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I gather a key step in solving logic games is grasping the mechanics of the game as a whole. This means identifying with the rules and having a knowledge of how the variables can behave and how they can't. Some of the PowerScore literature even recommends committing the rules to memory in order to get a grip on each one's implications. I picture this as being able to play an animation in my head where one variable pops into place (say a local question puts 'L' first) and then a second variable appears next to it or a few spaces down and so on and so forth. I would keep anticipating the next variable and slot them into place until a rule is violated (with a big red 'X' and a buzzer sound) or a valid permutation is found. But the reality is that under the time constraint, I find I spend most of the section with no sense of how the rules govern the variable placement. Instead of getting comfortable with rules and potential solutions to the game, I just get in trial and error mode where I blindly try placing variables in empty slots in a random frenzy. I often don't even know what variable to investigate next. Even when I can keep up a good pace, this process of trying out different placements with a pencil and paper rarely pays off. I consistently get just ten questions right in a whole LG section.
Everyone says that LGs are highly visual but I think this task is spatial too. I would benefit from being able to feel the presence of 'L' in slot 1 pushing the other variables into their permitted arrangements and blocking the motion of forbidden ones. Kind of like the movement of chess pieces on a board or the relationships of players on a field.
Can you think of a way to practice relating to the games in this way? I just get pummeled by the questions because I'm stunned by the impact of the rules, which I'm always double-checking. I end up forfeiting my attack stance and struggling to answer anything quickly. If I know the answer to a question it's a Global one that comes at the end and which I can use prior work to answer.
What I'm asking for is some strategy to hold the game in my head. Any thoughts on how I can practice rule awareness? I know this is somewhat abstract and maybe whimsical, but I rarely see this addressed in your books, even though you recommend knowing the games and their mechanics. Thank you in advance!