Liz Moliski


    
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Company: Manhattan GMAT
Packages: Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course   MGMAT Live Online   MGMAT Guided Self Study Plus  
Locations: Online   Chicago-N. LaSalle, IL   Austin, TX  
Liz Moliski's Reviews
MGMAT: Great Course, Great Resources, Great Staff
June 17 | 2013

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Improvement: 120 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  MGMAT Live Online | Location:  Online | Taught by:  Liz Moliski
This was a great 9-week online course. The ability to join live online or watch the recording if you had to miss a week was great with studying and working at the same time (especially with a consultant's lifestyle!). Joe and Liz were dynamic and approachable, and really know their stuff. They were always willing to stay on after class and explain things in more detail for those who wanted to go over something.

The course was a great introduction to the content, and the strategies provided both during the course, in the books, and in the post-course assessment were extremely valuable. The wealth of resources available, including the OG archer (with the ability to complete and track homework problems) and the dynamic practice exam reports that showed which areas needed work across practice exams were invaluable. The homework review sessions and recorded explanations for problems were very helpful as well.

Overall, definitely worth the money. Ended up with a 750, far surpassing my expectations, and an increase of over 100pts from my first practice exam.
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Great preparation tool to help you crush the GMAT
March 19 | 2013

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       By backerle7 joined: March 19, 2013 | 0 | 0 | native speaker
Improvement: 70 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course | Location:  Austin, USA | Taught by:  Liz Moliski
When I signed up for the Manhattan 9-class prep course, I had little to no experience or clue what to expect. On my first practice test I took through their website, I pulled a 650 overall. The instructor, Liz Moliski, was absolutely as helpful as could be in thoroughly explaining every topic we went over in the classroom, as well as very easy to reach and helpful outside of class. I missed two classes and she was great in communicating to me what make up work I could be doing outside of the classroom to help keep up with the workload pace.

I pulled a final score of 720 overall, so a 70 point or 11% improvement. I would highly recommend this class for anyone really looking to hone their skills and have the advance familiarity with the test format and types of questions you'll run into come exam day. My score improved drastically through my experience with Manhattan, and I can't thank them enough for the help!
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Getting 700+
November 30 | 2012

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       By Anonymous joined: November 30, 2012 | 0 | 0 |
Improvement: 70 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  MGMAT Guided Self Study Plus | Location:  Online | Taught by:  Liz Moliski
I studied for the GMAT for a year before taking my first official exam. I spent the first ten months reviewing Manhattan GMAT's two Foundation supplements and eight Strategy guides. I did every problem in these books and in all three official GMAC guides. In addition, I spent time re-learning grammar (always good to know). I spent 1-2 hours a day on this material.

I spent the last two months taking the six Manhattan GMAT exams as well as the two free official GMAC practice exams. Sometime during the content learning stage, I took the official diagnostic exam. I was scoring above average on all but one category. I never actually took a full practice exam from start to finish. One day I would do the essays and math sections of the exam and then do verbal practice and review. The next day I would do 1-2 hours of math problems and then take the verbal exam. After completely finishing the exam, I would review all the problems, an effort taking several hours.

My first practice exam was horrible -- 9th percentile or so -- because I didn't finish on time. That was an extremely important lesson to always finish the exam. My other CAT exam scores ranged from 650 to 740, but most were above 700. My official practice exam results were in the high 600s and low 700s. On the official exam, I got a 650; I scored very high on each section except for math. I thought I had done pretty well on math timing and that I was dropping the hard problems. Further, I thought my math score was a fluke, so I quickly decided to sign up for a second official exam the next month. However, I decided to use another math strategy. Since I had often spent more time on the first half of the math section and rushed the last third but had done well during those practice exams, I thought I would stick to this other approach that I was more used to. My study strategy was to buy the recently released 13th edition of the official guide and complete all 800 practice questions. This took a lot of time.

In addition to this, I completed the Manhattan GMAT Advanced Quant guide. I took two official exams again, achieving the same results as before. On the actual exam, my scored dropped. My math score was identical. I quickly reasoned that I must have been fooling my self somewhere and that I would need help to identify and fix the problem(s). So the first thing I did when I got back home was set up a 20-minute appointment with a tutor. I'm glad I did and I'm glad that my request made its way to Liz Moliski. I just wished I had worked with her sooner.

Liz realized that I was studying too much and did not have a real timing strategy for math. Important for my confidence, she repeatedly told me that I was good at math. She advised me to study fewer hours and practice timing sets. The "watertight" timing set strategy is laid out in Manhattan GMAT Roadmap (Guide 0). Two to three times a week, I did 15 tough math problems in 30 minutes, making sure I was sticking to the 5 problems/10 minutes intervals. The point of this exercise was to learn to drop problems that I couldn't do quickly. This was also a way to practice guessing, which I was not good at. Once I got the timing down, the next step was to make sure that I focused on correctly solving the easy and medium problems and quickly dropping the hard problems that I probably could not do within two and a half minutes. I stayed warm on the verbal by doing a couple sets of 12 hard problems each week. I took two GMAT Focus quant exams and took one official practice test, which I did from start to finish. A few weeks before taking the third official exam, I began to make flashcards (about 40 in total by the end) using the example from Roadmap of problem types that appear often or had a useful "trick" -- an insight that unlocked the problem. I wish I had done this earlier.

The week and day before the exam, I didn't over study. I did spend several hours the day before reviewing my flash cards and some problems, but I made sure I didn't study in the evening. On test day, I got over 700!
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Private Tutoring
October 02 | 2012

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       By Anonymous joined: April 28, 2012 | 18 | 3 |
Improvement: -50 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  MGMAT Guided Self Study Plus | Location:  Online | Taught by:  Liz Moliski
This was my worst tutor I've had in my life. My parents told me to keep giving her a chance since I had already moved to the city where she was located for her tutoring services so I continued with her and trusted her as she instructed me to do.

After every tutoring session, I didn't feel any better about anything that she tried to teach me. Maybe because she went over problems that she already had me do and I told her I had already figured them out? If I had to choose what she was better at, I would say Verbal but she chooses to do Quant no matter what you want to do.

Not only did she not teach me the material, my score continued to drop and then she blamed me for the drop and said it was stress even though I felt calm during the exams. She did not focus on my weaknesses which is what I wanted to do. She also lowered my self-esteem during tutoring sessions, something that should never be done by a tutor.

I would not recommend this tutor to a friend OR stranger. This was not worth $1500.


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If you have to pick one look no further this is it
July 19 | 2012

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       By mirfan2 joined: December 22, 2009 | 108 | 12 | non-native speaker
Improvement: 50 Points  |  Verbal:        |  Quant:      
This review is for:  Manhattan GMAT 9-Session Prep Course | Location:  Chicago-N. LaSalle, USA | Taught by:  Liz Moliski
I did some research and asked around about other courses and the most positive I kept hearing about was Manhattan, minus the cost. It is expensive, but it was worth it because I had heard many success stories from others and I knew I needed a top score. I have taken the course twice, both in-person and online.

The in-person class was great, the instructor (Liz) was incredibly smart. She explained all nuances of an entire class of problems while explaining the answer choices. Her focus was all about why the wrong answer is wrong and why the right answer is right. She would also go over tips to improve guessing odds and she wouldn't stop there, she would make sure that all different methods of approaching the question have been exhausted and beaten to death.

The books are very good and many will recommend just to buy those whether or not you take the course. If you're tight on money that might not be a bad idea, because you get access to their online tests if you simply purchase a book. The books help give the same unique way of tackling all the different problem types that they discuss in class. The OG Archer explanations are also way better than in the official guide itself.


Overall the course helped force me to push myself, do the practice, come to class, and ultimately know the best way to tackle the whole process. Expert advice every step of the way. In a Nutshell MGMAT is the best period, but opt for the in-person class it because I feel its a million times better than the online version.
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