DivineJustice wrote:Took an LR section from pt 52 today. Took a -4. Two of my wrong answers were Weaken questions, and the other two were on MSS. Does anyone have tips for how to approach weaken sections? Every section or PT I take, that question always happens to be one of the wrong answers I get. Going to take an RC section (untimed) tomorrow and tell you guys how I do. Excited to take another PT this weekend to finally see some good results and hopefully not a terrible RC score.
The guy above me inspired me to make goals for this week:
1. Keep drilling and reviewing weaken question types
2. Start drilling LG again. Finish linear games this week. I'm set with LG but there has to be a reason I can't knock my score down to -0.
3. Drill MSS and MBT questions
4. Complete and review two untimed RC sections.
Weirdly, I find myself doing very well on strengthen and weaken questions, but worse on flaw questions.
Obviously, you have to find the gap in the argument/the assumption/the flaw/ whatever you want to call it.
One tip that helps me on weaken questions is to prephrase AN answer. My prephrase probably won't be THE CREDITED RESPONSE, but it gets me thinking in terms of how to make the conclusion less likely from the premises, and I have found that it helps.
Interestingly, prephrasing an answer seems to help me on resolve the paradox questions as well, and those used to give me a ton of trouble.
Hope that helps!