Don’t Look Now but G-Day is Almost Here
The month of August is going to be a busy one for me work wise. I unfortunately got the bad luck of the draw and have to travel a week before the exam but I plan on using my time wisely during the day so I have at least a good 5-6 hours in the hotel each night to study. The week of the GMAT, I already have Thursday and Friday marked as “DO NOT DISTURB” days as I will for sure be holed up in the corner of the public library somewhere, unshowered, caffeined out, and studying until my eyeballs fall out.
The impact this exam will have on my admissions decision is quite intimidating. I know your GMAT score doesn’t define you as an applicant, and a high score won’t necessarily get you into a school, but a low score can definitely keep you out. As a young applicant with a pretty average GPA, my profile really needs a competitive score to at least make an adcom blink at my application before putting it in the reject pile. I have 28 days to get a 720… let’s rock and roll.
28 DAYS TO IMPROVE THE FOLLOWING:
1. Really focusing on my weaknesses
– Verbal: Critical Reasoning
– Quant: Number Properties and Rate Problems
2. Time Management
– Too quick on verbal
– Too slow on quant
3. Making flashcards and reviewing them each morning
– Fractions/Decimals/Squares/Factorials etc. that should be memorized
– Question stems for CR
4. Keeping calm and carrying on
– I get frustrated and defeated easily when I come across several difficult problems in a row… my fluctuating mood swings during a 75 min section on a practice test are unreal sometimes
– I tend to take too many seconds away from the question I’m working on because I’m analyzing it’s difficulty to determine if I got the prior question right or wrong.
5. Better note taking during RC
– I have to read the passage at least 3 times before I clearly comprehend what I’m reading sometimes. I still do pretty well on RC but I’d like to be better in this area
6. Analyzing incorrect answers on CONCEPT rather than CONTENT
– I would say this has been my biggest mistake so far and wish I would’ve realized it earlier. When I miss a question, I watch the step by step of how to solve it correctly and I work through it along with the video and I understand how he comes up with the correct answer, but 9 times out of 10 if the same problem occurred in a different format with different numbers, I probably wouldn’t know how to solve it. This next month I want to be better at understanding how to apply a concept no matter what format the question is in or what information is given, because no question is exactly alike and if you don’t understand why you’re doing something, you won’t understand how to do it either
7. Practicing IR and AWA
– I have yet to even look at this material. How soon did anyone else that has already taken the exam start studying these sections? My plan was to start the Saturday/Sunday before the exam, but if I am under estimating the difficulty/importance please let me know!
Send your positive thoughts down to Texas for me. It’s much appreciated! 🙂