and just stretch it out so that you do every week’s worth of work over two.

    If you have to pick between a) really being able to focus in and give your full attention and energy to a lighter workload vs b) getting in a ton of work but exhausting yourself to do it and not being able to focus half the time, when it comes to LSAT prep, I really think (A) is a far better option, so don’t feel guilty / feel like you will be unprepared if you go with a lighter workload — in any case, it’s great you are getting started so early.

    Good luck with your studies and let me know if you ever need anything —

    Mike

  • December 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm #3409
    sabinaklee
    Participant

    Hi Mike! Thanks for your response – it seems surreal to be messaging the author of my new study book.

    Re old vs. new PTs – I was wondering if you would suggest using the 16 week study guide that uses PTs 29-71 rather than the 16 week study guide that uses PTs 62-81 (which I think is the finalized version of your previously mentioned beta study schedules)?

    Thanks!

  • December 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm #3412
    Mike Kim
    Keymaster

    Hi Sabina — sure thing! —

    I would personally suggest either the 52-71 16 week schedule or the 62-81 16 week schedule (which is indeed the finalized version of the beta schedules I mentioned) — the first if you think there is a chance you will finish the schedule early and need extra practice or you think there is a good chance you will study again for another test, and the second in all other situations — I think the 29-71 schedule is overkill for most students, and if you start with one of the other schedules and want to add on any extra work along the way, it’s always easy to do so —

    HTH and let me know if you have any follow-up — MK

  • March 31, 2018 at 8:12 am #136135
    David
    Participant

    Hey Mike –

    Thank you for this great tool! My question is similar to Sabina’s. I work full time, but doing shift work. I have been out of school for number (10) of years. My standardized test game is rusty. With that, working straight through week-to-week does not work with my schedule. I have a number of days were I am doing an AM/PM session. This will allow me to keep roughly in-line with the weekly targets. I am blocking 60-90m per lesson and 90-120m per drill. Knowing that some may be quicker and some longer. So on days with AM/PM sessions I am looking at possibly 3+hrs of work/study. With the test days being longer. Is that time allocation for drills/lessons pretty accurate?

    My plan is this: Starting today work through the 16week program with Its 52-71. I have built in wiggle room and with that I should complete the 16 week 20 PT program by 1-July.

    From there, I plan to work thought the 8 week plan using PT 72-81. That gives about 9 or 10 weeks, provided I don’t go way over on the first 16 program – to review the material really tidy up my skills/drills and efficiency along with taking the newer tests closer to the real deal.

    My thoughts are, a big steady learning block with the first 16 weeks and 20 PT, then really sharpen the axe in the final 8 weeks to smash on test day. And by test day have worked thought all the available PT.

    The plan is to take the LSAT one time.

    Thanks for your time, be well, david

    planning week-to-week has to be moved around. I am taking the Sept 2018 LSAT, and as of today, 31-March that gives me 23 weeks.

  • April 2, 2018 at 4:54 pm #136136
    Mike Kim
    Keymaster

    Hi David,

    Great to have you here and thanks for trusting in the Trainer — I wish you the very best with it —

    In terms of your q’s, —

    1) I think your time allocation is solid — one thing to keep in mind that the drills will be a bit more inconsistent in length (just by nature of how often different q types show up, etc.).

    2) I suggest students go into their prep planning to take the test as many times as necessary to get the score they want to get — I know this goes against your goal of taking only once — a couple of reasons I mention this —

    a) only your highest score counts, so you might as well give yourself as many chances at bat as possible

    b) the test is imperfect, and you could perform exactly the same on two different days and get two different scores —

    So, you certainly want to be as prepared as possible before you take an official test, but I also think it’s helpful to keep the above in mind.

    3) In terms of your plan to go through the schedules twice — it’s an interesting decision — it is not what I would generally recommend, but, at the same time, I think it can work out great, so, if you think it’s the best move for you, I definitely think it’s worth a shot —

    The big thing to keep in mind is that the schedules are designed to take you from the beginning of your prep process to the end, meaning they, amongst other things, they —

    a) go from fundamental to specific
    b) go from somewhat easier to somewhat harder
    c) go from more book learning to mix of book learning and drilling to more drilling to more practice tests–

    So, in general, I would suggest stretching out one schedule to fit in all of the time you have to prep.

    If you go through two schedules, you are basically repeating the beginning-to-end process twice —

    As I mentioned earlier, I think that can actually work out great, and if you want to try it go for it —

    The one big thing to keep in mind is that regardless of how you prep, as you get closer and closer to test day, you want to focus more and more on taking full exams — so, if you do choose to go the 16 then 8 route, you’ll probably want to adjust that 8 schedule a bit to get in a bit more pt work than it calls for / so you can spend more of your time right before the exam on pt’s —

    HTH and good luck with your studies — one thing you’ll find is that the schedules are very flexible, so, if you start off one way and want to adjust things, you’ll see that it should be very easy to do so —

    And get in touch if you need me —

    Mike

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