Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

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Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

Postby eli88 » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:19 pm

I consider reading comprehension my biggest weakest on the LSAT. What are some good casual/leisure readings that would improve reading comprehension skills? All suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

Postby s0ph1e2007 » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:22 pm

cant be casual if you want it to improve your reading comp
read a newspaper and the economist seriously (be focused) every morning

if you want casual
go back in time and start reading a lot when you were 12

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Re: Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

Postby Mike12188 » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:36 pm

s0ph1e2007 wrote:cant be casual if you want it to improve your reading comp
read a newspaper and the economist seriously (be focused) every morning

if you want casual
go back in time and start reading a lot when you were 12

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Re: Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

Postby JazzOne » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:39 pm

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Ragged
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Re: Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

Postby Ragged » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:43 pm

Depends what you enjoy learning about. Economics is my subject of choice. Hence:

The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money - John Maynard Keynes

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Re: Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

Postby plenipotentiary » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:50 pm

Ragged wrote:Depends what you enjoy learning about. Economics is my subject of choice. Hence:

The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money - John Maynard Keynes


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I think reading about economics really helps in understanding logic and causal relationships.

Though Smith and Keynes are a little dense, even for the LSAT. I would recommend something more modern (Friedman, maybe).

If you want to go casual, though, I would say maybe the Scientific American. The science passages are the worst.
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Re: Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

Postby JazzOne » Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:51 pm

plenipotentiary wrote:If you want to go casual, though, I would say maybe the Scientific American.

If you don't have a science background, TITCR.

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Re: Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

Postby yoyowhatupyo » Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:02 pm

I really suggest The New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine.
They tackle complex subject matter and are very well written, requiring a high degree of constant attention to detail, memory recall, and identification of arguments, tone of voice, etc..

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Re: Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

Postby niederbomb » Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:37 pm

Academic articles from diversity departments...My sister sent me her password for UT's library, and I downloaded a bunch of them. It's helped since I really used to struggle with diversity passages more than any other type.

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Postby homestyle28 » Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:44 pm

niederbomb wrote:Academic articles from diversity departments...My sister sent me her password for UT's library, and I downloaded a bunch of them. It's helped since I really used to struggle with diversity passages more than any other type.


mostly this. Use jstor.org if you have access. Or Rawl's "A theory of Justice".

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Re: Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

Postby androstan » Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:01 pm

Reading comprehension has been my best section since my cold diagnostic when I missed 1 question on it.

My biggest suggestion is to read very "actively". I sort of "read out loud in my head". I am generally a fast reader but I on the RC I pause a lot and connect every single thing to something I've already read or know. I take a bit more time on the passage but by the time I get to the questions they're a breeze. I don't even have to refer to the passage most of the time, even when they say to (refer to lines 52-53 for instance).

You just can't afford to let your eyes run passively over the words. Every moment you spend doing that is a moment wasted. It's similar to just blankly diagramming LG's without looking for inferences or template-forming rules. You're wasting valuable time. Your brain is an engine and you need to keep your foot on the gas (not stomping down on the gas) but just steadily on it. Everyone's brain has a certain RPM it functions at, and you need every single RPM devoted to what you're doing.

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Re: Suggestion for casual reads to improve reading comprehension

Postby sophia.olive » Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:02 pm

proust... duh


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Postby whymeohgodno » Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:59 pm

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