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  1. I asked one of my profs this early in the semester and she specifically told me that optional readings are just there to enrich your understanding of the material if you are not understanding something and that the optional material will not be examinable so I felt like I was endangering myself by spending time on the optional readings at the expense of the required materials. From what she said, it doesn't look like reading the optional material is a good use of my time. The material is so far pretty straight forward, although now I'm a little scared I'm only understanding it superficially. That said, it's different for certain classes. For my property class, I bought the Ziff supplement and I've also been reading some of the optional readings the prof posted on the syllabus.
  2. As an outspoken keener but as someone who is deeply neurotic and suffers from imposter syndrome, what can I do about this? 😏
  3. For me, it's the day in and day out of school without knowing where I stand. I believe I understand the material, but at this point there's simply no way of knowing if I'm getting better at issue spotting and developing a knowledge of the law at all. I do all the readings, go to class, participate, consolidate and update my summary weekly, even do a supplementary reading here and there if I have time. However, I don't know if what I'm doing will amount to anything. None of my profs have uploaded any practice problems yet and I can't seem to find any older exams from my profs so one of the major elements of my strategy for this semester has been truncated. It's weird not knowing whether you're a below average, average, or above average student. In undergrad/grad school I was able to tell more easily where I stood in comparison to my peers, here it is much more difficult to determine - everyone seems capable and competent. I guess I'll find out in time.
  4. 156 isn't high enough even in Access. Lucky is right, hire a private tutor (HarvardReady, for instance) and try to aim for 160 or above.
  5. This is fantastic - thank you.
  6. So the consensus is to form study groups for the purposes of doing practice exams or for review sessions before exams. That sounds like a good idea and something I'm much more comfortable with. How can I develop skills in issue spotting? Is it something I have to learn by taking exams? If I have enough time each week throughout the semester, should I allot this extra time to taking and reviewing a practice exam either with a study group or TA (or my prof if they are generous enough to go over it with me during their office hours)?
  7. Hi, I'm taking Crim with Professor Mathen and Property with Prof. Cameron. Before constructing my own summary throughout these courses, I wanted to look at a finished summary from someone who took these courses previously and did well in them. Im mostly going to use the summary as a visual aid and something which will help clarify any discrepancies in my readings. Can anyone help me out?
  8. I thought at first that exams are almost entirely fact pattern hypo questions. In your experience, what sort of questions besides fact pattern questions are usually on an exam?
  9. Apologies if this has been covered a million times before but I wanted to get some perspective on the utility and value of study groups, arguments for/against. I want to start outlining and doing practice exams early on in my courses, and I'm wondering if creating or going to a study group will help me in this process. What sort of things did your study group do, if you went to one? Did you find it helped you understand the material better and, later, help you do better on your exam? I've never been a group studier before, always been someone who likes to do things independently. So while the impetus for most people I've seen has been to form study groups, I'm a little uncertain as to whether it's right for me.
  10. I didn't see this until now - congratulations!
  11. I will be entering law school this year at 102. It's really not as embarrassing as you think it is. I am happy to answer any questions you may have over PM.
  12. Are you employed as an LP or an EC? Would obviously, with a law degree, take a policy analyst position as an LP. The pay is higher.
  13. LSAT is not as difficult as you may think - there's an initial learning curve because you are training your brain to think in a certain way that is not directly intuitive. With practice, you will become better. Give yourself more time to write the LSAT if you think you need more than 4 months. You can apply for QC schools concurrent to writing the LSAT. There's also absolutely no rush at all to get into law school, so try to take it easy.
  14. Congratulations my friend, welcome!
  15. Firstly, consult Yoni from HarvardReady. He is an LSAT wizard - take his course, or private tutoring sessions, you will not regret it. Once you raise your LSAT score, apply again and then see if going back for a semester or two to raise your GPA is worth it. Good luck!
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