RC is one of the problematic areas as the passage is big and number of questions less. Remaining damage is done by the Complexity of the questions
. If the RC is in History/Socialism/Economics
then it will be an Armageddon for me. I have read numerous posts on how to improve your RC score, esp by writing notes. Even though I tried those strategies on various RCs, my score enentually decreased. It was like pain in a** if you scored poorly even by following those useful strategies. Finally, I found that it won't work for me
. So, I want to share my RC experience with you.
I don’t prefer writing notes because:
1. I don’t know when to write notes:
• After reading the entire passage,
• After reading individual paragraphs, or
• While reading line-by-line
2. I feel wastage of time while writing notes, maybe this works for others. To read and write takes me atleast 6-7 min while reading the passage and following my 7 step Method takes me 2-3 min. So, I will prefer confirming my answer by spending extra 15-20 seconds and then moving on. I am sure that can boost my score.
3. If the question is related with Supporting Idea/Inference/evidence/parallel or flaw reasoning etc, then I have to refer the passage, because I cant write the entire sentences. So, I am not kin to write notes.My 7 Step Method to RC:
Step 1: Read the First Question and ALL Answers before Reading the Passage – This will help you in mapping the RC to understand easily.
Step 2: Choose a Tentative Answer (but don’t confirm it
Step 3: Read the Passage with a Possible Road Map in Mind
Step 4: Pause (after reading 1 or 2 paragraphs) and try to connect what you read. Now continue reading the rest of the passage.
Step 5: Try to assimilate the RC and build the Main Point Statement
Step 6: Confirm Your Selection for the First Question
Step 7: Move on to Next Questions
I try to attempt atleast 3 RCs (of different varieties) a day and by following above strategy I am able to improve my score in RC from 60% - 75%. May be I can expect to improve more on this front.
I have attached some of my learnings from Petersons RC book and put my comments in Blue. I hope this will help you. If you have something to contribute then please.
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