Torx wrench, voltmeter, soldering gun–these are all great computer repair tools. But none of these can compare to a tech’s number one tool in computer repair: Logic. Logical thinking can drastically reduce the time it takes for a job to be completed. Technicians that take a long time to complete a computer job, or a tech that makes mistakes that cost the client money, will likely not get a return call from said client.
So how does one hone their logical thinking? There are two important methods to thinking logically: Inductive Reasoning and Deductive Reasoning. With Inductive Reasoning, you take a number of facts and come to a conclusion based on those facts. With Deductive Reasoning, you take a major and a minor premise and draw conclusions from them. For instance: All Dell Computers stink. Bobby has the latest Latitude , so his computer must stink.
Learning how to think logically gives the computer repair technician ability to quickly discard fallacies and drill right down to root of the problem–all without ever having touched the PC. It’s true. So we have gathered some tests to help you hone the part of your brain that deals with logic.
Follow this link to take a quick logic test and let us know how you scored.
Or you can play this logic game below to hone your computer repair logic skill.
Computer repair techs use deductive reasoning all of the time. But it might not be the right method to use in all circumstances. Technicians cannot get caught up in broad generalizations that bias them. While these tests and games help your logical brain grow, the book Schaum’s Outline of Logic can help you practice and master techniques that make you a better computer repair technician.
Logical thinking helps you become a better problem-solver. Even if you’re not a computer technician, you can use these books and tests to help in your initial training to think like a geek. In fact, we recommend you learn how to think logically before even picking up a computer text book or before taking any computer classes. Ultimately, logical thinking will help you advance quicker in your training.