Logic Games struggle

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Logic Games struggle

Postby trooper10538 » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:15 pm

I'm having a hell of a time with these logic games. I have several real LSAT tests that I'm doing. All I've done so far is watch some of JY YouTube videos. He makes them look so easy. Should I just wait until I take the course (I'm taking the powerscore in person full length course) ? I just feel like I'm making it worse by trying to do it myself. I went back to school last year after 28 years to finish my degree and I have a 3.88 GPA, but these damn logic games............


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Re: Logic Games struggle

Postby HonestAdvice » Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:16 pm

You could focus on short-handing and diagramming the rules. All LSAC is really testing is your ability to combine rules, and recognize their relationship to one another.

Half the battle is understanding each rule individually. People often conflate understanding with recording. The latter refers to your ability to read, remember and shorthand something. You need to be able to break each rule down into its logical parts. Most of the rules they give you could be written in four or five different ways, and mean the exact same thing. Your success depends on your ability to grasp the relationship that one fact has on another.

Example: No artist can pick up a pencil, and draw a realistic human face for the first time. However, as they improve at drawing each individual part - the eyes, the nose, the lips, etc. the task becomes increasingly less daunting.

Once you really grasp the rules, and the logical concepts behind them, the improvement will come naturally. People that increase their score by 20+ points by studying tend to see gradual improvements in other sections, but not at games. Someone who improved from 6/23 to 23/23 on games didn't go from 6 to 7 to 8 to 9 and so on, on their practice tests. They likely went from 6 to 8 to 6 to 18 to 19 to 20 and so on. That 6-18 jump isn't an anomaly and isn't random. It happens once they really understand the rules.

Focus on grasping the rules, and don't worry about the questions yet. Hope this helps!

Source: 5 years experience tutoring the LSAT + training and managing ~25 tutors.

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Re: Logic Games struggle

Postby KMart » Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:38 pm

It really comes down to diagramming. Once you learn how to do that, it becomes really simple and the drills basically are meant to improve your time. The Bibles really helped me learn how to diagram about 95% of the games and after drilling game after game, it sort of became automatic. Relax, this is the section that is the most learnable. It's odd at first, but it's very easy once it clicks.

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