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Resin is a plant secretion that hardens when exposed to air; fossilize

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This was a tough paragraph to stomach.

I read it at a slow pace in its entirety, but I still found myself going back to the paragraph extensively to answer the questions.

Anyone know to to better tackle this?

Ended up with 1 wrong (last question) - didn't understand the answer choice.

dcummins, you also might want to check out the Ultimate RC Guide for Beginners for more tips on how to efficiently tackle a passage. Good luck, and let us know if you have any specific questions!



Thanks Charles. I found that a lot of the tips mentioned were actually covered in one of your more detailed videos I viewed on youtube, so cheers.

I've concluded that no one RC reading method works for everyone. I've tried both the Economist's method, Empower's and the methods mentioned in the RC sticky thread. I'm a perfectionist, which is a detriment in this test, so If I read the whole passage it'll kill my time and this has been made evident in my last 3 practice CATs (V38 scores, but consistently having to rush through 1 passage and somehow always getting 5 RC wrong). I'll continue to flex my style and take in the tips. At the end of the day RC is something I practice the least, so I think I need to hold myself accountable in that regard.
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dcummins wrote:
GMATNinja wrote:
dcummins wrote:
This was a tough paragraph to stomach.

I read it at a slow pace in its entirety, but I still found myself going back to the paragraph extensively to answer the questions.

Anyone know to to better tackle this?

Ended up with 1 wrong (last question) - didn't understand the answer choice.

dcummins, you also might want to check out the Ultimate RC Guide for Beginners for more tips on how to efficiently tackle a passage. Good luck, and let us know if you have any specific questions!



Thanks Charles. I found that a lot of the tips mentioned were actually covered in one of your more detailed videos I viewed on youtube, so cheers.

I've concluded that no one RC reading method works for everyone. I've tried both the Economist's method, Empower's and the methods mentioned in the RC sticky thread. I'm a perfectionist, which is a detriment in this test, so If I read the whole passage it'll kill my time and this has been made evident in my last 3 practice CATs (V38 scores, but consistently having to rush through 1 passage and somehow always getting 5 RC wrong). I'll continue to flex my style and take in the tips. At the end of the day RC is something I practice the least, so I think I need to hold myself accountable in that regard.

Thank you for the kind words! Glad to hear that the videos are helping. (And sorry for my ludicrously slow response. I sorta switched continents during the holidays, and life is just starting to return to normal...)

And you’re 100% correct: no single reading method – or note-taking method – will ever work for everybody. Whenever a test-prep company tries to sell you some magical, rigid note-taking system that will turn you into a 99th-percentile verbal scorer, please run in the other direction, and double-check to make sure that you still have your wallet.

The reality is that improving your reading skills is HARD, and everybody’s minds work in different ways. Sure, there are general principles that apply to everybody on RC, but those principles are incredibly broad: basically, read for purpose and structure, work hard to avoid misreading, and don’t fall in love with an answer choice before you’ve found reasons to eliminate four other options. Beyond that, success comes from lots of practice, lots of self-reflection, and plenty of time spent learning what works best for YOU.

So I like the way you’re thinking about this! More practice is good, but perfectionism probably isn’t a good thing. Ideally, when you read an RC passage, you’re trying to understand only as much as you really need to understand. If you absorb TOO many details, you’ll waste time – and you might even miss the broader ideas in the passage.

So maybe you need to learn to let go a bit, and figure out how much to dial back the intensity of your reading? Just a thought.

I hope this helps, and enjoy the journey of self-discovery that is the GMAT verbal section… ;)
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