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Need help with RC Strategy [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2011, 03:50
Hello

I have started my mission GMAT last weekend and I need some real help with RC strategy. I have went through a lot of youtube videos / articles on how to best approach RC. gmatclub. com/forum/verbal-rc-help-30247.html was certainly one of the best.

I am atleast able to solve basic questions with the strategy but for medium to tough questions (on grockit.com) take me atleast 7-10 mins just to take down notes for big passages. Also, the notes sometimes don't even end up helping with the Q.

I need some new note taking tips + strategies to solve medium / complex questions in lot less time. I have also tried grockit.com that tell to just read the first and last line and solve the Q. I am new so not so confident with that method yet.

Any other tips wud be great.

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Re: Need help with RC Strategy [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2011, 21:06
Zero replies :!: I was expecting some advise from experts..
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Re: Need help with RC Strategy [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 08:14
Taking down notes is a good strategy, however if you're finishing the passage in 7-10 mins that means you're not taking down notes effectively. Note taking doesn't mean just jotting down the details in the passage, it means your the condensed version of your opionion about a paragraph alongwith some details in as many few words as possible.
How many passages have you practised the strategies you have learnt on. Generally, RC needs a lot of practice and you'll have to fine tune your strategies as a result of which you'll eventually become better at RCs.
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Re: Need help with RC Strategy [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 10:46
do we have any strategy other than taking notes. Taking notes is very very time consuming, I had done around 12-15 passages from OG verbal 2nd edition, and still my success rate is not improving than 50%. Any insight would be of great help. By my strategy, I read the passage and keep everything in my head, and then try to answer the questions. I do refer to pasage for details for almost all the questions, but not sure what I am doing wrong.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Need help with RC Strategy [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 12:56
shovitdhar wrote:
Taking down notes is a good strategy, however if you're finishing the passage in 7-10 mins that means you're not taking down notes effectively. Note taking doesn't mean just jotting down the details in the passage, it means your the condensed version of your opionion about a paragraph alongwith some details in as many few words as possible.
How many passages have you practised the strategies you have learnt on. Generally, RC needs a lot of practice and you'll have to fine tune your strategies as a result of which you'll eventually become better at RCs.


Thanks!! I have practiced it on approx 4-5 easy passages and 15-20 medium to hard passages. Yesterday I just focused only on medium passages and I did notice the note taking speed has slightly improved. Down to approx 5- 6 mins. Note taking sometimes does not helps me at all in solving certain complex questions in which I may be failed to write down that particular keyword in my notes for example. So I end up reading that paragraph all over again or go again finding where the keyword is. The success rate decreases significantly.

Also, please advise if there are different strategies to solve hard questions (the ones like "the author agrees with all EXCEPT" etc).

Can I post example(s) from another website here?

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Re: Need help with RC Strategy [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 13:04
brandy96 wrote:
do we have any strategy other than taking notes. Taking notes is very very time consuming, I had done around 12-15 passages from OG verbal 2nd edition, and still my success rate is not improving than 50%. Any insight would be of great help. By my strategy, I read the passage and keep everything in my head, and then try to answer the questions. I do refer to pasage for details for almost all the questions, but not sure what I am doing wrong.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.


I am a newbie and I too can tell you this is nothing but dangerous! Proof? my last result :oops: I have tried this memorizing method several times and fail miserably. I end up frustrated going back and forth and end up guessing. From what I have read GMAT does not expects you to memorize it either.

Note taking (a strategy I learned recently from youtube / forums only after i started serious preparation recently) is working lot better (for me atleast) than trying to memorize a passage within 2-3 mins.
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