Strategy for Logical ReasoningAnisha Mukhija
A lot of people find Logical Reasoning (LR) tough; especially for exams like CAT, XAT, etc. However, the right approach towards your preparation can help you master this section.
Logical Reasoning is a section that requires two things; practice, and familiarity. Sections like Quants and Verbal Ability contain a lot of questions that require you to know certain concepts like mathematical formulas or grammatical rules, beforehand. However, logical reasoning hardly has any questions that need you to know important concepts beforehand.
The only thing that you need to know is how to solve the question, quickly, and accurately.
The following points below, tell you exactly how to approach this section, while preparing for Logical Reasoning:
1) Tests: Give sectional tests and mock tests to evaluate your progress. Sectional tests are the tests that are based on individual topics. Mock tests contain all the different sections w.r.t. to a particular exam.
Once you are done with a topic, attempt the sectional test/practice questions.
From the mock tests, keep analyzing each and every question that you get wrong. Keep improving on such questions and make sure that your accuracy and speed increase in successive mocks.
2) Be Aware: While solving different types of questions in Reasoning, be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. There will be some questions that you will almost always solve correctly. These are your strengths. Again, there would be some questions in which you will often get stuck. Such questions/topics will come under your weaknesses.
Once you have a good idea about the strong and weak topics, you can plan and practice accordingly.
Solve at least 6 problems from your weak areas, everyday.
3) Puzzles: Keep solving puzzles regularly. Majority of the students get stuck in puzzles, on the day of the exam. This is because puzzles usually come with a lot of information. The information leads to more cases and possibilities, thus making the questions complex, and time consuming.
Therefore, keep solving puzzles regularly. It will increase your speed, familiarity and accuracy in solving them.
4) Look into the past: Check out the past papers of the respective exams that you are planning to give. Analyze the Reasoning section carefully. Try to gauge, how much of your strengths or weaknesses appear in the papers. This will give you a brief idea about the weightage of the questions.
Also, notice the difficulty levels of all the questions. How difficult are the questions that belong to your strong areas? How easy are the questions that belong to your weak areas? These are some of the questions that you need to ask, while analyzing past papers.
5) Never Give up: Do not give up on a particular topic/subject. There may be certain questions that you may not get right even after solving it more than once or the solution of the problem/puzzle may be a bit complicated. On top of this, if you come across such questions in your weak areas, you may get tempted to skip the question.
However, avoid doing any such thing. When faced with an obstacle, try to find help from someone you know. If you have joined a coaching class, you can ask the doubts to a faculty. Or you may even ask a classmate or friend who knows his/her way around such problems. There may also be similar solved examples and solutions on the internet, which you will find if you look a bit harder.
However, don’t spend hours looking to find the solution to a problem. Your end goal is to keep building familiarity with all the problems. Just make sure that you don’t leave any problem/topic out of your preparation.
6) Make Studying Fun: Logical Reasoning questions are similar to Sudoku, Crossword puzzles, riddles, etc. Therefore, solving these games will develop your thinking ability in the same way as reasoning questions.
You can solve such types of games now and then, just to refresh your mind.
7) Regularity: Be regular in solving LR questions. Also, make sure that you keep revising all that you have learnt. If you keep solving the questions regularly, your preparation and mastery over these questions will progress steadily.
Practice at least 10 sets/cases of LR every day.
All the best!!