I give up on RC

am060459
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I give up on RC

Postby am060459 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:32 pm

i cant seem to get a grip on it. i tried just doing 3 passages but still nothing significant. ive read most of the RCB and practiced lsat passages but i dont know what else i can do to improve.

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby scribelaw » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:33 pm

How are you approaching RC right now?

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby am060459 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:34 pm

with only doing three passages im at, on average, 15/27.

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby s0ph1e2007 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:57 pm

am060459 wrote:with only doing three passages im at, on average, 15/27.


I would recommend 1. slowing it down. read slower and make sure you understand what you're reading. and 2. slow it down again. make sure you know exactly what the prompt is asking you, otherwise you will always get tripped up by the easy questions. 3. try, even though sometimes its so hard, to perosnalize what you're reading. tell yourself it's interesting and that you want to learn what you're reading.

better to get 24/27 because you read very slowly than to get 15/27 because you didnt read slowly enough

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby am060459 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:02 pm

s0ph1e2007 wrote:
am060459 wrote:with only doing three passages im at, on average, 15/27.


I would recommend 1. slowing it down. read slower and make sure you understand what you're reading. and 2. slow it down again. make sure you know exactly what the prompt is asking you, otherwise you will always get tripped up by the easy questions. 3. try, even though sometimes its so hard, to perosnalize what you're reading. tell yourself it's interesting and that you want to learn what you're reading.

better to get 24/27 because you read very slowly than to get 15/27 because you didnt read slowly enough


thanks. im going to try this out next week. hopefully i can get at least 20+ on RC.

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby bees » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:04 pm

My TestMasters teacher always reminded us how important it is to really be engaged with the reading. Ask yourself what you think will happen in each paragraph before you read it. Try as hard as you can to be interested in what you're reading. It's tough but I think it helped me a little.

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby llawguru » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:47 pm

am060459 wrote:i cant seem to get a grip on it. i tried just doing 3 passages but still nothing significant. ive read most of the RCB and practiced lsat passages but i dont know what else i can do to improve.


It seems that you may be just reading to answer the questions.

The key is to allow yourself to "fall" into the passage- that is read with a positive attitude and read actively.

Also, try to visualize what you are reading, it may help.

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby sophia.olive » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:58 pm

Don't listen to bible make you own notations and recognize sructure more than detail read 3 hours a day text books op-Ed what ever faster than you are comfortable with notating stop being scared of reading with out understanding every word

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby am060459 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:05 pm

sophia.olive wrote:Don't listen to bible make you own notations and recognize sructure more than detail read 3 hours a day text books op-Ed what ever faster than you are comfortable with notating stop being scared of reading with out understanding every word


when i first started out i was at 20/27 with doing all 4 passages on RC. but since i started improving in LR i seem to get bogged down into every word.

i ordered the economist and will continue to do more RC passages. i will focus on the general feeling of the passage instead of the details. thanks.

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby scribelaw » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:08 pm

The key for me was not being too formulaic. I didn't try to do any magic diagrams or anything -- I would just read through the passage, underline stuff that seemed to be making a point, and went with my instincts on the questions. I worked backwards from answer choices I knew were wrong -- trying to cross off as many as possible, get it down to maybe 2 choices and then I'd go back to the passage to find the right answer.

Another key, I think, is to keep moving. Don't get paralyzed by one difficult or tricky question -- it's better to miss a few tough questions than to guess on an entire passage because you didn't get to it.

And of course, practice. The more sections you do, the more familiar it becomes and the faster you get. The topics and questions start to feel like deja vu -- passage about Native American law, African American art, etc.

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby jocelyne » Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:22 am

I HATE READING RC PASSAGES. I think I have burnt out. :evil:

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby am060459 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:02 am

jocelyne wrote:I HATE READING RC PASSAGES. I think I have burnt out. :evil:


me too but only because im bad at them.



well im going to drill RC passages for the next month. im just going to focus on the passage with no/minimal underlining or notetaking. just going to get a feel of the general passage and structure.

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby mabrown04 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:54 am

To get the structure down it might really help you to circle the different viewpoints in the topic. And after you read each paragraph make a little mini-summary in your head and connect it to your previous paragraphs. Finally, decide the main point before you look the questions.

good luck-- you'll make it

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Re: I give up on RC

Postby Huluba23 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:29 am

My first LSAT I was -15 on RC, my second LSAT I was -2. Take alot of practice tests, read SLOWLY but EFFICIENTLY.

I also found that it helps to predict the answer when doing PT's.

Also, remember there is one answer that is 100 percent correct and the others are WRONG! Don't try to justify answers to yourself.

Good Luck




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