Too many of my students attempt to find every inference, diagram every option, and brute force every question. They wonder why they can only complete two or at most three Logic Games before time is called. They plead with me to make them faster at brute force, to give them strategies for diagramming everything, all at once.
I tell them no.
You should never brute force a problem. You shouldn't need to. You should never diagram every option. You shouldn't need to. If you do, you're already lost, I tell them. Work smarter, take only what you need.
"I can't!" they say, "I'm not good enough!"
I've never seen anyone not good enough. I've never tutored someone who just can't draw inferences, or who just can't make deductions. We all make deductions all the time. It's past 6p. The coffee shop closes at 6p. Deduction: the coffee shop is closed. If my wife were home, then her car would be in the garage. Her car is not in the garage. Therefore, she is not home. And so on, and so on. Every day. Deduction upon deduction. We do this all the time. The only thing different about the Logic Games is that it's a closed, finite universe of limited possibilities. And they're weird, unfamiliar possibilities divorced from our everyday.
But essentially no different.
However, my students don't trust themselves. And sometimes, they don't trust me. When I tell them they should never have to brute force a problem, they stare incredulously, or they smirk, or they think my years of teaching philosophy gives me something they don't have. Until I show them that it's easy. It just takes practice, a little bit of reflection, and a belief that they're good enough. Soon, logic games become fun. And did I mention? Most of my students reach a perfect score on the Logic Games. Imagine that.
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