chicharon wrote: itsallinthesauce wrote:
mornincounselor wrote:Well I am going to finish up the RC lessons from the Trainer today and then move onto drilling.
Is there any credited way of drilling RC? Should I be doing packets of science passages together, or perhaps, all first passages together, or is it just as good to do them in order?
I bought Cambridge's "Hardest RC Passages" Packet and am currently going through it, usually just one passage a day. I'll time my initial read but complete the corresponding questions at leisure. I find that if I cram too many RC passages in one day, even spaced out, I mentally "check out" and the quality of studying deteriorates so I am currently working on accuracy with the questions first and then will likely build up endurance to full timed sections in 2-4 weeks.
RC prep is pretty subjective and some people are naturally better at it than others, but I definitely think it's something you can improve. I used to cling onto every sentence (Trainer's analogy of focusing in on the trees instead of the forest), but have gotten much better by just reading for structure, usually using the paragraphs to try and mentally "map out" where the key points (namely, author's opinion) are...
If you have any tips that you yourself have developed, feel free to share! -- I'm still picking it up
Sooo I'm not very good at LG or LR but I'm a pretty strong reader, did -3 on my diagnostic and mostly continuing the low error trend with what little practice I've done so far. I do read for structure, and when I don't have a full big picture of the passage (usually when I get bored reading), I skim it again at the end to get that big picture sense of (1) the structure and (2) the content. I've been advised that technically, to be a strong reader we are supposed to skim at the beginning, but to each his own
skimming is really useful for me.
Knowing what type of question it is also helps, because if it's "according to the passage" I'll know to refer to the passage and if it's "what does this imply" I'll know not to pick out an answer choice that comes directly from the passage but is about a step further from it, or clearly links two ideas that were not so clearly linked in the text.
To keep time I just wear my analog watch and check how much progress I make in RC within 10mins. Honestly I finish each full section within the 35 mins because I get impatient while reading and just can't wait to be done with it.
I did read and do the drills in the 3rd ed of MLSAT RC. I have the ebook, I read it a couple weeks ago while commuting to work.
Hope that helps!
Yeah, MLSAT was what provided my initial RC study 'foundation' -- When I review wrong answer choices, I still use their recommended categories (interpretation - unsupported contradictory; degree - opinion; modifier, scope - out of, narrow) -- so much so, that when I went through the Trainer, aside from the general takeaways (forest not the trees mindset), I stuck with MLSAT and it seems to have paid off thus far.
+1 on the whole "ID, Infer, Synthesis" categories that you mentioned as well (knowing when an answer is explicitly mentioned in the text vs. when you are expected to make a small but inferrable 'jump', and knowing when it's a 'bigger picture' question asking you to tie it all together in order to answer it correctly).
I think one of the hardest things, personally, that I've had to "learn" about RC is to actively try and just let myself actually read fast -- there's simply no time to catch all the details, and as someone who is extremely OCD about reading and re-reading sentences until I 'understand' them, I have to constantly remind myself that that doing so is simply not feasible on the LSAT, especially RC.