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The rain poured down in buckets and umbrellas blanketed Harvard Square as I puddle-splashed my way to Lesson 4. I arrived early and the instructor was taking questions on the Lesson 3 Homework. Due to the inclement weather, the instructor waited 15 minutes to begin. In the extra time, we went over linear logic game practice problems on the board. The instructor asked for volunteers to go to the board and work out the problems – diagram, explain, etc.
The thunder roared overhead as we solved a linear game together. One student diagramed the problem on the board and other students volunteered to answer the questions using the diagram. Not only did we have to answer the questions, we also had to talk through our thought process as we figured out the correct answer. This ensures that we all follow along and no one is left behind wondering how a student came up with an answer. The problems become more manageable after hearing students' thought process broken down so simply. I no longer view these logic games as an impossible mind-game. After all, the right answer is right there on the page!
Beginning the class by going over linear logic games was the perfect prep for Lesson 4 Section 1 – Advanced Linear Logic Games! Dun Dun Dun! We took it up a notch with advanced games which include 4 variable sets per problem instead of 2.
We began by going over the types of advanced linear logic games that we will see on the LSAT, then we immediately applied this knowledge to 5 games, each game taken from previous LSAT’s. Although the title “Advanced Linear Logic Games” may seem scary, the instructor told us not to worry about the complexity of these games. They seem complex on the page because of the many rules and multiple variable sets, but in fact the more rules given in the problem, the easier the problem becomes! Since there are so many rules and restrictions, once we diagram out each problem following similar methods to the methods used with linear logic games, the problems basically solve themselves! The questions can easily be answered simply by looking at the diagram – all of the work is done! It is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the words and figures on the page, and this is a perfect example of how easily you can let your nerves get the best of you.
At first, I saw all of the rules and restrictions and I panicked…how am I going to get a comprehensive understanding of ALL of this?! Don’t let your nerves get the best of you! Stay calm, read the problem through, and diagram the problem as you would any other, then take it from there. Approach each problem the same way – with a positive outlook – and you will succeed. We worked through 5 games on the board as a class, then moved on to Logical Reasoning (LR).
This time we study a different set of LR questions that we will see on the LSAT – “Which of the following STRENGTHENS the argument?” Lesson 3 covered “weaken” questions, now Lesson 4 attacked the polar opposite type of question. We also discussed “justify the conclusion” questions and “strengthen the causality” questions, another polar opposite to Lesson 3’s “weaken the causality” questions. In each case, we worked through real LSAT problems as a class to apply the lessons that we learned.
At the end of the lesson, the instructor reminded us to work through the Lesson 4 Homework which includes not only a review of Lesson 4, but also a cumulative review of Lessons 1-3. In this way, we not only are building upon our knowledge with each lesson, but we are also returning to previous lessons to recap and refresh all of the information. I appreciate this cumulative review because we are learning so much new information with each lesson that it would be easy to forget the information from Lesson 1 Section 1.
Two more lessons to go before we put our knowledge to the test and check our progress on proctored LSAT number 2!