The Problem

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Getting this book means you are probably struggling with LR. Perhaps there are a few types of questions that you have trouble with, perhaps you have read all the books you can find on the market and have gone through hundreds of LR questions but saw no significant improvement. Whether you are getting five questions wrong per LR section or just two or three, that has been the case for a while now. You tried doing more questions, found more resources, asked questions online, looked at explanations to specific questions, or even spoke to a tutor, but you are nowhere close to that elusive 100% accuracy rate.

But not all hope is lost! Like the Logic Games section, LR is an entirely learnable section. With self-reflection and drilling, there’s no reason why we cannot consistently attain a perfect score on this section. For the majority of students, the reason we struggle so much with LR is due to our approach.

1.1.1 How most students study for LR,
and why it’s not the most effective

Most of us, myself included, followed a traditional approach to studying for the Logic Reasoning section. I started by reading the available prep books on the market, did the questions at the end of each chapter, and started doing LR sections.

During the early phase, I saw fairly decent improvements. After initial practice, I got my error rate down to approximately -5 to -3 per section. But then, I plateaued. I would do section after section of questions, make mistakes, study my errors, go to online LSAT forums, look at the questions I got wrong or didn’t understand, and kept on grinding.

But my error rate stayed around -3. The wrong questions piled up. I was frustrated and even typed up all my mistakes into one giant word document. My notes were close to a hundred pages long, complete with the stimulus, answer choices, and explanations in my own words.

But still, my accuracy rate was not improving. Occasionally, on a really good section, I would get a -1, but most times, I made two to three mistakes. Like many advanced students, I was doing well in the Logic Games, and I wondered if it was ever possible to attain a perfect score in LR as I had in LG.

I returned to the prep books I’d bought, reread them, and took more notes. I printed my notes out so I could refer back to them even as I practiced. But I was still stuck, still making mistakes, still getting frustrated.

It was then that I had a realization. The LR prep books I bought taught me the basics of tackling different LR questions. The rules and theory they imparted sufficed for simpler questions, but on the more difficult questions, they were not enough. Questions got more difficult as you progressed through a section, and I kept making mistakes in the Q15 to Q25 range. Even when I slowed down or referred back to the books and my notes, I was still not understanding the stimulus or getting stuck between two answer choices and kept on picking the wrong one.