Strategy for Verbal RCAnisha Mukhija
A lot of students find Verbal Ability difficult to crack. And if you ask them what makes Verbal Ability their weak area, a lot of fingers would be pointing towards Reading Comprehension (RC). This article attempts to make Reading Comprehension, a less-complex area for you.
While solving Reading Comprehension passages, it is essential to be alert. You should avoid simply reading the passage quickly and jumping to the questions. Because then you will be missing out on the ‘comprehension’ part of RC. In order to master your command over RC, you should know how to prepare for it. Given below are some points that will help you in your preparation.
1) Read, Read & Read: Read newspapers, editorials, magazines and novels everyday to get yourself used to different topics.
2) Reading Speed: Pay attention to how you are reading the passages. If you are reading the passage word-by-word or vocalizing each word as you are reading, then you may have a low Words-per-minute rate. Your RCs will then take a lot of time to get over. Try taking in more words at a time while reading. This will help you to finish passages faster. The more you read, the more your eye can accommodate words at a time and the higher your Words-per-minute rate will be. As a result, you will be able to comprehend sentences and phrases better as your focus will include entire groups of words rather than individual words.
3) Reading vs Skimming: Read through the passages that you are unfamiliar with. Skim through passages that you’re familiar with. This will save a lot of time.
4) Glancing: Glance through the questions first before attempting the passage. This will help you to pinpoint and remember key extracts while reading the passage. This will aid you in solving the questions later ahead. However, do not spend too much time on the questions at the beginning.
5) Moving On: Don’t get stuck on difficult words that appear in the passage. Continue ahead and focus more on the idea being conveyed rather than specific words.
6) Vocabulary: The more familiar you are with different words, the faster you will be able to read the matter. Increasing your vocabulary by learning new words and reading more often will naturally increase your reading speed.
7) Smart Reading: Don’t focus on facts while reading the passage. Try to focus more on the ideas conveyed. This will help in answering questions that are inference/author’s viewpoint based.
8) Central Idea: The central idea is just one idea that is stated directly or indirectly through the different parts of the passages. Most of the illustrations and examples in the passage will try to drive in the same point. So identifying this point is the key to getting the central idea right.
9) Elimination: Try eliminating options in questions involving inferences and central ideas. This will also help to save time.
Despite following all the advice and information given above, you will be able to tackle RCs only if you practice solving passages on a regular basis. Implement the above mentioned tips and guidelines to make RCs one of your strong areas.