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Alabama Boy ... 710, Q47, V41 ... Advice [#permalink] New post 22 May 2013, 15:37
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Background: Finance major from a major public university ... l am/was Terrible at math ... taking GMAT 4 years out of school

I am going to cut straight to my advice from my LONG LONG journey:
:arrow: Fix your eyes on your goal. Do you want to be stuck EXACTLY where you are in 20-30 years?
:arrow: Study for the GMAT in an intense, short amount of time (3-4 months) - I drug my studies out for WAY too long
:arrow: Find the support of someone who loves you - your girlfriend, mom, sister, friend, whoever
:arrow: Find a balance - dont sacrifice EVERYTHING for a 780 GMAT when a 690 will do the job
:arrow: YOU DONT HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING. After studying for months, there were still some topics I didnt FULLY understand. Sure I tried my best to understand everything but some subjects just baffled me (example: advanced sequences). At the end of the day I kind of said 'screw it' ... but that was after HOURS and HOURS of trying to grasp it...
:arrow: once again - YOU DONT HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING TO GET A 700+ I PROMISE!!!
:arrow: Dont spend too much time memorizing lists of prime numbers and all kinds of 'time saving' devices ... I tried to memorize some of those and I dont think it impacted my score.
:arrow: DONT BOTHER WITH ONLINE GUIDES. Just get MGMAT and GO!! Forget 'joe blows' SC NOTES that everyone is RAVING about
:arrow: MASTER THE MATERIAL AND THE TEST!! Dont JUST master the material ... master TIMING and GUESSING and SKIPPING QUESIONS
:arrow: Make notecards tailored to you and that cover EVERYTHING in the MGMAT Guides ... Dont bother with someone else's prep material - its a waste of time. HIGHLIGHT your MGMAT guides ... make them colorful and easy to flip through and look back on!!
:arrow: BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE ... if beating the GMAT is your biggest worry then you have it pretty good. youre not worrying about clean drinking water or a roof over your head. Be THANKFUL!!
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Re: Alabama Boy ... 710, Q47, V41 ... Advice [#permalink] New post 23 May 2013, 04:00
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Congratulations!

P.S. Why did you feel it was important to indicate you were an Alabama boy? :-)
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Re: Alabama Boy ... 710, Q47, V41 ... Advice [#permalink] New post 23 May 2013, 05:59
reyjustin wrote:
:arrow: Find the support of someone who loves you - your girlfriend, mom, sister, friend, whoever
:arrow: once again - YOU DONT HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING TO GET A 700+ I PROMISE!!!
:arrow: DONT BOTHER WITH ONLINE GUIDES. Just get MGMAT and GO!! Forget 'joe blows' SC NOTES that everyone is RAVING about
:arrow: MASTER THE MATERIAL AND THE TEST!! Dont JUST master the material ... master TIMING and GUESSING and SKIPPING QUESIONS

Rightly said!
and congrats.. :)

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Re: Alabama Boy ... 710, Q47, V41 ... Advice [#permalink] New post 23 May 2013, 06:11
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Congratulations!

P.S. Why did you feel it was important to indicate you were an Alabama boy? :-)


Well I feel like people need encouragement/advice from people they can relate to
I read stories from several people who were "India IT with great quant skills" ... that wasnt me and it was hard for me to relate to those stories ... I wanted to make a post that highlighted who I am, and what makes me unique

Also my post may dispel some stereotypes!!!
we do drive cars and have personal hygiene here, by the way!! :wink:
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Re: Alabama Boy ... 710, Q47, V41 ... Advice [#permalink] New post 26 May 2013, 03:46
Exactly, I am a single mom and if I read single mom beats the GMAT 760 I would really be excited because I could see that someone like me is where I want to be!!!

Congrats!!!

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Re: Alabama Boy ... 710, Q47, V41 ... Advice [#permalink] New post 30 May 2013, 08:28
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Exactly, I am a single mom and if I read single mom beats the GMAT 760 I would really be excited because I could see that someone like me is where I want to be!!!

Congrats!!!

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Good Luck! That's a tough situation and hard to study. I don't think we have had any single moms yet post a debrief but we did have this one: 530-to-670-story-of-a-9-month-pregnant-female-133504.html

Looks like exactly a year ago :-)
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Re: Alabama Boy ... 710, Q47, V41 ... Advice [#permalink] New post 30 May 2013, 10:52
Well said man! I am from Louisiana and feel the same way. #SouthernPride
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Re: Alabama Boy ... 710, Q47, V41 ... Advice [#permalink] New post 30 May 2013, 16:06
Congrats...man...its an awesome score and so is ur debrief...
I am also preparing for Gmat for last 1 yr...i am a mother of two toddlers..i gave my first Gmat a month ago but scored very low as i know my mistakes now
I did not have any conceptual clarity..My husband supported me by taking care of kids whn i was away to a library every week twice.But when the result came he was very disappointed and so was me.I was humiliated by his harsh words which actually worked in a opposite way..i am now more determined in scoring 700 plus..coz now its a matter of respect..plus i am on my own now..no help...hope i will survive
And some one has said...Failure does not mean that you cannot do that...it just means that you need to work lil harder than others..
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