« on: January 30, 2007, 07:10:37 AM »
I never used the games bible or this website while preparing, so I apologize in advance if this advice is already spelled out often and much better, but FWIW, one thing that helped me conquer the games section was forcing myself to write out more examples when the answer to a question wasn't clear, instead of just staring at it and at the clues and trying to figure out how they related. (So, eg., I might write down an actual ordering that tried to fit the criteria the question asked for and find something wrong). At first I didn't, as I figured that would be a waste of time (what if my first example doesn't work?! I might have to write tons!) but at least that gives you something to do so you can keep working. As a bonus, it can greatly improve your understanding of the problem and make the next questions go faster.
I do tend to think differently from others sometimes, so this might be just the wrong advice in some cases. I just thought I'd throw it out there, though, since it helped me a lot on my worse section.
I'll agree with Stuart on this one. I was having a lot of trouble for a while until I started to do more mini diagrams beside questions. I had convinced myself that it would waste too much time but what I didn't consider was that trying to do the questions without a diagram wasted more because I had to try and juggle 4-5 rules in my head at a time.