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# Having Trouble Retaining Information on SC and CR

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22 Sep 2011, 12:41
I have worked through the Aristotle SC Book and about 1/3 of the Powerscore CR book. I just cannot seem to retain any of the strategies. I get through the chapters and do the practice questions, but it feels I dont remember a damn thing. I took a practice MG GMAT test yesterday and it feels like I dont remember a damn thing from the Aristotle SC Book. The math stuff is easy you practice, but I have no damn idea how to do the same for CR and SC Questions. Its so damn hard to get through these two sections.How do you review the information after you finish your books. I am absolutely discouraged by this please help!!
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22 Sep 2011, 20:55
gmatpunjabi wrote:
I have worked through the Aristotle SC Book and about 1/3 of the Powerscore CR book. I just cannot seem to retain any of the strategies. I get through the chapters and do the practice questions, but it feels I dont remember a damn thing. I took a practice MG GMAT test yesterday and it feels like I dont remember a damn thing from the Aristotle SC Book. The math stuff is easy you practice, but I have no damn idea how to do the same for CR and SC Questions. Its so damn hard to get through these two sections.How do you review the information after you finish your books. I am absolutely discouraged by this please help!!

You don't have to memorize things. Books are there to help you understand what is required of you in SC and CR questions. In the recent GMAC summit, Dr. Rudner explicitly mentioned:

[highlight]The GMAT exam measures… Verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills.

Note the line under the word “reasoning” – he was quite emphatic that the GMAT is concerned with higher-order thinking skills and not with mere memory or knowledge. The slide went on to further read

The GMAT exam DOES NOT measure…

and included “knowledge of facts”, “undergraduate competency” and a few other items (related to leadership, emotional intelligence, etc.)[/highlight]

For the complete post, check out: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/09 ... s-council/

You don't have to learn up things, you have to understand them. In SC, its logical that the verb has to agree with the subject because the subject is the one doing the action. In CR, it is logical that when you are trying to weaken an argument, you are going to focus on weakening the conclusion. If your conclusion is weakened, your argument is weakened. In inference questions, the correct option cannot have any new data. After all, it has to 'infer' from what is already given. Don't try to 'learn up' these things. Try and see the logic behind them. That will see you through.
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22 Sep 2011, 21:50
Thanks for the post!! Its the logic I have trouble understanding. I am able to understand why I get a choice wrong or right once I see the answer explanation, but learning the logic for CR, SC, and RC is something I have trouble with. Math is simple you have to practice the questions. Writing is not much of an issue because my major in college was writing intensive. These Verbal skills are something I understand only to a certain degree, but I really want to get better at it. Thanks
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24 Nov 2011, 08:13
I have the same problem... cant rem the things i learn...
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24 Nov 2011, 15:55
The biggest problem I see with all the test prep books is that they rush through the matieral on too few pages. I wish they instead focused on teaching rather than cramming the knowledge in your head.
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25 Nov 2011, 00:09
gmatpunjabi wrote:
The biggest problem I see with all the test prep books is that they rush through the matieral on too few pages. I wish they instead focused on teaching rather than cramming the knowledge in your head.

Powerscore CR is good in this aspect. Aristotle SC is useful only as an add-on to MGMAT SC. Its not a good stand alone book.

When is your GMAT and target score? What i am saying below is applicable only if you are targeting 700+ score.

A very important part of GMAT Prep is revision of the books. I faced the same issue and overcame it by reading Manhattan SC books slowly 2-3 times and Power-score CR book twice. You probably need 1 month on SC and 1 month on CR to truly internalize the concepts. It also helps if you make notes in your 2nd reading as in the first reading you will think that everything is equally important. It isn't
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25 Nov 2011, 19:46
Hi,

Thank You for the reply. I still have to schedule my GMAT. I am thinking of taking in the 2nd or 3rd week of January. My Target is around 700+. I took the test back in October and got a 570(Q42 V27) I am really looking to raise my Verbal Score by a substantial amount. On your second or 3rd read through do you skim and or just note down what you dont know?
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I would recommend creating your own notes (just create notes on paper or even better on the computer - type them up) for each subject.

Another option is to try to teach someone what you just have learned. Works great if you have a buddy who is studying for the GMAT or is open to learning.
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26 Nov 2011, 19:12
bb I will definitely do that!! Thanks again for the advice I will make sure to take notes when I read. I will also see if I can share my new found knowledge with.
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