Slow Marination

Yesterday was the first day of my LSAT prep class.  I’ve already spent close to two hundred dollars on books and been feeling pretty good about my pace on studying for LSAT, so why am I still willing to shell out another $1095 on an LSAT prep class?  I did think to pass up on it initially.  In talking to my best friend about it, he made his recommendation that I take it no matter what, and his reasoning is sound.  He was varsity track lead in high school and a damned fast guy.  According to him, with track running, if you ran one track, you’ve pretty much ran them all. They’re just not that different.  However, when they have the regional or state championship, they will show up early and take turns running that track before the race.  Knowing that all tracks are pretty much the same, they still take that little bit of added advantage of having ran the track that they will be racing on, when it really counts.

I’m taking The Steven Klein Company LSAT Preparation.  It came highly recommended when I was talking to Seattle U’s law department.  While I was working through my LSAT Logic Games Bible, some gal came up to me and shared her recent experience with studying for her LSAT.  She loved the book I was studying from and recommended their other books, which I did buy after talking to her.  She just took the Kaplan prep course but did not recommend them.  If she could do it again, she would have taken the Steven Klein prep because she’s heard a lot of good things about them.

So how was the first day?  I got to feel very old.  I knew I would be old relative to the rest of the class since I’m turning 35 this month, but I was at least a decade older than everyone in the class, not including the instructor.  The assistant instructor was 24.  When the instructor, Steven (yes, he actually teaches the course), used a student’s sports team as a logic game example another student chimed in to let him know her high school basketball team was superior.  We spent a good ten minutes talking about high school ball teams.  High school.  I don’t even remember what that was anymore.  Then in case I had any feelings of plucky spring chicken left, the instructor talked to one of the student about how his mom called to arrange for his taking this course.  His mom.

The class itself was interesting enough.  He takes a much more simple approach to looking at rules, instead of drilling us with ways to memorize shorthands and logic mapping. I thought the course would drill in all the stuff I can’t seem to memorize from the different workbooks, instead he’s telling us to not sweat the small stuff.  It’s a nice different approach.  I did take the Kaplan SAT prep course in high school and I felt that they had a very set approach…like if I bought some Kaplan study guides, I would pretty much get the exact thing when I take their prep course.  It would make sense for them to take that approach since they are a national company and they have to duplicate their teaching methods across the nation.  Steven’s approach is a lot less rigid, just read the rules and put a mark next to it if it’s not a hard and fast rule, so you can go back and check it.  On one hand, I like this method because I don’t frustrate the hell out of myself from trying to remember which freaking arrow I should have used in the shorthand notation.  On the other hand, I really like the beauty of a well-charted logic map with almost all possibility and impossibles plotted.  This beautiful chart can be costly though, I end up spending more than half of my 8.75 minutes charting and not looking at the questions and woe is the chart with a shorthand that I did wrong.

All in all, I think this course could be a good compliment to study guides by showing a slightly different approach to the same problem.  The nice thing is, there are some things that he does deem very important to remember and it’s usually mentioned in the books already, so you have the important stuff laser etched in.  The class is 4 hours long, from 1 to 5 every Saturday, starting from week two, there will be a practice LSAT test every Saturday from 9 to 12, so there goes my Saturday bingo.

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