i've been drilling cambridge RC packets in passages of 4 (so i can simulate test day conditions) and am averaging about a -3 and take about 36-37 minutes to finish. while i know that's not within the time constraints, i hope by september to have it down to -1/-2 in 35 mins.
i've read the LSAT trainer RC sections and think it does a great job at helping you deal with the questions but wasn't that helpful to me with the passages. it recommends reading the passage for 2-3 minutes. i tried it and failed miserably. i've been able consistently go -3 on the RC sections because i spend more time with the passage.
things i take note of:
author's point of view anytime it's present (annotated by an 'A')
main point of each passage
multiple view points
why each passage is written/its function in relation to the main point of the author
concentrate more on the last paragraph
i think key for me is that after reading a passage, i spend about 30secs-1min looking over the paragraph. i look over the paragraphs and try to build a mental map of everything. i tried to summarize each paragraph in 1 sentence. at the end of this 1 min, i am able to almost "narrate" the passage with respects to main points, structures, and why things are there.
additional tip: if you come across an example that you have no fucking idea what it is saying, don't panic. just ask yourself "why" is this here. don't ask "what is in here". the questions won't ask you about the content but will ask something along the lines of "what's it purpose" in relation to the passage as a whole or that paragraph.
i am no expert in RC, but i have found the above approach helpful in getting -3 wrong.
in doing the above things, the question become REALLY easy. its painfully obvious why wrong answers are wrong.
i am consistently getting the questions that ask "this reasoning/this example is most similar to which one of the following situations" wrong. any tips on those?
tldr: spend more time on passage and spend a minute or so at the end mental mapping the passage.
so far i have a good grasp on: RC, strengthen, main point, sufficient assumptions, flaws, relative ordering, simple ordering.
by the end of the month: continue with RC, necessary assumption, weaken, and complex ordering.
goal is by july 18th to start taking PTs every other day and a review session in between to review and drill missed question types.