April 22, 2016 at 8:24 am #1757Mike KimKeymaster
Here is a simple step-by-step method you can use to review your work after you’ve completed a Logic Game as part of your drilling or PT work —
1) Review the scenario and rules again carefully. Think about how you diagrammed the game, compare this to the best way you think you could have diagrammed the game, and make sure you don’t have any holes in your understanding or your diagramming strategies. (if you do have holes, make sure to address them by going back through your study materials, getting help, etc.).
2) After this review, start fresh and reread the scenario and rules and practice setting up your ideal diagram. I recommend you time this but you do not have to.
3) Use your original diagram and new diagram to reassess the work you did on the problems. Confirm that you were correct when you thought you were correct, and go ahead and do your best to solve the problems you weren’t sure of initially.
Make sure to take note of situations where you did arrive at a right answer, but less efficiently than you wanted to or know you could have — study these problems carefully to see if you can figure out a better way to go about solving them.
4) (optional) – for certain games, especially if your feel your original diagram was insufficient for the task of answering q’s the first time around, you may want to then try playing the game problems again (before step 5), and see how comfortable you feel / how fast you can go.
5) Only after you have done through review on your own, go ahead and look up the correct answers, as well as any solutions or explanations you’d like. Take particular note of situations where you thought you were correct and were not, and be very intolerant of yourself in this regard–
That is, you should know what you know and what you don’t, and while it’s certainly okay and understandable to sometimes not be able to figure out the right answers to problems before you look up solutions or explanations for them (please check out this post for a list of free resources for problem solutions), it is a different type of problem to think that you are right when you actually are not — this type of mistake is almost always avoidable, and, again, when it happens, it deserves very careful scrutiny.
6) Make sure at some point to take a few moments to compare the game to others you have done in the past — try to notice both common characteristics and (when they exist) unusual ones.
7) After a bit of time, try playing the game again (and again and again), and go through the above review process again (and again and again). You should expect to get faster and more confident over time. Repeat as necessary until you feel mastery over the game.
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