Never would've gotten that?

Marie34
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Never would've gotten that?

Postby Marie34 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:50 am

So I completely understand that going back and reviewing the answers that you got right/wrong to each question is probably the most important part of studying. But I find that, mostly with logical reasoning, I get those few answers that I'm just like "Whaaat?". I read through the explanation and I understand why thats the answer, and why my answer was wrong, but I just know that if I went back and did it again, I probably would've picked the wrong answer again. I just can't see myself ever being in that mindset to originally pick the right answer.

I know that I'm not going to get every question right, and I'm not aiming for that. I was just wondering if there's a different way I should tackle these questions? It's frusterating that I may understand everything about the question and the question type, and I still end up getting the wrong answer.

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Re: Never would've gotten that?

Postby Kabuo » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:55 am

There's a difference between expecting a 180 and aiming for one. You would be foolish to expect one, but I see no reason you shouldn't be aiming for it.

Additionally, if you are feeling the way you do after rereading a question, then you don't understand everything about the question/question type and have room to learn. This test is completely learnable. I took every PT in existence, and I thought after about 10 that I knew what was up and that the ones I was missing were just stupid questions. After 30, I understood that there is one right answer to each question, and with enough practice and repetition, all the questions end up looking the same. If you haven't been through the LR Bible, I'd advise you do that before you get back to PTs.

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Re: Never would've gotten that?

Postby bp shinners » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:28 pm

Marie34 wrote:I read through the explanation and I understand why thats the answer, and why my answer was wrong, but I just know that if I went back and did it again, I probably would've picked the wrong answer again.


If that's the case, you understand why the right answer is right, but you don't get why the wrong answer is wrong. That's just as important as analyzing the correct answer. Focus on figuring out what mistake you made that caused you to pick the wrong answer. If you figure that out, you can avoid picking it in the future.

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Re: Never would've gotten that?

Postby gavinstevens » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:52 pm

Don't look at the explanation. Independently determine why each answer is right and wrong. It may take forever, but it's much more beneficial then reading why something is wrong. If you're talking about the Kaplan explanations, then this is especially true (at least for the mastery book).

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Re: Never would've gotten that?

Postby EarlCat » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:44 am

Marie34 wrote:I read through the explanation and I understand why thats the answer, and why my answer was wrong, but I just know that if I went back and did it again, I probably would've picked the wrong answer again.

Then you don't really understand. This may be a product of an inadequate explanation or it may be a case of believing your own bullsh*t--you somehow talked yourself into the wrong answer but you still want to believe it's right. If you know you got it wrong and still want to answer it that way, you've got to acknowledge you've missed something and figure out exactly what that is before you move on.

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Re: Never would've gotten that?

Postby am060459 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:47 am

EarlCat wrote:
Marie34 wrote:I read through the explanation and I understand why thats the answer, and why my answer was wrong, but I just know that if I went back and did it again, I probably would've picked the wrong answer again.

Then you don't really understand. This may be a product of an inadequate explanation or it may be a case of believing your own bullsh*t--you somehow talked yourself into the wrong answer but you still want to believe it's right. If you know you got it wrong and still want to answer it that way, you've got to acknowledge you've missed something and figure out exactly what that is before you move on.


couldnt say it better myself.




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