hopes33 wrote:

Long story short, I just decided to apply to MMS/MiM programs.

Like WallStreetBarbie who posted below, I have a month to go and really suck at quant (well, maybe for her it's more of a self-perception). I'm just now re-learning principles, and feel frantic, not sure how much I should work on 'understanding' a formula as opposed to just memorizing it. I know that sounds stupid, like of course you're supposed to understand a formula-- but there's kind of getting it and then re-deriving it, if you know what I mean.

I don't know whether I should go primarily to a textbook, Khan Academy (which I love), or just keep plugging through the GMAT book. I started a practice test and bombed that mother f-er.

Please help, and don't tell me to take it later (I'm going to take it again, but want to at least TRY for this round of admissions).

Thank you!!

PS--I'm Asian too, womp womp.

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Guess you are looking at Math after many years. It's understandable that you need to start right from the beginning i.e. you probably need to re-learn how to work with equations, quadratics, fractions etc. Khan academy is a great resource to help you understand many of these basic manipulations. You really really need to know your basic Math before you progress to GMAT Quant. Look, a GMAT book will explain you how to take information from a question and put it into an equation which you can solve. But to arrive at the answer, you need to solve the equation which you cannot if your basics are weak. You need to manipulate the numbers in every question.

As for memorizing vs understanding the formulas, you need to understand the formula to know exactly when you can use it and when you cannot. No one cares whether you can derive it. If you are going through a GMAT book right now and are able to solve most of the easy and mid level practice questions after going through the theory, then your basics aren't really weak and you can keep to the book. Else go to your text book, keep working on Khan academy and subsequently, you will need to check out the GMAT book again. A lot of things to do and little time but since you do want to take the test in a month, work hard and we hope it will all work out...

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