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# HOW TO DESTROY READING COMPREHENSION PASSAGES BY RHYME

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01 Aug 2010, 13:53
this apporach seems fine, but i think it also depends on one's reading speed, right? i am a slow reader, and RC is a big problem for me...any advices?
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12 Aug 2010, 07:15
one awesome post.!

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12 Sep 2010, 22:54
Nice technique..Guess it will take some time for me to master it, have to practice with a couple of passages to be confident.
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15 Sep 2010, 21:59
hmm got to see whether this works for me !!!
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23 Sep 2010, 03:05
2 Good!!!Awesome!!!!

It seems to be a gr8 way to tackle lengthy RCs(at least 3 paras) but what about shorter RCs(1 or 2 paras)
Could experts please explain how to tackle those RCs (1 or 2 paras).
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13 Oct 2010, 19:47
Rhyme,

Thank you..! Thank you..! Thank you..!

It works and surest and shortest way to win over RC.

u Rock man!

Cheers!
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15 Oct 2010, 17:55
SIMPLY AWESOME TECHNIQUE
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18 Oct 2010, 01:31
This technique seems quite good. I will try it out.
Thanks for posting.
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21 Oct 2010, 18:50
Thanks rhyms. i am working through your strategy for past 1 week and i found improvement. but, the problem is, i am taking more time about 25 min for answering 8Q paragraph. do you have any strategy for fast reading
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09 Nov 2010, 18:29
good post rhyme i am using ur method and found gradual improvement in RC .
i am doing fine in rc but i am taking more time are there any techniques to improve fast reading
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23 Mar 2011, 15:54
It works great!
Thank You!
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25 Mar 2011, 17:56
Thanks a lot rhyme!

Last edited by melguy on 28 Mar 2011, 00:27, edited 1 time in total.
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28 Mar 2011, 00:26
Your tips are excellent but somehow are working great for easier Q's for me. The complex ones still remain an issue for me ... I would appreciate some tips on how to tackle complex questions....
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23 Apr 2011, 05:50
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I must admit when 4-5 months ago I first read Rhyme's method, I thought it was just bullshit and I would never ever use it because I needed to read the passage thoroughly.

And... it took 2 live tests and months of preparation to become a true believe in this technique. IT DOES WORK AND WORKS GREATLY! Rhyme, thanks for enlightement!!!
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24 Apr 2011, 13:05
Great techniques. For those who would like to understand how to attack RC through video, you can try these videos:

Approach is similar and different at the same time. See which style fits you best.
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19 May 2011, 08:37
rhyme wrote:
Vorskl wrote:
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TECHNIQUE!!!
I must admit when 4-5 months ago I first read Rhyme's method, I thought it was just bullshit and I would never ever use it because I needed to read the passage thoroughly.

And... it took 2 live tests and months of preparation to become a true believe in this technique. IT DOES WORK AND WORKS GREATLY! Rhyme, thanks for enlightement!!!

Hey, just saw this... thanks!

This methodology of attacking RC gives us hope to survive the next day fighting for GMAT !

Thank you, Rhyme.
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27 May 2011, 00:43
Dear Rhyme,

I partially agree with your idea. This is exactly what I did to get a 29 in TOEFL ibt reading. I would call it a wise note-taking which can help you 1) grasp the whole idea by reading most important sentences and 2) navigate to the exact location of the detail asked in detail questions. However, it doesn't guarantee that you'll never need to return to text to read a FULL paragraph. My opposite idea is rooted in your sentence "the main point of each paragraph lies in the 1st sentence", which I believe not to apply to all paragraphs. The concluding sentence may be at least as important as the topic sentence to which you are pointing. To my mind, it's better to skim the rest of the sentence NOT just to hunt for numbers, specific names and so on but to get any info expected to help you answer the questions. There's no doubt that the 1st sentence (and the last of course) must be paid better attention compared to the middle sentences, but it doesn't mean that the middle sentences are inferior enough to be abridge to some discrete, isolated words. I believe investing on reading the passage is not sth to worry about since it can help you regain the lost time by not needing to flash back to the text when started to answer the questions.

I haven't yet started GMAT RC. I will later update when I have gone through it.
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27 May 2011, 01:53
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Dear Rhyme,

Moreover, in this case, when you have both a mental map and notes at hand, you can start the question with higher self-confidence compared to when you jump to the questions with just some notes and a shattered understanding of the text (as you yourself have admitted in your post and my experience with ALGAE)

One point I wish to emphasize here is the importance of improving one skill in your reading, everybody!
I would call it your mind's ability to control your eyes speed, or EMASA (Eye movement automatic speed adaptation), my own acronym . I DO believe that after reading enough of texts and getting familiar with question types, your eyes can be intelligently adjusting their own speed to reach a balance between time saving and good comprehension. That is, your reading style can be a combination of reading attentively and skimming at the same time, alternatively based on what you are reading at the moment. E.i. your eyes unconsciously know that they should speed down when reading through,say, definitions and they also know that they should speed up while reading about, say, an example of a phenomenon you just digested in the last sentence.

I haven't yet started GMAT RC. I will later update when I have gone through it. But this is what I have come to understand about RC after several years of voraciously reading English literature and other stuff (hold my BA in English literature). I don't consider a big difference between GMAT RC and other RCs expect the time constraint, which as I said can be alleviated by keeping in mind that spending on reading is compensated by a high ROI in answering the questions without referring to the text.

Hope it helps!

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03 Jul 2011, 17:58
I will give this approach a shot and see if I can find some improvement in RC! It has become my GMAT verbal nemesis!

Btw, is the Black Death passage a true GMAT passage? I would kill myself if something so dense shows up in my Test. I guess I can never get to the state where GMAT will dare present me this level of RC :p. But you never know with those stupid GMAT dummy questions, if GMAT decides to tease me with such a monster - I guess I should just skip in that case as I should be sure that it is a dummy question and I definitely don't deserve that respect of such a hard RC. BTW... WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SKIPPING, if you are SURE that you can't get such a hard question, so it has to be a test question?
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23 Jul 2011, 16:40
deepakjhamb007 wrote:
the best strategy is do 10 RC daily in the last 30 days of exam...so that you keep momentum before exam in RC

Do you mean 10 RC questions or 10 passages? I will puke my stomach out if I did 10 passage a day :p, moreover these isn't as much RC material out there! I hope you mean 2-4 passage a day?
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