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Logic Game Practice Strategy Help!

Alum Member
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I am taking the LSAT in September so it's crunch time! When y'all are printing out the games are you doing the same game back-to-back or switching them up? I'm afraid I'll just be memorizing the answers and not actually figuring out the game.

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• Monthly Member
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Before I answer, I recommend that you don’t print games out anymore. Do them on your screen. The test is now administered over the computer so it’s not a good strategy to get used to doing games on paper.

With that said, I’m going to paste a comment I left on a similar post a week ago. I hope this helps some:

Where I really saw improvement with LG, and where I think most see improvement, was by “fool proofing” games or, for lack of better words, doing games repeatedly until their inferences become second nature.

To do this, I prefer using the “Pacifico Method.” In short, you do a game under timed conditions, watch the explanation video, immediately repeat the game, then attempt the same game the next day, then, finally, one more time a week later. So, if done correctly, you attempt a game four times in total. If after your fourth attempt you didn’t get all of the questions correct, didn’t complete the game under the target time, missed some inferences, or just don’t feel comfortable with the game, then flag it and come back to it (possibly multiple times) at a later date.

I prefer the Pacifico Method because I’ve found four attempts is usually enough for me. Sometimes I need five or six, but ten feels a bit overkill for most games. That’s not to say doing the game ten times is wrong; after all, JY, who created the method, advocates for ten attempts. I just think that if you’ve got the game down pat after four attempts, you should be good.

I use a simple Excel spreadsheet to track my scores, times, and dates that I attempted each game. I can share it with you if you’d like to see a more concrete example of the Pacifico Method. Also, if you have any other questions regarding the method I’m happy to answer them and/or link you to the forum discussion outlining the method. It was created by a former 7Sager named “Pacifico,” hence the name of the method.

If you fool proof hard until September you can see some major improvement!

• Alum Member
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Don't print...unless of course, you have paper accommodations.

• Member Sage 7Sage Tutor
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Agreed with the other comments about not printing...practice under game-day conditions which, for the modern LSAT, is on the computer!

But to answer the question more directly: the way to avoid just memorizing is to add time intervals. What I tell my students to do is a) do the game originally b) watch the videos c) redo the game again that same day until it's perfect d) do it again the next day until it's perfect e) do it again the next week until it's perfect f) do it again the next month until it's perfect. Then, it's mastered.

This also helps you apply inferences in other, more fresh games - you're alternating between old and new content. Spaced learning, in a sense.