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# How to utilise an error log efficiently

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25 Nov 2017, 00:39
Hi everyone, my gmat is in another 3 weeks. I only chanced upon using an error log last week (yes it might be a tad too late) and i did it something like this (pardon my excel skills as they are really not that good )

I am just doing OG practice questions (be it on book or wiley), gmat prep question pack 1 and gmatprep exam packs in preparation for the big day. Whenever my answer is wrong, I will read the explanation and realise where i had gone wrong or could have done better before noting in down in my error log.

So let's say every day's worth of practice increases the list in my error logs. How should i use the error logs to its full potential? Am i supposed to be reading the log in the last week of my exams to attempt the questions again?

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25 Nov 2017, 01:14
Seanlim wrote:
Hi everyone, my gmat is in another 3 weeks. I only chanced upon using an error log last week (yes it might be a tad too late) and i did it something like this (pardon my excel skills as they are really not that good )

I am just doing OG practice questions (be it on book or wiley), gmat prep question pack 1 and gmatprep exam packs in preparation for the big day. Whenever my answer is wrong, I will read the explanation and realise where i had gone wrong or could have done better before noting in down in my error log.

So let's say every day's worth of practice increases the list in my error logs. How should i use the error logs to its full potential? Am i supposed to be reading the log in the last week of my exams to attempt the questions again?

Using error log/notebook/word doc/audio or anything, here are things we want to achieve:
1. Not make the same mistake again
2. What was the new learning
3. Did i know a concept and still got a question wrong. If it was silly mistake then keep an eagle eye on that because it's not always a silly mistake but the real trick that trap test takers.
4. How a rule that i repeatedly applied on so many questions didn't work on a particular question. Learn/revise that WHY again.

Please try to write the TAKEAWAYS from questions and that's all we need to go over and over again. that's how not just those damn rules are cemented in our mind but their application, tricks, pattern, silly mistakes, surprising facts and much more remain in front lob of our brain.

example:

say you have the equation:
|x| = x or |x| = y, then general trap is forgetting about ZERO value. now if that takeaway is written in our doc and we keep going through it then surely we won't mistake on that.

so target to capture the learnings thus far in whatever means possible.

oh! Do you have the question of going over the same pages everyday, knowing that number of pages to go through is increasing everyday because of new additions of takeaways??

Well that's the real hard work. But here is a catch. Say page 1 is revised today then revise it on day 3 and then on day 7. if this seems mathematical then the best way is to revise in the morning and whenever sitting idol just try to recall the learnings and if success then its time to revise from other pages otherwise go back to same page to re-revise. To be sure you can do those questions that took you alot of time or you got them wrong, Just go to the gmatclub's workbook/error log and filter out questions in many ways and attempt them again. Make sure you get them correct with learning the concept tested in them.

Please try to keep "Nature of Error" column more clear with writings about why you got the question wrong and what you learnt from it and then explanation of concept itself.

Please keep the focus on OFFICIAL questions only as exam is just 3 weeks away!

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25 Nov 2017, 13:49
Hi Seanlim,

Keeping a proper Error Log/Mistake Tracker and the process of 'regular review' are important aspects to scoring at a high level on the Official GMAT. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

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4) What is your goal score?
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