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would it be a recommendable habit of prephrase the type Qs?

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Dear Powerscore staff,

would it be considered as an active reading habit or recommend habit to do?
i think as almost all people do their viewstamp analysis, then finish their viewstamp analysis, it is natural to forecast or ponder what elements of RC will be likely Questioned in a brief moment of summarzing viewstamp (as in Comparare and contrast, defintions, dates etc) . Would it be wise to say, if one has enough time to, 10 to 20 seconds to be spend after summarize viewstamp of RC to forecast the potentional Qs based on one's viewstamp analysis?
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I sure wouldn't take that much time to predict specific questions, lathlee! I tend to do that WHILE I am reading the passage. "Oh look, they mentioned irony - I bet they will ask me about that;" and "This looks like a list of reasons why the author believes something - I bet they will ask me about those reasons;" and "I see that the passage is set up chronologically - I bet they will ask me about what came before or after something else." That prediction aspect is a part of actively reading the passage, and should help you determine what notes to take to show you where that stuff is that you think might lead to a question. Why bother doing it at the end, when you can just read the questions at that point and be answering them?

As you read, you should be looking for the familiar patterns common to many RC passages, and use that familiarity to predict what you will be asked. Take note of arguments and opposing viewpoints, because those lead to questions. Take note of lists, because those lead to questions. Take note of examples, because those, too, lead to questions. If you are thinking at all times about preparing for the questions, rather than just trying to understand the topic of the passage (which is not important, and mostly a waste of time and effort), you will do better and move faster than otherwise.

Take a more active approach, lathlee, and you won't need to stop and ponder after you finished reading. I take a few seconds at the end just to prephrase the Main Point and Tone, but I've already got those largely figured out by the time I have read the last word anyway, so it's really just a pause to clarify my thinking, not a first attempt to come up with those prephrases. That's what you should be shooting for, too!
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