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I'm making a lot of silly mistakes while doing quant

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14 Jul 2017, 09:13
I'm making a lot of silly mistakes while doing quant like calculation errors and reading the question wrong or copying down the figures wrong. That usually means I have to redo questions (if I'm lucky and the wrong answer I arrived at is not in the options). As a result I loose on a lot of easy and medium questions which I know exactly how to solve.

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14 Jul 2017, 09:26
The same is happening with me too. I am about a month away from my exam. Any suggestions how to improve on it.

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16 Jul 2017, 06:31
The basic reasons of silly mistakes are overconfidence and lack of practice. So, following things may help:

1. Put your pen to the paper. Yes. Try not to solve questions mentally and solve them on paper. This often eliminated the silly calculation mistakes.

2. Read the Question Carefully. Understand that almost Every single word in Quant is important. So, pay special attention to statements.
For instance: a, b, & c are integers meaning that they can also be Negative..

3. Practice more questions. There is no denying that Practice makes us perfect and in addition to perfection, it is one of the best ways to eliminate silly mistakes.

4. Re-check your answer. Though it will take an additional 5 to 10 secs, it is better to spend that additional time than to get those easy/medium questions questions wrong..
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18 Jul 2017, 13:20
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Write down the actual math you're doing at each step. Don't skip steps or try to combine multiple steps into one. And don't try to 'go faster' - if you find that you have to force yourself to write or read very quickly, you're not approaching the problem efficiently enough. Think 'smooth', not 'fast.'
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