3 Tips For Logic Games Anxiety
Almost everyone that takes the LSAT is familiar with Logic Games anxiety. It’s that feeling of helplessness as you read through a game. Many people find themselves paralyzed by fear of not knowing how to move on. Below, I detail 3 Logic Games anxiety tips to help you maximize your score on test day!
3 Tips For Logic Games Anxiety
1. The first question of any problem set is almost a gimme.
Most of the time, the first question of any particular Logic Game asks you to pick a possible order that solves the games, using the rules given to you. I tell my students that these are gimme questions, i.e. ones they should never get wrong. But, you may ask, how is there any question on the LSAT that easy?
Here’s why: you don’t even really need to uncover any inferences to get the question right. Typically, there are 3-5 rules for an individual game. I tell students to take each rule and use it to rule out an option. After you’ve correctly applied the rules, there should only be one left standing that didn’t break any of them. That’s the correct answer, and you didn’t need an elaborate diagram to get it! So, if you are short on time and need to get some quick correct answers in the bank, make sure to complete the first question of any problem set.
2. Look over all the games before you start them and do the ones you’re most comfortable with first.
This is a great technique for those with strong Logic Games anxiety. On test day, take a minute to look over each game. Everyone has different strengths when it comes to Logic Games. Some find sequencing/linear games easy, while other thrive on grouping/distribution games. So, make sure to analyze the games on test day, and start with the ones you feel most confident tackling. If you waste too much time on a difficult game first, you may not be able to finish another game you understand more readily. This approach only hurts your score. So prioritize the games you are good at, and make sure you get all these points in the bank before moving onto more challenging problems.
3. Remember: Logic Games are worth the least of any section!
As I’ve written previously, the Logic Games section is worth the least of any section on the LSAT. It accounts for only 23 out of the 101 scored questions on the test. Now, this is not to say you should ignore the section completely. However, you can compensate for a weaker Logic Games score by doing well on the Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension sections of the test. If you are still struggling with Logic Games and are taking the June 2017 LSAT, remember that doing well in the other three sections on the test can help your overall score. Many students develop strong Logic Games anxiety, and it affects their total performance because they mentally can’t get back on track for the other three sections. Compartmentalize the Logic Games, and remember you can still score well if you are prepared for the other sections!
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