I just started studying for my GMAT and began with the Critical Reasoning section as discussed in the KAPLAN
Out of the 50 quiz questions, I got 15 right. I told myself, 'Okay, ill do the first 25 and depending on my score, ill look at the answers and for each question I got wrong, I'll try to learn something out of it'. When doing the next 25, I seemed to do WORSE. Its even hard for me to now pinpoint how to learn something out of every question. I need help here.
I'm planning on taking the GMAT in February and I told myself I'll spend a maximum of 3 weeks on Critical Reasoning so that I can move on to the next section. While I have the OG book, I'm nervous to even open it because I doubt I'll do any better.
My questions are as follows:
> When you get a question wrong and try to ask yourself "What did I learn from this question", what are you really trying to learn? I want to learn something that can help me move on and so when I see similar questions, I can excel in. Do I tell myself "learn the type question and hopefully if you see it on the next one, you know what to watch out for"? ...Do I tell myself "Okay, now I understand this, just be cautious"? I am so pumped to destroy this section and teach it a lesson but I feel like on my third day, I might be losing my self confidence.
> Should I attempt to go back to the basics and really try to understand the fundamentals? While fundamentals are great, I feel like I can't seem to apply them so seamlessly. For example, in the KAPLAN
book it states that negation of assumptions 'weaken' an argument. When I started doing a few negations, I couldn't find them in my answer choices! And when I looked at the answer choices, negated them to strengthen the sentence, I couldn't find the 'missing' link.
> I found a couple books on critical reasoning online; what do you think of them? I need someone to open my mind.
BOOK #1: The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible: A Comprehensive System for Attacking the GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions
BOOK #2: Critical Reasoning GMAT Preparation Guide
A useful SITE: http://www.gmatcat.com/Verbal.html
What books do you think will help me go in the right direction? I can think logically and because i'm technologically driven, I don't assume anything, but my assumptions I craft up seem ridiculous to the GMAT and uselessly challenge.
> Should I consider into getting the KAPLAN
My background: I was an engineer in college and now I'm a software developer.
Your guidance is GREATLY appreciated. Thank you ALL!