How the LSAT Destroys Socioeconomic Diversity

I wanted to take LSAT and when I told people who are close to me about that, they started warning me about a particular set of problems. There is a section known as analytical reasoning, logic games, and it is a section in which you will be tested for or your ability to group information and order it. The questions seem to be really easy when read, but these are the questions which stop thousands and thousands of people from scoring and attending the schools of their choices.

Socioeconomic

If you are someone who wants to get into a top Law School in the USA then you will need a score of 165 or higher out of 180. when we tried these questions about logic games, without preparation, we were able to score around 24 questions right meaning we scored around 160 before starting any other sections. This was surely not going to get us and do any top Law School.

There is a thing about logic games, students realized that all of the logic can be turned into an equation with variables. The concept is not that easy to grasp for new students. I have seen people who talked three calculus classes, two Physics classes, as well as 6 chemistry classes and still, get completely blank at the logic games part. This section requires a new skill set and we know that there are books which are available for preparing the section. The big companies provide books for the preparation of logic games And they are not what that expensive. But after spending some time trying to solve the problems in those books, students usually start looking for help.

Law School applicants

If you are one of the Law School applicants from good backgrounds, you will be having an easier time with logic games because you have a good amount of time to study. There are a good number of people who quit their jobs and talk several months off from other things for the preparation of this exam. Most of the times, their parents support them when they leave working and start studying for this exam.

If you want to master logic games, you need to be visual and you need to draw diagrams and charts in order to answer these questions. If you read those questions in a book and do not represent them in a diagram, it won’t be easy. If someone starts drawing the questions for you and coach you then it will be way easier. There are private sessions available from big companies or tutors but that you talk charge around $150 to $250 per hour and the companies with a number of students charge 950 dollars to 1600 dollars for 80 hours of class time.

Fortunately, there are now a good amount of online pathways available for the students to score well in their LSAT exam. they are affordable and you can access the preparation companies which offer online exclusively to the student who wants to challenge the exam. The teacher will work through the logic games on paper and then the student can pause the video and try it themselves. The online curriculum is developed by these companies and the videos consist of hundreds of hours of content in short chunks.

There are companies dedicated to free education as well as some minimum charges which help the students prepare for the LSAT the exam while only paying and 8th of the price of a standard course which the big companies offer. The people behind these companies thought that if the student saw the tutors solve each and every logic game ever created, they will be able to solve the section quite easily. That is the main reason the idea behind this thing was created.

With the growing numbers of these companies, the students will have less stress preparing for the LSAT the exam and it will make the logic games not much of an obstacle even if the students are not getting enough income.

Conclusion:

We know that the LSAT the exam is not easy to crack for the students who are are not earning enough to afford the coaching classes. The situation has now changed and the students will surely be able to crack the exam if they are accessing the correct resources online. We hope that this article helped you out. Have a great day.…

Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson

LighthousekeepingJeanette Winterson is an original, there is no doubt. A writer whose first and only mistress in the story, its canon and the meanings and maps that it provides for the living. Utterly unafraid of being misunderstood Winterson’s inimitable – though God knows every girl doing a creative writing paper at university tries – deeply romantic style, a creation of a time and place that are the sparse and endlessly shifting life rafts on which the stories float. Unconfined by genre her books – fiction and non-fiction – have perhaps only two qualities in common: they are all exquisitely written and one way or another love stories – the seductive power of the story itself being paramount.

Lighthousekeeping, Winterson’s eleventh book, is the story of Silver, “part precious metal part pirate” – the bastard child whose birth condemns her mother to Coventry on the cliffs above the sea side town of Salts – a place where you can never look back. She is tragically – is there any other way – orphaned at age ten and consequently apprenticed by the good folk of Salts to the the atavistic Pew, a cataract clouded light house keeper. As Pew teaches Silver lighthousekeeping, he also recounts the story he knows, because that’s what lighthousekeepers do, it’s like a genealogical imperative, something primeval and instinctive which is echoed in the imagery of fossils and frequent mentions of Darwin throughout the text.

The story that Pew tells is that of their lighthouse on the Cape of Wrath and Babel Dark (great name), preacher for the town of Salts, catalyst for the building of the lighthouse, father of one son and one blind daughter, violent bigamist, hypocrite and inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. From Pew Silver also learns that: “The lighthouse is a known point in the darkness” and that love sometimes remains hidden like fossils and is the most precious and elusive trace element of all. “There were two Atlantics,” Silver says on the night she is orphaned, “one outside the lighthouse, and one inside me. The one inside me had no string of guiding lights,” and so Silver’s path is set.

When the lighthouse is automated Silver leaves her tower, her Pew and her dog DogJim and journeys out into the world to find her own lighthouse/love story (because love like a lighthouse needs people) guided only by the tale of Babel Dark.

The writing, for all the weight of thought that is behind it is light and sparse, the details bare, but beautifully distilled and utterly quirky: DogJim has back legs two inches shorter than his front, Silver’s bed has eight legs and the Full strength Samson Tea that brings Pew home, fantastic names (there is also a Miss Pinch) just to name a few. The novel is also woven through with contradictions, contractions and polarities: Pew is blind but sees everything, Babel is a man of God but has no charity, Robert Louis Stevenson is a story teller and a builder of lighthouses, Silver, which reflects 95% of its own light, seeks a lighthouse for her darkness and Darwin is a seeker of enlightenment against Babel’s essentially Godless darkness. In short all is symbolic and all is loaded, but in the most delightful way which is not unlike Kate Atkinson – particularly her latest book Not the End of the World. And like Atkinson, Winterson has the ability to translate her “ideas” in such a way that the reader understands the essence from the narrative itself, even if it’s all a bit vague and illusionary. Plenty to talk and think about.

I loved Lighthousekeeping, the imagery, the metaphors, the gothic-ness of Babel Dark’s story and character and the wonderful clarity of Silver’s voice and because of this it seems only fair to let her finish this off: “I lived in a house cut steep into the bank. The chairs had to be nailed to the floor, and we were never allowed to eat spaghetti. We ate food that stuck to the plate – shepherd’s pie, goulash, risotto, scrambled egg. We tried peas once – what a disaster – and sometimes we still find them, dusty and green in the corners of the room.
Some people are raised on a hill, others in the valley. Most of us are brought up on the flat. I came at life on an angle, and that’s how I’ve lived ever since.”…

The Shadow of the Wind

Barcelona, Spain.1948. The seamy, bleak world of a city recovering from the heartbreaking damage of civil war and under the iron rule of Franco. A young boy Daniel, is taken by his father, a second hand bookstore owner, to the mysterious Cemetery of Forgotten Books and there is told to choose a book and adopt it, “making sure that it will never disappear, that it will always stay alive.”

Daniel randomly chooses ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by one Julian Carax and takes it home, staying up all night to finish reading it. He so loves this book that he sets out to find more written by the same author, only to find that there no other books exist. There are not even any other copies of The Shadow of the Wind and the existence of the author himself is shrouded in mystery.

As Daniel grows older, he continues to look for books by Julian Carax, but it becomes clear that his copy is the only Carax in existence. A sinister figure has been systematically finding and destroying all the other Carax books and Daniel himself is now in danger.

Zafon’s Barcelona is a dark and murky world, straight out of a Dickens novel – narrow, gloomy alleys, dusty old bookstores, mouldy abandoned mansions and an overwhelming feeling of menace.The twisting streets are peopled with strange and shadowy characters, sadistic officials and the poor and dispossessed still glazed with memories of a harsh civil war.

The young Daniel is a likeable character – growing from a wide eyed, bookish nine year old to an enquiring teenager, who naively stumbles into relationships and love. His obsession with the book’s history deepens, yet all the while he remains unaware of the increasing dangers circling him. Other characters are equally interesting – the irrepressible and eccentric Fermin Romero de Torres, pulled out of a beggar’s life on the streets to help in Daniel’s father’s bookshop, makes a humorous and wise detective partner to help Daniel as he tries to solve the mystery.

There is something charmingly old fashioned about this novel – it is like stepping into a black and white movie or into the dusty pages of a Victorian gothic novel. The plot twists and turns extravagantly, with only the occasional clumsiness in telling the story – there are sections where the author too obviously brings the reader up to speed on the intricate background and you could point out the occasional overuse of cliches and over sentimentality. But that can all be forgiven – a little bit of European dramatic temperament is all part of it’s charm. Highly recommended.…

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian – Review

Don’t be put off by the title of this very engaging debut novel – it really is aimed at a female audience! You don’t have to be a tractor fanatic in order to become fascinated with the quirky characters and their surprising dilemmas. The first three sentences both immediately suck you into the world of Nadia and her family, and also neatly summarize the plot that will unfold. They are: “Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky waters….”.

Nadia, the narrator, is a fifty something sociology lecturer who has not seen her domineering older sister, Vera, since their mother’s controversial will was read out two years before. Vera and her parents were born in the Ukraine and came to England after the war as refugees, However Nadia is “the peace baby”, who is English by birth, if not by heritage. The two feuding sisters must band together to defeat Valentina, their father’s “child bride”.

Valentina has high expectations of her new husband and of western consumerism.. Nikolai quickly discovers he is out of his depth. Instead of being a damsel in distress, Valentina is a demanding virago who leaves her aged husband trembling with fear. The only pleasure he has left in life is working on his history of tractors. Can Vera and Nadia save their father? Is Valentina really that evil? Will Nikolai’s definitive history ever get completed? Why are Vera and Nadia so very different in their outlooks on life and will they ever be totally reconciled?

This rollercoaster of a novel will keep you intrigued to the very last page with its wonderful mixture of comedy and tragedy. What’s more, there is a Kiwi connection – the author, who was born to Ukrainian parents in a refugee camp in Germany just after the war, is married to a New Zealander.

This novel was nominated for the Orange Award for 2005 and you can find an interview with the author on the excellent Orange Prize website at www.orangeprize.co.uk.…

The Harmony Silk Factory

Truth and Beauty is a thoroughly enjoyable book about an iron-strong friendship between two writers – Ann and Lucy. This true story follows their lives over twenty years from high school in Tennessee where they met, to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, then through various countries as they struggle to become writers, ending up in New York. Over the years the friendship persists through their struggles and successes. They support each other through all kinds of ‘attracting the wrong kind of boyfriend’ scenarios and life’s twists and turns deliver both great joy and heart-rending despair.

Early on there is a devastating visit to a renowned clairvoyant who tells Lucy that she will never find love, never have children and she will always be alone. Lucy lurches from one impossible situation to another; her finances are disastrous and her health is suffering as she constantly searches for her truth and beauty.

Lucy has been in pain from childhood cancer and has endured over thirty surgeries, always seeking a perfection that eludes her. Lucy lost part of her jaw to cancer; she had lost all of her lower teeth and all but six of her upper teeth so that eating was an ordeal. “Her jaw was irregular, as if one side had been collapsed by a brutal punch, and her neck was scarred and slightly twisted.” After enduring years of chemotherapy and radiation Lucy followed her harrowing childhood with endless years of reconstructive surgery, always seeking the physical beauty she dreamed of.

Lucy’s fame as an author arrived after her book Autobiography of a Face was published and she became the toast of both popular culture and all things literary. Lucy delighted in her fame, appearing on television and at events with a joy that is uplifting. Lucy loved all of it. She shone with the attention and adored her new lifestyle.

Ann wrote this memoir as a tribute to their friendship and she has included letters that track their closeness even when they were thousands of miles apart. The book is beautifully written and although their story is sometimes sad, it is compelling and honest. “I was constantly forgetting that Lucy had a set of problems that were different from everyone else’s or that her suffering extended beyond the usual limitations of love and money” wrote Ann, as she chronicles the daily challenges they both faced.

Their relationship is complicated and bitter-sweet. This memoir will touch your heart and make you wonder at your own friendships, although few friends would be as needy or as touching as Lucy is in her never-ending search for love. Ann’s tender and honest story of her love shines through her friend’s heartbreakingly tough journey through life. An uplifting and ever-so-difficult book to put down – a true delight to read.…