Reading Comprehension is the hardest section of the LSAT to improve at. And, it’s getting harder. New LSATs feature reading comprehension passages with logical reasoning style question. This is a recorded seminar with advanced strategies for RC. This seminar has three goals:
- Give you the tools to quickly and easily understand RC passages.
- Show you how to retain that information while going through the questions
- Show you how to eliminate RC answers quickly, and how to predict right answers
This class is aimed at advanced students. Beginners can still get value from it, but I won’t be slowing down to cover basics. I’ll assume you already know basic ideas about reading comprehension (passage subjects, passage organization, structural words, etc.) and have done at least ten reading comprehension sections. I will be referencing things like structural words, but I won’t be giving a thorough overview. The seminar is in two parts:
- An overview of RC strategies that you can use on all passages + how to think about the section in general
- Walkthroughs from hard passages from a variety of subjects. I will show exactly what I was thinking on each question as I solved it, and habits you can use to do passages faster.
There’s also a Q and A covering common questions. You can ask other RC questions in the comments sections as well, and get a quick reply. Total seminar time: Roughly six hours. Cost: $199
RC Seminar Description
RC is the hardest section of the LSAT to get better at. A lot of people just give up. But there are ways to get better at RC, quickly. And there are a lot of points at stake: RC typically has 27 questions, the most of any section. Most students go into the questions without fully understanding the passage. This leaves you bogged down and spending too much time choosing between trap answers. The key to getting better is learning to break passages down structurally. This seminar aims to show you how to do that. Most LSAT courses explain what’s going on in passages, but almost none teach you to think like an LSAT instructor. This seminar will show you my thought process. I’ve selected a representative set of passages. What I’m going to do is solve them, timed, the day before the seminar. I will take detailed notes on exactly what I’m doing and thinking at each moment. Then in the seminar I will walk you through the passages as I saw them, highlighting key points, and reasons why certain answers can be skipped. This seminar will teach you what qualities distinguish a correct answer from an incorrect one. Often, students can narrow down the 5 answer choices to the two best, but ultimately choose the wrong answer choice between those two. I’ll show you my thought process as I decide between those two choices. I’ve written detailed explanations for around 150 RC passages, and worked through countless more with students. Seeing the same passage over and over and over again forced me to become more efficient at them, and this efficiency is central to how I teach RC. I can’t stand a method that is logically correct, but slow. So in this seminar I’m going to show you how I do reading comprehension. Quickly, efficiently, and simply.
Do I still have time to learn? Yes. While RC is generally the hardest to get perfect on, it’s definitely possible to make gains in a short period by analyzing your approach. This seminar is designed to make your RC study time more effective. Too many people spend months doing passage after passage, but not mastering them. The seminar is designed to let you quickly master passages and see their inner structure. Are there any prereqs? Not formally. But, I’m going to assume everyone in the seminar has the following:
- You are familiar with the basic game structure of passages: paragraph organization, transition words, regular vs. comparative, etc.
- You are familiar with the main types of topic RC passages will have
- You’ve done at least 10 RC sections
This webinar is for people that already know things about RC, and want to take it to the next level. I will be referencing the topics above, but I won’t be giving an A-Z overview. What will be covered? The initial webinar will be in two parts:
- I’m going to go over how I do RC, optimizing for speed and efficiency. This is the most important part: solving specific questions comes from a good grasp of the passage, and good processes for assessing your understanding.
- I’ll be working through difficult passages from a variety of topics, commenting on what I’m doing, and why. These processes generalize to passages of all types.
I will be taking the bulk of the passages from preptests 62-64, to avoid using up too many preptests. However, I may select a couple of passage from other tests if they’re important to cover. The topics will be announced in advance. You’ll be able to do the passages in advance, in order to follow along. Or, read the passages only, if you prefer.