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  1. I roomed with others (all of us engineering majors) in a house in second year of undergrad. I vowed to never, ever, ever, ever do that again. @Toby1994 is on the money (literally). Your mental health is worth more than the extra $500 / mth it'll cost you in lodging. Obviously if you are absolutely sure of the roommate then go for it but if it's a risk, at all, full stop! BTW: the very fact you are bringing up interior design tells me you are probably in the same boat. My concerns more had to do with hours of awakeness. Some of my roomies studied at night and slept all day whereas I preferred a more normalized schedule. I could hear them all night so it made it very difficult to get good night sleep. If I had cared about decorating I probably would have had a stroke!
  2. First of all fantastic write! A 162 is nothing to sneeze at. And the very fact you have a great score in the bank should help alleviate test day pressure the second time around. That already puts you ahead of the game! The great thing about the LSAT is that it tests understanding of underlying logical principles more so than any particular method or piece of information; so it typically does not take a long time to get back into form. Anecdotally: I walked away from this exam about a decade ago (yes...I am old) and it took me a month or so to get into the swing of LR/RC though a bit longer for games (which makes sense because LG has more to do with recognizing isomorphisms that only really comes via repetition). Here is a list of resources (many of which deal with timing aspects) to get you started again. If you have any questions after perusing them let us know!
  3. I'll leave course recommendations up to the others (some good options already mentioned) but if you want to check out some general resources take a look here! Self-studying may be the way depending on your inclinations, which is something I talk about in that thread. The only additional thing I will add is that a jump from 152 to 160 is not insurmountable at all. Very doable. Best of luck!
  4. I would be surprised if any reputable LSAT prep company or instructor actually wrote the statement you quoted in such an un-caveated manner. If it was it was surely poor advice! But as noted by the others above, what was likely intended to be conveyed by @legallybrunette3 (as well as the test prep companies) is that score maximization is the name of the game; and for folks who cannot attempt all questions with consistently high levels of accuracy, they may be (likely are) better served by attempting fewer questions. This may apply broadly to the entire exam or to just an individual section depending on the test taker. A natural consequence of knowing you will not attempt all questions is that you have the ability to pick and choose which ones to attempt. However, since evaluating the difficulty of a prospective question is tough without sinking in too much time up front, I would tend to recommend answering as they come. That does not hold true if a test taker is particularly bad at any given question type (that is easily identified by the stem).
  5. I'm not overly familiar with the new writing sample protocol. But from what I gather you have the ability to rewrite it and schools will be sent the latest 3 samples. Is that correct? If so, I would recommend rewriting it. As @NeverTooLateindicates, you'll likely be fine, but it would be regretful if you found out later that it was not acceptable and had to wait even longer. If you rewrite now, the worst that happens is you have two on file and both are sent to the schools to which you applied. I don't think it's that much work for peace of mind. Think of it as insurance, of a sort! Anyways, that's my vote.
  6. This is sound advice as an average. But there are distributions of question difficulty in LR that most assuredly need to be accounted for to achieve optimal results. The general heuristic we teach is this: the first game, the first passage, and the first 10-12 questions in LR tend to be easier, on average. To be crystal clear, that doesn't mean there cannot be hard questions in that group, just that the average difficulty is not as high as the overall blend of a typical section. PowerScore has published some data on LR question difficulty here. I've discussed this dataset at some length previously on this forum so I won't reshash it. The gist is that in general we agree, but believe the last 5 or so questions appear more difficult on average (based on correct response rate) than they really are due to confounding variables such as fatigue. The great news about that breakdown is one can absolutely put that knowledge into practice! For example, in LR we now know that one should take less time on the first 10-12 questions then the remaining set. How much less? That's a good question and heavily dependent on the individual. If you are not getting to all the questions, for example, how long you spend on the first 10-12 will be different from how long someone who gets to all the questions will spend. For that reason I like to ratio things into a % of time taken (relative to the average time taken) before applying it broadly. For a test taker who plans to tackle all of the questions a good rhythm is to attempt the first 10 in 10 minutes. Again, make sure to keep in mind this is an average. Some sets a little more. Some a little less. But 10 minutes, on average, is pretty much the standard. If they attempt all questions they take 1.4 minutes / question (35 minutes / 25 questions...duh!). So taking 1 minute per question is 1/1.4 ~ 70% of the average question time. Lets apply that that to someone who only attempts say 20 questions. The average time spent is 35 / 20 ~ 1.75 minutes. So our hypothetical test taker should take approximately 70%*1.75 ~ 1.25 minutes / question for the first 10. Heuristics for after the first 10 are a bit tricky because the level of difficulty is far less clean cut. That said, I generally follow this for the section: first 10 in 10, next 10 in 15, next 5-6 in 8, and 2 minutes for review. Now if you aren't getting to every question that does not apply in terms of actual time spent but the % of time can be applied using the same formula I did above. Games and Reading Comp are slightly different. I said the first game / passage tends to be easier, which is true. But that doesn't offer much help in terms of timing for the rest of the section. It's more of a feel based on game / passage type. After studying for so long you will develop an internal clock, which will tell you - given a certain level of game/passage difficulty - how long it should be taking you. As long as you don't fall behind that internal clock you'll be fine. After all, it will be calibrated to how you normally do (and how many games/passages you attempt)!
  7. As the others have said, there is not a lot you can do in terms of speeding up this close to the exam. However, you can change the way you approach certain sections, which may yield beneficial results. For example, take the bolded section above. If you are guessing an average of 4 (3-5) on LR but yielding a score of -10 (-8 to -12) that means, even if you got every guess you ever tried incorrect, that your accuracy rate per attempt is around 70% (25-10 / 25-4). That indicates you are not spending enough time per question. You are probably better to slow down and attempt only 17/18 questions instead of 21-23. Your accuracy will likely increase to the point where you are hitting 90%+ (if you have the ability to grasp the logic slowing down has a very acute impact on accuracy), and with consistent guessing on the rest you will be in a better spot (0.90*18 + 0.20*7 = 16.2 + 1.4 ~ 18 > 15). The above is what we tell our students and much more often than not, slowing down increases score. The same is apt to be true of RC. Hopefully that helps and good luck on your write!
  8. I haven't tracked this in some time, but I believe LSAT dates are listed 4-6 months in advance (the official LSAC website is the best way to monitor). If I had to conjecture, I would say the remote FLEX is with us until large scale vaccine roll-outs are well under way. It will take them some time to reconfigure to the 5-section exam (they have less experimental sections to work with given the FLEX) and I would doubt a switch would be even remotely possible prior to September. You'll have at least two chances to write: April (already posted) and June (typical LSAT month). But I would wager you may have at least 4 (given what happened this past cycle); but don't hold me to it!
  9. Here is Yoni's guide to the final stretch. He outlines much of the advice above, which I wholeheartedly endorse. The biggest thing to realize is that in the days leading up to the exam you are not going to - or perhaps more accurately, should not expect to - learn anything new that will suddenly make things "click". At this point, you know what you know and it's about keeping sharp + potentially ironing out some wrinkles. I concur with the above that a day or so before your exam you should hold off on studying, if possible. Taking PTs and timed sections so close to the exam can really only do 1 of 2 things: (1) confirm you are where you knew you were, or (2) decrease confidence because you have an off day and have a bad section. Don't put yourself through that! If you must study a day or so in advance, do it with untimed AND unscored sections. This would also be true of warm up on game day. Untimed and unscored are your friend here. Keep you sharp and get you warm for what's to come. Best of luck!
  10. What in the hell would cause @Hegdisto cast such a terrible curse? I'm sure there are some good stories to be had over beers there
  11. Lets be honest. My reputation is already pretty sullied, so a few more grammatical eorrors, and repetitive words, won't do it any harm! But do appreciate the offer Happened in a reply under the Articling Students and Lawyers sub-forum. It was interesting because the EDIT button exited, was clickable, and took me inside the post to edit (EDIT button usually seems to disappear if a post is beyond time). However, after changes were made and I clicked save, it informed me time had expired (EDIT - To clarify the editing process was relatively quick so that was not what bounced it out of time). BTW intended or not I am taking your comment to mean I have carte blanch in post length (for testing purposes...) so now when I get carried away & people call it out, I can point them to here and say "Morgan said I could do it!"
  12. I thought the clock on the 1 hour editing grace period applied from the time one posted. However, in a recent relatively longish post where I meandered to other things mid-construction (I have other interests lawstudents!) I was unable to edit the moment after I hit publish. I noted a few errors immediately, per usual, and wanted to correct them but to no avail. Time had expired! Anyways, just a heads up to look at the editing delay. Perhaps it is set to begin the moment someone composes a post, which normally would not be materially different from the time after one posts. But in some cases it could make such a difference.
  13. Excellent idea. If this gains traction I would have no trouble organizing. To maintain anon status everyone can join with someone else's alias (to keep it fun)! Honestly, that's just fun any time! Given that the pandemic has hit me slightly more favourably than the others, I felt it best not to post until it became clear that the OP was not alone (oodles of people struggling including usually A-type, usually high productive personalities). My own experience bears this out as until recently I lived with a die-hard extrovert in downtown Toronto and her pain was obvious. But, I think we've hit that point, and perhaps the perspective of an introvert who rather enjoys the current state of affairs may offer some ways for you extroverts to cope. This has been mentioned above but I cannot stress the importance enough, even for someone like myself. George had it right and you cannot let your worlds collide. Humans are natural mental partitioners and we tend to treat things differently if we mentally compartmentalize them. That's why we are okay to gamble with the "house's money" even though, at the point before we lose it in the roulette table, it is really our money (and it's fungible...except for monopoly that's for keeps). I live by myself and have not seen a human in 3 weeks (other than zoom). Even still, I make my lunch for the next day the night before or in the early morning. I could just make it at the time I need it but I prepare it in advance because that's what I would have done going into my shop. Keeping these habits (however silly) can help us maintain that compartmentalization. The same is true of clothing and anything else you would do naturally at work. Keep it the same at home. I am mostly doing engineering design calcs these days, which involves zero zoom/video chatting, but I still wear pants! Again, silly, but it's crazy what a pair of pants can do to your productivity when trying to figure out forces in a complicated truss connection! Similarly, keep a separate work space. That is, have a place dedicated to just work. That's your work zone. You walk into that room and it's pants on! If this isn't practical, because you have kids / multiple people working in a small space than just do your best. Setup a fold-up table in the living room or something similar. Why not use the dining table? Because that's home life! If you are going to work make it a work table (see world's colliding video above)! Make sure everyone knows that when you are at that location it's a do-not-disturb sign, no exceptions. This may be a hard one to swallow but your own inability to distance yourself from your work product is a real problem (....okay mine too I admit). Now, when people say "care less" we usually scoff because we just cant right? It'll just eat us away if we knew something wasn't checked or done appropriately. That's fine for "others" or even most but not for us. Here's the thing, I don't really mean care less about your work product but rather care less about the things that you can, with a reasonably objective lens, discern as not critical. Think about it: how much of what you do is super critical that it absolutely needs to get done that moment or even gets attention in a few days? Not a lot probably...if you think it is urgent it is likely only because others who have said it is urgent. But just because someone calls a frog a duck, doesn't make it so. Care about your work product. But give less fucks about the bullshit that comes with it. The fun thing with this is that while it seems like you will be less productive, you are likely to be more productive. By giving less fucks about the BS your mental anguish might just diminish considerably. And if you have space freed up you will be able to use that for other productive things (you darn A-types)! Example: I have projects where the engineer is off their rocker and sends correspondence dictating what we should be doing (incorrectly) / other nonsense. Usually, this would bug me to no end because they are technically "in charge" and are overseeing my work (despite them not having a clue). Plus, they invite me to bid work...so it's a business thing not to insult their intelligence by pointing out textbook 101 issues. Now? I just document the work, get manufacturer sign offs, and have my own engineers review; basically...saying thanks and not doing one fucking thing different. Caring the same about the work product but less about the BS people create, has done wonders for me. Honestly I think it's only because of Covid that they are okay without the hand-holding but I ain't going back after this ends! Like I said, I am quite content without having had human contact for about 3 weeks now. I enjoy it. BUT even I need to get out of the joint once a day for a non-trivial period of time. This is obviously harder for us now that new restrictions are in place but still, it's important just to get the fuck outside. In the summer, it wouldn't matter what time but in winter the early nights can be a depressing time to go out. If possible, try to scoot away during the day or in morning. If you like workouts you can combine these get away times with those. But if to you a workout...is a workout then dont you dare treat them as the same. Get out, breath air, and enjoy the snow! I suppose this is odd coming from a guy who...yeah, well, see above! But for half this pandemic I was in a relationship with a very extroverted individual. It was CRITICAL in a 600ft2 condo to discuss needs for alone time. I did not have kids, so I can't speak to that dynamic, but I imagine it's even more important there. You don't want to go from "work" every day to "home" where home is really just another form of work. Chillax time (technical term) where you are able to say fuck it is huge for both partners. Ask your partner if they need an hour for themselves. Likely they will scream YES. And try and give it to them (where they can be free of all other things). It'll do wonders for them and by extension, for you. Sometimes things aren't jiving and you have an off day. Always happened when you were at the office, but you had our distractions (e.g. office politics, office gossip, other shit) to keep this from weighing too much on you. But now when it's plainly obvious that you are not up to par it's hard to hide it...well, because the only person to really hide it from is yourself. Sometimes it's okay to tell a day that you just aren't going to make the most of it (if you could talk to a day...I wonder how that would work). It's better to be honest than it is to force it because if you force it, you will still feel like shit and be only trivially productive at best. We are human and have off days. That doesn't change working at home. When these days crop up I try to switch my focus from tasks that demand critical thought (such as design calcs) to more menial ones, like invoicing where at least I am doing something. I don't feel great about the work (because who likes invoicing) but at least I am not forcing myself to do something that'll probably be sub-standard and I will need to redo tomorrow anyways. Switching to less thought intensive tasks can be productive in a sense while being less taxing on our mental capacity during these days. And going easy today can help prime you for tomorrow. Anyways, these are by no means anything rigorous or profound in any way. But as someone who is coping pretty well with the current situation, I thought I might jot down a few things I find useful in case someone else might find them so.
  14. Not to derail the thread. But I cant resist sharing my own experience that is so similar to what @canuckfanatic describes. When I bought my house we used a lawyer recommended by our real estate agent. He couldn't meet until a few days before closing. Thought nothing of it because, if there was anything important, he would have made time for a meeting well beforehand (or least that was my reasoning). When we met we found out there was a unique easement on the property (it was no big deal, which we appropriately reasoned at the time, but still...if it had been a big deal that would have been nice to know more then 2 days before), and a line I will never forget. It went something along the lines of "I, Do Very Little Lawyer, have informed the client, in writing, that they should seek an alternative legal opinion about the contents herein and by signing this document they acknowledge this instruction and may do with it as they will" I mean...come on dude! All worked out because it was a very simple transaction. But could have been a clusterfuck. Moreover, I was not price sensitive. I would rather have paid him good money to do a thorough job so things would be done properly. But in this case I think if I gave him any amount of money it wouldn't have mattered.
  15. Thanks for clarifying. So you intended to restrict the comment about learning to the theoretical limit of what one could learn from an internship experience (or perhaps what the average internship graduate learns during this time)? This would encompass your comment about knowing civil/criminal litigation well? Meaning, you know it well relative to the standard of someone fresh from an internship experience and to the extent that you did not, it would be relatively easy to learn? Not that you know it well relative to the average practicing member of the bar? That is much more palatable. Though, I have to ask what you mean by internship experience? Are you referring to articling or once you've been called? My apologies if it was stated earlier and I missed it.
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