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# Unable to prethink the assumption argument based especially medium,har

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17 Aug 2018, 01:41
Unable to prethink the assumption argument based especially medium,hard
Any tricks pls?
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17 Aug 2018, 01:50
Focus on understanding the argument first. Brrak it down. List the possible flaws/ explanation or whatever the question asks for.
Take it slow, because this has to come naturally. No one but you, should be able to decipher your thoughts.
In time it will come naturally. Remember start off slow. Dont time yourself while doing this activity. It helped me. Hope it works for you. :D

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17 Aug 2018, 11:54
Other than to not time yourself as you're getting going (this is really important! learning a new skill under time pressure isn't going to be effective), the other thing to remember is that sometimes assumptions can be difficult to pinpoint ahead of time. If you're having a hard time finding that gap between the information given and the conclusion, sometimes the best option is to go to the answer choices and practice assumption negation. (Which answer, if negated works to weaken the conclusion?) If you can think of these questions from both ends when you get stuck, you can often get yourself "unstuck".
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20 Aug 2018, 12:43
It's okay if you can't predict the exact correct answer (although trying to predict some possible correct answers is a great exercise to do when you practice.)

All you really have to do is predict what the right answer will do. Here's a simple example:

I saw Brie getting out of a BMW in the parking lot yesterday. She must have a lot of money.

Suppose I saw this argument in an assumption problem. I can't necessarily predict the exact assumption, but I can remind myself of the following:

'the assumption is something that would have to be true, in order for me to conclude that Brie has a lot of money.'

Then, if these are my answer choices:

(A) Brie was wearing an expensive Rolex watch yesterday.
(B) Brie didn't steal the BMW.
(C) Brie has a high salary.

I'll be looking at these and thinking: which of these would have to be true, for me to determine that she has a lot of money?

Well, (A) and (C) help me determine that she has money, but they don't have to be true: you can have a lot of money without wearing a Rolex, or without having a high salary.

But (B) definitely has to be true, or else I can't use her car as evidence that she's rich (since it's not actually her car.)

I couldn't have predicted (B) right away, because, how am I supposed to know that we're going to start talking about car theft? ('Negative' assumptions - 'Brie didn't do this or that' - are especially tough to predict.) But I did know ahead of time that it has to play a particular role - it has to be a statement that's critical to my claim that she has a lot of money.
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