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javksy Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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    Hello,

    I have been studying for the GMAT RC for appx 2 months. I still cant seem to figure out the section on a whole. I read the passage (without making notes). I BELIEVE i understood everything I have read. However, after confidently answering the questions i find out that I got 80% wrong.

    Will appreciate any help. Cant figure out what I am doing wrong.

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    Post Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:39 pm
    javksy wrote:
    Hello,

    I have been studying for the GMAT RC for appx 2 months. I still cant seem to figure out the section on a whole. I read the passage (without making notes). I BELIEVE i understood everything I have read. However, after confidently answering the questions i find out that I got 80% wrong.

    Will appreciate any help. Cant figure out what I am doing wrong.
    After you review the questions you've missed, do you understand why you've missed them? If you do, you should jot some notes to yourself about how to better approach such questions next time. If you don't understand why you're missing these questions, it might be helpful to get another perspective by posting questions here.

    (And if your current approach isn't working, make some reasonable adjustments and see if the new strategies pay dividends. For example, you mentioned that you haven't been taking notes when you read. For the next passage you attempt, why not try creating a brief outline of the text and see if this helps?)

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    javksy Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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    Post Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:46 pm
    I tend to get lost when I start reading some new RC passage. I find that my notes were not helping me in any way before and that is why i stopped taking notes. I was rewriting the whole passage in just my words.

    can you recommend any helpful tips on EFFICIENT note taking? I have done Manhattan RC guide but still did not find their note taking strategy helpful.

    Post Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:16 am
    javksy wrote:
    Hello,

    I have been studying for the GMAT RC for appx 2 months. I still cant seem to figure out the section on a whole. I read the passage (without making notes). I BELIEVE i understood everything I have read. However, after confidently answering the questions i find out that I got 80% wrong.

    Will appreciate any help. Cant figure out what I am doing wrong.
    Taking notes does not mean taking TONS of notes.

    I believe you should identify and summarize:
    - the theme of each paragraph (4 to 8 words)
    - conflicting points of view (4 to 8 words)
    - main idea (4 to 8 words)

    So, we're talking about 20 to 30 words altogether (and you can use shorthand and acronyms to use fewer words).

    If you take good notes, you won't have to go back and re-read the passage. More importantly, when you're looking for specific pieces of information to summarize, you will better engage with the passage (which is a HUGE factor in RC success).

    Here's a video on summarizing information: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-reading-comprehension/video/1125

    If you're interested, we have a complete set of (free) videos covering all sorts of Reading Comprehension strategies: http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-reading-comprehension

    Cheers,
    Brent

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    Post Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:24 am
    javksy wrote:
    I tend to get lost when I start reading some new RC passage. I find that my notes were not helping me in any way before and that is why i stopped taking notes. I was rewriting the whole passage in just my words.

    can you recommend any helpful tips on EFFICIENT note taking? I have done Manhattan RC guide but still did not find their note taking strategy helpful.
    I'll echo Brent's sentiment here: the point of taking notes isn't to internalize the bulk of the passage. The text isn't going anywhere. It's to get a handle on the structure so that 1) you have a broad sense of how the author is building to her ultimate conclusion and 2) you have a map for finding details you'll be asked about later.

    Say, for example, that I'd gotten a passage discussing the various physical properties of different types of rock. Paragraph 1 discusses limestone, paragraph 2 discusses quartz, etc. My map for that passage may literally be a single word for each paragraph:

    1: limestone
    2: quartz
    etc.

    If I get a question about quartz, I know I need to scan paragraph 2 to locate the relevant detail. So try that on your next passage - just a word or phrase for each paragraph to get a sense of the structure.

    Two more things to consider. First, there's research indicating that the more interesting we find a topic, the better our reading comprehension for passages touching on that topic. This may sound obvious, but the gap in proficiency between interesting passages/boring passages is pretty astonishing. So convince yourself that you have an innate curiosity about whatever abstruse topic the test throws at you. Second, don't worry about time management until you've cultivated a process that you feel comfortable with. For now, focus on fine-tuning the strategy. Once you have your strategy down, and you're comfortable with the kind of outline you'll make or whether you'll plan to reread denser passages (I typically do this,) then think about how to ramp up the speed for a testing situation.

    Last, you might find it helpful to post a passage you struggled with, along with the outline you produced. That way we can offer more tailored advice about where you might be veering off track.

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    javksy Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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    Post Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:21 am
    Thank you both for the feedback. Let me attempt a few passages as advised. I will post the passage and notes on here to get feedback on how to make the process more efficient.

    I should have a few up by tomorrow.

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    Here is a passage I attempted and got 3 of 4 wrong. I have review the answer in the OG but cant seem to understand their method and explanation.
    In an effort to explain why business acquisitions
    often fail, scholars have begun to focus on the role
    of top executives of acquired companies. Acquired
    companies that retain their top executives tend to
    (5)
    have more successful outcomes than those that do
    not. Furthermore, existing research suggests that
    retaining the highest-level top executives, such as the
    CEO (chief executive officer) and COO (chief operating
    officer), is related more positively to post acquisition
    (10)
    success than retaining lower-ranked top executives.
    However, this explanation, while insightful, suffers from
    two limitations. First, the focus on positional rank does
    not recognize the variation in length of service that
    may exist in top executive posts across companies,
    (15)
    nor does it address which particular top executives
    (with respect to length of service) should be retained
    to achieve a successful acquisition outcome. Second,
    the relationship between retained top executives and
    acquisition outcomes offered by existing research
    (20)
    is subject to opposing theoretical explanations
    related to length of service. The resource-based view
    (RBV) suggests that keeping acquired company top
    executives with longer organizational tenure would lead
    to more successful outcomes, as those executives
    (25)
    have idiosyncratic and nontransferable knowledge
    of the acquired company that would be valuable for
    the effective implementation of the acquisition. The
    opposing position, offered by the upper echelons
    perspective (UEP), suggests that retaining top
    (30)
    executives having short organizational tenure would
    lead to more successful outcomes, as they would have
    the adaptability to manage most effectively during the
    uncertainty of the acquisition process
    Responding to these limitations, Bergh conducted
    (35)
    a study of executive retention and acquisition
    outcome that focused on the organizational tenure of
    retained company top executives in 104 acquisitions,
    followed over 5 years. Bergh considered the
    acquisition successful if the acquired company was
    (40)
    retained and unsuccessful if it was divested. Bergh’s
    findings support the RBV position. Apparently, the
    benefits of long organizational tenure lead to more
    successful outcomes than the benefits of short
    organizational tenure. While longer tenured top
    (45)
    executives may have trouble adapting to change, it
    appears that their perspectives and knowledge bases
    offer unique value after the acquisition. Although
    from the UEP position it seems sensible to retain
    less tenured executives and allow more tenured
    (50)
    ones to leave, such a strategy appears to lower the
    probability of acquisition success.


    MY NOTES:
    PARA 1 acqusition fail
    - top exec retain is good
    -lower top not so good
    -length of service
    RBV - non trans knowledge
    UEP uncertainty
    PARA 2
    Bergh for RBV. higher success than UEP

    My answers

    427 B
    428 C
    429 D
    430 A

    I will appreciate it if you can scan my notes and advise

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    Post Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:55 pm
    I tend to miss one keyword in either the passage or answer choice. This "keyword" is not mentioned in the passage or vice versa. This is what stresses me out the most. I can not remember every keyword that may and can change the meaning.

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