Perfecting Reading Comp Tips

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Perfecting Reading Comp Tips

Postby Thelonious Kwiggz » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:59 pm

These techniques have aided me in achieving -1 to -0 on RC.

Only making annotations on the passage to signal viewpoints, author's view, and conclusions.

Writing one line that summarizes each paragraph after reading in the margin(5 words or less). This is to keep thoughts and ideas separate in your head, I rarely ever use the lines for reference.

To practice R/C without exhausting test material read articles in the following:

The Economist

SciCentral.com

(Both sites were recommended on Blueprints blog)

Open Microsoft Word: Write the title of the article on the document. Proceed by reading the passage only once, stop briefly to collect thoughts. After that go to the open word document and write everything you can from memory, in the order that the information is given in the article.

Then Write Main Point of Article:
Example: Though China is making efforts to clean its air, it will be a long time before benefits are seen and problems will continue to arise.

Then Write the Argument Structure:
Example: Background information, current problem, elucidating ways to read information given, return to problem and potential short-term solution, problems for that as well. Conclusion no clear cut solution but changes are being made.


Write the Tone the Author Uses
Example:Concerned with subtle hints of sarcasm

Reference the article again after doing this to see how much information you did not retain.

If There is a Particular Question Type that is Difficult for you
Begin writing questions and answers derived from the article. No need to use the multiple choice format for this part. After you begin the question writing process you will instinctively search for elements in the article that would make both good questions and answers and consequently reading LSAT passages will elicit the same response.

Use online-stopwatch.com
After you get comfortable with reading and regurgitating the information, put the timer on 4 minutes initially, after the time has expired carryout the same process. Lower the time in a manner that is consistent with your progress until you get to 2 1/2 minutes(Any lower than that and you are more than likely skimming). Most articles on the Economist are longer than LSAT passages, which means if you are completing the passages in sub 4 minute time, your are great shape for finishing R/C with time to spare on the LSAT.

Since the subject content is similar to the passages that appears on the LSAT, you will not find many articles too alien come test time(There will exceptions). The Economist is eclectic in nature and with the exception of it's science articles, all of it's articles are written similarly to the LSAT's passages.

I went from -7 to -0(Both Medians) using this technique. It does not take long to see change, and is
significantly less frustrating than repeatedly doing sections and making errors that are rooted in your ability to retain information rather than your ability to answer R/C questions correctly.

I hope this aids those who have difficulty with this section of the test.

God Speed

Thelonious

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Re: Perfecting Reading Comp Tips

Postby BlaqBella » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:04 pm

Tagging for future reference. Thanks!

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Re: Perfecting Reading Comp Tips

Postby wtrc » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:15 pm

Thanks, these look great. How long did it take to improve? Thanks!

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Re: Perfecting Reading Comp Tips

Postby Thelonious Kwiggz » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:29 pm

Using the one line main point technique, I saw an instant reduction from -7,-8 to about -5. Following only the opinions and conclusions got me to -4. This all was in the span of a week, I wanted R/C to be up to par with the rest of my sections so I began the Economist memorization technique and I start getting perfect sections about two weeks after implementing that part of my strategy. All together it took three weeks for me to consistently score -1 or less.

Hope this aids others in their quest for high scores.


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Re: Perfecting Reading Comp Tips

Postby John_rizzy_rawls » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:44 pm

Good tips, thanks.

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Postby Thelonious Kwiggz » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:21 pm

Political Liberalism was one of my favorite social philosophy books Mr. John Rizzy Rawls

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Postby John_rizzy_rawls » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:32 am

Thelonious Kwiggz wrote:Political Liberalism was one of my favorite social philosophy books Mr. John Rizzy Rawls


I'm writing my thesis (partially) on Political Liberalism as a conceptual framework for reinventing democracy in an era of hyper-polarization. Rawls is my boy.

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Re: Perfecting Reading Comp Tips

Postby snova » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:49 am

Very helpful. Thanks.

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Postby Josh4737 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:01 pm

This is great, tagging for later, thank you very much!

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Postby Trajectory » Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:13 am

amazing! Can't wait to try this as I am in the same boat

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Re: Perfecting Reading Comp Tips

Postby Dog » Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:52 pm

Will definitely try this stuff out. I just broke the 170 plane recently (last 4 have been 170, 172, 170, 173), but I still am pretty inconsistent with RC. It's definitely my biggest weakness, especially given that logic games supposedly get easier and RC gets more difficult as you progress to the more recent tests.

I'm just glad my inherent capabilities seem to be best suited for LR, which is pretty much half the test. :)

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Re: Perfecting Reading Comp Tips

Postby Thelonious Kwiggz » Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:17 am

LR is by far my favorite section, but I have learned never to feel as if I have mastered the section. Just one week of no practice and I will go from -0 to -2. LG and RC are now my most consistent sections with LR requiring the most maintenance inorder to sustain -1 to -0 result. But I hope that this aids those in their pursuit of a perfect RC score.

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Postby Systematic1 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:36 am

This is a really cool post. Thank you.

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Tagging. God bless America.

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Postby Theopliske8711 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:51 am

Does anyone have any magazine or journal other than the economist that they would recommend? Reading their "world perspective" makes me nauseous.

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Re: Perfecting Reading Comp Tips

Postby westtech » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:16 pm

Scientific American and Scientific American Mind. They are both great and they can familiarize people without any scientific backgrounds other than their high school biology course, on some of the science topics that they may encounter on the LSAT. I read them and science passages are by far my favorite.

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Re: Perfecting Reading Comp Tips

Postby crestor » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:22 pm

studying LGs right now, thanks for the future RC material!

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