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going over completed verbal passages

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by rayden001, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. rayden001

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    hey guys, actively studying for the MCAT and as usual, getting continually raped by verbal.:(
    I have not observed any improvements in my VR scores over the past 2 months. I suspect a contributor to my situation is the method of analyzing completed passages. What is the most effective way to keep track of mistakes and correct them?
    I tried following EK's way of just looking at question stems but that only works with EK's verbal. I have tried rereading the passage but it seems i only gain a better understanding of the passage I just read not necessarily how to answer verbal questions in the future. Please help me. :oops:
     
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    I spend about 2-3x longer to review my practice problems than it takes to do the practice problems. While analyzing, these are some of the questions I ask:

    1. What technique did I use? Why did it work/not work? How can I improve it?
    2. Was I under any time pressure?
    3. Why did I get this question wrong/right?
    4. What was the author thinking when he/she made this problem? How were they trying to trip me up?
    5. Is there any type of problem I miss more frequently?
    6. Why do I miss that type?
    7. Were there any choices I should have eliminated right away?
    8. Did the passage confuse me and if so, why?
     
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    thanks

    So do you suggest I ignore EK's suggestion?
     
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    I think their technique of going back and doing the problems their way might help. I didn't find re-reading the passages too helpful either except in cases where I had no idea what was going on (thankfully that didn't happen too often). Go with whatever helps you the most.
     

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