"Today we started with a general introduction to the format of the LSAT, how to approach the questions, time management, scheduling during the exam, study and learning methods, and some information about how the test is scored and how your raw score translates into the reported score. She was having the most difficulty with Analytical Reasoning- logic games - so we agreed to tackle those first. I laid out a two week plan to master logic games and got started.
First, we discussed why the right approach is so important, and I laid a foundation in logic, symbols, and diagramming. We discussed question types, and I explained that we would concentrate on the two most common types - linear and grouping- first. We partially diagrammed a few examples and I helped adapt the method she was already using into a proven one. I also discussed her learning type- which, it turns out, is very balanced, so I combined aural, visual, and kinetic instruction methods- I used props and hand gestures, drew diagrams, explained things orally, AND made HER draw the diagrams herself.
I left her with several diagramming exercises, instructed her on how to make flash cards to develop a second-nature familiarity with the rules of logic and symbols relevant to LSAT logic games, and started the first practice logic game to transition from our tutoring session into self-study.
As we completed the second question in this first game we had an ah-ha moment! She saw in action how the diagramming and symbolic interpretation of the rules of the game paid off and allowed her to answer a difficult question quickly and easily. Her confidence seemed boosted and I could tell from the smile on her face that she was really starting to get it!
I left her with instructions to find 2 books to help her master the games. I had some pages printed from the books so we could get started today, but explained that its impractical for me to print 600 pages of material and that the books would serve her well. I encouraged her to get more than one as reading and visualizing the explanations from multiple perspectives can help a concept "click" where one book might not have explained it in a 100% clear way.
We agreed to meet Wednesday, and we plan to tackle linear games more in depth and, hopefully, start grouping games. By next week I want to have her doing practice logic games in a timed setting to get her speed up and make her comfortable with the format of the test."