Tutor profile: Julie G.
How can I improve my LSAT score from a 160 to a 170?
As a preface I want to say that such a large score increase is definitely possible, but will undoubtedly take time. I myself improved from a 169 to a 177, but I did not do it overnight. To start, one thing that is very important is to identify your weaknesses. This means logging all of your wrong answer on each of the sections and practice tests you take. After you have done this for a few sections and/or practice tests, you will most likely start to see a pattern. In my case, one of my biggest weaknesses was inference questions in RC based on the author or other mentioned actors. Once I had identified this weakness, I could begin thinking about how to address it. One way I did this was to not just look at what questions I got wrong, but which wrong answers I picked and why. Based on this information, I would then think of a question I could have asked myself in the moment that would have steered me away from that wrong answer. For instance one such question could be, ‘has the authored ever explicitly mentioned X, and if not what additional assumption am I making to attribute an opinion on X to the author’. I would often find that these questions I made for myself for each wrong answer ended up being pretty similar, and in the end they helped me change my thought process around difficult questions on the test and how to approach them. Of course the above was just one small portion of what I did, and one that might not even be relevant for some people, but it is one example of what some initial strategies for improvement on the LSAT could look like.
Subject: College Admissions
What can I do to improve my chances of being admitted to college X?
Asking how to improve your chances of admissions to your dream college is such a common question, and yet it does not have one simple answer. Rather, it is extremely dependent on the individual applicant. The perhaps most important thing in college admissions is to tailor your application to best showcase your individual strengths and what makes you stand out (because trust me, there is always something that does). What can improve your chances of admissions can therefore vary greatly. For some people it will be to pick a topic for their admissions essay that best showcases their incredible ability to be resilient in the face of adversity. For other people it will be to compile an appendage that demonstrates their artistic talent. It really just comes down to the individual, which is why getting individual and tailored guidance on this topic can be so useful and important.
I have been asked to write an important essay on the effects of raising tariffs, where do I start?
As a first step, I would recommend taking stock of what you already know about the effects of raising tariffs. Which effects do you already feel comfortable with, and which effects do you need to re-examine. One way to start this exercise would be to create a list of key areas affected by tariffs - at a basic level this would at least include imports, domestic production, and consumer prices - and rate how well you can explain the effect on each of these areas. Once this is done, we can work on your understanding of your weakest areas, without wasting time on areas you already know. Once you have a comfortable understanding of each key area, a logical next step would be to start thinking about how these topics fit together, and how the essay can most efficiently be structured. For instance, in explaining consumer prices, we would first want to think about how the effects on imports and domestic production work together to influence consumer prices. When this stage is done, you should have a better idea of where you can start, and we could perhaps begin thinking about an appropriate example of an instance in which tariffs have been raised, to use as a guiding example in the essay.
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