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# Need strategic study advice - Breaking barriers

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23 Sep 2009, 16:50
So I'm done with MGMAT Number Properties and FDP's, but I lose grip on the advanced problems in the back (600+)...

In order to take my quant up a level, I believe I need to refocus my study strategy.

At this point, what would be the most helpful (in what order)...

b) attack/solve more problems between 400-500 level before trying 600+
c) redesign my problem-solving approach

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23 Sep 2009, 16:59
RichXXV wrote:
So I'm done with MGMAT Number Properties and FDP's, but I lose grip on the advanced problems in the back (600+)...

In order to take my quant up a level, I believe I need to refocus my study strategy.

At this point, what would be the most helpful (in what order)...

b) attack/solve more problems between 400-500 level before trying 600+
c) redesign my problem-solving approach

I have access to all GMAC guides and MGMAT Q-Banks as well.

Have you taken a GMATPrep or another practice test lately?

When you say you loose grip, you mean, you are doing a set of questions under a timed environment and you can't finish them?
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23 Sep 2009, 17:35
I haven't taken a practice test of any sort. 'Lose grip' basically means taking longer than 2 minutes to solve (w/ mixed results), or just flat out not knowing how to approach the problem. It means I just need more practice, right? But where do I focus my efforts?
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23 Sep 2009, 18:56
RichXXV wrote:
I haven't taken a practice test of any sort. 'Lose grip' basically means taking longer than 2 minutes to solve (w/ mixed results), or just flat out not knowing how to approach the problem. It means I just need more practice, right? But where do I focus my efforts?

That's really a two part problem.

The main key with approach on problems is two fold:
1. Sold foundation in math concepts
2. General problem solving skills

#1 is strictly applied to the GMAT/other situations when you need specific math skills (compounding, parts/whole, etc)
#2 is a general skill set that helps you break down problems (used in everyday life).

#1 Helps you answer the problem correctly. #2 Helps you do so in a timely manner.

If you're having trouble keeping within the 2 mins, then you need to figure out why it's take you too long. Something is wrong with your initial analysis of the problem. One problem I would always run into is I would try to solve a problem by the "brute force" method. This means solving the problem in its entirety as opposed to simply answering the question at hand. On the GMAT, you don't always have to completely solve the unknown in the equation, just simply answer the question and move on.
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23 Sep 2009, 22:27
RichXXV wrote:

c) redesign my problem-solving approach

I took the extra-curricular route and utilized MGMAT's FoM resource. It helped pinpoint a weakness thats definitely detrimental to progress (extracting accurate equations from word problems). Looks like 'c' will need some fine-tuning also.
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