Archive for March, 2012

GMAT Journey – Days 4 to 8

Posted: March 28, 2012 in GMAT Journey
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It’s not that I lost interest in blogging but its just that I didn’t have enough content to write about my prep on a daily basis. So decided to store everything for a day. And Here you go…

The last 5 days have been really productive. Finally, I feel; I know how to study for GMAT verbal.:-)  I have been concentrating on the level 1 concepts of the e-gmat course for both sentence correction and Critical reasoning. For critical reasoning, I also referred to power score CR because I just don’t want to lose touch with the concepts that I learnt from it earlier. As of sentence correction is concern I am just going with e-gmat concepts.

Sentence Correction – The main objective was to cover the level 1 concepts, which included subject verb agreement, verbs, pronouns, basic modifiers, parallelism and sequencing. I am doing this video course for the second time and I find it hard to believe that I missed to grab few concepts when I took the course for the first time.

I am still not happy with my performance in tenses. The sequencing in gmat SC is really hard for me to pick. I will have to work hard on this topic before I move to the next level.

Critical Reasoning – I have managed to complete Inference, Assumptions and strengthen section. E-gmat offers a unique way of tackling CRs but somehow, me being a fan of powerscore CR, I tend to get confused with few concepts in e-gmat.

I am finding the Inference section, one of basic concepts of critical reasoning,  to be really tough and I am hoping to improve on this in the coming week.

On an average, I have put in little over 6 hours of effort everyday and I am sure I have spent this time usefully. I still have 8 days to finish my e-gmat course as planned earlier. I don’t want any slippage in this as it might affect my schedule.

On the personal front, everything is normal and I have made it a point not to use my mobile frequently. I am able to concentrate for 6 hours in a day. Thank god I am finally doing some exercise. (That will make Edna happy. That too she being a health freak these days. 😉 )

Easter week ahead and with guests due to come home, I am hoping to spend more time this week to compensate. Hope I stick to the plan.

Good Night. 🙂

GMAT Journey – Day 3

Posted: March 23, 2012 in GMAT Journey
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I was pepped-up last night to start my GMAT prep early today morning but the late night movie, Mr.Deeds played a spoil sport. I woke up at 7 and started to reply to all the unanswered posts in gmat club. I decided that it would be better to do only sentence correction and skip the Critical reasoning for today.

In sentence correction, I took up the e-gmat course from the start. Finished my diagnostic test and scored a 71%. Then as per the e-gmat schedule, I took up the next three sessions – Significance of meaning, Sentence Structure part 1 and part 2. These sessions cover

  • Clauses and  phrases – Also a detailed analysis of comma and semi colon usage
  • Significance of meaning – The importance of understanding the meaning of sentence in GMAT.

It was time for a post assessment quiz and I scored a 90% but it was a very very basic quiz so I am not getting carried away.

Evening, it was time for the gym and I enrolled myself in the so called best gym in Dindigul. Did some basic workouts and got back home. Some shopping of diet food as well. J

Its going to be a busy day tomorrow and I am looking forward to it.

Good Night.

Just another ‘Do Nothing’ day comes to an end. 🙂

Slept till 9 in the morning and had a very good traditional south Indian breakfast – Ghee Roast, Vada and a filter kaapi… soo yummm. Got back home by 10 and my maid helped me clean my room so that I can start studying from tomorrow.

I didn’t want to think about GMAT and get myself worked out too much. I decided to enjoy the remaining half of my break. Watched two movies – Arthur, a high lifestyle movie, and Moneyball , a   Inspiring story of a baseball team manager. Two contrasting movies and I felt really relaxed.

Evening, I met a priest, Father Britto Peter, a Jesuit, he had counselled me when I was in college and it’s been nearly 7 years since we met. He was happy to meet me today and I shared my GMAT experiences with him. He gave me some useful tips to improve :

  1. Never think about what you want to achieve rather think about what you have achieved. This will give you more confidence. I felt this was a very good idea as it will also ease the pressure to perform.
  2. Don’t study continuously for more than 2 hours. Take short and timed breaks after 2 hours of study.
  3. Try to apply all the concepts that you study. Do not answer a question if you don’t know the concept.

I thought he just nailed all the problems that I had. Anyways, it was great to meet him today and I am all charged up to start my preparation from tomorrow. As I planned yesterday, I have decided my strategy for the rest of the preparation.

Materials to use:

  • Quants – MGMAT Strategy Guides, GMAT Club Tests
  • Verbal – MGMAT Strategy Guides, Power score CR, e-gmat verbal complete

And then went through the e-gmat recording session – Develop your personalize study plan and decided on a plan for the next two weeks.

Plan for the next two weeks: (22-03-12 to 05-04-2012)

It is just going to be Verbal, Verbal and Verbal. Maths I can always improve and I am planning to spend 15 days in April on this. For the moment I just want to master verbal. This plan might sound risky but I have the confidence that it will work. J

  • Sentence Correction – 4 hours per day on e-gmat – as per the ‘e-gmat SC study plan’. By the end of this prep, I would have finished OG as well.
  • Critical Reasoning – 3 hours per day on e-gmat – as per the ‘e-gmat CR study plan’ in combination with power score CR guide. By the end of this, I would have finished OG CRs as well.
  • Reading Comprehension – Two passages a day from OG, IF time permits. I am not really going to concentrate on this section as there is a very little scope of improvement on this.

That’s it I am all set for my prep starting tomorrow. THIS PLAN WILL WORK and I AM SURE I WILL GET THERE.

BTW, I couldn’t hit the gym as planned yesterday because of the unplanned meeting with father Britto. Planning to go tomorrow evening.

Now, going to watch one last movie, MR.Deeds and I hope it’s funny. No movies for the next 30 days/till I finish my GMAT.

Dinner time – Chappathi and Mushroom(yuck I hate it). These lent days are just killing me without any taste of blood…. 😉

Today was amazing!! I just didn’t touch my book at all, apart from cleaning my table. Slept for over 12 hours and watched two movies (a Tamil flick – Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi and  an English movie – Sex Drive).

Evening, I had a chat with a friend, who got an admit in ‘Great Lakes’, Chennai and I am nervous when I think about my B-school path ahead. May be I should consider some B-schools in India as well. Actually not some, just one school, which is ISB, Indian School of Business ranked 7th in the World. Anyways even if I have to get there I would need a GMAT score of over 720. I realized that the priority for the moment is GMAT and its mere waste of time to think about anything else.

Thought little about what I should be doing tomorrow and came up with the below task list.

  1. Go through the ‘e-gmat recording session – Develop your personalize study plan’.
  2. Finalise on the materials to use.
  3. Strategy for the rest of the preparation period. Split the tasks into smaller chunks and put a deadline against each task.
  4. Also planning to hit the gym and spend two hours on it daily which means I will have something other than GMAT to do.

That’s it I am not thinking anything about GMAT after this. It is time to play with the kids next door and I am waiting for Edna to call me. When I am done with these, the download of ‘Money Ball’, the movie, will be complete and I will be all set for another movie tonight.

Night Night. 🙂

GMAT Journey – Day 0

Posted: March 20, 2012 in GMAT Journey
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After45 days of preparation (over an elapsed period of  90 days) I scored 570 on MGMAT test. I was completely disappointed and I didn’t know what to do.

I went to church, said my prayers and then went for a long drive in my Swift. It has always helped me think differently but this time all I decided was to take a break. I realized that I was getting bored with this preparation all together.

Issues that I have:

  1. I realized that I was wasting too much time every day thinking I have a full 24 hours a day. Even though I had 24 hours I realized that I was concentrating on studies only for two hours day. I wanted to cut this first.
  2. No physical activity for the past 3 months and I started to get tired after anything I do.
  3. Didn’t have a strategical approach to preparation.

Its 20:40, 2012-03-20 and I have decided to make a note of everything I do for the next 30 days or so till I finish my GMAT and https://sabinrodriguez.wordpress.com/ was finally born.

Takeaways:

  1. Blog my daily activities to keep track of what I am doing everyday.
  2. Its time to hit the gym.
  3. Take a two day break and decide on a strategy.

GMAT Journey – Background

Posted: March 20, 2012 in GMAT Journey
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A bachelors degree from St.Josephs College of Engineering (affiliated to Anna University), Chennai was the starting point of my love for pursuing MBA from a top B-School. Its been nearly 5 years since I graduated and I haven’t done much in all these years to achieve my dream. Worked in a software company like every other BE graduate did and finally decided to take my GMAT with very less preparation last year in November 2010 and scored a 49 (I dont even remember the split up that’s how irritated I was).

An year passed, work was getting too monotonous for me and I felt I was getting bored. A sudden spark on the 1st week November 2011 and I decided to quit my job and prepare full time for GMAT. Not sure where I got the courage from but hey I know I had to do this at some point as I was an average student right from my childhood. Spoke to my parents,EDNA (that’s how I call her;-)), friends, colleagues and they all encouraged me to go ahead and prepare for my GMAT.

Finally, end of December I was out of the company and was all charged up to prepare for my GMAT. 3 Months passed since then and I must say I haven’t made any progress with my studies. The only thing I could do in this 3 month was to brush up my basics in quants and verbal. I was pathetic in my basics. I took a diagnostic after 15 days of preparation elapsed over 45 days and I scored a 540. Well, I knew I was ready to prepare for GMAT.

Hello world!

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Welcome to my wordpress. 🙂

I am starting this blog with a hope of sharing my GMAT journey. Have  nice read!!