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Do i need to change the way i study [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 12:50
Hi,
For the past 25 days I have been studying for Gmat, but dont see enough imrovement. Should i change my study strategy.
My approach has been as below:
1 st i go through the books, try to understand the concepts & then practice a few examples & then try to solve the unsolved egs.But i try to study various topics , like Rc or LR side by side. As in i dont 1 st complete 1 section & then move to another.
I am really upset with the slow progress.I really want to speed up with my studies .
Pls guide.
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Re: Do i need to change the way i study [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 19:39
In the starting stage, the goal is to build a firm foundation and understand all the fundamentals. During this stage, it's better to concentrate on only one question format (PS, DS, CR, RC or SC)

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Re: Do i need to change the way i study [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2011, 17:14
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Hi,
For the past 25 days I have been studying for Gmat, but dont see enough imrovement. Should i change my study strategy.
My approach has been as below:
1 st i go through the books, try to understand the concepts & then practice a few examples & then try to solve the unsolved egs.But i try to study various topics , like Rc or LR side by side. As in i dont 1 st complete 1 section & then move to another.
I am really upset with the slow progress.I really want to speed up with my studies .
Pls guide.


Improving your score in GMAT takes some time so you need to be patient. You need to have strong concepts to perform well in Quant. For Verbal, focused practice is a must. Study for both Quant and Verbal 5-6 days a week... Find out your weak areas and make sure you put in enough time there... then spend time practicing. As for whether you like to go section by section or do some sections simultaneously, it is absolutely your call. Just ensure that you are not jumping from one to the other all the time. When you start with one section, stick with it for an hour at least, then move on to the next. What you do will also depend on your comfort with the material. If you do not have too many problems, you can run the sections simultaneously, else prefer to work on one at a time...

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Re: Do i need to change the way i study [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2011, 13:24
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Improving your score in GMAT takes some time so you need to be patient. You need to have strong concepts to perform well in Quant. For Verbal, focused practice is a must. Study for both Quant and Verbal 5-6 days a week... Find out your weak areas and make sure you put in enough time there... then spend time practicing. As for whether you like to go section by section or do some sections simultaneously, it is absolutely your call. Just ensure that you are not jumping from one to the other all the time. When you start with one section, stick with it for an hour at least, then move on to the next. What you do will also depend on your comfort with the material. If you do not have too many problems, you can run the sections simultaneously, else prefer to work on one at a time...



Agreed, if you are first starting out try to stick to one section at a time. Maybe you will do them weekly or by 3-5 days, but the key is to make sure you are better and STRONGER in the topic that you spent 4 or 5 days on. Then after four or five weeks you can intermix them because your foundation is strong.
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Re: Do i need to change the way i study [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2011, 06:37
So two pieces of advice, which I feel have been important for my practice.

1) This one may be obvious, but for every question you miss in your studies, make sure you take something from it. I consider this very important, and it's not just a matter of going and finding what the right answer was.

Every time you miss a question, you should go back and evaluate:
a) why you missed it - did you misread the question? the answer choices? did you try to solve it in your head and messed up a calculation? was it because you didn't know a fundamental rule or property?
b) what can I do in the future to avoid missing questions like these? be more careful in reading the questions? go back and study that particular subject area?
c) is this a trend? have I been missing questions like this frequently?

2) Others may disagree with me on this, but make sure you study every day. You don't necessarily have to study 5 hours every single day, but try and make sure you get at least something in.

If I know that I'm not going to have much time to study on a given day, I try squeeze in 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes before I go to bed.
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