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  1. andi28

    OLSAS Sketch verifier blank?

    LegalArmada is right. No hobbies unless you were, say, a yoga instructor, competitive skier, on your school team or something like that. You need verifiers for everything that you put in your sketch but don't kill yourself trying to find verifiers. For school clubs, the verifier could be the student who's the president of the club. Worst comes to worst, in my opinion, the verifier can just be someone who knew you participated in an activity. They didn't call any of my verifiers but I made sure to have someone for each activity.
  2. I had a cheap timex diver watch (with a rotating bezel). Closest thing to a stopwatch you can get.
  3. I’m not going to UBC but I had to look for housing in a province other than my home province too. If you can afford it, take a week off and go to BC and go into intense appartment hunting mode. If not, I have a friend who got transferred to Vancouver for work and was given 3 nights in a hotel. Stressful, but she found something before the 3 days ended. Another alternative is to find a short term lease or a sublet without viewing it (for say, a month). Then once you’re on location, you can look for more permanent housing. Also stressful because you’ll be starting school and having to find housing at the same time but it might be better than signing something without seeing it. If you’d rather find something before you’re in BC and don’t want roommates, maybe try big apartment complexes that are managed by companies. They usually do applications over email/on their websites.
  4. Not too sure the exact gpa percentage you’d get using the UBC scale (and if your GPA would increase dramatically with drops) but in my opinion, pretty unlikely. You’d probably need about 170 to be in.
  5. andi28

    LSAT Memory Problem

    Personally, I didn't think it was that much of an issue. I rewrote the last 20+ tests and even though I could remember a few answers, I tried to reason why the correct answer was correct instead of relying on memory. Or alternatively, you can try to reason why the incorrect answers are incorrect. I personally didn't find that remembering answers affected my score THAT much. I didn't focus on the number but rather on the process. You can also do older PTs, I did pretty much all of them. Comparative reading is relatively new but you can still improve your RC skills with older PTs. Don't go older than PT 12-13 and obviously older PTs aren't as representative, but they're still useful in helping you exercise the skills necessary to do well on the LSAT.
  6. andi28

    Issue with timing

    Drilling can be untimed or timed. It's basically almost anything that's not doing a full PT. It can be working on specific sections, LG, LR, or RC (timed or untimed) or it can be working on specific types of questions. For example, you can drill match the flaw questions only. You find a list of match the flaw questions (a lot of websites have the questions categorized. Often you'll have to buy the packages but you can also find lists with numbers and if you already have those PTs, just pull out those questions and make a new document. A bit more work but definitely worth it!).
  7. andi28

    Issue with timing

    It seems to me that you've been cutting corners a bit (by not fully reading the bibles, and not doing blind review or at least going over incorrect answers). If you have time, I'd first suggest giving the Bibles a second read, or find another book (LSAT trainer, Manhattan Prep, ...). Sometimes, the way a certain book explains things just doesn't match with how our brains think! When you study, do you only do PTs or do you also do drills? When I was studying for the LSAT, I would categorize the questions I missed (especially for LR, although it also works for RC) or had more trouble with. Then I'd see if I missed a certain type of question more often (e.g. identify the main point, flaw, parallel reasoning, ....). 7Sage also does it for you if I remember correctly. Then you can focus on those types of questions, reread the sections about them in the bible/online and do specific drills. If you're equally strong/weak in all of the categories, then just drill drill drill. Just take LR sections from every PT you can find and do them. I personally found RC to be the hardest section to improve on and even on test day, I had to skim through the last questions and take educated guesses (when I was doing PTs, I was usually able to finish with a minute or two to spare). For me what worked best was to become a more active reader and be more attentive. I followed the Manhattan Prep strategy, which is to pick a passage, read it, flip over and then write a summary of each of the paragraphs (I don't remember the exact method but you should be able to find it online). I also used a mix of other techniques like using symbols to indicate a change in tone, a person's name, etc. This forces you to be more engaged. Overtime, you'll use your pencil less and less but you'll have gotten into the habit of actively reading. Basically, the only thing that made me quicker was to practice. Drilling specific question types, doing entire sections and then doing 1-2 timed PTs a week but no more than that (you don't want to burn out). If, after you've made a few changes, you still can't finish sections, you should get 1-2 sessions with a tutor, like Xer said. They might be able to pinpoint exactly what you're doing wrong. Good luck!
  8. andi28

    Please Advise Me! (STEM to LAW)

    I have a STEM degree and my ECs were not law related at all and it didn't seem to affect my application. However, aside from UofT, I only applied to index-only schools so you might have a different experience. From what I've read though, ECs seem to be a very soft factor for Canadian schools so I wouldn't worry too much about it. However, I don't think that having a STEM degree gives you a significant advantage. I know UofT specifically states that they take into account the difficulty of your degree but your GPA will probably put you out of contention. Most other schools don't say anything about program difficulty. If you have the exact same stats as someone who has an "easier" degree from an "easier" school, you might get a boost but it's not significant enough to count on it. I say "easier" in quotation marks because who actually knows if a certain program is actually easier than another? The individuals on the admissions committee might be biased in your favour but it's not a guarantee and it's very hard to quantify. I didn't apply to US schools but you could try plugging your stats into an admissions predictor (don't remember any specific names but a quick Google search should give you some results) and see if you have a shot at any of the top schools. You're right in thinking that anything outside top 20 is a bit of a gamble though. I've even heard that anything outside T14 is a bit risky. Try to get a killer LSAT score and look into schools that are more holistic or give you very generous drops (if you have a few bad grades here and there). Good luck!
  9. andi28

    How many PT should I do a week?

    I suggest doing 1-2 timed PTs per week but not more and spend the rest of the time doing blind review, individual sections and drilling. You don't want to burn out but you want to really understand what you're doing and not just do one PT after the other.
  10. Yup! You are correct. Schools outside of Ontario won't know if you accept an offer so it will still be possible to get offers from them. And yes, you will lose your deposit if you decide to go to another school.
  11. Has anyone already applied for a LOC (more specifically Scotiabank's LOC) ? I know you can't access the fund until you provide a proof of enrollment (so August/September) but I might be travelling in May and I was thinking how it'd be nice to have one of the Scotiabank gold credit cards. Does anyone know if you can get the credit cards as soon as you're approved? And how long does it take from filling out the application form to getting approved? Also does anyone know if you have to sign the documents at the designated branch or if there's another way to do it if you live in another city? I will call one of the Scotiabank advisors on Monday when they're back to work but I figured someone here might know the answer to one of my questions and I wouldn't have to wait the whole weekend.
  12. andi28

    Any else not have a response yet?

    A bit weird yes. It says on their Tumblr that everyone whose file is complete should have gotten an email by the end of the day of the 20th. Have you checked your OLSAS account (if you’ve been accepted or refused, but not waitlisted, your status might have already changed)? Or maybe contact them?
  13. I know you said you've taken prep courses but have you tried a tutor? I know they can get expensive but sometimes just a session or two can make a difference. Maybe you're on the cusp of getting it and you just need a bit of help to make things click? If you absolutely can't afford a tutor, maybe try a different approach/a different book that is more in-line with how you think and approach problems? Or maybe you just need more time? Maybe studying full-time isn't working for you because it just stresses you out more (the more hours you spend studying during a session, the less material you absorb, which makes you stress out even more)? Before writing the LSAT did you try to replicate testing conditions (and that includes waking up early, using maybe a proctor app, eating what you'd be eating on the day of the test). Obviously, on the actual day of the test, a few things will be different but if you can minimize the number of things that are different, you might be less nervous. The first time I took the LSAT, I was really nervous because I didn't really know how it was going to be which made me feel a bit unprepared. When I wrote it the second time though, I was a lot less nervous because I knew what I was getting into. Don't despair, stay positive and keep practicing! Edit: I see that you took about 20 PTs before the December LSAT and only 1 before the Feb. Did you do a lot of drilling? I know this may be excessive but I went through almost every section (whether that be fully-timed PT or just practicing sections) of PTs 12-the last one available.
  14. andi28

    Waitlisted at U of T 2018

    Woa. Did you only write the LSAT in February? I guess the class must already be full because your stats are very very good!
  15. andi28

    Taking a Year Off to Apply

    I’m not a student at UofT yet but when I went to the Welcome Day event, I was under the impression that a lot of incoming 1L were straight from undergrad (still finishing their 4th year). Of course it could be that those who are currently working can’t take a day off as easily as it is to take a day off school. The average and median age of 1L were 23 and 24 last year or the year before if I remember correctly so I’m willing to guess that a lot of people take a year off before starting law school. If you had one weak year, taking a year off might help because when they calculate your best 3, they’ll be able to drop your worst year. If you apply in your 4th year on the other hand, your first 3 years will count, no drops. I personally took 2 years off (and I’m a year older due to different school systems) and in retrospect, I should’ve only taken 1 because by the time I‘ll be done with articling, I’m going to be in my very late twenties with pretty significant debt which isn’t how I thought my life would be and which will delay some of my plans. But that’s just me!
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