I think my prob is that I fret over the details sometimes, so Im learning to just highlight the words/names/phrases that might show up in questions and just skim over themAgree with active reading. Basically, you try gauge the author's main ideas as you read each sentence. In a way, you try to predict his next paragraph gonna be. Do not pay attention too much to little details; it is like you listen to a person rambling for 10 mins, of course you dont remember every detail he talking about but rather what he really pissed off or angry about.
I've found myself noticing the contrast words much more often now than before, I almost get the main idea questions correct 90% of the time so I think I can understand the main idea but I bomb the rest of the questions. I will pm you tonight for more questions. Thank you!I went from a 5 on my first MCAT to a 10 on my most recent one.
First of all, replace EK101 with TPRH Verbal...and also, i took the kaplan course, and the verbal strategy did not work for me so I honestly can't recommend it.
Like others have suggested, ACTIVE READING is the most important part...(so do what is right for you....such as highlighting or writing...whichever one stops you from getting distracted/uninterested in taking information from the passage)
I could be wrong but after reading the passage and looking at the question, almost 85% of the time, there was an answer choice that was related in some way or form to the main point of the essay (i always chose that answer rather than other relevant information). It also helps to notice keywords such as "but, although, however, etc."
If you have anymore questions PM me....i hope this helps in some way though though.
Try not to over focus and spend too much time. I know this sounds counter intuitive, but don't spend a lot of time and focus. Actively read, immerse yourself in the passage and you will be surprised at what you retain w/o wasting valuable time. It definitely takes practice, if you do this you will notice you'll finish with ample time to spare, and you won't be nervous about not finishing, which will allow you to focus on the section at hand.the only difference in my reading now is that I focus and spend more time on the first passage and I highlight the key words that determine the main theme of the author, doing this, I feel like I do understand the passage much better but its a bit time consuming. I dont reread, just in cases I dont understand the main idea I just glance over those key words and it tends to help me to see where the passage is directed
I've heard it has helped few people, the only worry that I have about this strategy is that I might waste valuable time which you say its the opposite. so I might give it a try. thank you.I don't know if this is actually a viable strategy of if I'm just an outlier, but I found that reading the questions first before reading the passage helped me immensely. And, in addition, it saved time because some of the questions they ask deal with specific words/sentences/paragraphs, and once I came across those, I could answer the question real quick and then return to the passage. Otherwise, I'd finish the passage, read the question about that specific word/sentence/paragraph mentioned, have to find it in the passage all over again, and only then be able to analyze what it meant. Wastes precious time. And I'm a slow reader too, so every second saved was necessary for me.