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New post 15 Nov 2017, 11:57
Hello,

I've been having a hard time for months to be focused on trying to fully study for the GMAT test. I did pretty poorly (as I expected after not being in school for a good bit) with a 330 (5th percentile) total score and Quantitative (5th percentile) and Verbal (17th percentile) both being 17 and IR being 1 (0 percentile). I've bought the Manhattan Foundations books for Verbal and Math since it has been a good while since I have been in school. I got my books back in September but I've been stuck on the math one for two months now which I feel so disjointed like I get the material but can never fully grasp it. I haven't even gotten started on the real study for the test let alone the verbal foundations. I've been doing a lot of self study but as time goes on and the more I try to study I start to feel like I will benefit more from group study or (if I had the money) a prep course that will actually keep me on track than just me being at work staring at one problem all day.I feel so disappointed in myself for not being where I wanted to be with this studying and being able to take the test. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions that can get me to focus and follow a good study plan that I can adhere to so I won't feel like I'm wasting my time.
Thanks!

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New post 16 Nov 2017, 07:51
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Hello,

I've been having a hard time for months to be focused on trying to fully study for the GMAT test. I did pretty poorly (as I expected after not being in school for a good bit) with a 330 (5th percentile) total score and Quantitative (5th percentile) and Verbal (17th percentile) both being 17 and IR being 1 (0 percentile). I've bought the Manhattan Foundations books for Verbal and Math since it has been a good while since I have been in school. I got my books back in September but I've been stuck on the math one for two months now which I feel so disjointed like I get the material but can never fully grasp it. I haven't even gotten started on the real study for the test let alone the verbal foundations. I've been doing a lot of self study but as time goes on and the more I try to study I start to feel like I will benefit more from group study or (if I had the money) a prep course that will actually keep me on track than just me being at work staring at one problem all day.I feel so disappointed in myself for not being where I wanted to be with this studying and being able to take the test. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions that can get me to focus and follow a good study plan that I can adhere to so I won't feel like I'm wasting my time.
Thanks!


Hello

Don’t lose heart, happens to best of us! Problem is GMAT is a psychometric test and not really a quant or verbal test. You have to learn the strategies and practice. There are no short cuts.


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Studying in a group can be very helpful/ You can find study pals here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-buddy-4/
http://www.studypal.co/
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New post 16 Nov 2017, 09:32
purplecloud77 wrote:
Hello,

I've been having a hard time for months to be focused on trying to fully study for the GMAT test. I did pretty poorly (as I expected after not being in school for a good bit) with a 330 (5th percentile) total score and Quantitative (5th percentile) and Verbal (17th percentile) both being 17 and IR being 1 (0 percentile). I've bought the Manhattan Foundations books for Verbal and Math since it has been a good while since I have been in school. I got my books back in September but I've been stuck on the math one for two months now which I feel so disjointed like I get the material but can never fully grasp it. I haven't even gotten started on the real study for the test let alone the verbal foundations. I've been doing a lot of self study but as time goes on and the more I try to study I start to feel like I will benefit more from group study or (if I had the money) a prep course that will actually keep me on track than just me being at work staring at one problem all day.I feel so disappointed in myself for not being where I wanted to be with this studying and being able to take the test. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions that can get me to focus and follow a good study plan that I can adhere to so I won't feel like I'm wasting my time.
Thanks!


Agree with Akela. Studying group may help to improve performance. Also if you have over-burnt yourself, take a few days leave. It will help your body and mind to focus and absorb better.

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I felt the same exact way, I studied for a few months on a very consistent basis and still couldn't get my score to crack 500. It's not that I didn't know the material and the rules, I just didn't have a plan of attack/structured steps to take for the questions. I lost much faith and became even more stressed. However, I decided to sign up for Empowergmat's 3 month program after reading some reviews. I'm a few weeks in and I can honestly say it has helped a ton - especially with the quant. The strategy they teach easy to implement and has given me more confidence when approaching problems. I'm answering questions correct now that I wasn't able to less than a few weeks ago. I'm not sure what your budget is, but I'd recommend giving it a shot. They have a free trial of some type that might be helpful.

I still have a ways to go but seeing and feeling progress has re-motivated me.

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