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# My GMAT strategies

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12 Nov 2009, 20:41
Hi,

I'll be keeping you guys updated with my progress every day.

To have an idea about my background and my story with GMAT, check the following link
can-someone-help-me-to-creat-a-study-plan-86025.html#p646219

So what's new?? I registered in the Manhattan online course which will start on Saturday (2-5pm EST). The course comes with two foundation of math workshops. The first workshop was last Monday and the second one is next Monday.

I started studying and doing exercises from the Foundation of Math book.

I did the first Manhattan CAT exam last Saturday and I got 500 (Q:39-V:20)....honestly, my grade didn't make sense. I know that Manhattan is harder than GMAT, so how come there is a huge difference between my Manhattan and last GMAT test in Oct (440)???

Anyways, I also started using an error log for the first one (attached). I know it is not waaw, but it's the first time I use one, so I'm sure I'll be making changing.

So tomorrow, I need to finish the exercises of the first chapter (equations) and start studying exponents
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12 Nov 2009, 21:11
Your error log looks good!Everyone uses a different log depending on their study strategies..the key is to make one which works for you!
Case in point:When I made my OG error log,I wrote down the question no,the area which the question tested(Algebra/Arithmetic/Geometry/Inequalities/Fractions etc.),WHY I got the question wrong or had difficulties(Hard,Lack of knowledge,Careless mistake,Word trick etc.) and my personal comments..this way you get to know which area you need to improve on and where you need to focus your energy

All the best..Do keep us posted!
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13 Nov 2009, 08:37
tejal777 wrote:
Your error log looks good!Everyone uses a different log depending on their study strategies..the key is to make one which works for you!
Case in point:When I made my OG error log,I wrote down the question no,the area which the question tested(Algebra/Arithmetic/Geometry/Inequalities/Fractions etc.),WHY I got the question wrong or had difficulties(Hard,Lack of knowledge,Careless mistake,Word trick etc.) and my personal comments..this way you get to know which area you need to improve on and where you need to focus your energy

All the best..Do keep us posted!

Hi tejal777!!!
Ill update the error log when I go back home
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13 Nov 2009, 08:40
It's just a feeling that I would like to share with you guys..is it normal to be exsited to study for GMAT????

Honestly, I cannot wait to finish work and go back home, prepare my coffee and start studying!!

May be cause now with Manhattan, I have a well planned study plan and I know what I have to do. I have homework and materials to cover and deadlines to respect.
When I was studying by my own, most of the times, I used to feel lost and no point of studying cause I was not sure if I'm on the right track!!

anyways, from my experience, if you are a person who has no self-control, an online is the best option for you!!!
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13 Nov 2009, 09:37
Wow..that is fabulous news that you are feeling excited to get home and start studying..That's the best way one could tackle this beast!

All the very best..keep the excitement goin'
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13 Nov 2009, 12:29

haha wow you are a rare breed of individual indeed. But kudos to you for taking such a positive attitude on studying for the GMAT!
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13 Nov 2009, 19:50
GMATBootcamp wrote:

haha wow you are a rare breed of individual indeed. But kudos to you for taking such a positive attitude on studying for the GMAT!

Thank you GMATBootcamp
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13 Nov 2009, 19:55
I'm back!!!

So today I finished doing the exercises in the first chapter, equations. I also went over the chapter about exponents and did all the exercises.

So far the foundation of math book is good!!
what I liked the most is how to factorize big square roots, for example, square root of 1134

Tomorrow I have to finish the chapter on divisibility. I also have my class from2 -5

Good night every one
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15 Nov 2009, 10:54
I have found the manhattan gmat CAT exam to be harder than the actual gmat prep.
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17 Nov 2009, 09:51
burnttwinky wrote:
I have found the manhattan gmat CAT exam to be harder than the actual gmat prep.

That's why I'm suprprised with my grade!!
manhattan gives me 500 and real GMAT gives me 410!!!

big difference!
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17 Nov 2009, 09:55
I'm back!!!

so what's new?
my first online course was on sat...went very well, but the teacher...

She keeps making noise every time she talks, so I decided to change my session to the sunday one.

That means my first session (again) will on this sunday. This will give me the time to go over and finish the fundamental of math course...

Things are going great and I wish I registered in Manhattan before

Today, I'll study fractions and decimal
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17 Nov 2009, 14:52
Has anyone here done the gmat club challange questions?
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22 Nov 2009, 09:09
burnttwinky wrote:
Has anyone here done the gmat club challange questions?

I didnt
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22 Nov 2009, 09:17
Hi,

so during the past week, I covered the Manhattan fundamental of math book (9 chapters) except chapter 2 (Beyond equations) and I didn't do the exercises for chapter 3 (word problems).

The book is amazing and very good...i learned many concepts and theories from the OG and Kaplan, yet they were not clear for me; however, in Manhattan book, the explanations are excellent

Hopefully I'm going to do the exsercies in the evening and next saturday, I can do chapter 2.

So as I changed my section to Sunday class, today will be the first class (which I already attended with my old teacher)...so Im not sure if Im doing to attend the whole class.

I'm planning to do a second CAT in 2 or 3 weeks
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22 Nov 2009, 15:43
Lemme know how the Math Cat goes. I need to continue doin the MGMAT cat exams, they seem to be good practice.
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25 Nov 2009, 07:54
Hi,

so Im still following Mnhattan schedule plan; however, I can't finish all the homeowrk assigned. I'm able to do the "general level" as assigned and planning to keep the advanced level work for the weekend

according to the plan, I need 4-5 hours/day to finish the general and advanced work, but I cannot do it. Tha'ts why Im giving the general level my priority.

My concern is when do I have to do over my mistakes, my error log and do some revision?? I'll be studying everyday to catch up with the work and to be up to date with my homework!

result: so far so good...I just don't like the fact that I'm studying for verbal and math at the same time. I prefer studing for each section separetly.

Will be back in a couple of days
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25 Nov 2009, 11:04
That's what I am doing. It's hard to find time to finish everything while you are still taking the class. I only had time to work on the advanced problems after class, which isnt that good because thats where I prefer to have the 30min tutorial help on.
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25 Nov 2009, 13:06
burnttwinky wrote:
That's what I am doing. It's hard to find time to finish everything while you are still taking the class. I only had time to work on the advanced problems after class, which isnt that good because thats where I prefer to have the 30min tutorial help on.

so are you also taking an online course? which class so far?
my first class was on sunday.

I prefer to keep the advanced level questions for days when I have energy and able to focus ...that means weekends...but still need to find time to go over my errors and error logs
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25 Nov 2009, 13:16
I finished the GMAT course about a 1 1/2 months ago. I have been bad about scheduling a test because I feel that I am not where I need to be. I'd like get in the 710+ range or 40+ verbal and 48+ quant.
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25 Nov 2009, 13:17
I forgot to mention, I took the in person class in houston. I felt the class really helped me in SC and DS, but i didnt feel like it challenged me enough for the 700 level. That will require a lot of my own time to achieve that.
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