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How To Do LSAT Logic Games, Fast
So, you want to do logic games more efficiently? You’ve come to the right place, kid. Let’s kick off that LSAT prep of yours with some sweet, sweet tips on how to be faster at Games:
- Learn and use a symbolic language. You want to create a visual shorthand for the information you’re given in Games rules. Something that you can write, understand, see and then use without thought. Your symbols should have immediate, inherent meaning to you. It doesn’t matter what they are; you can create your own language (or you can use mine. Mine’s awesome!). And since this new language of yours will not be fully representational, the only way for it to acquire meaning is by repetition. You will use the same pieces, over and over, until you don’t have to think about them (the same way you don’t have to think about the letters you see when you read words).
- Develop a consistent system of visual organization for new information. Every logic game on the LSAT starts with rules, and then the questions ask you to apply those rules, both generally and under new conditions. That’s the process. Your job is to find a way to apply rules methodically. Again, thoughtfulness is the enemy here; you want the system precisely so you don’t have to think. Instead, you’ll just scan rules, apply them within your organizational template, and then identify answers. Boom, boom. Done. As you can tell, this is a procedural enterprise, not an analytic one—your success is dependent on how well you understand and apply a procedure. This is very doable! Any system you implement is likely to yield results, but if you want to learn a good one and not have to invent it yourself, I’ve got one for you. :)
- Be fierce! There is nothing ferocious about tilting your head to the ceiling and mulling things over. It is fierce to use your pencil as a weapon (against the test material! Not the proctor)—keep it moving. This is how you beat the mofos. It is always faster to write things down than to work them out in your head. Plus, if you’re writing, you’re creating a record—it’s a log you can use to help with future questions (e.g., Hey, look—I’ve already shown that G can be the fourth parcel delivered! so (B) could be true! I’m so glad I listened to Dave and earned what is essentially a free point that may make the difference between my going to Stanford and my going to that new “law school” they run out of the basement of the local YMCA on nights and weekends! Golly, it’s good to be fierce with logic games, also that Dave Hall is just the best).
Obviously, these are principles. They demand action in order to have any material meaning, but if you can keep them in mind and implement them, you will not just be better at games—you’ll be a dang Games Master. And you’ll be faster (see? It rhymes?).
I’ll be back next week with more tips. Until then, be the change,
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