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Best book for reading comprehension?
« on: May 05, 2008, 12:24:32 AM »
It's becoming clearer to me now that my worst section is RC. I've already got the two bibles for LR and LG, and those have done a world of help for me. My Powerscore course is covering RC but not in super detail, so I'd love to get my hands on a book so I can apply some more strategies that might help me.

I've done some searching and supposedly Nova's Master the LSAT is the best book around for RC advice.

Should I go forward with this book, or are there any others you guys would recommend?

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Re: Best book for reading comprehension?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008, 10:28:12 AM »
It's becoming clearer to me now that my worst section is RC. I've already got the two bibles for LR and LG, and those have done a world of help for me. My Powerscore course is covering RC but not in super detail, so I'd love to get my hands on a book so I can apply some more strategies that might help me.

I've done some searching and supposedly Nova's Master the LSAT is the best book around for RC advice.

Should I go forward with this book, or are there any others you guys would recommend?

There really isn't a book for RC like there is for LR and LG.  A few books are often brought up as useful - the Nova book, Kaplan 180, and Powerscore 2004 LSAT Deconstructed strictly for the analysis are the ones I see most often.

ExamKrackers released a book specifically for RC - http://www.amazon.com/ExamKrackers-LSAT-Reading-Comprehension-Examkrackers/dp/1893858529/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209997302&sr=8-16 - which I just ordered last week and based on the reviews on that site I don't know what to expect, but its worth a shot.

Other than that, book wise, its probably going to be one of the four that I wrote above, at least until Powerscore gets their RC bible out and that probably will take the crown.

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Re: Best book for reading comprehension?
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008, 03:52:33 PM »
RC is pretty hard to teach effectively through a book, relative to LG and LR.  Teaching yourself to read critically is something that can be practiced though.

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Re: Best book for reading comprehension?
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2008, 10:36:55 PM »
It's becoming clearer to me now that my worst section is RC. I've already got the two bibles for LR and LG, and those have done a world of help for me. My Powerscore course is covering RC but not in super detail, so I'd love to get my hands on a book so I can apply some more strategies that might help me.

I've done some searching and supposedly Nova's Master the LSAT is the best book around for RC advice.

Should I go forward with this book, or are there any others you guys would recommend?

There really isn't a book for RC like there is for LR and LG.  A few books are often brought up as useful - the Nova book, Kaplan 180, and Powerscore 2004 LSAT Deconstructed strictly for the analysis are the ones I see most often.

ExamKrackers released a book specifically for RC - http://www.amazon.com/ExamKrackers-LSAT-Reading-Comprehension-Examkrackers/dp/1893858529/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209997302&sr=8-16 - which I just ordered last week and based on the reviews on that site I don't know what to expect, but its worth a shot.

Other than that, book wise, its probably going to be one of the four that I wrote above, at least until Powerscore gets their RC bible out and that probably will take the crown.

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The examKrackers RC book has some FAKE (yeah that means they wrote the passages and questions, not LSAT) stuff in it, which is a cardinal sin for quality LSAT prep materials, especially for RC.  (yeah, it does have some real RC passages in it to).

Try reading this thread (both page 1 and page 2 of it):
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=31671

Instead, to improve your RC skills:

Always good for a refresher about stuff that is REALLY important for reading and understanding things properly (Yeah, 4 ur RC skillz! especially if you tend to think to much in cell phone txt mssg syntax OMG WTF IWWT? and need to be brought back down to the earth of werds and full sentences and stuff.) 

Exploring English:
http://www.shared-visions.com/explore/english/english.html

Parts of speech:
http://www.shared-visions.com/explore/english/parts.html

English anatomy chart:
http://www.shared-visions.com/explore/english/engchart.html

Stuff from a book that is excellent for critical reading skills  - Developing Critical Reading Skills by Deanne Spears
http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072491329/student_view0/chapter_1-999/chapter_objectives.html
http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072491329/student_view0/chapter8/chapter_objectives.html
http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072491329/student_view0/chapter8/exercise_1.html

(use the drop down on the upper left of those pages to go to stuff from the other chapters of the book.  I highly recommend taking a look at this, and also getting the book, especially for people that are having trouble with RC!)



Thank god the book was only $20.  I was not aware they used fake questions, but I guessed the 5 star amazon review was fake - he had reviewed only ExamKrackers material.

I was desperate to ensure I felt much more comfortable this next time around with RC and I guess I would buy any reasonably priced book if I thought it would help.

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Re: Best book for reading comprehension?
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2008, 10:41:25 PM »

Thank god the book was only $20.  I was not aware they used fake questions, but I guessed the 5 star amazon review was fake - he had reviewed only ExamKrackers material.

I was desperate to ensure I felt much more comfortable this next time around with RC and I guess I would buy any reasonably priced book if I thought it would help.

It's OK.
Cutting costs for the sake of saving a little change when studying for the LSAT is an expensive proposition.

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Re: Best book for reading comprehension?
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2008, 10:51:59 PM »

Exploring English:
http://www.shared-visions.com/explore/english/english.html



That's a nice website.

But my mum just gave me a worried look when I told her that I was studying for the LSAT when she asked what I was doing on that website.

They should gear the website towards law school prospects who don't read no english good.
It's a pretty big niche that I'm happily apart of.

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Re: Best book for reading comprehension?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2008, 12:22:01 AM »
Dictionary
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

"Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty."

"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else."

Albert Einstein