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New Prep Strategy [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2006, 07:37
I recently realized that I've been extremely burned out with the GMAT. I plan on taking the rest of March off and then start fresh with my GMAT preparation.

I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice on how to prepare for the GMAT again. I have already previously taken the test 3 times. These are the materials that I currently have:

OG Guide 10th Ed (How many times should I go over this including the error log)
PR 2005
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Manhattan GMAT online practice tests
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The Grammar Bible and Strunk and White
Manhattan GMAT Discount CodesKaplan GMAT Prep Discount CodesKnewton GMAT Discount Codes
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2006, 07:49
Hi Puilunchristin,

What have you found your weaknesses in your studies thus far?

I am no expert, and I haven't even taken the test yet, but I have found recently a number of things that have helped me. And one thing I have definitely realized is that studying for the gmat is a marathon, not a sprint. Well, at least for me, since I am really having to learn concepts and learn how to answer questions quickly. I had a VERY long way to go when i first started studying and I wanted to make sure I didn't burn out. So, I make sure to pace myself and give myself a day off if I'm feeling burnt out or overly tired. Although I try to keep to a good schedule.

I have been focusing mostly on OG, ETS paper tests, answering posts on GMATClub, and the 1000 question banks. My theory is that I want to practice on questions that will be similar to the real thing. Oh, and I ALWAYS time myself when doing practice questions. I review my error log once a week (usually on fridays).

So... I didn't really give you a good answer, but I'm bumping up this post, so that maybe some experienced test takers can provide some good advice. :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2006, 08:00
buckkitty wrote:
Hi Puilunchristin,

What have you found your weaknesses in your studies thus far?

I am no expert, and I haven't even taken the test yet, but I have found recently a number of things that have helped me. And one thing I have definitely realized is that studying for the gmat is a marathon, not a sprint. Well, at least for me, since I am really having to learn concepts and learn how to answer questions quickly. I had a VERY long way to go when i first started studying and I wanted to make sure I didn't burn out. So, I make sure to pace myself and give myself a day off if I'm feeling burnt out or overly tired. Although I try to keep to a good schedule.

I have been focusing mostly on OG, ETS paper tests, answering posts on GMATClub, and the 1000 question banks. My theory is that I want to practice on questions that will be similar to the real thing. Oh, and I ALWAYS time myself when doing practice questions. I review my error log once a week (usually on fridays).

So... I didn't really give you a good answer, but I'm bumping up this post, so that maybe some experienced test takers can provide some good advice. :wink:


Can one possibly go over all the errors on their error log every week if there was a large amount of errors that I had when I did my OG guide?
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2006, 08:09
hmmm....that is a good question. But i would say Yes. That is the point of the error log, right? I'm not saying you have to go over it once a week, that is up to you and others on this site may have a different opinion, I’m only suggesting what seems to be helping me. But reviewing the error log occasionally helps you learn from mistakes you are making so that you don't make them again. And the sooner you learn from a mistake the better. Generally, the notes I put in my EL are the concepts I am struggling with, including any relevant practice questions.

The amount of study material that is out there is completely overwhelming. Where do we begin, and the better question is, where do we end? One piece of advice I took from someone on this site was that it’s not the number of questions you do that improves your score, it’s making sure you are understanding the concepts as you plow through practice Q’s, and why you are making errors (timing? A certain concept?) just my 2 cents.
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