great tips.. i also was hesitant about writing stuff down like MGMAT suggests (also applies to RC) cuz i tend to write very messy and too much not concise enough (also doesn't help that i'm a lefty so the marker smears from the laminated test booklet) making it hard for me to comprehend, a bit distracting, and wastes too much time.. any suggestions on how you overcame this? thanks in advance.
I really don't know how to overcome this. it just kinda happened w/ practice.
One thing I should have noted, MGMAT's examples on how to write shorthand are way too time consuming. The writers practically copy the sentence from the passage.
I don't do this at all. I write down what I read and I actually don't even return to what I wrote down unless I'm trying to remember where the Conclusion or Premises are.
I know this sounds weird, but the act of just writing down essentially what the sentence is trying to say helps me understand it.
When i do my shorthand its Very short and I'm pretty much the only one who could understand it.
For example: "Corporate officers and directors commonly buy and sell, for their own portfolios, stock in their own corporations."
I would write: P: CO's and D's com. b & s, stock frm own Co. 4 port.
The P stands for premise. This is where I find diagramming most useful. I know from reading this that its a fact, not a claim and def. not the conclusion.
Ur def right MGMAT's CR books is very limited. However, at the begining of each chapter for each different CR type, the authors state in basically 1 or 2 bulleted points how to attack certain CR's.
Ever since I took this to heart, my CR rate has gone up considerably. U can't expect to get the question right if you don't know how to answer it correctly.
Also, for newbies. YOU MUST know how to identify premises, claims, and conclusions!
Just a tip for shorthand users for Premises I use P, Claims K, and Conclusions C.
Again no approach is correct for everyone. This is why I think practice with CR's is very important. You will find your niche!