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I have seen multiple posts where people say do XYZ thing or XYZ material for GMAT
Someone please shed some light on what NOT to do while preparing for GMAT
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I have seen multiple posts where people say do XYZ thing or XYZ material for GMAT
Someone please shed some light on what NOT to do while preparing for GMAT


Hi haardiksharma ,

These are the things I can think of:
1. Don't follow irregular schedule.
2. Don't panic while preparing.
3. Don't give mocks at the time different from your actual timings.
4. Don't give half mocks. Always prefer to give full length mock tests.(Including AWA and IR section)
5. Don't give mocks casually. Consider them as seriously as you would consider your actual exam.
6. Don't go for Quantity of questions. Always prefer quality over quantity.
7. Don't just let a wrong question pass through. You should have a solid understanding of why you got that question wrong.
8. Don't cancel any answer choice just because you feel it is not right. You should have a solid reason for rejecting answer choice.
9. Don't let you weakness beat you. Always try to make your weakness your strength no matter how hard it is.
10. Finally, NEVER GIVE UP.

These are the couple of points I can think of at the moment. I will update the list if I come across anything else.

All the best. :)
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Don't try to study by taking a ton of practice tests. Sure, it works out for a few people, but even if this improves your score, it's less efficient than studying in a more targeted way. It's also more likely to burn you out.

Don't ignore your mental state. Anxiety, overwork, fatigue, and burnout aren't just 'fluffy stuff'. They have actual, serious effects on performance, and if you don't deal with them early on, you'll end up with a score that's lower than your actual ability.

Don't put off timing until later. I've seen a lot of people say that they'll study without a timer first, and then start working on timing once they understand the content. That almost never works out! What happens is, you end up learning skills and habits that only work without a timer, and you have to totally relearn a lot of your strategies once you realize that your timing is weak.
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I have seen multiple posts where people say do XYZ thing or XYZ material for GMAT
Someone please shed some light on what NOT to do while preparing for GMAT


Hi haardiksharma ,
- Sporadic study schedule - a regular and planned study schedule is effective
- Practice tests - One should stick to GMAT prep practice tests and try prep company test only for additional practice. Also, don't take too many practice tests.
- Not taking the entire practice tests - don't skip the sections - AWA and IR
- Not doing analysis of the errors - you should learn from each error
- Procrastinating taking the GMAT until the very end - you should have some time to retake in case the first attempt does not go as per plan.
- Taking too many practice tests in the last week and trying to cover a lot of new things in last few days.
- Know the route to the test center so that you are not stressed out on the day of GMAT.
- Relax and don't stress out too much and give your best. Also, understand that it is only an exam.
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1) Don't mindlessly answer questions without marking certain ones for review later.

I get so many questions on this - people writing in that they've exhausted all OG questions and can't study any more. Really? There are hundreds of them -- I bet you if you review them now, you won't get 100% correct -- even if you saw them before. If that's true, then you haven't really learned from your mistakes. Keep reviewing mistakes until you don't make them any more. If you still make mistakes, then that means you haven't fully learned. So don't make the mistake of breezing through thousands of questions without true review.

2) For purposes of the exam, don't try to study for it by studying outside resources. Some people recommend reading the Economist, for example. You can, but if your immediate need is on reading comprehension passages - focus on those. The back and forth question and answer from reading passages will help far more than if you simply read an Economist passage without going through questions and possible answer choices.

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3) Don't fall asleep when studying. If you do, that means you are not in the right mental state. I, for sure, fell asleep many times - but I would do mini-exercises to pump myself up for boring passages. In other words, I would force myself to get super excited about something really boring. If I don't do that, then I will fall asleep and waste time.

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