« on: January 28, 2006, 11:21:10 AM »
Do ya'll just reference the intial setup while drawing a new diagram for each question or do you do all the work on the initial setup? Anyone want to comment on princeton review's strategies? Thx
Always always always draw a new digram next to the question. It will take just a few seconds to copy your master set-up. Because:
1) Confusion: You don't want to get confused and apply conditionals from one question to another (eg question 3's "If Bob goes first, then...." with thinking B always goes first).
2) Reusing your work: Sometimes you can use the same diagram for one conditional/question for a later question (eg when you have a question like "which of the following CANNOT sing third?" you can look back at your previous sketches to elminate some answers.
As for the OP's question about timing, when I taught, we said you want to spend about 3-4 min on setup and 4-5 min on the questions (about 8 min total).
When you are taking 5 min for a setup, are you spending all that time sketching and making inferences? Or do you spend a min or so wondering if you have made them all and realizing you haven't? If it's the first, more practice will help with that, you'll start making them faster.
If it's the seoond, then what you should do is come up with a system of making sure you get all types of deductions.. Go thru, check all the duplications, when one entity is in more than one rule, then where you have a set placement (Charles always goes fourth (so put C in the forth slot on your master sketch)) or a set group (Bob performs before Adam (B...A), There is one performance between Ed and Charles (E_C or C_E), or Adam performs three acts after Charles (A _ _ C)).
Then you've got a system that you will get very comfortable with, and you'll start making deductions faster (and see that there are a limited set of deduction types that you see over and over), and boost your confidence so you don't spend time dithering and not moving forward on a game.