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Where to find 3-4 month study plans? How to study?

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02 Apr 2018, 16:10
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Hello,

Id like to find a 3-4 month study plan. I took the diagnostics from the GMAT Prep Software and scored a 350 (Q:7, V:26, IR:4)

I have the following resources:
Manhattan Foundations of Math
Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guide Complete Set 13th Edition
Official Guide 2018 Complete Set

(I do not plan to buy any more materials)

Ill be graduating with a finance degree this May. I will be working full time (50 hours a week). I plan on dedicating the rest of my time to studying for the GMAT. I don't have a set date on when I'm gonna take it and time isn't a problem for me. Id like to start studying by late May and take up either 3 or 4 months. My target score is 670. So my question here is where can I find a detailed study guide online? If not one thats already made how can i make one using the materials I have? Should I start by reading the manhattan books from 0-9? Should I study for quant first and then verbal? Im a bit lost in trying to create an effective study plan and study format.
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03 Apr 2018, 00:14
Hey sgiraldo2016
Since you don't have a target date, I suggest picking a date according to your study plan. What you need is about 100-120 hours of studying in total, so the question is how long it will take you to spread these hours out. I recommend going for no more than three months, since even that is quite a long time, and you run the risk of forgetting material by the time you are done.
A 3 month study plan should look something like this:

1) Take a look at the following list of the GMAT subjects.

Rearrange them so that the topic you feel you are weakest in is first and the one you are strongest in is last:

Integers
Geometry Basics
Algebra Basics
Vocabulary and Memorization
Critical Reasoning
Analytical Writing
Fractions and Percent
Ratio and Proportions
Interest
Sentence Correction
Triangles
Powers and Roots
Expressions and Equations
Rate and Work
Circles
Polygons
Counting Methods and Probability
Coordinate Geometry
Descriptive Statistics
Solids
Integrated Reasoning

2) Plan a 3-day mini study schedule for each topic, starting with the weakest one

. It should look like this:

A.

First day: study fundamental subject material

. At the same time, keep two lists going:
- A running summary of the material (optional but recommended: most of us learn better by summarizing);
- Tips list – what in this topic is tricky? What do I need to remember in order to solve questions both correctly and quickly?

B.

Second Day: practice.

This is the time to solve questions.

C.

Third Day: topic Review

. Use this day in order to:
Review your mistakes from the practice the day before. Why did you make these mistakes? How will you get similar questions right next time?
Based on this review, continuously update your practical tips list.

For more suggestions and a 90-day study plan example, check out this article: http://exampal.com/gmat/blog/how-to-pre ... n-3-months

As for your materials, you can definitely get a lot of value out of the OG, but I wouldn't rely on it only. The trick is to use it in order to practice, but to have a firm foundation of the material and of answer strategies from elsewhere. Here's a review of what I suggest to do, and not to do, with the OG : http://exampal.com/gmat/blog/prepare-gm ... cial-guide
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03 Apr 2018, 11:39
Hi sgiraldo2016,

https://gmatclub.com/forum/need-help-sc ... l#p2033916

Many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level - and since the study materials that you've listed are all books, you'll likely end up needing to invest in some non-book resources to hit your Score Goal. Since you've already acquired some practice materials, you can get started with those though. The OG books are great sources for practice questions, but they're not designed to teach you Tactics, patterns or the little 'secrets' behind the GMAT - for those, you'll need Course-oriented materials. To that end, you should work on the OG a little later on in your studies. I suggest that you study as you see fit for the next 2-3 weeks, then take a new FULL LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) and report back with your score. That result will give us a better idea of how well you're improving and what changes might be necessary.

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Re: Where to find 3-4 month study plans? How to study?  [#permalink]

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04 Apr 2018, 14:15
sgiraldo2016 wrote:
Hello,

Id like to find a 3-4 month study plan. I took the diagnostics from the GMAT Prep Software and scored a 350 (Q:7, V:26, IR:4)

I have the following resources:
Manhattan Foundations of Math
Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guide Complete Set 13th Edition
Official Guide 2018 Complete Set

(I do not plan to buy any more materials)

Ill be graduating with a finance degree this May. I will be working full time (50 hours a week). I plan on dedicating the rest of my time to studying for the GMAT. I don't have a set date on when I'm gonna take it and time isn't a problem for me. Id like to start studying by late May and take up either 3 or 4 months. My target score is 670. So my question here is where can I find a detailed study guide online? If not one thats already made how can i make one using the materials I have? Should I start by reading the manhattan books from 0-9? Should I study for quant first and then verbal? Im a bit lost in trying to create an effective study plan and study format.

Hi sgiraldo2016,

You should study for around three months to achieve a good score. It’s a good thing you have taken your GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for three months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

Your choice of using MGMAT guides for your preparation is great. MGMAT guides 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.

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.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

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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