I've gone part time at work for the next 3 months (until September) while I focus on my GMAT and applications and I want to make sure I'm making the most of my study time. I've done very poorly on math in my previous practices test so I'm starting out with the Manhattan Foundations of Math book. I'm currently moving at about a chapter per day taking around 3-4hrs per chapter including the drills. I then go to work for 5hrs, then come home and do basic flash cards for about 30 minutes or so. I'm not Mr. intense studier by the sound of things on this forum, but I'm trying to ease into things, a bit like a new gym routine.
I'm wondering if this is too much focus on a single topic (math principles) and if I should cut the chapters into multiple days, mixing in vocab, quant, etc.. books into the studying. With the Manhattan book set, I can't tell if I'm suppose to go one book at a time or if Manhattan would prefer you do an hour in each book, mixing four books per study session. Anyone have a suggestion on how the brain works best?
At this point I'm picking up the Foundations of Math very well and am finding it to be a real confidence booster. I haven't taken math since college seven years ago, so I'm pretty rusty at the principles of numbers. I'm fairly talented at math once I've brushed up on it. I work in computer security, so if I really do any math these days it's binary, ascii type stuff and some ROI cost analysis. If I could plug in my highschool memory chip into my brain I would ace this stuff. Why don't they tell kids to take the GMAT out of highschool?
Focused attention on your weakest section is actually the right way to do it. You don't want to mix it up until later after you've made significant improvements in your weakest sections. Only then would you mix it up and do a practice test a second time.
You do it this way in order to maximize your improvement and retention in the weakest section. If you jump around between various question types in the beginning, you will spend more time figuring out what the question is asking than actually answering it.
Feel free to follow the 1 month study plan here: http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... study-planhttp://www.gmatpill.com/taking-the-gmat