The majority of prospective test takers will continue to struggle with a topic even after reading a guidebook. When confronted with this situation, rereading can be an effective study tool to partially correct this problem and improve one's GMAT performance. Here are some pros and cons to consider on using this strategy:Pros: 1. Reinforce Concepts
Sometimes reading a guidebook once is not enough. Rereading improves your conceptual understanding of the material. And after you see how the concepts apply to practice questions, your appreciation for the material will increase. 2. Less Distractions
The first time reading a guidebook means new concepts to cover, some of which might be frustrating. There could also be that urge in the back of your mind to finish a book for the first time. The desire to finish, nor the perceived difficulty of the material, should not be as strong with a reread. And that leaves you more relaxed and focused on learning the material itself. 3. Missing Pieces
Nobody catches everything in a book the first time. A second attempt allows you to find information that you missed before or didn’t quite appreciate the first time. These concepts might be subtle, but learning them now can help to fine-tune your skills and make a difference in your performance.4. Saves Money
Frustrated that a topic remains difficult, some of us will discard one book and purchase another. This is a knee-jerk reaction and in most cases financially wasteful. Unless there’s a large difference in quality, it’s probably better to stick with the book you already own.Cons:1. Prioritize
Rereading is a means to an end, not an end itself. So be sure that you can benefit from rereading. If you’re scoring in the high 40’s in math, for example, then rereading might not be worth it. In other words, determine which areas require the most attention. 2. Outlook
If you do decide to reread a guidebook, do not adopt a “been there, done that” attitude. Such a passive mindset could prevent you from benefiting from this activity. But on the other hand, don’t expect too much from a reread. There will still be things to learn in subsequent readings, but you probably won’t benefit as much as the first time. 3. Burnout
Reading a guide for the second or third time should be less difficult than the first encounter, but you will still expend time and effort. If rereading becomes too much of a burden, then take a break.
The ideas above are intended to be a conversation starter instead of a comprehensive list. So if you have anything to add to this topic, please share with us!
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