Friday, September 17, 2010

Contrapositive: Not on My Watch

In addition to Zen of 180's suggestions for improving timing in logical reasoning and reading comprehension, I wanted to share a new Contrapositive comic from the creator of Wingmen, an article link from a reader, and an online tool to measure your reading speed.

Newtown, Pennsylvania, June 2010
We'd love to hear what you think about this measurement system for your reading speed.  Keep in mind that your "onscreen" reading speed is significantly slower than your "paper." Next week I'll talk about how many minutes I would have left over at each section and what my speed is, as measured by the Mind Bluff tool.

Finally, a reader pointed out this interesting article in the NYTimes about effective study habits. The relevant findings for LSAT prep are below:
Simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention.
During my own LSAT practice, I worked in my silent room--I thankfully had a single as a resident advisor--a study room in my building with views of the Exposition Park Rose garden, and in a cluttered 24-hour library to inoculate myself from noise distractions.  I didn't do this because I thought it would help, but because I go crazy staying in the same place all the time; maybe I accidentally also helped retain my learning!
So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing.
This is definitely part of the Zen task standard system, and I'll go more into it next week!  Basically, don't focus on a single task/game/passage in a single session.  As you'll see in the article and next week, the results are dramatic.