Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Reading Comprehension(RC)--Strategy by Csquare Learnings

RC on GMAT is The Most Daunting area for most of the students on GMAT. In fact we are sure no one will disagree with us if I say RC is essentially boring, time consuming and more than anything it is PAIN.

During many occasions in our classes we have come across students who barely have any reading skills; added to this if you get a topic that you don’t like (which normally happens) then it is gone for a total mess.

Therefore, at Csquare Learnings, we adopt strategy that will help you to breeze through the RC gently yet get high accuracy. We will deal with few important points and tips that will help you to fine tune your RC skills.

1. You will come across topics that you MAY NOT be able to comprehend no matter how many times you read.
RULE No 1: STOP TRYING TO UNDERSTAND.

2. Remember every passage is essentially a STORY, no matter what subject it is written on. And every story is built on a Story line or a basic Structure.
RULE No 2: DECIPHER THE STORY LINE (NOT the STORY Details).

3. As human brain stores lots of things in the temporary memory locations, we tend to forget things very fast. Realize the fact that your brain is biggest enemy; hence don’t rely on your brain.
RULE No 3: PUT YOUR STORY LINE ON PAPER QUICKELY (as you decipher it)

4. GMAT has some unique talent to make simple things complex. More often than less, we tend to get scared by looking at the question itself. Realize what GMAT is trying to do to you by throwing that question at you.
RULE No 4: DON’T GET CARRIED AWAY BY THE LOOK AND FEEL OF THE QUESTION. INSTEAD BREAK IT INTO PIECES TO RELATE TO YOUR STORY LINE

5. Unlike many other exams, GMAT carefully designs its Answer Choices based on Human Psychology. It is very easy to Fall for trap in the pursuit of finding Right Answer Choice.
RULE No 5: DON’T TRY TO FIND RIGHT ANSWER CHOICE; INSTEAD INDENTIFY WRONG ONES AND KICK THEM OUT.

Ensure you eliminate the wrong answer choices for the same reason that GMAT does – Read explanations carefully.

In conclusion, if you want to impress your BOSS you need to understand his likes and dislikes. Similarly if you want to CONQUER RCs ON GMAT, you MUST understand your enemy-GMAT’s likes and dislikes. There is NO correct way or wrong way in this game; it is just the GMAT WAY.
SO KNOW IT. CONQUER IT.

PS: For practice please stick to Official Guides.