Putting the “Game” Back into Logic Games

April 12, 2013
Stuart Kovinsky

I was talking to one of my students (let’s call her Alisha, to protect the innocent) after class the other night and, as is often the case, the discussion turned to logic games. Alisha was finding games really frustrating – she just couldn’t connect with them. When I jokingly expressed my surprise and commented “how can that be? Everyone loves games!”, Alisha got this weird look in her eyes.

“You know,” Alisha said, “even though they’re called games, I’ve been thinking about them as jobs. I wonder if actually thinking about them as games would make them easier.”

In that one sentence, Alisha summarized a lot of LSAT wisdom – and by changing her attitude will undoubtedly become far more successful in the logic games section.

One of the main reasons that people struggle with the LSAT is that they think of it as a hurdle – an arbitrary obstacle blocking their quest for law school admission. I’ve spoken to people who’ve exclaimed that they actually hate the test. Anyone with that attitude is fighting an uphill battle before even addressing the content of the LSAT.

So, next time you’re building your skills for Logic Games, try actually playing some games. Sudoku, for example, is all about putting the right entities into the right places in a defined sketch, according to specific rules – exactly what you do in many LSAT games. Give a logic game to your little sister or nephew – see how they “play” with it, without any misconceptions.

Sometimes all that’s required for success is a different perspective – if you can make a paradigm shift from work to play, as Alisha did, you too can start to overcome your logic games woes.

Stuart Kovinsky

Stuart Kovinsky I'm Stuart Kovinsky, an out-of-the-closet LSAT geek from Toronto. I've been teaching for Kaplan for over 20 years (not counting a 5 year break to practice as a commercial litigator at a big Toronto firm) and, working both as a teacher and an admissions consultant, have coached a lot of students to their top choice schools. I'm also an ultimate frisbee enthusiast - when not in the classroom or behind the keyboard you'll often find me on the field.

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