- Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:15 am
I'll echo some of what Dave said - this looks like your primary issues are about focus, rather than with the strategies and concepts for doing the games. Your accuracy on the questions you attempt shows that you know what you are doing, when you remain focused on the task at hand. So the question you have to answer for yourself, and which we are not at all qualified to answer, is what is preventing you from staying on task in a given question?
A few thoughts about things you can try, although none of these will likely lead to major gains because they involve moving much more slowly and methodically. First, start having an active conversation with yourself as you work through the questions. For example, when you read a question that asks "which of the following must be true," before you move to the questions try subvocalizing (basically whispering to yourself) "I am going to cross out the four things that don't have to be true." Focusing on what you are eliminating, rather than on what you are selecting, could reduce the number of mistakes like picking Could Be answers to Must Be questions.
When you get stuck while diagramming a local question, or going through a list question, use the list of rules on screen rather than your diagrams of those rules. Start at the top and ask "does this rule apply here? What does this rule require me to do?" Work your way through each rule, step by step, one at a time, so you don't miss anything. Don't jump around - treat them like a checklist.
As Dave suggested, try pre-selecting which games you will do. At the bottom of the screen you can see how many questions there are per game, so if you are equally adept at all game types, start by attacking the one with the most questions first. If you encounter difficulty, especially if you are unsure where to begin with your setup after reading the scenario and all of the rules, move to a different game right away. Right now your goal should be to get through two games with high accuracy, answer any list questions for the other two games, and then have just enough time left over to guess on the rest.
Try these strategies on a section of games, maybe one that you have already done but haven't looked at for a long time. See if they allow you to stay on task and focused. Keep talking yourself through the steps and strategies - that sort of running conversation could be a good way to get out of your head and into the game.
Finally, take a break! Take a weekend to relax and have some fun. Go to the movies, go for a drive and see some fall foliage, carve a pumpkin, get an ice cream cone, have a massage. Rejuvenate your mind and body and spirit, and come back only after you are feeling rested and refreshed. This can do wonders for your performance, your attitude, and your concentration!
Good luck, keep at it, and keep us posted.
Adam M. Tyson
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