Reply To: Struggling With Drill Sets

December 28, 2015 at 4:19 pm #1114
Mike Kim

I definitely agree with Danny’s thoughts —

In terms of how it fits with the Trainer and some of the previous stuff we’ve discussed — I think this is a great time to slow down and spend some extra time (if needed) to get a bit more comfortable before you move forward — a big caveat is that at this point in the book, other than in some indirect ways, I haven’t discussed strategy to any great detail in the trainer — so, know that you are still very early on in your process and you are hopefully soon going to have a bigger arsenal with which you can combat the games that you see.

Related to what Danny mentioned, you want to work with the goal and the assumption that for every single game you play in your practice, at some point, whether it be right away or after 5 or 6 times playing it, you WILL have mastery over it — to feel that sort of mastery, you need 4 things —

1) an understanding of what is going on in the games that you play — on a more practical level, when you review your work, you should be clearly see what the game is about, and why the right answer is right and the wrong ones wrong.

2) effective strategies — you should be able to create a diagram that works well for representing that game and that can be applied to other games as well, and you should have methods for dealing with the various challenges different types of q’s present, and so on.

3) skills — given a game for which you have strong understanding and know effective strategies, you can utilize these properly to get to a right answer.

4) habits — you know when to apply which skills, and you are able to be consistently correct.

These tend to build on one another — it’s impossible to develop effective skills without good strategies or understanding, for example —

Obviously, for every game you play, you want all those things, but, for now, the most important part for you to focus on is #1 — you should be able to understand what underlies each game, and what determines right and wrong for every question. Don’t let yourself off the hook any time this isn’t the case. In addition, you should feel like you understand how to diagram each game that you see — take note of the ones where you have trouble putting together an effective diagram, and make sure you study these intensely. Do your best to gain mastery in all the other ways as well, but if certain games are causing you a ton of trouble, you can also feel free to put them aside after a few tries — but make sure to come back to them — a good time to do so would be before your second assigned set of drills.

I hope that helps — as always, feel free to adjust or ignore those suggestions as you see fit, and if you have any follow up q’s just let me know —