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# New to this - Need study plan help

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19 Jul 2018, 22:47
Hello,

Apologies in advance for noob question. This might sound frantic and silly - sorry!
I'm new to this, and in three months I would need to give GMAT. I am aiming around 750, I am great at verbal (I would get 50% right without touching my books - I havent touched books in 7 years since graduation - commerce grad, am fairly average) but terrible at PS and DS (very terrible)
Resources I have:
Magoosh
MGMAT books + tests
Veritas tests
Official Guides (2nd, 12th and current)
Multiple test bank got from seniors
(Indian IIM)CAT books

My question - Starting to develop GMAT anxiety and finding it rather tough to figure a plan that works for me. (I have looked through the Magoosh plan but if I stick to that, I would a)run risk of not completing others, mainly OG which I want to finish. b) is seemingly too much basic level than MGMAT books.
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19 Jul 2018, 22:52
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nivivacious wrote:
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Hello Friend -
You should probably take a look at the below link on study plan.

Also, i suggest that you focus on completing the OG and Gmat Prep and other gmat prep questions and not worry too much about completing questions from other sources. After all, gmat is about smart work and not hard work.

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Apologies in advance for noob question. This might sound frantic and silly - sorry!
I'm new to this, and in three months I would need to give GMAT. I am aiming around 750, I am great at verbal (I would get 50% right without touching my books - I havent touched books in 7 years since graduation - commerce grad, am fairly average) but terrible at PS and DS (very terrible)
Resources I have:
Magoosh
MGMAT books + tests
Veritas tests
Official Guides (2nd, 12th and current)
Multiple test bank got from seniors
(Indian IIM)CAT books

My question - Starting to develop GMAT anxiety and finding it rather tough to figure a plan that works for me. (I have looked through the Magoosh plan but if I stick to that, I would a)run risk of not completing others, mainly OG which I want to finish. b) is seemingly too much basic level than MGMAT books.
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20 Jul 2018, 13:12
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Hey nivivacious,

I think that part of your anxiety might be due to the fact that you have a hodgepodge of materials from different sources. Not to say that any or all of them are bad. Quite the contrary - I hear good things about Magoosh and I spent 6 years working at Veritas, so I know their CATs are stellar. But a lack of consistent/structured guidance can cause anxiety because you don't really know what to prioritize. Stock piling resources and plowing through practice problems can feel good and productive, but ultimately lead to inefficient prep because you get sucked into a rabbit hole of chasing that feeling of accomplishment instead of focusing on what will give you the best return on your time.

The key isn’t number of hours or weeks you spend studying, or which resources you prioritize first, but rather the quality of that time. At ORION we like to use legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden’s quote “never mistake activity for achievement” - just the fact that you studied for X hours (activity) doesn’t mean you got any better (achievement).

Give your sessions themes beforehand (“Tuesday I’m going to work on pacing with word problems”) and take quick inventory of what you achieved (and what you still need to) right after (“I got really comfortable with modifiers at the beginning of sentences, but still need to work on accepting strange ones at the ends of sentences”). Make sure you’re thinking in terms of what you’ve learned, how you’re improving, and what you need to do next - not just checking boxes or turning pages.

The most important thing about your study schedule is that it’s something you can keep up. And if you’re following the advice above - focusing on quality, thematic study - you can get more out of less time, anyway. Work smarter, not harder, and put together a schedule that lets you enjoy the process of learning and critical thinking.

Hope this helps, and happy studying!
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20 Jul 2018, 17:27
Hi nivivacious,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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06 Aug 2018, 11:29
nivivacious wrote:
Hello,

Apologies in advance for noob question. This might sound frantic and silly - sorry!
I'm new to this, and in three months I would need to give GMAT. I am aiming around 750, I am great at verbal (I would get 50% right without touching my books - I havent touched books in 7 years since graduation - commerce grad, am fairly average) but terrible at PS and DS (very terrible)
Resources I have:
Magoosh
MGMAT books + tests
Veritas tests
Official Guides (2nd, 12th and current)
Multiple test bank got from seniors
(Indian IIM)CAT books

My question - Starting to develop GMAT anxiety and finding it rather tough to figure a plan that works for me. (I have looked through the Magoosh plan but if I stick to that, I would a)run risk of not completing others, mainly OG which I want to finish. b) is seemingly too much basic level than MGMAT books.

Here is a study plan for you

Best Books

For Concept Learning

Manhattan Quant Guides
Manhattan Verbal Guides
For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-18

Best Courses (Budget)

1. Empower GMAT
2. Math Revolution (Only Math)
3. E-GMAT (Only Verbal)

You can start with Quant or Verbal which suits you. If you have started with Quant then Start with the Arithmetic but if started with verbal then start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning Quant concepts and one month for practicing question and same practice for Verbal. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

Top CATs for Practice

1. Official GMAC CATs
2. Manhattan CATs
3. Kaplan CATs
4. GMAT Club Quant CATs

Good Luck
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08 Aug 2018, 00:38
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nivivacious wrote:
Hello,

Apologies in advance for noob question. This might sound frantic and silly - sorry!
I'm new to this, and in three months I would need to give GMAT. I am aiming around 750, I am great at verbal (I would get 50% right without touching my books - I havent touched books in 7 years since graduation - commerce grad, am fairly average) but terrible at PS and DS (very terrible)
Resources I have:
Magoosh
MGMAT books + tests
Veritas tests
Official Guides (2nd, 12th and current)
Multiple test bank got from seniors
(Indian IIM)CAT books

My question - Starting to develop GMAT anxiety and finding it rather tough to figure a plan that works for me. (I have looked through the Magoosh plan but if I stick to that, I would a)run risk of not completing others, mainly OG which I want to finish. b) is seemingly too much basic level than MGMAT books.

Hi nivivacious,

Your choice of using MGMAT guides and Magoosh for your preparation is great. Both the courses are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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17 Aug 2018, 05:57
Hi , i Need urgently a study plan for aiming score of 550 , i have should join a business school on October 15 .
i know its a challenge but due-able , can anyone help me ?
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