Well I started the last 10 days of my prep. Today was verbal day with 100 RC questions from the OG11
. So far so good. Without timing myself and utilizing every strategy I have read about ( will explain in a second ) I got 2 wrong. Iâ€™m expecting harder passages as I go on but so far itâ€™s a great improvement over my previous strategy.
Before I was simply reading the passage trying to make sense of whatâ€™s going on and noting key words ( as many suggested ). However I found myself re reading parts of the passage that related to each question and sometimes even more to get a broader perspective. Recently I was introduced to passage mapping. This is a technique of simply taking notes as you read. You start by noting the main idea within each paragraph ( most of the time its within the opening lines ) then as you read you note key terms and arguments which either support the authors view or present another side to the argument. Personally I find its easier to separate the points or newly introduced topics by paragraphs this gives me a better picture of the overall structure.
Honestly I must say that this technique has benefited me in more than one way. Firstly it gives me the passage map on paper so I know where to look for relevant data. Second, and probably the more important benefitâ€¦ it helps me organize my thoughts as I write down each idea the author presents ( in reality it gives my mind a few seconds to collect all the presented data and organize it into neatly formed blocks of relevant and irrelevant information ). I find that using this technique it takes me about 2-3 minutes longer to read each passage while noting all the relevant info â€¦ however now I can fly through most of the questions without rereading and making up the lost time. I love that feeling when you can answer the question w/o even reading the answer choices !!!
I hope this helps. If you have any questions feel free to ask !
Tomorrow is another verbal day with 40 RC questions and 80 SC questions. Hehe I feel like im creating another workout schedule except this time its for my brain. The planning is similar to going to the gym â€¦ work hard eat right push yourself and always expect results !