GMAT Prep: Week Seven

Well it’s been a good week with a mock test score of 730 but somehow I can feel myself a little low on energy and a little high on laziness. I would like to blame it on the extremely hot weather or on the lack of exercise but even I know those are convenient excuses. So I dug up all the motivational literature I have ever stored and they made for a good read. Now I just have to get to implementing them 🙂

My favourite one is this piece here. It basically debunks the myth of passion and motivation and tells you that you have to be able to put up with the boredom of regular practice. That is all it takes: just keep doing what you’re supposed to be doing every single day no matter how boring it gets. It’s something to think about, and it’s something I’ll apply this week. With less than 2 weeks to go for the test, I’ll need every bit of practice I can get.

Until next time, Cheers!

PS # I had some trouble finding the article I was looking for and now I’m inspired to re-organize all my archives and various storage modes 🙂

GMAT Prep: Week Six

Was in the mood for some fun so created this checklist for myself!

GMAT Checklist
GMAT Checklist

Two great things happened this week. I took 2 mock GMAT tests and scored a 760 and a 710. With the big date getting closer and closer, I need to gear up for the big finish!

Until next time, Cheers!

 

GMAT Prep: Week Five

It has been an interesting week.. took some time off to research colleges and I must say there is a lot to find out about! Took only a cursory glance at 5 colleges but took a while nevertheless. It actually got me excited thinking about where all this is leading. So far, just the challenge of the exam has been keeping me going but now that I’m quite used to that, it helps to look at the larger picture. Helps to keep me focussed. I also made a conscious decision to keep myself more updated about the affairs of the world. Currently it is way too sporadic to be of much use. And while I was out there compiling a reading list of newspapers, journals et al, I found this video on TED.com which I found absolutely amazing, which also led to me to read up a little bit more about the speaker, nobel prize winner, Daniel Kahneman. Let’s just say that now I know what the term behavioural economics means.

Until next time, Cheers!

PS # I am now officially a fan of the sitcom Modern Family, keeps me company during meals 🙂

GMAT Prep: Week Four

So far I have been following the guidelines that say that you should conduct all preparations under ‘test conditions’, which means no music, no cellphone, just focus on the task at hand. While that has worked out pretty well, there is something to be said about a bit of music playing in the background while studying. So I gave in to temptation and played myself some classic John Denver music while reviewing math concepts.

In other news, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ came to an end! It was really sad but it did get us all some much needed closure. I didn’t start watching it when it first started but have been a solid fan since 2010 and absolutely love the show. I guess life needs a little laughter from time to time.

I didn’t exactly get around to making mind maps but I did brighten up my notes with lots and  lots of colour! Some of my favourite ones are here!

My Notes: Comparing Fractions
My Notes: Comparing Fractions
My Notes: Exponents and Roots
My Notes: Exponents and Roots
My Notes: Ratios and Percentages
My Notes: Ratios and Percentages
My Notes: Statistics
My Notes: Statistics

In an interesting interlude, I took this personality test. Now I’ve explored my fair share of personality tests and each one has it’s own merits but this one was something quite different. Very refreshing, you should try it too!

Took another GMAT mock test and scored a 690 :). Getting closer and closer to success!

Until next time, Cheers!