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I am not improving 1 bit [#permalink]
05 Mar 2007, 13:06
I dedicate good time to doing practice tests and learning methods to solving the problems. I have spent maybe a month to a month and a half, (mainly focusing on math so far). I was a physics major and i can't place better than 52 percentile, while getting about 12-15 questions wrong each test. Where am I going wrong here?
What is going wrong with the math problems that you miss? Is it:
1. Not sure how to approach certain problems
2. You know how to approach them, but you're not calculating the problems correctly when employing the proper approach
3. You're making mistakes aside from calculating, such as not reading carefully to see what the question is asking you for.
there are a few i do not know how to approach, maybe 4 or 5 per section, then there are a few that I mess up the math, switching numerators and denominators... Really the problem I have is 80% of the problems I feel rushed, I can't properly answer them within 2 minutes, if I had unlimited time im sure I would get about 6-8 more correct.
tuneman, i would agree, you need to identify what types of questions you're getting thrown by and then focus specifically on those. at one point i was getting killed on sentence correction. i ended up getting tutoring from manhattan review and the tutor was able to target that area incredibly well.
at the same time you should be warned not to abandon studying all the sections that you're doing well on also...ya wanna make sure you end up doing great on the stuff you're good at in addition to improving your problem areas.
don't spend time doing exercises without reviewing them afterwards. For every 2 minutes spent on every exercise, spend 5 minutes reviewing afterwards and relating your reasoning with the fundamental. I'd rather do 200 exercises very thoroughly than 3000 lightly.