I hear from a lot of people that RC is the most scoring section in Verbal , but i have been performing bad in RC consistently. Can anyone suggest something that has worked well in the past ??
Help will be much appreciated !!
This is an excerpt from my own debrief.
Well, IMO RC’s are simply long CR’s. You are given information and you’ll be asked questions about it. However, there would be no specific question type associated with RC’s except for the ones that ask you to identify the ‘main point of the author’.
There is only one way to move forward - read the passage. Avoid reading the questions and then looking for answers in the passage. You would not get any bonus points if the passage belongs to any of your comfort areas. So what if the passage is on “the adoption of western classical music by Eastern musicians during the era of King Louis XVI”. Even if you are a classical musician and know its history inside out your answers have to be strictly based on the passage. You cannot give an answer based your own knowledge of the subject, else you might mess up.
Going back to approach - I had devised my own approach for tackling RC’s.
I used to converse with them. Imagine you are sitting at a table in a restaurant somewhere in, say, Mexico and this gentleman arrives and starts a conversation with you. Suppose he tells you –
“Linda Kerber argued in the mid-
1980’s that after the American Revolution
(1775-1783), an ideology of “republican
Line motherhood” resulted in a surge of edu-
(5) cational opportunities for women in the
Oh! I didn’t know that, tell me more...Kerber maintained that
the leaders of the new nation wanted
women to be educated in order to raise
politically virtuous sons. A virtuous citi-
(10) zenry was considered essential to the
success of the country’s republican form
of government; virtue was to be instilled
not only by churches and schools, but
by families, where the mother’s role
(15) was crucial.You:
So Kerber in a way was trying to promote the role of women in instilling virtues. Hmm.. interesting(although it might not be as interesting as the address of Agent Smith to Morpheus while the latter was tied to a chair and the former was comparing human beings to viruses, you simply will have to listen to this RC). So how was it received by the public?
And so on..
After each para, just pause for a bit, summarize what all information is given. Note it down on a piece of paper. These notes should be as precise as possible.You:
so basically, in the first para you are saying bla bla bla..
<repeat this for the rest of the paragraphs>
I found this approach to be good for such passages which did not interest me at all.
For the passages which were from areas familiar to me, I would simply read the passage without complicating things.
I used to try applying the above-mentioned approach while reading editorials from ‘The Hindu’(an Indian newspaper).