A student’s first year on campus is never easy. Colleges abroad offer dozens of choices and they can be very confusing. How do I make the right one? With Mathematics, English, History etc being a few of the obvious choices, you are left with picking other subjects that will add weight to your foundational abilities.

Amongst the choices- English, Communication, Personality development are absolutely popular ones. Now, let me get to the point- Logical thinking! Yes, a must have in all course options, and absolutely necessary across your entrance examinations such as GMAT, GRE which you will have to take after your undergrad.

INTRODUCTORY LOGIC impacts your thinking and helps you streamline it into a methodology.

Let us take a look at the few factors that will convince you to ‘think logic and pick logic’:

• ## FOUNDATIONAL THINKING/ ARGUMENTS

Logic, as a discipline deals with esoteric instructions. In order to solve problems, not only mathematical, logic is key. Logic essentially deals with breaking down arguments into their basic blocks and then tackling them. The ability to analyse anything from the micro to the macro level and vice-versa are the core skills that logical thinking aims to build. Across different disciplines such as sports, architecture, physics, mixology, finance etc, logical thinking is used.

Do you ever why you think a particular way? Can you change that, if there are flaws in the thought process, or can you improve the way you think? Your cognitive abilities are not restricted and can be limitless if explored the right way.

• ## SELF-EVALUATION

Across disciplines, or about different subjects, we keep formulating our own opinions- we all do, right? Let’s take an example about a sport a lot of us in India love, cricket:

Is Sachin a better batter or is Virat Kohli? The way you construct your argument will form the essence of logical construction. You need to substantiate your argument with valid examples. The very basic of the way you structure your thought process and arrive at a conclusion are the core of logical thinking.

This extends to all the other disciplines as well, history, political thinking, economic modelling etc. You will be required, throughout your university and college to think in such ways.

• ## CONVINCING POWER

Logical thinking, when done right, is a very tough system to argue with. Why? When someone lays out facts and reasons to support what they are saying, it becomes much harder to beat them in a debate or a general argument.

Communicating what you believe in, effectively, is difficult and logic is the foundation to that very skill. While writing essays too, logic becomes the key. Speaking, listening, reading and writing- all these skills improve with logical thinking.

Whether you are speaking against an opponent in a debate, or speaking out to start off a debate, logical arguments are absolutely necessary. They help you critically analyse the points given by an opponent quickly, and construct a powerful retort accordingly. Without this critical thinking ability, you end up debating with loose ends, and your refute falls apart.

• ## ERROR IDENTIFICATION

What do you do when someone says or writes something wrong, and you badly want to debate? If someone constantly puts pressure on you, how do you debate? You are on the spot, but you want to construct your premise.

Spotting errors can be a challenge for everyone, but if you think about it, everyone makes mistakes, right? A debate must have a loophole. This very factor is what we should try and exploit.

To summarize, INTRODUCTORY LOGIC has a lot of positives, and can drive you to further success across different subjects – both in everyday life and in college. Logical thinking is not restrictive and opens up further possibilities.