I REALLY need to figure something out for RC over the next couple weeks. I think I'm getting frustrated, and that's making me do worse. Plus, I'm trying to fit sections into my schedule whenever I can and that sometimes involves getting interrupted, sometimes a couple times in just one section.
I had made good strides on it. Back when I started, I was at like -15. There for a while I had dropped down to -6 and -7, which isn't great, but it was better than what I was getting. I also started to get some -4s a couple times. The past two sections I have taken have been -10!!!! And this especially sucks because my games are generally very very good and my LR is sitting at around a -3 with several -2s and -0.
I need to do a better job at evaluating what it is that I'm doing wrong. For a while I was taking my time on the passage and then going into questions. Varied results with that. Then I started to read a little faster to see how that worked and generally it was pretty good with me getting to pretty much all questions and missing 5ish or so. I feel like maybe the last two sections I have done I just have been discouraged/lacking confidence and that has affected my performance. I think I need to make a cognizant approach of the things I used to put to use when drilling sections, as they haven't become habits like I thought they would. During untimed drills I would be near perfect. Of course the timing has that effect, but I think I'm just not doing the little thigns that will help. It's like I'm passively reading for some stupid reason. The habits I'd hoped would be there that for some reason are blanking when I read are purposefully reading for the structure, making note of the main ideas/points as I'm reading, predicting where the passage will go, reflecting after reading the passage and paraphrasing it to myself real quick to reinforce it, and then being very particular in answer choices in finding clearly wrong answers. I've felt like the answers have been what's slowing me down, as I'm waffling between choices, but that's very likely because I'm not getting a good understanding of the passage.
Has anyone else been stuck in this rut in RC where you have improved to a pretty good range or a range you were happy with (the -4 to -6 was an okay range for me) and then you started to do bad on it again? Really hoping I can get this figured out before test day, as the rest of my score is on the right track and I don't want a potential 170+ score to be a 165.
Edited that I said LR in the first para. when I meant RC.
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on Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.