How To Study Logical Reasoning For LSAT India

Ever wonder why logical reasoning, despite being touted as one of the most scoring subjects in LSAT, still gives you jitters? After all, around half of the question paper is covered by this section, and this makes the process of studying for it all the more beneficial and rewarding. 

According to the latest pattern, logical reasoning comes in two parts, namely logical reasoning 1 and 2, and both of them primarily test your analytical and reasoning skills. Think of it this way; logical reasoning can come to your aid after dealing with the stressful English section, but only if you are well versed with the intricacies of the problems. 

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On the surface, it might seem that students with a background in mathematics are better suited for these types of questions, but the reality is that anyone can solve these questions with a bit of patience and quick thinking. All you need to do is follow the following steps- 

  • (1) Categorize the questions according to your strategy
  • (2) Learn the subtle art of eliminating options
  • (3) Practice a lot, and I mean a lot
  • (4) Try to create a picture of the question in your head 

Now we shall study all these steps in detail- 

(i) Categorize the questions according to your strategy 

It goes without saying that the sheer range of questions that can be asked in the LSAT exam is endless. Yes, you can make a strategy for each and every one of them, but then your mind would become scrambled, and you would start forgetting crucial bits of information.

In this scenario, what you should focus on is generalizing the questions into separate categories and then solving them together. Ask yourself to choose between two scenarios, similar types of questions without any deviation or each and every question as they come. I am sure that if you think about it, logically, the former option would seem a lot better than the latter. 

To follow this, all you need to do is flip the pages of the entire question paper and segregate the analytical questions from the reasoning ones. For E.g. Tabular arrangement question sets contain a wide array of questions, but you can tick mark those of analytical reasoning with blue ink and those of critical reasoning with black ink. 

This will substantially improve both your speed and accuracy, and it might seem a bit tedious at first, but in the grand scheme of things, it would be worth it. 

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(ii) Learn the subtle art of eliminating options 

Now we come to the most important yet the easiest part. You might be wondering how both of these stand true, but in this case, it does, and I will tell you why. If you try to analyze the options of any particular question, you will find a general pattern in the sense that one or two of them would be extremely far fetched from the other two. 

Now keep in mind that this trick should not be used as a shortcut to success, and reading a question is still the most viable way of approaching the problem, but this trick can still help you save time in those crucial moments while also helping you attempt more questions. 

To be able to master this trick, though, you would still need to have done tons of practice on that particular question. I have emphasized this point because unless you have an idea of the general possibilities or outcomes of a particular question, you would not be able to reach a conclusion. 

(iii) Practice a lot, and I mean a lot 

I have said this before, and I will say it again, there is no substitute for practice. Consider it a ritual that you cannot bypass and which would ultimately define your success. Logical reasoning is a mixed bag, and you can never be 100% sure of what's in store for you, so it would be better to prepare for the worst and expect the best.

If you find the questions of LSAT easy, then try practising the GMAT reasoning questions as they will surely put your skills to the test..Once you have mastered the general approach of solving these types of questions, try to work on your speed. 

Speed checks are extremely vital for any kind of competitive exam and LSAT is no different. You should keep in mind that unlike the other law entrance exams where you can take up GK and solve it quickly, here you won’t have that cushion, so work on this aspect and you will realize how adept you have become with logical reasoning. 

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(iv) Try to create a picture of the question in your head

Did you find the science diagrams from school tedious? Turns out you would need to brush up on those skills again in order to simplify logical reasoning. No, no they will not be as complex as the aforementioned diagrams, quite the contrary though as these would hardly take any time and you might even find them entertaining. 

E.g Take the clock questions and those of tabular arrangements and then try to solve them by - (1) Without diagram ; (2) With diagram 

You will yourself notice the difference in either approach and the precious time you save can be utilized elsewhere. 

Remember to always keep a rough notebook and a sharp pencil handy while solving the aforementioned questions and make sure to make the diagrams in a legible and structured manner.

FAQ's

How to practise papers for CLAT Logical Reasoning Preparation?

You can practise the Model papers that are offered by the CLAT Consortium. Apart from this, you can also practice the previous year's question papers from the LNAT and the LSAT. Although the examinations are quite different, it will help you to practice and know more about the topic of logical reasoning. Only with repeated practice can you excel in this section.

How to make a study Plan for logical reasoning for AILET 2022?

Before making a study plan, it is important to go through the detailed syllabus.

  • In the study plan, allot at least 1-2 hours of time for studying each topic of logical reasoning
  • If you are already well versed with any topic then give less time for that topic. Instead, concentrate on the topic you are weak.
  • Also, the AILET 2021 study plan must include reading the newspaper at least for 45 minutes daily.

How do I study for Logical Reasoning in LSAT?

  • Understand the concept in depth before you proceed to solve any question
  • Learn shortcuts to solve the problem easily
  • Practice is the key to success. 
  • Try to solve as many problems as you can for scoring good marks.