The Analytical Reasoning section of the LSAT is known commonly as “Logic Games.” A game is an activity to participate in for fun and/or something not taken seriously. Many prospective law students who find this LSAT section particularly intimidating would say that neither definition applies.
But what if you could put the game into preparing for Logic Games? What if you could train your brain to work these types of problems in a more lighthearted, enjoyable, and less stressful manner?
Consider logic puzzles. They come in a familiar setup - an introductory fact pattern with accompanying conditions. You’ll use deductions and process of elimination to solve the puzzles without having the stress of scoring.
A good online resource for logic puzzles is http://www.crpuzzles.com/logic/index.html. I actually prefer having paper to work with so my choice would be Dell Logic Puzzles which can be bought in many drugstores. If you’ve been practicing for a while, you’ll need to solve the 3-5 star difficulty puzzles for a greater challenge.
Sudoko puzzles are also logic based but have only numbers. Solving them requires a parallel thought process to that of the L.S.A.T. A Sudoko is a grid divided into nine blocks where the numbers one through nine can appear only once in each row, column, and square.
Certain numbers are given and then you’ll use logic to fill in the blank spaces. The difficulty level hinges on the amount of numbers originally given and their placement within the puzzle. Visit http://www.sudokukingdom.com for practice. Just print the puzzles if you prefer pencil and paper problem-solving.
LSAT preparation need not be tedious in order to be effective. Aside from practice tests, mental gymnastics in other forms will prepare your mind for its rigors. Just as a marathon runner will have training sessions shorter than 26.2 miles, so can the L.S.A.T. taker substitute logic and Sudoku puzzles as an occasional break from practice tests.
One caveat – these brain teasers alone will not prepare you for the LSAT Happy puzzling!