Advice on how to not choke on games?

notaznguy
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Advice on how to not choke on games?

Postby notaznguy » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:38 am

It appears that my games section is ridiculously inconsistent. Along with doing PTs, I've been doing timed LG sections. If all goes well, I can get -1 or -2. At times, I have gotten -5 from simple errors. At really bad times, when I choke, I get -10 or more.

Usually the reason I "choke" is not because I don't know how to do the game or set it up, but it is because I forget 1 fundamental rule. For instance, the stimulus may state (not as a rule, but in the stimulus) something like, "There are 3 hats of 3 different colors that can be worn once each." When doing this game, I forget that each hat of a certain color can only happen ONCE. Meaning if Ricardo wears the green hat, nobody else can wear the green hat. What I am thinking instead is: There are 3 hats of 3 different colors and each person can only wear one hat. As in, Richardo wears a green hat and Joey wears a green hat too. IT KILLS ME. Not really paying attention to subtle things like that literally FUCK the whole game up for me. And that's what has been happening to me recently.

Is the only solution to this "more and more practice?"

ExcelBaller
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Re: Advice on how to not choke on games?

Postby ExcelBaller » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:22 am

Search for some of my longer posts about lg. I think it could help you. I went -0 on games for Dec admin. also drink plenty of water.

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Re: Advice on how to not choke on games?

Postby ggibelli » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:27 am

notaznguy wrote:It appears that my games section is ridiculously inconsistent. Along with doing PTs, I've been doing timed LG sections. If all goes well, I can get -1 or -2. At times, I have gotten -5 from simple errors. At really bad times, when I choke, I get -10 or more.

Usually the reason I "choke" is not because I don't know how to do the game or set it up, but it is because I forget 1 fundamental rule. For instance, the stimulus may state (not as a rule, but in the stimulus) something like, "There are 3 hats of 3 different colors that can be worn once each." When doing this game, I forget that each hat of a certain color can only happen ONCE. Meaning if Ricardo wears the green hat, nobody else can wear the green hat. What I am thinking instead is: There are 3 hats of 3 different colors and each person can only wear one hat. As in, Richardo wears a green hat and Joey wears a green hat too. IT KILLS ME. Not really paying attention to subtle things like that literally FUCK the whole game up for me. And that's what has been happening to me recently.

Is the only solution to this "more and more practice?"


just try to get into the habit of making a little note. like when you first write out each letter representing hats and colors just write "ONLY ONCE" to have it on paper as a reminder. and just practice, practice, practice. On the October LSAT i was 5 minutes into my first game and I realized I had forgotten a rule and I had to restart the whole game. If I didn't have all of my practice experience of realizing mistakes and staying calm throughout fixing them I would've surely bombed the entire game. It helped me to just take a second and breathe and dive back into the game. I ended up -1 on the LG section.

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puff0ffluff
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Re: Advice on how to not choke on games?

Postby puff0ffluff » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:15 am

Games is my favorite section. ^__^

Think of it this way: it's much easier to eliminate the wrong answers than to find the right ones

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Re: Advice on how to not choke on games?

Postby pcwcecac » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:36 am

This is what works for me.

1. have all of your notes in one place
2. diagram unambiguously.
3. if a rule/premise is hard diagram, don't! Star that rule/premise so that you will read is as part of your notes.
4. Read carefully and diagram carefully. Don't be afraid to read through the prompt a second time to double check your notes

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Re: Advice on how to not choke on games?

Postby Easy-E » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:15 pm

Chew?














Sorry.

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Re: Advice on how to not choke on games?

Postby bp shinners » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:54 pm

Treat the intro as having rules, just like the list. That way, you'll be sure to take note of them, instead of just skimming it for background information.




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