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Plz Help - Absolutely NO improvements in RC

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Natashangmat Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Default Avatar
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Plz Help - Absolutely NO improvements in RC

Post Wed Aug 06, 2008 11:09 am
I am totally fed-up and broken! I have tried every possible solution but it looks like my Reading comprehension is NEVER going to improve...

Here is my situation in RC -

1- If I read the full passage and then try to answer (with multiple lookups and referring back to passages again and again!) -- my accuracy is around 85% BUT this takes hell lot of time....On an average I am taking around 3 minutes to answer every single question!


2- If I just skim thru the passage or try to run over it quickly without paying much attention to the details in passage -- my accuracy is around 50% BUT still I take around 2 minutes on an avegare to answer eveyr single question with this strategy


I know BOTH 1 and 2 are un-acceptable......


My QUESTION --- Is there anyone on this forum that is facing exactly the same issue with RC? If Yes, what appraoch are they following (or followed) to improve their RC .....AND.....frankly speaking....were there ANY improvements whatsoever u did/do?


Any help will b much appreciated!
Natasha

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Post Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:27 pm
I feel you! I feel like this is one of the hardest sections to improve.

I also bought the MGMAT book on RC and found that it helped.

Basically, read the first paragraph entirely, then write down the main topic of each paragraph and skim the remaining paragraphs for key words...your notes shouldn't be more than 5 lines max...

So you want it to look something like:

1) Main idea ---
Key points
2) Main idea
Key points
etc etc

The first paragraph will usually answer the first question...which is general and asks about main idea of passage. The next couple of questions will ask for more detailed answers. Usually, you can pinpoint where you can find the answer from looking at your notes. So if something related to paragraph 2 main idea, go to paragraph 2 then take your time reading.

You don't want to spend more than 2.5 minutes making notes. And you don't want to spend more than 1.5 minutes for each detailed question. Main idea questions you'll be able to answer in 30 seconds as your notes will help immensely.

The key is to be an active reader...and one way of achieving this is by taking notes on paper. Again, each line is a couple of words.

Good luck to both of us!!

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hey,

EXACT same problem here. Not that I have improved alot but few things that did help me were reading the Manhattan reading comprehension guide. There is no need to buy it because i can give you the jist of all chapters.

Basically you have to make notes. Now now !! making notes doesnt mean re-writing the entire passage again, it means ... writing 2-3 key here and there such as ... "study in 90s, however results... etc etc ... "
and most importantly .. trying to determine , how each sentence fits wrt the passage and whats its relation to the previous statment

This approach helped me immensely. In the beginning using this approach used to take me 15-18 mins to finish a passage but now it takes me 8-10 mins to finish a passage and I can usually get 60-70% of the questions right as opposed to 20-30% before.

Hope tihs helps.
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Post Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:27 pm
I feel you! I feel like this is one of the hardest sections to improve.

I also bought the MGMAT book on RC and found that it helped.

Basically, read the first paragraph entirely, then write down the main topic of each paragraph and skim the remaining paragraphs for key words...your notes shouldn't be more than 5 lines max...

So you want it to look something like:

1) Main idea ---
Key points
2) Main idea
Key points
etc etc

The first paragraph will usually answer the first question...which is general and asks about main idea of passage. The next couple of questions will ask for more detailed answers. Usually, you can pinpoint where you can find the answer from looking at your notes. So if something related to paragraph 2 main idea, go to paragraph 2 then take your time reading.

You don't want to spend more than 2.5 minutes making notes. And you don't want to spend more than 1.5 minutes for each detailed question. Main idea questions you'll be able to answer in 30 seconds as your notes will help immensely.

The key is to be an active reader...and one way of achieving this is by taking notes on paper. Again, each line is a couple of words.

Good luck to both of us!!

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Post Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:39 pm
hey,

EXACT same problem here. Not that I have improved alot but few things that did help me were reading the Manhattan reading comprehension guide. There is no need to buy it because i can give you the jist of all chapters.

Basically you have to make notes. Now now !! making notes doesnt mean re-writing the entire passage again, it means ... writing 2-3 key here and there such as ... "study in 90s, however results... etc etc ... "
and most importantly .. trying to determine , how each sentence fits wrt the passage and whats its relation to the previous statment

This approach helped me immensely. In the beginning using this approach used to take me 15-18 mins to finish a passage but now it takes me 8-10 mins to finish a passage and I can usually get 60-70% of the questions right as opposed to 20-30% before.

Hope tihs helps.
-A

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