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# How do you manage improving weaknesses, while maintaining strengths?

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24 Nov 2019, 13:06
Hi!I wanted to ask how everyone here improves weaknesses while maintaining strengths? I've been able to validate that when I study my weaknesses (30 problems, theory review if needed, and careful examination of answers + learning takeaways), I really excel. For ex, I went from a 34% SC to 70% SC in 2 days. But I can see here that even though I have naturally higher accuracy in some topics, my performance can actually fluctuate (for ex RC 70% to 50%, CR 70% to 50%).

Here is a breakdown of all my mocks so far:
2019-09-20 // 420 (Q27/V23) Diagnostic test, didn't finish on time.
2019-10-13 // 420 (Q28/V21) Read a couple more chapters, decided this is not the way to improve
2019-11-10 // 580 (Q38/V31) Just finished all my content (MP), no OG problems
2019-11-20 // 460 (Q26/V28) Finished my verbal chapters on CR
2019-11-22 // 530 (Q30/V33) Blanked out on quant with some stress, could do most problems later < 2 min.
2019-09-20 // 600 (Q41/V32) Guessed 9 questions on verbal

How I've been studying so far (since 9/24):

I started by reading all the chapters for Manhattan Prep. I did the problem set at the end, and that's pretty much it. I finished two months later, working full time (50 hours/week). I wrote my first MCAT: 580. But since then my mocks have varied quite a bit. I suspect this is related to the fact that I've never done any OG questions (I've done tons now - OG 2019), but I want to understand what's going on here. This leads me to believe that I need to practice a little more and "cover my foundation", and hopefully lock it in to be intuitive, + optimize any additional weak spots. I'm fairly confident I can crack a 750 GMAT, but I'd love to understand how some folks manage the strength improvements/weakness improvements optimization journey.

Note: Haven't focused on IR yet, but as you can see -- very hit or miss. On the 11/22 mock, I had some anxiety that I've now been able to overcome. I also feel very comfortable in math, and english writing/comprehension.

I have 4 weeks left to study for GMAT, and want to make sure I'm doing this right. All feedback is welcome, and highly appreciated. Just one MBA prospective trying to crack the good ol' GMAT.
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24 Nov 2019, 20:55
Have you identified your weak areas?
Such as for me SC and RC have always been challenging .
Redo all OG questions that you did wrong first time and verify f the logic you applied to rule out the option matches with the one given in official explanation.

Also as your score says Quant is the biggest area of improvement.
1. Slit your day to practice into two forms. Timed vs un-timed
for timed practice on the areas you are proficient at and for un-timed look out the areas you need improvement. Your goal at the end of the week should be to move un -timed areas into timed one.
Hope these pointers help
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24 Nov 2019, 23:50
Hi, pinklemonhat,

In the last 4 weeks, it'd be better to solve OG questions to convert weak areas into strong areas and capitalize your strength. As you are maintaining error log, review the same on each alternate day could help a lot. Gauge your improvements by taking one official (GMATprep) mock per week.

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25 Nov 2019, 09:33
Even in the beginning I also faced the same issue on how to improve strong areas and support weak areas.
For areas where I know the basics such as topics in math, I practiced a lot for them, topics that I have some experience (saw or solved them earlier) but could not solve a similar question meant I am lacking basics in that topic, using search directory I would solve only those questions and strengthen it

For extremely weak topics (For me SC accuracy was 2/10 in beginning) I would go through basics multiple times and solve only below 500 difficulty level questions (these questions mainly deal with rules and grammar, no involvement of meaning or other stuff) and build my strengthen on it by practicing.

Figure out your weak areas, make a note of them and start tackling them one after another. As you mentioned about lacking pace ( unable to completely attempt/solve all questions). Try to impose time restriction after you are comfortable with basics :D

All the best!
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