How to learn Logic – an update

I’m pleased to announce that I finished Introductory Logic (Nance) earlier this summer.  A few of us moms made a schedule, and I doggedly stuck to it until the book’s completion.  Sailing along at the pace of one lesson per day, 5 lessons per week was do-able, and I only occasionally hit the slight snag.  After that, I confidently strode into Intermediate Logic.  This one has been a bit trickier.  In my previous post, I detailed making charts to aid in my memorization and comprehension.  Intermediate was not the same animal.  Whereas Intro was words and predictable word patterns to reach a valid conclusion, Intermediate was symbols and bore a striking resemblance to math laws.  Intermediate is just plain mathy.  For some of us, mathy = undecipherable alien gibberish.

I sailed through, hit the occasional snag, and then sailed through again; until lesson 14. (Queue suspense music).  And then lesson 15.  Lesson 16.  And now Lesson 17.  I’ve learned a few lessons that make these hiccups easier, and I will share them with you:

  1. Step away from the book.  (Don’t throw the book.  Don’t curse the book.  Walk away.  Walk away.)
  2. Come back to the book at a calmer, happier time:)  Go back a lesson or three.  Re-work them until you feel pretty brave and confident.
  3. Start that tricky lesson at your fresh time of day.  This seems like a no-brainer, but seriously – trying to work a hard lesson while kids were mom, Mom, MOM’ing me to tears was counter-productive.
  4. Have a cup of coffee, and set up a time of – ah, no kids – relaxation, while working the lesson.

Yeah, you’re probably thinking “why would I want to use my relaxation and coffee time to tackle Logic?”  Because the feeling you get finally conquering that massive, ugly string of alphabet letters and alien symbols is amazing!  (Queue Rocky music).  And, you can help your struggling kids with it later in the year.  Ultimately, though, if you can prove “A. Therefore, if B then A”, then you can accomplish anything.  (Bonus points if you can make that into an argument and prove it.  Just kidding!)

Sarah

Sarah teaches three fish at home. She volunteers as Webmaster and Homeschool Parent Support to her area co-op, Seeds of Faith. She has three years experience tutoring Foundations at Classical Conversations, one year at Essentials tutor, and this year is tutoring Challenge 2. While Sarah is busy playing with Latin, Math, and other fun subjects with her offspring, the laundry is piling higher and higher...

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