Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I reviewed several question types for logical reasoning. We also practiced diagramming linear, grouping, and stacked linear games, and we went over rules relating to contrapositives of if-then statements."
"We reviewed sufficient assumption and Necessary assumption questions. The student has a great grasp of the process of eliminating wrong answers and an intuitive feel for spotting answer choices which do not fulfill the question stem's requirements. She is still working on identifying the support and conclusion and narrowing her focus on the argument core in a stimulus. She will continue to review using her materials. I advised her to use the blind review technique when drilling questions. The main strategies we used were filling the gap in sufficient assumption questions and negating answer choices to test them in necessary assumption questions."
"The student and I first went over formal logic exercises. He already has a pretty good knowledge base, but he has a tendency to confuse sufficient and necessary conditions. He has explained that he has problems with parallel reasoning questions which is understandable given the fact that these are the question types where diagramming is most important. He eventually went on to practice negation techniques for necessary assumption questions."
"The student is surprisingly adept at logic games, so the main focus now is on parsing LR stimuli into workable statements that make sense to the student, so she can quickly and accurately narrow down the field of answers. "Flawed reasoning" and "strengthening" question types are the most challenging right now, so we'll keep a close eye on those going forward. The student's homework is ONE full test condition prep test, and restated stimuli from at least 15 questions from a second preptest. The student should narrow down what's being said and discern the subtle variations in how statements are framed. Is it opinion? Fact? Conclusion? And, as always, keep an eye out for absolute statements and ways they can be challenged."
"The student took a practice test yesterday, and we discussed ways to help her get into the LSAT test-taking mindset right from the first section. We then had an in-depth discussion of questions she struggled most with on the exam, where we covered how to tackle weaken questions, how to diagram "only if"/"unless," strategy for parallel reasoning questions, and how to conceive of necessary assumption questions (if conclusion, then assumption). We made a general study plan for the next two weeks, the student will work on LR questions by type while mixing in LG or RC study on alternating days. She will also take a few timed sections and two full tests. She said this was a helpful session for really reviewing her wrong LR answers in detail."
"We covered difficult, unusual logic games. I advise not spending too much time on them because they don't come up on the test often, and focusing on really getting the more common ones down. If you do come across a weird game like the ones we worked on, read it very carefully to figure out what's going on and how you can outline it."