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Rachel on June 26, 2018

Appropriate Steps

When we are trying to answer questions with sufficient and necessary conditions, should we diagram as we go or should we wait until we have read the entire stimulus?

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Mehran on June 27, 2018

Good question, @Rachel-Favors. If you are doing untimed practice, and just trying to focus on developing the ability to correctly diagram S&N statements, read the entire stimulus first. This has two benefits. First, you may find that some stimuli that at first glance seem to be conducive to diagramming are not, in fact, easy (or necessary) to diagram. Second, you can ensure that you are diagramming only those portions of the stimulus that will really help you in selecting the correct answer choice. If you are taking a timed exam or doing timed practice, you may wish to start diagramming as you read, but don't hesitate to stop diagramming if it becomes clear to you that the stimulus is not, in fact, conducive to a helpful diagram. The more you practice, the more intuitive this will become - over time, you will come to have a sense of when to diagram and when not to, instinctively.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any additional questions.