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Knowledge Retention [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2013, 07:56
So I took a closer look at my MGMAT CATs. My issue is definitely recalling information that I studied. I don't know everything "cold".

When I studied number properties, I had ~80% correct on that section on my CATs. A month or two later, when I was on the FDP book, the NP section dropped to ~20% and of course the FDP section on my CAT rose to ~85%.

I think one thing I can do to retain the knowledge and content more is to mix up the problems as I study.

Does anyone have tips on a good way for me to retain this information more?
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Hi Xgineer,

Got our pm on this - will post our response here as well.

Repetition


Repetition is important for retention. Figure out your mistakes, mentally walk yourself through that same question the right way, - then test yourself later in the day to see if you actually changed your thought process to the correct one.

Timing



Also the timing of when you review a question matters. For example, we recommend students review questions before you got to bed - and again when you wake up--perhaps while you eat breakfast. This will keep your brain fresh with any new neural connections you made.

Mix it Up


And yes, mix it up so your brain is not wired to memorize questions--it's the thought process that matters. So you need to trick your brain by different types of questions together. It's similar to the concept of muscle confusion when you are trying to build muscle. If you keep doing the same thing - your body will get used to it. Mix it up to get results.

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Re: Knowledge Retention [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2013, 19:15
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I would just add that taking notes has helped me quite a bit - I would make notes of entire chapters/books and usually, would not go back to them (though sometimes I would study lists/memorize things that had to be memorized in grammar/etc). Writing it out or typing it out (though writing more so) helped me to retain and organize all of the material.

However, if it has been more than 6 months, I would not be able to hold it that long.... so keep that in mind - it sticks there for only so long.
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Re: Knowledge Retention [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2013, 04:18
I've compartmentalized the part of my mind that thinks about business school and have made conquering the GMAT as a standalone goal. I know I can always apply to school later, but the GMAT is in the way. I may not make it to R2 this year...
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Re: Knowledge Retention [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2013, 04:47
bb wrote:
I would just add that taking notes has helped me quite a bit - I would make notes of entire chapters/books and usually, would not go back to them (though sometimes I would study lists/memorize things that had to be memorized in grammar/etc). Writing it out or typing it out (though writing more so) helped me to retain and organize all of the material.

However, if it has been more than 6 months, I would not be able to hold it that long.... so keep that in mind - it sticks there for only so long.


I'd agree with this.

I had some fixed material for quant that I went through. I had been using that material for 2-3 years. Not just for GMAT, but other standardized tests as well. For Verbal part, where I hadn't had any previous practice, I took notes. I maintained a notebook and wrote every tough question, tip, trick, new thing I learned etc. I used to go through it every once in a while - once/twice a week. By the end of it, that notebook was mapped to my brain. Conclusion - repetition really helps.
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Re: Knowledge Retention [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2013, 07:29
Yes, I think the key is that these guides are customized for what the individual person needs.

Others like SlingFox made great guides, but it would be better for me to create a customized guide for what I forget and what traps I fall for.
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Re: Knowledge Retention   [#permalink] 19 Oct 2013, 07:29
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