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# Memory retention problem

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09 Jan 2008, 17:31
In my first attempt, I got 480. Now I am trying again. But I have a typical problem. I cannot retain things in my brains. When I prepare for Verbal, I forget basics of quant. and when I prepare for quant., I forget my basics for verbal. I dont know if I have developed a mental stumbling block but something is drastically wrong with my preapration.

Please suggest how should I prepare.

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09 Jan 2008, 19:54
I think it has more to do with mindset. If you think you will forget quant while studying verbal then you will. I would advise you to change your mindset and think that you do not have this problem. Also make few notes and make sure you read them daily at least once. You will definitely remember. It's not that difficult but the effort has to be put from your side to change the things.
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10 Jan 2008, 11:02
I think it all depends on how you were preparing in the first place. As a begginer, I don't think it's a good idea to learn a lot in one day. Otherwise, you're more likely to forget things. I would recommend that you learn things slowly, allowing your mind to digest things slowly. Any normal person can get intimidated when the amount of information to be learnt is huge. Only once you've broken down what you need to learn to smaller pieces and have managed to learn the basics slowly until it becomes your second nature do you take things to the next level. Even when you eat, you wanna take small bites at a time, otherwise, you could potentially kill yourself. So learning is no different. How long have you been preparing? and how have you been preparing?
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10 Jan 2008, 13:21
Try using flash cards. Make notes (usually key points or formula) and keep going through them when ever you get time.
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10 Jan 2008, 14:23
Sounds like you are trying to memorize stuff without understanding what it means. for example, nCk vs, nPk, do you know why one resulting number is much, much larger than the other?
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13 Mar 2008, 19:50
Yeah, Did you recognize me .... I am in same boat ( labbeled forgetting) with you for the Gmat journey.

I don't think it is possible to remember everything. It will come across your mind automatically. Unless your plan GMAT in 3-4 weeks you can relax. But make a blog and
put all your imptant points in it. Take a printout and go through it every day 4-5 times. While
going to officee, while sipping coffee, etc .....

Remember don't make your note very exauhstive. Just note down, bare points with small/smart examples.

I a couple of days it will be with you. Just relax.
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