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RC - I've read the various threads, but what do YOU do?

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RC - I've read the various threads, but what do YOU do?
« on: July 13, 2007, 05:23:11 PM »
So I've been running into a little trouble with RC. I read all the threads regarding RC but was wondering what past LSAT-takers actually did on the test. Did you write out one-sentence summaries of each paragraph? Underline/highlight main points? Note various points of view? I just find myself having serious time issues when I write ANYTHING out. Should I just practice on my comprehension of the material, as to allow me to mentally note the aforementioned strategies. All help/insight is appreciated.

Re: RC - I've read the various threads, but what do YOU do?
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2007, 05:26:11 PM »
Reading the passages is time consuming enough. Only circle, underline, or highlight if it increases your accuracy more than it wastes your time. Writing out summary sentences? That's useless.

I do none of the above. I just read the passage, then attack the questions. I got a perfect RC section on the June LSAT.

Re: RC - I've read the various threads, but what do YOU do?
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2007, 05:46:18 PM »
So I've been running into a little trouble with RC. I read all the threads regarding RC but was wondering what past LSAT-takers actually did on the test. Did you write out one-sentence summaries of each paragraph? Underline/highlight main points? Note various points of view? I just find myself having serious time issues when I write ANYTHING out. Should I just practice on my comprehension of the material, as to allow me to mentally note the aforementioned strategies. All help/insight is appreciated.

Don't waste your time writing things out if it doesn't increase your comprehension/accuracy.

Here's my theory: test prep companies know that taking tons of notes doesn't really work, but they need to put something in the books, so they say it does.

As with the other sections, there is no Secret Knowledge that will allow you to get all the questions right. There are numerous strategies, some of which may be effective for you, but no silver bullet.

In summery, there is no substitute for hard work.

If you're having time issues on RC, than you might want to work on bringing your reading speed up, in which case I would recommend going down to a used bookstore and picking up a dozen back issues of Scientific American, Smithsonian, Etc. and forcing yourself to spend more time reading generally.

Set goals, such as 7-10 news paper articles each morning, 80-100 pages of a book, and two magazines a day, for instance.

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Re: RC - I've read the various threads, but what do YOU do?
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2007, 06:16:11 PM »
seriously, I can't read 80-100 pages a day...

Re: RC - I've read the various threads, but what do YOU do?
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2007, 06:29:09 PM »
seriously, I can't read 80-100 pages a day...

Sure you can. Anyone can. Once you get your reading speed up, it'll take you roughly 2 hours a day.

Re: RC - I've read the various threads, but what do YOU do?
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2007, 07:19:40 PM »
So I've been running into a little trouble with RC. I read all the threads regarding RC but was wondering what past LSAT-takers actually did on the test. Did you write out one-sentence summaries of each paragraph? Underline/highlight main points? Note various points of view? I just find myself having serious time issues when I write ANYTHING out. Should I just practice on my comprehension of the material, as to allow me to mentally note the aforementioned strategies. All help/insight is appreciated.

Don't waste your time writing things out if it doesn't increase your comprehension/accuracy.


Actually, I was taught something similar and have to admit that this kind of strategy works for me. Of course, it all depends on what you're actually writing on the side--if it's a bunch of meaningless garbage then of course it's not going to help you when you reference back to it.

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Re: RC - I've read the various threads, but what do YOU do?
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2007, 07:28:00 PM »
I think that is great advice (increasing reading speed via increasing amount of reading). I just implemented that method into my studying. I got a book on systems biology and American Lit. (two sub-topics of subjects I hate on the LSAT) which I'm going to read in the next two weeks.

Re: RC - I've read the various threads, but what do YOU do?
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2007, 08:58:20 PM »
Only read outside material if you already plan on doing every single PrepTest available. The single best practice for RC is more RC.