I almost always miss 1~2 questions per passage on RC. I rarely miss main point/tone questions, but detail/extension questions are giving me trouble because it takes so long for me to choose the right answer (and sometimes i choose the wrong ones). It seems like no matter what I do, I don't seem to improve much on RC. I read the Nova's, the sparknotes, and some of the stuff on here. I found the sparknotes to be pretty helful, but applying everything I learned from it would consume way too much time. Studying for RC is so discouraging because I don't seem to improve at all. Improving on LR was so much easier. Can someone suggest anything that mihgt be helpful? Should I just continue to do passage after passage even though I don't see any improvements? (Yes, that sounded dumb) Please help!
I normally miss about 5 questions in the RC section, so I'm not exactly perfect, but when I started out I was getting as much as 12 wrong. So in the time I've been studying I must have been doing something right.My advice would be to read the passage carefully before doing anything else. Don't even skim the questions before hand, because if you do you'll subconsciously be on the lookout for certain words, and you'll miss the organizational layout, and that's the last thing you want to do. What you want to do instead is read the entire passage as carefully as you can, and quickly too. By the time you get to the detail questions, things should already be clicking in your mind. Say for example the detail question asks what the word "obscure" in "line 27" is intended to do. By this time, you should already know the organization of the passage and how each paragraph relates to each other. So all you have to do is go back to line 27 and see how it relates to the paragraph. And then you will know how it relates to the passage. The problem with just going to line 27 without knowing the organization of the passage is that you may think you know how it relates to the few lines surrounding it, which just isn't good enough, because the direction of the argument too often changes. Although the detail question specifically asks about line 27, you may have to read lines 50-55, for example, to get the correct answer.You mentioned you're pressed for time, but reading the entire passage first (and carefully) is the best time-saver in the long run.
Hey thanks for the explanation. It is really helpful. I always tend to read a little too fast, and did not train myself enough to focus on the structure I guess. What you said about the detail/line questions really do make sense. I will try reading for the sctructure more. Do you think reading for structure is also the way to solve extension/ parellel questions? I also have trouble with these.
When you say "parallel" questions, are you referring to RC questions where you need to find an analogous circumstance or relationship similar to one described in the passage?