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# RC struggle

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01 Apr 2020, 23:52
Im struggling with RC. Although, my SC and CR are fine, but I'm still struggling with RC. Any tips and suggestions to improve?
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02 Apr 2020, 00:05
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Reading Comprehension is very difficult because most of us read wrong. We have to focus on 3 things when we read: speed, comprehension, and recall. There are 3 bad habits that slow us down:
1)saying the words out loud in our head
2)focusing on one word at a time.

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02 Apr 2020, 02:40
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Hi lakshya14.

Mastering RC is all about reading between the lines as almost 80-85% RC questions are inferential in nature. Hence, it is really important that you understand the purpose of each line in the passage and what's the author's take on it.

In the beginning don't worry about how much time you are taking to solve questions, rather focus on understanding the purpose in the first read itself. The idea is to keep relating back information by asking the relevant questions and not move ahead without a clear understanding of what you've read till now. I'm sharing a webinar recording of a session that we conducted last week on RC. I'm sure you will find it useful.

Check out the recording to learn the right approach and then make sure that you use this method consistently for solving at least 20-30 passages. Once you do so, you will find your confidence level go up significantly. All the best!

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02 Apr 2020, 11:32
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Hi lakshya14,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Here is some general advice you can follow to improve your RC skills.

Another component of understanding what you are reading is being “present” when reading. Don’t worry about how things are going at work, or what you will eat for dinner, or even how long you are taking to read through the passage. Just focus on what is in front of you, word by word, line by line. Furthermore, try to make reading fun. For example, even if you are reading about a topic that bores you, pretend that you are the person making the argument. By doing so, you will make the passage more relatable to YOU, and ultimately you should be able to read with greater focus.

One final component of Reading Comprehension that may be tripping you up is that RC questions contain one or more trap answers that seem to answer the question but don't really. So, a key part of training to correctly answer RC questions is learning to notice the differences between trap answers and correct answers. You have to learn to see how trap answers seem to follow from what the passages say, but don't really, while correct answers fit what the passages say exactly.

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.
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Re: RC struggle   [#permalink] 02 Apr 2020, 11:32

# RC struggle

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