Monday, March 28, 2011

Whatever Happened to 2+2?

I wanted my first post to be about why I want to do HR but after spending 2 hours and 15 minutes reviewing only the quant part of my practice GMAT exam I would like to talk about this test. For all those folks out there who have done well on one of these standardized tests what was your secret?!?! After reading so many blogs about how people broke the 700 barrier on the GMAT by just in depth review of practice exams, I decided I was going to spend more time reviewing problems. So today I went thru each and every problem on the quant part of my practice exam. Each question got put into one of the following 5 categories -“ yay, calc error, faster solving method, review daily, wrong but I understand my mistake”. Here is the meaning of each:

Yay: I got the problem right, my explanation is similar/faster than the one given and it took me less than 2 min to solve
Calc error: You guessed it! I made a dumb calculation
Faster solving method: I took too long on this problem and I need to find a faster or better way to solve it.
Review daily: FAILED! Nowhere near the answer. I need to review it daily until the concept and/or process becomes second nature.
Wrong but I understand my mistake: I got it wrong but I see where I went wrong.

My plan is to review all problems that do not fall under “yay” and keep on reviewing them until they become a "yay". Lets hope this method works! What do yall think? Well break time is over :/ I still have my verbal section to review before I call it a night.



Motown March 28, 2011 at 11:35 PM  

Mr. HR I think thats a great way to categorize your probs....I'm def going to model that..when i get back to studying. Hopefully we all can bust thru to that 700!!!!

A Movie in My Pillow March 29, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

Definitely do as many problems as possible. Just getting used to seeing them and working them out makes you better at the problems. Get as many practice exams as you can (I'm sure you have already done all these things) and once a week, sit down and pretend like you're taking the actual GMAT. This helped me to bring my GRE math score up 60 points! Hope this helps.....

Danielle March 29, 2011 at 11:11 PM  

Great post HR! I'm just starting my GMAT studying, so I'm excited to categorize my problems the same way :-)

Priti March 30, 2011 at 3:04 PM  

Hey HR...I took the GMAT last fall and this strategy sounds great wish I had it when I studied. One tip I'd offer is to also look at your "Yay"s from time to time for the following:

1. What method did you use on this problem that you could use on ones you're getting wrong?
2. Ensure you didn't get it right through 'luck' (aka the when in doubt pick "c" method..)
3. And if nothing's nice to see some problems that you actually got right to bring up your confidence. I know I needed a pat on the back from time to time when I was studying!


-Fellow Future MBA'r

Ms. HR March 30, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

That everyone for the suggestions!! I'm def gonna add them to my reviewing process. @Priti, those are some great points!! will do

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