« on: February 06, 2005, 08:55:10 PM »
I am in the opposite direction. LG is the one that I least worried about. I got 1~5 wrong in the practic test even before I read LGB. But My LR and RC sections are horrible. I don't have time finish them and got a lot wrong on them. Hopefully LRB will help me on the LR section. Don't know how to improve on RC yet. If anyone has good suggestions, pls let me know....
For RC, is it your reading speed? Are you reading the questions before you tackle the text? And, are you flipping through the reading sections to acknowledge the subject matter? For example, if you favor science texts, you should do those sections first, and leave for last the sections that have subject matter you are uncomfortable with.
Also, try this to speed up your reading time: draw a line or two vertically though your columns of text. Use a pencil. Now, when you read, instead of looking at every word, look at just the point where the lines cut the text, and read the text in "chunks." This will force you to read faster, and will also help your eyes not tire out--it's much more work to read 10 words across separately than to "pull in" the text by looking at designated points on the page.
When we're confronted with new material to read, our instinct is to read more slowly. That instinct is very wrong, and particularly so in a test situation. Our brains have a "happy speed" when reading, and if we drop too far below that point, our brains get bored, wander, and cease taking in information. Thus, slowing down doesn't serve any purpose but to waste time.
Take something you're comfortable reading, read it, time yourself a few times, and calculate to determine your "comfortable" words-per-minute reading speed. Now, when you do your LSAT prep, do what you can to read about that fast. Any slower won't help you--you'll be better off getting the gist of the passage, doing some underlining of key phrases, and then jumping back to the text as needed when answering questions.
Hope some of this is useful--