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# How to overcome initial frustration due to struggles?

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08 Aug 2018, 14:18
I just recently started studying for the GMAT again and I'm wondering how any of you overcame those initial internal struggles or emotional discourage when preparing for Quant?

Its frustrating me because as I prepare for Verbal, I'm doing much better and answering questions with a much higher accuracy rate . I'm still going through Book#1 in MGMAT (FDP), but I'm already noticing severe weaknesses (such as DS problem solving skills). I know I just started, but was anyone else in a similar position? How did you mentally focus on improving and not letting your initial struggles bog you down or discourage you?
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10 Aug 2018, 14:20
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I've seen a lot of students start in your position. It definitely can be pretty frustrating, but don't get discouraged. Take it one lesson at a time. Your score may not go up immediately (in fact, once you start to use some strategies and implement some new content, sometimes your score can dip just a little bit for a test before it goes up), but it will go up.

Make sure you're interacting with the book you're using - and not just by doing practice problems. If there's something you don't get, make sure that you are taking the time to stop and look it up. It will take time, but it is worth your time to do this because it will save you time later.

Don't try to cram in a ton of new ideas in one sitting. Pick a couple to focus on and practice them. Make sure that you're noting any errors in your error log (not just that you got it wrong, but WHY you got it wrong too).

And as you take your first practice tests - remember that because the GMAT is adaptive, it's going to feel hard no matter what. If you're getting hard problems, smile - you deserve it! You're doing well.

Just remember: Take it one step at a time, don't overwhelm yourself with too much content at once (practice new skills before you move on instead of trying to speed through a bunch of content!), and remember that this test is designed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, then businesses schools wouldn't care what you got on it!
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10 Aug 2018, 14:41
Man, I can so relate.
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13 Aug 2018, 08:42
I am currently facing the same situation as well. It felt as if you are fighting the same war again with the same outcome. Personally, I have done other types of content-related examinations before and the more time you spent, the better the outcome. However, it does not happen for GMAT.

If you are person who has low confident for a certain topic, it starts to manifest to develop a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you are a person who is relatively over-confident, you might be led to believe that what you understand is correct, and doubt that the correct answer testing a particular arcane looking concept might be an one-off thing - especially in the verbal section. Not sure if what i analyzed is 100% correct, but the latter is the gut feeling that I am feeling when I read some of the answers to GMAT questions.
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20 Aug 2018, 12:31
Blazethrough14 wrote:
I just recently started studying for the GMAT again and I'm wondering how any of you overcame those initial internal struggles or emotional discourage when preparing for Quant?

Its frustrating me because as I prepare for Verbal, I'm doing much better and answering questions with a much higher accuracy rate . I'm still going through Book#1 in MGMAT (FDP), but I'm already noticing severe weaknesses (such as DS problem solving skills). I know I just started, but was anyone else in a similar position? How did you mentally focus on improving and not letting your initial struggles bog you down or discourage you?

I think that you should consider starting with the MPrep Foundations of Math strategy guide instead of working through the books one by one. You'll get more out of the other Quant strategy guides if you have a solid foundation in the math basics (and if you do Foundations of Math later on, you'll probably wish you'd started there.) I'm not totally sure, since I don't know what level you're at in Quant - but regardless of your level, if you're feeling demoralized, Foundations of Math can also be a good confidence booster.
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