Verbal Live Prep

Critical Reasoning Sessions
STRENGTHEN

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Approach to solve Strengthen type questions

In this session, you’ll learn an approach to solve Strengthen type questions. The process to solve these questions includes prethinking learnt in the second session. You’ll learn how to build strengtheners around assumptions discovered in prethinking.

Common traps

You’ll also learn some of the very common traps built in Strengthen questions. This is very important since the scope of strengthen answer choices goes much beyond that of assumption and evaluate answer choices.

HOW WILL THIS SESSION BENEFIT YOU?

Higher accuracy

After learning about the correct approach and common pitfalls, you’ll see at least some instant improvement in your accuracy level after the session. However, as you internalize the learnings from the session and apply them, your accuracy level will keep rising.

Higher confidence

After the session, you’ll not be satisfied with marking answers by hunch. This session will arm you with the correct approach and relevant concepts to understand precisely why the wrong option is wrong and the correct choice is correct. With clarity in your mind, your confidence level will increase tremendously.

Lower time to answer

As your understanding and confidence increases, you’ll notice that you are taking lesser and lesser time to answer CR questions.

HOW WILL YOU LEARN?

Concepts

The session will explain the key concepts using simple examples so that you understand the core of the concept. The concepts that will be taught in this manner include:

  1. 3-step process for answering “Strengthen” questions
  2. How to create strengtheners around assumptions

Application

More than 90% of the session time will be devoted in applying the concepts.
We will discuss 5-6 full length “Strengthen”questions, most of them 700+ level. Each question is cherry picked on the basis of two criteria:

  1. How the correct choice strengthens the given argument
  2. How the incorrect option statements are built to confuse students. Every question will have at least one answer choice that will confuse most students.
  3. You will learn that in most official questions, the concept of a “weak” and “strong” strengthener does not exist.

You will first attempt each of the questions above on your own and possibly fall into traps designed by the question makers.

We’ll then discuss the question in details using our standard process for solving CR questions. Since the standard process involves prethinking, we’ll also learn how to prethink assumptions and how to create strengtheners around assumptions.

We’ll not only discuss the argument and the option statements but also explain how the correct strengthener strengthens the argument and how the question maker has specifically designed traps in incorrect option statements. Probably, your biggest learning will come from our latter explanations.

To make the session lively and participative, we’ll use lot of communication features including chat window, polls, Q&A pod, notes pane, presentation and annotations.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE THE SESSION?

To make the most out of this session, you must have completed the assigned course work, as assigned in the study plan, that includes Strengthen concept and application files.

WEAKEN

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Approach to solve Weaken type questions

In this session, you’ll learn an approach to solve Weaken type questions. The process to solve these questions includes prethinking learnt in the second session. You’ll learn how to build weakeners around assumptions discovered in prethinking.

Common traps

You’ll also learn some of the very common traps built in Weaken questions.

HOW WILL THIS SESSION BENEFIT YOU?

Higher accuracy

After learning about the correct approach and common pitfalls, you’ll see at least some instant improvement in your accuracy level after the session. However, as you internalize the learnings from the session and apply them, your accuracy level will keep rising.

Higher confidence

After the session, you’ll not be satisfied with marking answers by hunch. This session will arm you with the correct approach and relevant concepts to understand precisely why the wrong option is wrong and the correct choice is correct. With clarity in your mind, your confidence level will increase tremendously.

Lower time to answer

As your understanding and confidence increases, you’ll notice that you are taking lesser and lesser time to answer CR questions.

HOW WILL YOU LEARN?

Concepts

The session will explain the key concepts using simple examples so that you understand the core of the concept. The concepts that will be taught in this manner include:

  1. 3-step process for answering “Weaken” questions
  2. How to create weakeners around assumptions

Application

More than 90% of the session time will be devoted in applying the concepts.
We will discuss 5-6 full length “Weaken” questions, most of them 700+ level. Each question is cherry picked on the basis of two criteria:

  1. How the correct choice Weakens the given argument
  2. How the incorrect option statements are built to confuse students

You will first attempt each of the questions above on your own and possibly fall into traps designed by the question makers.

We’ll then discuss the question in details using our standard process for solving CR questions. Since the standard process involves prethinking, we’ll also learn how to prethink assumptions and how to create Weakeners around assumptions.

We’ll not only discuss the argument and the option statements but also explain how the correct option weakens the argument and how the question maker has specifically designed traps in incorrect option statements. Probably, your biggest learning will come from our latter explanations.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO BEFORE THE SESSION?

To make the most out of this session, you must have completed the assigned course work, as assigned in the study plan, that includes Weaken concept and application files.