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**Studying for the LSAT / Help with PT18, Section 2, #23**

« **on:**June 03, 2008, 10:15:34 PM »

Need some help if anyone is willing.

Question 23, Section 2 in PT 18 is laden with conditional reasoning, a sizeable weakspot for me. About the question itself, it deals with teachers being effective, students learning, and both making decisions.

The way I had the statements mapped is like so -

TE = Teachers Effective

SIL = students become independent learners

SMD = students make decisions

TPMD = teachers have power to make decisions

After mapping the conditional statements I had:

Premises:

TE --> SIL

SMD --> TPMD *I am almost certain this one is not correct. The statement began with "Yet not until" and this setup made the most sense.

SIL --> SMD

Conclusion:

TE --> TPMD

Other than the obvious issues I had with understanding the conditional statements, I have trouble with the question as well. The question stem proceeds by saying each could be true of teachers who have enabled their students to make their own decisions, and than adds EXCEPT for good measure.

Now the way I proceeded to answer the question was search for the relevant conditional statements that had SMD(students make own decisions) as a condition, particularly the sufficient condition, which lead me to SMD ---> TPMD. I then went through the answer choices and looked for a choice that said "Teachers don't have the power to make decisions" which was answer E and correct.

But looking back, approaching the question this way doesn't seem correct. Is there a better way to approach it?

Question 23, Section 2 in PT 18 is laden with conditional reasoning, a sizeable weakspot for me. About the question itself, it deals with teachers being effective, students learning, and both making decisions.

The way I had the statements mapped is like so -

TE = Teachers Effective

SIL = students become independent learners

SMD = students make decisions

TPMD = teachers have power to make decisions

After mapping the conditional statements I had:

Premises:

TE --> SIL

SMD --> TPMD *I am almost certain this one is not correct. The statement began with "Yet not until" and this setup made the most sense.

SIL --> SMD

Conclusion:

TE --> TPMD

Other than the obvious issues I had with understanding the conditional statements, I have trouble with the question as well. The question stem proceeds by saying each could be true of teachers who have enabled their students to make their own decisions, and than adds EXCEPT for good measure.

Now the way I proceeded to answer the question was search for the relevant conditional statements that had SMD(students make own decisions) as a condition, particularly the sufficient condition, which lead me to SMD ---> TPMD. I then went through the answer choices and looked for a choice that said "Teachers don't have the power to make decisions" which was answer E and correct.

But looking back, approaching the question this way doesn't seem correct. Is there a better way to approach it?