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# Strategy: Plan, Execute, Report

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17 May 2006, 11:03
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Letâ€™s create study group so that we can keep pushing each other in preparation.

Plan: Create clear and achievable plan for one week
Execute: Execute plan everyday
Report: Report progress on group board, you can report it everyday or every other day as per your convenience

Few good things about such strategy are
A) It will do is create support system so if you are legging for a day or two people can motivate you. More over you may be able to see you are not alone which can be motivating.
B) It may create competitive pressure for some people for e.g. if you see someone really working 15-20 hours on weekend you may be motivated to do same.

So what you guys say!
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17 May 2006, 11:04
I should be the first to write my planning..

Week of 15 to 21
Average Daily: 3-4 Hour
Weekend: 6-8 hour each Day

SC:
100 SC from SC1000 (25 each from Wen-Sat)
Do Kaplan800 SC (Sunday)

CR:
Do 100 CR from LSAT (25 each from W-Sa)
Do Few Kaplan800 CR (S)

RC:
12 Paragraphs from RC1000 (3 each from W-Sa)

PS:DS
Take two challenges (Find slot of 1:50 Min)
Work on probability and numbers property (Sa)

Exam:
Take One full test (Sa evening or S Morning)

AWA
Ignore for this week

On Sunday analyze performance of week for exam as well as Challenges and cover up unfinished activities.
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17 May 2006, 12:09
I think that is a great idea... except for the competition part I think everyone's abilities are different, but people with similar weaknesses will be encouraged to work closer...

by the way, I plan to take the gmat mid July, subject to GMATPrep scores. Currently I am on my 3rd day of 1st week and it is going ok, so far... although I want better results and focus. So here is the plan for 1st couple of weeks

Week 1: Basic Review of the strategies, quizzes in the book, compiling the notes
Kaplan Premier 2006
PR 2005
Weekend: 1-2 CATS

Week 2: Studying and practicing quizzes
NOVA's GMAT Prep Course Book
Solving/Reviewing/Studying
Weekend: 2-3 CATS

I am completely ignoring AWA... I don't want to work on it until the end...

u2lover

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17 May 2006, 14:01
Competition part is more about efforts instead of results. We all will be working on different schedule and we really can not share results to compare each other.

But I am hoping that by just seeing others kicking it hard, one may be inclined to put some extra efforts to achieve his/her goal.
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17 May 2006, 21:00
Here is my plan thu - sun

75 SC questions from 1000SC doc
35 questions from from 1000 RC ( ~ 5 passages)
10 - 20 CR's from 1000CR doc

PR 2 exam on Sat
Kaplan exam on Sun

Remember all: Always time youself - work on blocks of questions -- I just learnt that this is very important
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19 May 2006, 14:45
hey chiragr,

I guess you're right about the competition... it does motivate you... My mind just picked on that word without thinking through the whole message.

Ok... I finished reviewing Kaplan and PR today (week 1)... feels like I didn't get anything new out of it...

Quizzes... hit rate from 76% to 88%... some surprises on SC part... I thought it was my strength, but proved wrong by Kaplan... I read that verbal part of Kaplan should not be trusted, so I would not worry about it for now. CR was lowest, which I always knew... have to work harder on it...

My score on Kaplan book test was 550 (q32,v27)... don't really know what to make out of it... but I will take it for now. However, I spent extra 5 min on quant and extra 10 on verbal...

Strategy for Week 2:
Try to go through Nova Book, do the Problem Sets in Quant, work on accuracy.
I also decided to sign up for GMAX course... I will try to go through some of the sessions as well.
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21 May 2006, 15:21
Great Idea !

Here is my plan for the week 5/22 - 5/28

Average Daily: 3 Hour
Weekend: 6 hour each Day

To work out all questions from OG 11.

PS -- 30 Qns per day
DS -- 20 per day
CR -- 20 per day
SC -- 25 per day
RC -- 5 per day
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21 May 2006, 23:47
Report: Weak of 14/21

Overall Execution:
Three GMAT Challanges
One Test (No AWA)
30 SC
10 CR
0 RC

Learning:
Need to be sincere next week and came up with more achievable goals
Need to improve Ratio, Rate and Probability
Need to focus on Tense and auxilary in SC

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Planning for Week of 22 to 28
Average Daily: 2-3 Hour (scaled back from last week)
Weekend: 4-6 hour each Day

SC:
100 SC from OG
Kaplan800 SC, And understand Tense, and auxiliaries

CR:
Do 50 CR from OG

RC:

PS:DS
Take five challenges
Work on probability, Ration, Mixure and Rate

Exam:
Take One full test WITH AWA

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22 May 2006, 09:53
Just a small point for this thread - there are really very few OG questions, and some of you are using lots of practice examples from everywhere before you actually study. Later, if you need to learn actual content, you will not have much you can use to practice with. If you study only or mostly from examples, you are touching points of knowledge, instead of gaining the major and general knowledge so necessary for high grades on the GMAT.
If you are investing so much time and effort in studying, do it really well - learn and then practice what you've learned. Leave plenty of random questions to do after you have gained as much knowledge as you can.
Good luck.
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29 May 2006, 22:08
Given that materail for preparation is going to be limited, will it not be wise not to exhaust all the questions well before the exam date?

In my opinion, one should only go full throttle with all the practice material when he/she has finalized his/her strategy for tackling the different kinds of questions.

As and when u take pratice full-tests, u will know where u are going wrong and refine ur strategies accordingly.

Cheers!
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07 Jun 2006, 22:43
I am in.. Here is my weekly status report attached as excel..

this should be keep me motivated!!!!

awesome web site guys..
[ EDITED ]

Removed the attachement from here so that the server does not get clogged each time I udpate the files. Look at my last post below. It has the latest attachement...

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09 Jun 2006, 21:16
This is an excellent spread sheet! I like your verbal tips! keep up the good work!
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09 Jun 2006, 23:33
thanks chirag...

i am struggling along... today i was not suppose to take a break.. btu i was like.. "phir hera pheri"...... had a good break today..

just got back to studies!!!

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10 Jun 2006, 12:35
Nop, I am out of town for the weekend but will look at excell sheet very closely!
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10 Jun 2006, 16:06
Well I am in the infancy stage of studying.

I spend about 2 hours a day and 4 hours a day on the weekends.
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11 Jun 2006, 07:10
2 hours a day and 4 hours a week and quite mature stage for lot of us
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12 Jun 2006, 05:40
Hi, Iam Hema!!
I have just started preparing and was happy to see this forum.
I like this idea of sharing our knowledge and preparation strategies.
I need some advice on how to start? Can anyone help me please with suggested stategies to plan my stuides???

hema
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12 Jun 2006, 09:11
Very open ended question so tough to answer!

First get understand what GMAT is all about. To find out where you stand, take one or two diagnostic test and analyze to get picture of your strengths and weaknesses.

Simultaneously, I would suggest that you read some of debriefing of people who have already taken GMAT! See how they prepared to get an ideaâ€¦

Once you go thorough these steps you will have better idea about your caliber and you can deside your goals accordingly, Than create plan and share...so people can comment on it!
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12 Jun 2006, 09:55
look at the excel file in this chain of discussions we had.. that shows the books/topics used to study..

also this shows extensive list of items..

generally if you use the search button on this forum, you will find lot of useful things on the following:

books
time
planning for exam prep
general feedback on the exam
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12 Jun 2006, 09:55
Hey guys,

The main idea of this thread is really good. I appreciate it.
This is Raghu, from Hyderabad. I recently started my prepn and plannin to take my exam in august. I started with the OG. Got mostly abover average and avg in all the sections...so confused...where to start studyin..

Did any of u guys, take the OG diagnostic test?? and what were your scores??

waiting for replies guys...
12 Jun 2006, 09:55

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