doorsal wrote:Hi Noah,
Thank you for hosting this awesome thread, its a great idea.
I recently bought one of your RC books and am working through. Thats my weakest section and the book has been great at helping me conceptualize how to approach the section.
So in the book it mentions that you should identify the argument of the passage and then hang the rest of the pieces in the passage around that. As is mentioned in the book, sometimes you cant tell the role a piece is playing until you find the argument. In those situations where the argument is in the last parts of the passage, does this mean you would have to go back and read the passage again to hang the pieces?
Put differently, should my approach be 1) Scan until I find argument and then 2) Return to top and hang the various pieces around it.
Finally, are your ebooks unprintable? I saw this question asked earlier but didn't spot the final word on it.
First, the easy one - ebooks are unprintable. If you're looking to save a buck, see if one of our books is available used on Amazon.
As for the whether to scan for the argument and then return, good question. In short, no. Instead, take 10-15 seconds at the end of reading the passage and build a "passage map" - say to yourself what happened in each part of the passage. This should be enough to allow you to re-categorize information from early paragraphs if your understanding of the passage radically changes towards the end. Scanning to look for the argument (or "scale") would be tough, because sometimes it'd be hard to spot outside of the context of what you've read. Overall, you're aiming for an engaged reading stance, where you're actively reading, and that sort of read should allow you to skip any need to go back when you're done.
One scanning technique that one of our teachers recommends (and I'm now stealing) is to start the ready by spending a few seconds noticing what is being discussed in the first sentence of each paragraph. He likes this b/c the LSAT is one of the few times where you start reading something without having any idea what you're reading. Those few seconds gives him a context--"oh, I'm reading about dinosaurs." See if you like that technique.
Tell me if that doesn't clear it up.