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# GMAT Prep : Unsure of my preparation

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25 Feb 2019, 08:06
Hi friends,

I started my GMAT preparation in January and till now I had invested around 100 hours. Till now I was reading the fundamentals and concepts. Still I think the concepts are not 100% done.

Quant: Good at PS. Bad at DS
Verbal:
RC-The accuracy fluctuates between 30% & 90%. In 1 session I get 80-90% correct and in the other 30-40%. I am really frustrated after seeing such huge fluctuations.
CR-This is like finding the right culprit among many. Looks like detective work. Haven't been serious about this till now.
SC-I am just grazing grass (concepts) here.

Should I invest more time in studying fundamentals ?
Or should I start solving more questions?
Or should I write more prep exams?

I am really confused and losing motivation. Please . Thanks in advance.
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25 Feb 2019, 08:28
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I suggest that you continue solving questions and maintain an error log. Use the error log to identify your weak areas, review the concepts for the weak areas and solve a lot of problems from the weak areas after reviewing concepts.

Best wishes!

vin2win wrote:
Hi friends,

I started my GMAT preparation in January and till now I had invested around 100 hours. Till now I was reading the fundamentals and concepts. Still I think the concepts are not 100% done.

Quant: Good at PS. Bad at DS
Verbal:
RC-The accuracy fluctuates between 30% & 90%. In 1 session I get 80-90% correct and in the other 30-40%. I am really frustrated after seeing such huge fluctuations.
CR-This is like finding the right culprit among many. Looks like detective work. Haven't been serious about this till now.
SC-I am just grazing grass (concepts) here.

Should I invest more time in studying fundamentals ?
Or should I start solving more questions?
Or should I write more prep exams?

I am really confused and losing motivation. Please . Thanks in advance.
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Updated on: 03 Sep 2019, 10:01
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vin2win wrote:
Hi friends,

I started my GMAT preparation in January and till now I had invested around 100 hours. Till now I was reading the fundamentals and concepts. Still I think the concepts are not 100% done.

Quant: Good at PS. Bad at DS
Verbal:
RC-The accuracy fluctuates between 30% & 90%. In 1 session I get 80-90% correct and in the other 30-40%. I am really frustrated after seeing such huge fluctuations.
CR-This is like finding the right culprit among many. Looks like detective work. Haven't been serious about this till now.
SC-I am just grazing grass (concepts) here.

Should I invest more time in studying fundamentals ?
Or should I start solving more questions?
Or should I write more prep exams?

I am really confused and losing motivation. Please . Thanks in advance.

Relax! Everyone faces such resistances during initial days of preparation, but actual learning and improvement begins when one overcomes these problems. You'll improve as long as you're focused on finding solutions, rather than losing the motivation. So don't worry and keep moving forward in your preparation.

I think your study method so far hasn't helped you, so changing that should lead to improvement. What's generally true is that knowing the concepts and knowing how to apply those concepts to solve questions are two different things. You seem to be aware of the concepts, but it seems you're not in the habit of making use of them for application. So, don't just learn concepts, start solving questions to learn their application, which is what ultimately matters in the test.

Follow the steps below to master a topic:

1. Learn the concept
2. Solve a few questions, starting with the easiest and then gradually progressing to the the hardest ones, on that topic
3. Analyse solutions to the question to strengthen your understanding and to identify your knowledge gaps
4. Go back to concept files to fill conceptual gaps
5. Repeat 1 to 4 till you achieve a required ability in that topic
6. Move to a new topic

To maximize learning and to save time to improve, it's essential that you:

1. Track your performance constantly- Tracking your performance will reveal you key points about your level of preparation. So, maintain an Error Log of questions that you've
attempted and make crisp notes about your takeaways from each of those questions.

2. Revise your topics- Revision will ensure that your learning is well established in your head, leading to improved speed of solving questions and higher accuracy. So maintain a
balance between learning new topics and revising the one's already covered.

3. Create a weekly and monthly study plan, and then stick to it- Following a structured plan brings discipline and stability in preparation

4. Attempt questions under a clock- It's important that from the begging you're in the habit of applying your concepts under the optimum time.

Originally posted by iamsiddharthkapoor on 25 Feb 2019, 09:00.
Last edited by iamsiddharthkapoor on 03 Sep 2019, 10:01, edited 1 time in total.
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25 Feb 2019, 15:09
iamsiddharthkapoor wrote:
vin2win wrote:
Hi friends,

I started my GMAT preparation in January and till now I had invested around 100 hours. Till now I was reading the fundamentals and concepts. Still I think the concepts are not 100% done.

Quant: Good at PS. Bad at DS
Verbal:
RC-The accuracy fluctuates between 30% & 90%. In 1 session I get 80-90% correct and in the other 30-40%. I am really frustrated after seeing such huge fluctuations.
CR-This is like finding the right culprit among many. Looks like detective work. Haven't been serious about this till now.
SC-I am just grazing grass (concepts) here.

Should I invest more time in studying fundamentals ?
Or should I start solving more questions?
Or should I write more prep exams?

I am really confused and losing motivation. Please . Thanks in advance.

Relax! Everyone faces such resistances during initial days of preparation, but actual learning and improvement begins when one overcomes these problems. You'll improve as long as you're focused on finding solutions, rather than losing the motivation. So don't worry and keep moving forward in your preparation.

I think your study method so far hasn't helped you, so changing that should lead to improvement. What's generally true is that knowing the concepts and knowing how to apply those concepts to solve questions are two different things. You seem to be aware of the concepts, but it seems you're not in the habit of making use of them for application. So, don't just learn concepts, start solving questions to learn their application, which is what ultimately matters in the test.

Follow the steps below to master a topic:

1. Learn the concept
2. Solve a few questions, starting with the easiest and then gradually progressing to the the hardest ones, on that topic
3. Analyse solutions to the question to strengthen your understanding and to identify your knowledge gaps
4. Go back to concept files to fill conceptual gaps
5. Repeat 1 to 4 till you achieve a required ability in that topic
6. Move to a new topic

To maximize learning and to save time to improve, it's essential that you:

1. Track your performance constantly- Tracking your performance will reveal you key points about your level of preparation. So, maintain an Error Log of questions that you've
attempted and make crisp notes about your takeaways from each of those questions.

2. Revise your topics- Revision will ensure that your learning is well established in your head, leading to improved speed of solving questions and higher accuracy. So maintain a
balance between learning new topics and revising the one's already covered.

3. Create a weekly and monthly study plan, and then stick to it- Following a structured plan brings discipline and stability in preparation

4. Attempt questions under a clock- It's important that from the begging you're in the habit of applying your concepts under the optimum time.

I hope my suggestions will help you improve. In case you want to know anything else, feel free to ask.

If my response was helpful, kindly contribute a Kudos.

Thanks for your feedback. I will re-calibrate my prep plan based on your inputs
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Re: GMAT Prep : Unsure of my preparation   [#permalink] 25 Feb 2019, 15:09
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