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New post 20 Apr 2017, 06:25
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GMAT Attempts - 1 -> July 2016. Score 720 - Q 50, V 38, AWA 5, IR 6.
Current Target -> 750 or above, IR 7 or above within 3 months

Study Material Available:
1. Complete Set of Veritas Books - Solved Last time.
2. SC Book of Manhattan - Used Last time.
3. OG 16 + Quant and Verbal Reviews - Solved Last time.
4. Powerscore CR - Used Last time.
5. Aristotle - SC Grail
6. About 30 pdf by eGmat

Planning to Buy - Kaplan 800

Test taken last time
1. All the tests in Veritas
2. All the tests in Manhattan
3. All 4 tests by GMAC

Planning to buy
1. I have 31 Kudos. So, I'll buy GC tests for 3 months .
2. Kaplan Question bank and Tests

Now here is the Basic Minimum Daily Study Plan/Strategy
Revision Phase - 1 Week
1. Read 1 Article on Economist.com
2. Revise material on gmat tutor of economist for 1 week spending about 5 hours a day
3. Take a Nutritious Diet
4. Exercise for at least 20 minutes
5. Make notes of new material learned.

Feel free to provide suggestions for improving the prep. :)
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(Also, I feel like kind of a jerk mentioning this, but since you say in your signature that you want to know about grammatical errors in your posts - “Take a nutritious diet” is…. not grammatically incorrect, but idiomatically a bit off. Better to say “Keep a nutritious diet” or “Have a nutritious diet” or maybe just “eat healthily.” At least, that’s what sounds better to me, but sometimes I’m not sure if this is an American English vs. British English issue.

I would probably also prefer “Take notes on new material learned.” to “make notes of…” To make note of tends to be used more metaphorically, as in, to notice, be aware of. To literally write down notes…. you take them.)


Thank You for this. I'm from India and, generally, idioms and metaphors do not come easy to us. Really appreciate it.

Vmacc wrote:
This looks like a great plan! A couple minor things to consider/add/adjust:

1.) Obviously, reading the economist is great both for the GMAT (short term) and for keeping up with relevant business news. But consider trying articles from other sources every once in a while, to get yourself used to the more academic language some of the GMAT RC uses in the humanities and sciences: Scientific American, the Atlantic, or more academic articles/books if you have access to them through a university or library.

2.) I find the GC Verbal questions are sometimes logically structured a bit differently than official GMAT questions. So make sure you’re practicing/redoing enough official material to be used to the way GMAC asks questions. But the GC tests are still great sources of additional practice; just take whatever scores you’re getting there with a grain of salt.

3.) You might want to incorporate creating/reviewing flashcards for idioms commonly tested on the GMAT. Things like what prepositions various verbs take, any other grammatical rules you can figure out a way to get into flashcard format with a thing you’re asking on the front and an “answer” or perhaps example sentence on the back. A lot of people like Quizlet for flashcards. Personally, I use Anki. I’m sure there are others. Anki uses a “spaced repetition system” - you tell it how hard or easy each card was for you and it automatically decides how soon you need to see that card again to get it into your longterm memory.


I am aware of these drawbacks in my strategy but this plan is only for Revision Phase (1 week) which started yesterday. Nevertheless, following is how I addressed these issues last time:

1. I read articles in Economist, Bloomberg, NY Times (this was pretty easy), Scientific American, Some Journal in Anthropology as suggested on the blog by Magoosh.

2. I have a few PDFs with over 1000 official questions and I did not solve everyone of them last time.

3. I did take notes in my phone so that I could read critical material whenever I had time.



Time for log Entry and notes of yesterday:

Time spent Studying: 3 Hours.

Notes

C.R.
1. A single sentence can neither be a conclusion nor be a premise. Read at least 2 sentences to label them premise/conclusion.

2. A difficult argument may contain 2 or more different Points of View and hence draw 2 or more conclusions. For example, when the argument consists of a conversation between 3 participants, each of the participants can have his/her unique conclusion. I remember seeing such questions in Powerscore last time.

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Date: 4-21-17

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Ok. So, today was a surprise. I have hit a wall. I didn't anticipate that economist has provided access to only 10% of their total course material in free trial. So, it means that I've completed 10% revision in 7 study hours with almost all the emphasis on CR & RC.

Though I might not follow their RC Strategy, I HAVE learned 1 important thing about reading the RC. Something that every prep company suggests and every student aspires to do but only few crack the code. Read the Structure of the passage rather than the Data. I just learned how to do so. I had been doing it wrong thus far.

We should not read the sentence but understand what the author is trying to imply in the sentence. Why he/she has written that particular sentence and bonus points for understanding why is that particular information given at this exact point. In other words, we have to connect summary of each useful sentence with that of previous and next useful sentence to create a single coherent summary of the entire paragraph and the passage. It would save time and make questions like primary purpose of passage and function of paragraph a cake-walk. Rest of the questions will take usual amount of time.


Hence, this event calls for an addendum in the Basic Minimum Daily Study Plan/Strategy

1. Read 1 Article on Economist.com
2. Revise material on gmat tutor of economist for 1 week spending about 5 hours a day from books available i.e. Manhattan SC and Veritas.
3. Take a Nutritious Diet
4. Exercise for at least 20 minutes
5. Make notes of new material learned.
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Date: 5-11-17

Time Spent Studying: 4

Log: Solved 2 RCs in OG, 20 questions in CR Veritas, and 9 questions on Gmatclub and read Chapter 3 from Manhattan SC Latest Edition.
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This looks like a great plan! A couple minor things to consider/add/adjust:

1.) Obviously, reading the economist is great both for the GMAT (short term) and for keeping up with relevant business news. But consider trying articles from other sources every once in a while, to get yourself used to the more academic language some of the GMAT RC uses in the humanities and sciences: Scientific American, the Atlantic, or more academic articles/books if you have access to them through a university or library.

2.) I find the GC Verbal questions are sometimes logically structured a bit differently than official GMAT questions. So make sure you’re practicing/redoing enough official material to be used to the way GMAC asks questions. But the GC tests are still great sources of additional practice; just take whatever scores you’re getting there with a grain of salt.

3.) You might want to incorporate creating/reviewing flashcards for idioms commonly tested on the GMAT. Things like what prepositions various verbs take, any other grammatical rules you can figure out a way to get into flashcard format with a thing you’re asking on the front and an “answer” or perhaps example sentence on the back. A lot of people like Quizlet for flashcards. Personally, I use Anki. I’m sure there are others. Anki uses a “spaced repetition system” - you tell it how hard or easy each card was for you and it automatically decides how soon you need to see that card again to get it into your longterm memory.

(Also, I feel like kind of a jerk mentioning this, but since you say in your signature that you want to know about grammatical errors in your posts - “Take a nutritious diet” is…. not grammatically incorrect, but idiomatically a bit off. Better to say “Keep a nutritious diet” or “Have a nutritious diet” or maybe just “eat healthily.” At least, that’s what sounds better to me, but sometimes I’m not sure if this is an American English vs. British English issue.

I would probably also prefer “Take notes on new material learned.” to “make notes of…” To make note of tends to be used more metaphorically, as in, to notice, be aware of. To literally write down notes…. you take them.)
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New post 20 Apr 2017, 13:37
Date: 4-20-17
Time Spent Studying: 3 Hrs. (I need to increase it)

Notes - 2 Points for Today
C.R.


1. In a Strengthening Question, Ruling Out an alternative explanation can also be a valid answer.

eg. Stripped-down Argument -> Oldways school asks students to submit handwritten assignment papers while Modernways school asks students to type the assignment papers. Avg. GPA Oldways < Avg GPA Modernways. Therefore, schools should encourage students to type assignments.

Strengthen -> Students in Oldways and Modernways school have same Avg IQ and socioeconomic background.

CR & RC
2. Spotting a trap answer: If you can see one of the options coming alive in your head, IT most probably IS A TRAP!
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Date: 4-22-17

Time Spent Studying: 5 Hrs

Log:
Revised Quant - Arithmetics - %, Ratios, Proportions, Cyclicity, and Number Properties. Realized a concept where a confusing DS Question can be created. That question is posted here.
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Date: 4-23-17

Time Spent Studying: 4 Hrs

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Revised concepts and some questions of CR - Strengthening, weakening, and Assumption.
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New post 25 Apr 2017, 09:42
Date: 4-24-17

Time Spent Studying: 3 Hrs

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Attempted all questions on MY Workbook and about 20 more in the forums. Realized that I am not too comfortable in quant. Need to revise all the concepts at the earliest.

Read 1 useful tip. Whenever you find something important or something that you need to remember, write it down in a notebook with a pen. Do not write that note in the book. Do not post that note online. Do so if you want to but DO WRITE IT DOWN IN THE NOTEBOOK AS WELL.
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New post 27 Apr 2017, 07:55
Date: 4-25-17

Time Spent Studying: 3 Hrs

Log: Revised all the concepts in Veritas' arithmetics and attempted a total of 10 questions in My Workbook (of gmatclub). By gmatclub's estimate, I should get 620 with Q 42 & V 33. I need to revise all the concepts and get to practice question sets at the earliest to boost up these scores to a realistic level.
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New post 27 Apr 2017, 08:39
Date: 4-25-17

Time Spent Studying: 2 Hrs

Log: Entered Phase 2 of revision. Attempted about 50 questions in quant and verbal - 10 on gmatclub and 40 in Veritas Arithmetics book. I have been reading daily 1 article on The Economist's - The World in 2017 app. Today I read 2 and started attempting 1 RC from OG 16 1st thing in the morning. I'll steadily increase this number of daily RCs and Economist articles to 3 or 4. Every article in the app has some good sentences, which would help me in SC, and the flow of logic is similar to official questions, though currently I am not concentrating too much on this. Additionally, I have started writing down notes in the notebook.

Everything said and done, I have realized that even though my revision speed is not as fast as I had projected, my learning and development is pretty solid. I have realized a bunch of zones in the "easy" topics where difficult questions can be formed. I have already posted 1 and will post the rest in the days to come with the second one in the list here
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New post 30 Apr 2017, 09:18
Date: 4-30-17

It has been a few days since I posted my log. Unfortunately, I could not study for past 2 days.

Time Spent Studying: 4 Hrs till 10pm.

Log: Revised and practiced Inference and Paradox questions. Completed rest of 70 questions in Veritas' Arithmetic Book and 80questions in gmatclub workbook. Planning to revise Algebra in next 2 hours and resume writing notes in the notebook.

Concept realized: In CR give special attention to the question asked when the stimulus/option has a tricky language. Tricky Language - Double Negatives, contrapositives, repeated use of same word such as Not All/Some/Most, and so on.
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Date: 5-01-17

I needed CATs to practice. So, I was planning to buy kaplan's Q-Bank with 8 CATs worth $199. I found out, today, that I will get 5 additional CATs with Kaplan Premier. So, I went to the distributor and bought 2 books - Kaplan Premier and 800 at 30% discount. Now, even if I buy Official Question Pack, I would save money while gaining 6 practice tests with similar amount of questions. But this time about 500 of them will be official questions. :)

Time Spent Studying: 4 Hrs.

Log: Checked out CR in Kaplan Premier. I have a strong feeling that this book will help me cut down the time I spend on easy CR questions because after every topic, there are 8 to 10 dedicated questions. I have also come across 5 books by Aristotle - SC, CR, & RC Grail 2017, Big Idioms, and Boldface.

I have been maintaining my daily study quota, more or less, but after collecting so much material within a day, I am now confused thinking how to go about it. List of all the Material -

Study Material Available:
01. Complete Set of Veritas Books - Solved Last time.
02. SC and Advanced Quant Books of Manhattan - Used Last time.
03. OG 16 + Quant and Verbal Reviews - Solved Last time.
04. Powerscore CR - Used Last time.
05. Aristotle - SC Grail - Used Last time
06. About 30 pdf by eGmat - Used Last time
07. Aristotle - SC Grail 2017 - New
08. Aristotle - CR Grail 2017 - New
09. Aristotle - RC Grail 2017 - New
10. Kaplan Premier 2017 - New
11. Kaplan 800 - New

Planning to buy
1. I have 39 Kudos. So, I'll buy GC tests for 3 months.
2. GMAC Official Question Pack.

Plan to handle this Study Material

1. Complete all the Veritas books and SC Manhattan - They will help me re-gain basic understanding of all the concepts.
2. Complete OG 16 to consolidate the basic concepts. Quant and Verbal Review are Pretty Easy books. Skip them.
3. Go through Kaplan Premier. It will help me understand the Strategic Flaws in attempting the questions.
4. Complete Kaplan 800 and GMAC Official Question Pack to Iron-Out the flaws found in the previous step.

Backup Study Material - Aristotle Grails
Backup Question Sets - Gmatclub membership

Originally posted by umg on 02 May 2017, 11:52.
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New post Updated on: 04 May 2017, 06:16
Date: 5-2-17

Time Spent Studying: 3

Log: I have a lot of material to cover and hence I should break down my revision into bite-size chunks to complete it faster. So, I woke up 1/2 hour early today, read the article in Economist' The World in 2017 app, and attempted 1 RC from OG 16. I took my Veritas CR Book to Office to revise when I get time and am going to keep it there till I complete the theory in it. On Gmatclub, I practiced the questions in workbook.

I created and posted a PS question here

Current GC SCORE Estimate: 610. Q 38; V 36.
Target till Sunday (05-07-17): Q 40+; V 36+

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Date: 5-3-17

Time Spent Studying: 4

Log: Revised CR from Veritas (at Office) and gmatclub and realized that I tend to lose the track of question when one of the answer options is worded in a difficult manner. So, I should re-read the question stem if any option warrants my deeper attention. It may be placed as a trap.

Revised Veritas Algebra's Skill Builder. It has a lot of small questions that are good to improve basic calculation speed.

Update to Weekly Target: Apparently, I have achieved my Weekly Target within 1 day of posting it. My GMAT SCORE Estimate is: 640, Q 41; V 37. This raises a big question - Did I set a target too easy?

Anyways, it is Thursday today and I am still 4 study days away from New Week. So, I need a new Target.

Addendum to Weekly Target:

Current GC Score Estimate: 640 -> Q 41, V 37.
Target till Sunday (05-07-17): Q >= 43, V >= 38.
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Date: 5-4-17

Time Spent Studying: 3

Log: Used Kudos to unlock Gmatclub Tests. Revised CR and wrote down notes about the specific points where my thought process went wrong. This activity took a lot of time but I have realized that those notes are invaluable.
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New post 06 May 2017, 08:27
Date: 5-5-17

Time Spent Studying: 2

Log: Solved questions on Gmatclub and on the whatsapp group.

Weekly Target Progression: Q - 42, V 38.

Verbal: Target achieved. Need to maintain it for now.
Quant: 1 Point to go for 43. Still have 2 study days in the week. :)
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New post 07 May 2017, 07:57
Date: 5-6-17

Time Spent Studying: 5

Log: Cleared doubts in Veritas' Arithmatic. Completed revision of the CR book of Veritas. I have to complete questions in the book now.


Weekly Target Update

Target Achieved - Q 45; V 41

Yes, I am surprised to see V 41. It is a BIG jump.


Target for the Week ending on 5-14-17

Q and V estimates are more than I expected to reach. So for this week, I am going to make it easy for myself. Maintain these numbers.

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Q 45
V 41
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New post Updated on: 11 May 2017, 02:45
Date: 5-7-17

Time Spent Studying: 4

Log: Revised SC - Parts of Speech, Subject Verb Agreement, and Pronoun Ambiguity. Attempted questions in Workbook as well.

Note: In SC, Change in tone of the sentence is also considered as a change in meaning.

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New post 11 May 2017, 02:45
Date: 5-10-17

Time Spent Studying: 4

Log: Attempted 9 questions on Gmatclub's workbook, 20 CR questions in Vertias' homework, and started reading Manhattan's SC completing chapter 1 and 2.

I did not study for 2 days in between. I have to remove these holes in my prep and get serious.
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