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  • I'm often asked by students "How can I improve my reading comprehension skills?" or "How

  • can I improve my speed of reading to help me on the LSAT and specifically on the reading

  • comprehension section?" Well there's a number of short term solutions

  • and tricks and techniques that you can use to improve in all these areas of the LSAT.

  • But for the purpose of this video we're going to look at a longer term solution. So if you're

  • looking at this and you've got a couple of weeks to go before your LSAT it's probably

  • not going to help you out that much. But if you've got a month or more you can put these

  • techniques into practice and it's going to improve your ability to read analytically

  • and quickly to help improve your score on the LSAT and specifically on the reading comprehension

  • section. So the first thing I'd recommend in improving

  • your reading abilities is practice. Now it seems kind of obvious but there's specific

  • ways that you're going to practice your reading to improve on the LSAT, and that is, pick

  • up a copy of a newspaper or specifically a magazine a periodical, something with complex

  • text. I'd suggest "The Economist" the reason I like that is a lot of the topics included

  • in the articles in "The Economist" are similar to what you find on the LSAT. You'll find

  • things like: economics obviously and business but also social sciences, biological sciences

  • and even the arts. So all of these kind of things will get you familiar with these kind

  • of topics that may not be familiar to you from your undergrad in school and so you'll

  • be more prepared to deal with them when you come across these passages on the LSAT dealing

  • with these complex and unfamiliar topics. When you've got your copy of the newspaper

  • or "The Economist", you're going to have to pick up lots of these on a regular basis obviously,

  • you should be reading a couple of articles everyday at least. The great thing about this

  • kind of studying is it's not like your typical LSAT studying, you don't have to be sitting

  • in a quiet environment in the library, you can be doing it on the bus, before you go

  • to bed at night or pretty much anywhere, even in class if it's a particularly boring class.

  • So you're practicing you're reading these articles regularly throughout the day. You

  • cannot be reading in the way in which you normally read. You have to focus and that's

  • really the key here is you have to force yourself to focus when you're reading.

  • Have you ever been novel before going to bed at night, you get to the end of a page and

  • you realize, I have no idea what I just read. It happens to all of us but you have to avoid

  • this on the LSAT. You can't let that happen on the LSAT.

  • So some of the ways that you're going to avoid this is by employing the second half of your

  • brain. Putting it to work and forcing it to do something else. Now, when I say the second

  • half of your brain, I mean that part of your brain that's usually thinking about other

  • things. You're daydreaming, you're thinking about what you had for lunch today or that

  • hot date you've got tonight. You can't be thinking about those things. But in order

  • to stop that you have to give your brain something else to do. So what is it going to be doing?

  • It's going to be thinking about what you're reading, analyzing it, summarizing it, so

  • as you're reading you're going to be creating a short mental summary in your mind as to

  • what the general idea is of what I'm reading. But you're also going to focus on specific

  • points. Things like, what's the author's view point here, or what's the main point of this

  • whole article, what are they really getting at, or what kind of transitions are happening,

  • is the article taking one direction and then moving off in another direction, is it presenting

  • one idea and then coming at it and criticizing that idea or presenting the view point of

  • someone else and who is that someone else? These are the kind of things you're analyzing

  • and critiquing while you're reading through the article.

  • Another thing you can do to help yourself focus and to improve when you come to the

  • actual LSAT passages is to take some notes. So you're reading your newspaper article,

  • you're magazine article. Make notes. And what I mean by this is go through and actually

  • circle things, underline things, draw boxes, put in stars or draw arrows to important points.

  • You don't want to actually write out short hand notes on the side. Don't do that. But

  • just, actually just circle things that are there, underline them make stars, make notes

  • of things that are going on in the article. And the kind of things you're going to be

  • highlighting are the things we just identified that the second half of your brain is going

  • to be focusing on so things like your author's view point, the view points of other people

  • in the article, transition points or if you point out hey this sentence neatly summarizes

  • the main point, you definitely want to make a note of that.

  • So you're going through, you're reading, you're focusing, you're making notes on the article

  • as you're reading it. When you finish reading at some point later that day, you want to

  • take the time to explain this article to someone else. So grab a parent, grab a friend and

  • say "Hey I want to tell you about something I read today." Tell them about the article.

  • And this is going to force you to do a couple of things. This is going to force you to recall

  • it, so it's improving your memory. It's going to force you to summarize it, so it's improving

  • your ability to condense that complex text that you read and summarize it into something

  • a little bit more simple and it's also going to improve your ability to analyze it because

  • you're not going to just tell them what you read. You're going to tell them a little bit

  • about your opinion on it or some things that you thought. Maybe you thought there was a

  • problem with it or it didn't address this enough and so it's improving your analytical

  • abilities in analyzing this passage. And all of these things are essential skills for reading

  • on the LSAT and specifically for the reading comprehension section.

  • Just to give you a little bit more incentive to put these techniques into practice. When

  • you're doing this, reading through these articles, improving these analytical reading and speed

  • reading abilities, because you're actually going to become faster at reading if you force

  • yourself to read through articles regularly. Giving yourself these added abilities will

  • improve your LSAT score, but it'll also help you in the future because being an analytical

  • reader is something that is used by LSAT students or by law students on a regular basis. Every

  • day in law school you're going to have to read complex text and analyze what's going

  • on. And you're going to also use this as a lawyer. So put these skills into use and become

  • a better LSAT student and in the future, a better Law student and a better lawyer.

  • Well I hope this video helps you in your LSAT prep. If you're looking for more help, try

  • our full course. It's online and it's available at alpha-score.com

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