Interesting approach. My only problem is I'm a slow reader, and if I rush the passage, I won't understand anything.
Cromartie wrote: Anaconda wrote:
eit wrote:Congrats on the jump!
What's your current technique for RC?
Ehh there really is no technique. No formal notation system, just read to understand with some underlining and circling. Lately it hasn't been doing too well for me, this -6 was my best RC score in weeks.
Not sure if I should try to limit notation or do more. I think just focusing on key terms and names could be helpful since I seem to miss a lot of them right now. Sometimes I underline way too much. My main problem on PT 38 though seemed to be a general lack of understanding of passage 3, and being very shaky on the confidence of a majority of my answers - can't pinpoint the reason why RC has been so awful for me besides time. Yuck.
Congrats on the improvement! I have a suggestion for RC... I think I posted something along these lines in another thread. The approach that has worked for me is to not read for detail during the first run through the passage. I just read for over-all theme and general content, both of the passage as a whole and of each paragraph. Rather than trying to note and remember the details, I create a road map in my mind that I can refer to as I tackle each question. I typically do this in about 2 minutes, maybe 2.5 minutes max.
You can almost say that I deconstruct RC to make it more like LR. That is, instead of thinking of a passage in terms of 6-8 questions based on 3-4 paragraphs, I instead think of it as 1 question based on 1 stimulus (for each of the 6-8 questions), the stimulus being the particular paragraph(s)/section(s) of the passage where the answer is located, either explicitly or through inference. I then go through the POE to find my right answer.
Have you ever considered the possibility that the reason you don't understand the passage may be that you're trying to understand it in its entirety within the time constraints as well as the constraints imposed by your own reading skills? The thing is, except for main purpose and main point questions, which are 2 questions for each passage at the most (but usually 1 per passage), you don't really need to understand the entire passage to answer the questions. You just have to understand the questions themselves and the corresponding parts of the passage that contain the answers.
When you're consciously trying to understand the passage on your first read, you tend to get bogged down, tend to linger on certain sentences and paragraphs because you want to make sure you're understanding everything, tend to keep going back to previous sentences...well you get the point. By mapping and breaking the passage down as I described, you are able to narrow your focus and read only within the context of the answer you're looking for. To simplify, it is significantly easier to try and understand 3 or 4 sentences than 3 or 4 paragraphs, all things being equal. You can actually improve your speed, not necessarily at understanding the passage as a whole, but certainly at finding the right answers.