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Will a course help ME? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2013, 10:52
hello I am looking for some advice regarding gmat prep courses. Will they help me more than self study. I have been doing self study with the manhattan gmat strategy guides for the past six months but have failed to significantly improve my score. In many ways I feel that too much time elapsed and I forgot things I learned when I first started. Do you think that I should take a course? FYI, my first score was a 540 and my best is a 590. My most recent score was a 560. These are all practice test scores. I take the real thing this Saturday. I would like a 650 to get in to my school of choice.

Thanks for any advice.
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Re: Will a course help ME? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2013, 13:49
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hello I am looking for some advice regarding gmat prep courses. Will they help me more than self study. I have been doing self study with the manhattan gmat strategy guides for the past six months but have failed to significantly improve my score. In many ways I feel that too much time elapsed and I forgot things I learned when I first started. Do you think that I should take a course? FYI, my first score was a 540 and my best is a 590. My most recent score was a 560. These are all practice test scores. I take the real thing this Saturday. I would like a 650 to get in to my school of choice.

Thanks for any advice.

Dear kumabear,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

First of all, I would definitely recommend following a strict study schedule. Here's a three-month study schedule:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-gm ... beginners/

I don't know, when you practice, to what extent your practice is focused review (problems on a topic you just studied) or mixed review (all possible topics). Of you have been studying for six-months, know that, at this point, any focused review is the kiss of death. All your practice must be mixed review. See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-study ... vs-random/
Here are a couple more articles on general study strategies:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/understand ... rformance/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-strat ... -problems/

One option that would give you considerably more resources and feedback that does solo work, yet would be considerably less expensive that most courses, is Magoosh. We have 150+ lessons covering all the content and test-taking strategies you need, and each one of our 1000+ GMAT questions has its own video explanation, for accelerated learning. Here's a practice SC question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3224
Here is a practice DS question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/1042
Even if you decide not to use Magoosh, please take advantage of all the article on that free blog --- there's a lot there that could help you.

Mike :-)
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Re: Will a course help ME?   [#permalink] 04 Sep 2013, 13:49
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