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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comprehension Bibles
« on: September 09, 2008, 08:37:52 PM »
I was wondering if the RC Bible advises to read the question stems before the passage. Can someone help me with this? 

This is one of the first things that's covered in the book.  For LR, I'd understand if you read the question stem first before reading the stimulus (as I do these days), but I do not see what you'd gain from doing the same on RC.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Testmasters180 in Maryland
« on: September 09, 2008, 01:48:11 PM »
I took TM in 2006, and my instructor's name was Brandon Woodbury.  At that time, he was considered to be one of the best.  Far as I know, TM employs one of the best instructors at Washington D.C. and College Park areas for various reasons.  I don't think you'll run into incompetent instructors in the area.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comprehension Bibles
« on: September 09, 2008, 01:41:30 PM »
Based on eslite119's review, I'm almost convinced to buy it.  But I would love your take on it.

Btw, how long does it take to arrive? a week? I hope they're not as slow as LSAC!

Awesome!  I'm chomping at the bit.

It depends on where you live.  RC Bible was released on 9/5/08 and they started shipping on that date.  Mine arrived yesterday, 9/8/08, which I think it was pretty fast.  If you can afford it, they offer overnight shipping, which costs almost as much as the book. 

Finished first two chapters and I'm very impressed.  Even though I routinely get 2-4 questions wrong on RC, I honestly believe that I can improve even more.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comprehension Bibles
« on: September 08, 2008, 06:26:35 PM »
Just came back from work and there it was on my doorstep, the RC Bible.  I quickly glanced through the book and I gotta say this is the most comprehensive RC material that is out there.

The book is 360 pages long and consists of eleven chapters.  Covers some of the basics and the book has different types of drills througout.  Based on a quick overview, it appears that PS is introducing some of their own techniques that can be used while tackling the RC section.  Examples used in the book are recent RC passages and the book goes over the answers in detail.  It also has a chapter covering the comparative passages.  One of the chapters also has all four passages from June 2008 RC section and goes over them in detail.

I'm gonna start reading this tonight, but just wanted to give you guys some idea.

I can relate.  Scored 165, which is 6-7 points below my average.  Bombed on the RC section as I got 7 questions wrong.  But then again I was pretty exhausted from work and travel, so that could've been a factor for the low score.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comprehension Bibles
« on: September 03, 2008, 10:22:14 PM »
I've preordered a copy and it should arrive within a week from now.

Although I haven't read it yet, but I think it will be one of the best (if not the best) RC resources on the market.  Then again, there aren't that much resources out there that covers RC section in detail.  I strictly base my opinion after going through Powerscore's 2004 LSAT Deconstructed where the book goes over every single question and answer choices in detail.  Their explanations on all three (June, October, and December 2004) RC sections were thorough and gave me some guidance as to what I should look for when reading the passages.

If the Reading Comprehension Bible is similar to the RC sections in the aforementioned book, then I think it'd be helpful to those struggling with this section.  It'd be awesome if the RC Bible covers comparative passages. 

Parallel reasoning???  I believe most LSAT takers have trouble with Assumption, Flaw, and Parallel reasoning questions.

I agree with Lindbergh and Meggo on this one.  Powerscore LR Bible and TM strongly recommends students to read in order (stimulus first, then the stem), while Blueprint and Kaplan recommends students to read the stem first.  LR Bible and TM are great resources, but I take issue with the Bible's page on why one should strictly focus on one strategy only.

I initially started with what TM and Bible suggested, and tailored my personal strategy so that I'd finish the section within 35 minutes.  After several PTs, I decided to do things the other way just to see how well I perform.  As a result, I was able to shave off 1 to 1:30 on the section with greater accuracy.

So bottom line is, what works for others might not work for you.  You should try both strategies and see which one is better for you.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Reading Comprehension Main Point/Idea
« on: June 27, 2008, 03:53:56 PM »

MP questions are not always the easiest questions (refer to LSAT Superprep and see some MP questions and how LSAC ranked them in terms of difficulty).  I see your frustration as I've once faced the similar issue.  Here's how I approach and hope it helps at least a little:

While reading, first I try to see if author is present or not.  If author is not present and the passage is just simply "describing" or "presenting" certain points of views or set of facts, then the answer to the MP question should somewhat paraphrase the entire passage.

If author is present and he/she is actually laying out his/her stance on certain issue, then the answer to the MP question should paraphrase the author's conclusion. 

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Need your advice
« on: June 18, 2008, 07:33:00 PM »
It seems like you are in a same situation that I was in about a year ago... well almost.  I'm Korean myself and English is my second language.  Been studying for LSAT and will be taking it in October.

I have to say TM is not very good at teaching RC and they barely have any strategies for that section.  They are very good at LR though.  Are you aiming to answer all the questions in each section?  Perhaps you might want to focus on answering less questions and increase your accuracy.  For instance, if one of your LR section has 26 questions, then you might want to focus on answering only like 20-22 questions (even less if necessary) but devote more time on individual questions.  Same goes for RC.  If your current strategy is to go through all four passages, you might want to cut it down to three but answering the relevant questions with more time invested in each.

For RC, if you are to answer all questions (26-28) you should be able to go through the passage in like 3 but no more than 4 minutes while picking up vital information: topic, author's tone (if he or she is present in the passage), positions (i.e. are there proponents or critics to certain view mentioned in the passage), conclusion, how the conclusion has been reached, etc.  I don't know how many passages you've tackled, but you'll notice (or have noticed) a pattern that is taking place in the RC section.  Eventually you'll be able to tell what kind of passage it will be just by reading the first paragraph once you see this "pattern." 

I also believe that your attitude when answering these questions matters.  Tackling the questions with confidence will greatly improve your score (it worked for me at least  ;D).  I'm assuming that you're pretty good at LG as you've not mentioned it as one of your "weak" sections?  If so, then perhaps you might want to check the difference in your attitude when tacking LG and tackling other sections.

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