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How to study on your own - personal experience

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New post 26 Jul 2017, 06:46
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Hi, everyone.

GMAT journey was a long way for me. Finally, I scored 730 (and right after that decided not to pursue MBA, but it is a different story.)

The biggest challenge for me was not even GMAT itself, but finding the right approach to it and navigating in the ocean of GMAT prep books, courses, and other materials. I purchased an online GMAT course (waste of money), took several classes with a private tutor (didn't help at all) and purchased several useless books. I started reading recommendations and personal experiences here on GMAT club, and that's what helped me to figure out the right strategy.

I am working in the e-learning field now, so I have decided to create a short online demo about GMAT preparation to share tips and tricks that helped me to get a decent score in a short time. I am not affiliated with any GMAT preparation companies, so my recommendations are based on personal experience.

The GMAT club did not allow me to insert a direct link (even though this post is not commercial, I only want to share my experience), so if you are interested you can find it on my twitter @elearningstyle

I would love to get your feedback.

Cheers,

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Could you please explain your preparation strategy? A little curious to know about your GMAT journey.[/quote]

I explained the process in the demo. Here are highlights:

-Got the materials that worked for me - Manhattan quantitative guides and Manhattan Sentence correction questions.

- Got as many official questions as possible. Focused only on official questions.

-Practiced every day and tried to do longer sessions to build stamina.
-Created a Repository of mistakes using virtual flash cards and solved them regularly (I would say this repository was probably the key to success) I used Cram software, but I believe there is a lot of similar products on the market

-Analyzed patterns (in both quantitative and verbal) -which questions are common and which are rare. Analyzed for what type of questions answered incorrectly you get a lower score when you practice using official GMAT software. As a result focused on most common problems. Ignored rare and overly complicated problems.

- Even though English is not my first language, I am an avid reader, and it helped me. Still, I focused on patterns, learned common traps (like parallel constructions, etc.,) and always read and analyzed the explanations provided in the Official Guide. GMAT grammar can be different from grammar we use in daily life.
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