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- Joined: May 26, 2020
I have noticed that my score has not improved as much as I'd like. The Powerscore analytics have been a tremendous help in narrowing down which problems I am constantly getting wrong which include flaw, assumption, weaken, strengthen, and occasionally principle/resolve the paradox problems (I know it's a lot). I've reviewed the Powerscore method and the pattern I noticed with completing the questions is that (1) I often mess-up during my prephrase/don't know what to look for in the problem (2) I have difficulty finding issue with the problem & gap in the stimulus. To the first point it is not that I do not know what to do, but rather that I have difficulty applying it to the actual problem and being flexible. For example, in weakening questions after finding the premise/conclusion I will focus on the conclusion. I know my task is to find an answer choice that will make it LESS LIKELY for this conclusion to follow from the premises. The specific problem I have is that I literally say that in my head without thinking (due to time)/or sometimes not knowing well "hmm what are some possible answers I should have in my mind to make that conclusion less likely?" In other words, I noticed for all of these problems and especially with weaken questions I am not that specific or great with my prephrase. I understand I do not have to know exactly what the answer will be, but I think it needs to be a bit better than what I'm doing now. For the second point, with necessary assumptions I know I need to look for answer choice that needs to be true or else the argument falls apart/flaw questions I need figure out that gap in the argument + treat it like a MBT to make sure the flaw for the answer choice is actually occurring in the stimulus! So, once again I know and understand my task but it often takes too much time for me figure out the assumption and sometimes the flaw isn't what I expected. So, how exactly do I work on fixing those gaps when attacking the question so I won't let the answers "control" me?
How I study and review:
I've been doing a mix of delayed blind review and immediate review. After a test, which I typically take digitally I get to see my score instantly!(again, s/o to you guys) I then note every single question I got wrong, guessed, or flagged. Afterwards, when some time has passed usually the evening time or within 24 hours, I try those problems again (without time constraints) and then after each problem I look on this forum for an explanation. Over and over again flaw, assumption, strengthen/weaken, and principle, is either a hit or miss. To a point where I'm not all that confident in my answers-- every time test I have a positive mindset and go in thinking I dominated the test and realize after seeing the numbers that I did quite the opposite. This really hurts my confidence going forward because on multiple questions I was confident for the WRONG answer. I recently listened to your podcast on how to review PTs and perhaps I will take more time on them I really try and understand. I like to think I am reviewing the test "well," but clearly I am still getting these problems wrong! Again, I ask what can I do?
Thank you guys so much In advance!!