I'm taking MGMAT's course and they suggest taking notes for CR and RC. Problem is I think doing this takes too long.
Has anybody used this technique and how effective is it? Maye I just need to get more practice and take notes faster...
What are some other techniques people think are better than taking notes? I've heard that skimming through then going back to get specifics when answering questions is effective.
I took their course too. Taking notes is highly effective, but if you tried to do it just they way they taught you to, you'd be there all day!
For RC, just scribble down a quick note - it might even be just one word - that captures the idea in the first sentence in each paragraph. Believe it or not, that is enough to give you an idea of structure. It is also enough to give you at least an idea of where to look when you have to go trolling for specific information to answer a question. This will save you precious seconds, and trust me, they add up.
For CR, same idea. Usually I do something like: Statement - rebuttal - conclusion - more info, or whatever the pattern of the CR happens to be. Again, I write down just a word or two to help me get a feel for the structure. This helps me zero in on the correct answers much faster. It worked beautifully on my actual exam!
Hope this helps...
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