# Help with Numerical Reasoning Problems

In addition to solving numeric equations, you will sometimes have to answer logic-based word problems and different types of creative reasoning questions. If you one day decide to go to law school, you'll encounter many logical reasoning problems on the Law School Admissions Test. Here's some information on mathematical reasoning and how you can improve your skills.

## Numerical Reasoning Help

### Spatial Reasoning

One kind of reasoning that you'll need to develop skills in is spatial reasoning. Essentially, you need to be able to identify the relationships between different shapes in order to solve problems. This type of problem appears in geometry and any kind of pattern or puzzle math; it also applies in other school subjects, such as science and geography.

You can work on your spatial reasoning skills by putting puzzles together in your free time, by examining maps and considering the sizes and shapes of various countries and by building things. Stacking blocks or panels together in order to create solid structures can help you learn about the relationships between differently weighted objects, as well as how objects do and do not fit together.

### Logical Reasoning

Logical reasoning word problems are all about using organization and logic to solve a problem. These problems many seem tedious at first, but this is one of the most widely applicable forms of math you'll be learning in school.

Adult life involves many logical reasoning problems. Think of the decision you'll be making in your future, such as which college to attend. In order to figure out the best school for your needs, you'll need to make a detailed list of the pros and cons for each one. You will need to consider the possible effects your education will have on your future career, as well as social and financial features. When you eventually make a final decision, you'll know that you used logic and reasoning to get there and you can proceed with confidence.

### How to Improve

Some kinds of math, such as basic arithmetic, can be learned through a combination of memorization and practice problems. Logical reasoning isn't about memorization - there's no chart to help you along; for each problem, you have to utilize a problem-solving tactic. The best way to improve is through experience, so ask your teacher for some extra math problems (not for a grade, but for review).

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