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15 Jul 2007, 18:10
Does anyone have any strategy to improve reading comprehension? I am not a native English speaker. I find RC especially hard. I am already to the point that I can get about 80-90% correct on CR and SC. But for RC, my hit rate seems to stuck at about 50%. What can I do other then just practice RC from the OG? I do read NY times everyday.
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15 Jul 2007, 18:52
What I find that works best for me is to go paragraph by paragraph. Go slowly and read each paragraph with a keen eye. Look out for scope works such as many, some and all. Also, look out for words like however because usually there is going to be some sort of counter-argument. After each paragraph, summarize what's going on and the main point of the paragraph and how it fits in to the entire RC question. Hope this helps. You don't want to remember every detail just understand what's going on in the paragraph and you can go back to that paragraph if a question references it. This will take some time at first but practice practice practice and it'll become easier. You'll make up your time on SC and CR questions
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15 Jul 2007, 19:21
Thanks for your suggestion. I will try to practice that way.
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16 Jul 2007, 06:55
There are no shortcuts to RC. You have to read the whole passage carefully and then attack the questions. Take small notes while you are reading.
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16 Jul 2007, 08:09
I have heard a lot of strategies about RC. Rhyme's strategy is the most commonly used. I used it for a while but somehow it dint work for me.
I know one of my other friend who studies with me for GMAT, applies rhyme's strategy well and cracks RC.

What i do is just read the passage whole heartedly, i dont care to take the notes, i trust my memory .. believe me ,my hit rate has been good till now with this strategy.. hope that it will last during the real test also , as i know its more risky than some other strategies mentioned in this forum
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16 Jul 2007, 08:21
Hi, trahul4
what is this Rhyme's strategy that you are talking about? Can I find it on this site, or can I find it somewhere else? Could you please clarify it a little bit and let me know? Thanks.
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17 Jul 2007, 10:18
i've tried a lot of diff techniques
the trick that works best for me is to just skim over the passage in a minute

this saves max time and it has increased my accuracy from 70% to 85%
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17 Jul 2007, 15:47
trahul4 wrote:
I have heard a lot of strategies about RC. Rhyme's strategy is the most commonly used. I used it for a while but somehow it dint work for me.
I know one of my other friend who studies with me for GMAT, applies rhyme's strategy well and cracks RC.

What i do is just read the passage whole heartedly, i dont care to take the notes, i trust my memory .. believe me ,my hit rate has been good till now with this strategy.. hope that it will last during the real test also , as i know its more risky than some other strategies mentioned in this forum

I would also like to know Rhyme's strategy. Could you share it with us please?
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