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Sunday night, 6:00PM: Lesson 8 of the PowerScore Full-Length course began. Lesson 8 covered Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension questions. We returned to Logical Reasoning to discuss more types of “flawed reasoning” questions, specifically parallel reasoning questions. I was grateful to finally go over this type of question because I catch myself stumbling on this type of question when I take practice LSAT exams.
A parallel reasoning question looks like this: “The pattern of reasoning displayed above is most closely paralleled in which one of the following?” In order to solve this question, one needs to look at the stimulus and match the reasoning in the stimulus to one of the answer choices, but sometimes the reasoning in the stimulus is jumbled up or stated in a confusing way so that it is hard to decide which answer choice EXACTLY matches the stimulus.
The PowerScore lesson really broke parallel reasoning questions down to show what information we can ignore (i.e. what information in the stimulus is irrelevant) and what kind of patterns we should look out for – parallel the validity of the argument, parallel the conclusion of the argument, etc. Now that I know how to break down parallel reasoning problems into parts and can apply a specific formula to rule out certain answer choices, I no longer panic when I come to a parallel reasoning practice problem. Following the lesson on parallel reasoning, we did 8 practice problems to ensure that everyone was following along and could apply the knowledge we learned on the LSAT.
Next up, we went over Reading Comprehension. Now that we know how to read passages and notate efficiently, we can tackle comparative reading sections. These sections list two passages which you must read and then compare by answering the questions that follow. We can apply the same notation practices used on singular reading passages to both passages in comparative reading sections so that we have a pretty good understanding of the structure/main point/tone, etc. of each passage. Then, with this knowledge, we can more easily compare the two passages to see how the structure/main point/tone, etc. are similar or different. Just because comparative reading sections are comprised of two passages instead of one that does not mean that comparative reading sections are more difficult! Again, the key is to maintain a positive attitude and stay focused, if you do that, you can succeed! We worked through 3 sets of passages and then moved on to a “PowerScore Major Concepts Quiz”.
This quiz was comprised of 25 questions which drilled major concepts such as “What is a contrapositive?”, “What is the logical opposite of hot?”, “So-and-so expression is equivalent to which one of the following?”. I enjoyed taking this quiz because it was cumulative, thus it went over basic concepts that we learned over the entire course so far - a very helpful refresher! I will continue to drill my knowledge in the Lesson 8 Homework over the next few days, and by then I will be ready to learn even more on Wednesday in Lesson 9!