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I just bought an egg timer! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 07:39
I'm sure someone has done this or something very similar on this forum. If anyone has any feedback from this or a similar strategy let me know please!

A 2 minute egg timer and a 1 minute egg timer arrived yesterday in the mail! I haven't taken the GMAT yet but my timing strategy is always terrible when taking tests. I could easily see myself spending up to 5 minutes on one question and seriously compromising my chances of scoring well. I'm going to use these egg timers when doing the hundreds of Quant and SC questions between now and early October!

- I'm hoping that the constant use of the 2 minute timer when doing OG questions will help me subconsciously learn what 2 minutes feels like when i'm enthralled in doing questions... consciously! More importantly, I hope it will condition me to know intuitively when i've gone past 2 minutes.
- I think it's going to be better than an electronic timing device for a few reasons. For one, you're not really supposed to be looking at the clock more than a few times during the GMAT. A reliance on online timers when practicing (no offence to the people who have done excellent work on the GmatClub timer) may increase the desire to look at the screen constantly during the real exam which would be distracting.
- I may mark the glass on the actual timer with some different lines, which will indicate how fast i'm doing certain questions. For instance if i'm doing 20 SC modifier questions and am constantly hitting the middle line (1 minute) compared to doing 20 sub-verb agreement questions which constantly use up the complete 2 minutes, i'm identifying a weak area quite well. The same goes for the different areas of quant.

This is all quite vague but I don't think it could hurt my chances of improving whatsoever. I would like to hear opinions, good or bad, about this or suggestions about other unorthadox methods of studying!
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Re: I just bought an egg timer! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 14:59
i didnt use time (well i only timed myself once while doing practice tests....) but i would hope you dont start looking at it to see how much time you got left... the ticking sound might be annoying too if it has it. if it works then great
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Re: I just bought an egg timer! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 15:07
Brilliant idea! Good luck hope it works.
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Re: I just bought an egg timer! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 15:13
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I was thinking the ticking would be annoying too, so I got an oldschool sand timer that you just turn upside down!

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Re: I just bought an egg timer! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 15:16
Get those glow in the dark sand timers.
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Re: I just bought an egg timer! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 15:40
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I was thinking the ticking would be annoying too, so I got an oldschool sand timer that you just turn upside down!

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cool! just remember to understand that you *could* go over 2 mins if you are like 30sec or under to solving it. so becareful about that
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Re: I just bought an egg timer! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 19:09
If you are at starting phase of preparation, I won't suggest to use any timer. 1st go questions without timing and later on I think you can practice timed questions.
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Re: I just bought an egg timer! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 19:18
one thing i learned during my prep: After a little while your internal clock will be just as good, i would try cultivating that soon. Sure, use the a timer first ( I just used iPhones stopwatch) but learn to go without it, as you dont want to develop a a dependence on something you can't use on game day.
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Re: I just bought an egg timer! [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 11:39
wow nice idea!!hope it works for u!!
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