When it comes to taking the LSAT, there is no section that pre-law students hate more than the analytical reasoning section most commonly referred to as logic games. But you should not fear this segment of the test because more than logical reasoning, once you understand the strategies and techniques to solving a logic game then these questions become easier. Some students actually end up preferring these problems and think they are actual fun when previously they scared them.
When approaching a logic game, there are a few things you must realize. First is that these games are not fully solvable up front. When going over teach rule you need to realize that given the original set of rules that several possible different scenarios are still possible. Do not waste time up front trying to deduce one single solution to the game. Instead, decide what must be true based on the rules and what can not be true based on the rules, and then go on to the questions.
Another thing you need to do is develop a consistent set of diagrams that you can use to record information for the various games. The LSAT does not allow students to use scrap paper, so all your notes must fit on the page you are using. Learning how to use this white space effectively can greatly improve your chances of answering these questions quickly. Logic games have a tendency to fall into three basic types.
Games that require you to put things in order
Games that require you to put things into groups
Games that require you to determine the attributes of each thing.
It is important that you develop specific diagrams that target each of these types and learn to use them consistently. A lot of LSAT test prep courses have developed course specific symbols to effectively handle logic games. Whatever method you learn, learn to use it over and over again. Remember, on the LSAT speed is a factor and it helps if you are not confused by your own scribblings.
Here are the main points in conquering Logic Game questions:
Draw a diagram. Games are much simpler if you draw a quick sketch for the initial rules, as well as quick sketches for some of the questions.
Remember that each question is independent of the others. Learn the difference between global rules and local rules and never change your original diagram. Create a new one for each question that references your template. Also, another question may come up that referers to work you have already allocated and having separate diagrams will help solve this new question.
Do not make any extra assumptions. Stick with the basics and just go from question to question.