“GrantMeAdmission you got a 710, and now you want a 760? Are you crazy??!?!”
*This is part of a series on my journey to get a 760. Paart 2 can be found here.
I am now on Week 4 of my crazy study mode. Right now I am following my plan to beat my 710 and trying my best to keep to my rigorous schedule. My hope is to get 150 hours of studying before I take the GMAT in late August.
My main way of studying has been The Economist’s GMAT Tutor which is an online tool that has proven to be VERY effective at improving my weak spots. I am quite happy with my progress. After about 3 weeks I have completed about 47% of the course.
When I finish 50% of the course I will take my first practice test (which should be this weekend). That will be a good indicator of my new “ground floor” and how much I need to improve before my test date.
The GMAT has been a pretty challenging leg of my journey. The studying has been crazy difficult and BORING. But I believe I have picked up a few techniques to successfully hack my GMAT studying to produce the results that I want/need. These hacks have helped me “break out” of the Matrix of GMAT Terribleness. Here they are:
- Power of Positivity – Every time I start studying I force myself to smile and say aloud, “I love studying for the GMAT. This is going to be so much fun and challenging!” I know it sounds crazy, but it ABSOLUTELY works to change my attitude and learning capability. When I see questions or topics that I hate, I will always say, “Awesome! Another opportunity to beat the GMAT down! I love this!” This is the #1 way I was able to break out of the Matrix of GMAT Terribleness.
- Set SPECIFIC BHAGs – Set your test date. Set your goal for your dream score. Set your hours goals. DON’T set low limits for your success. If you believe you can “make the jump” you will do it.
- One Battle at a Time – Now that you have broken out of the Matrix and realized you can do whatever you want, set yourself up for success by daily goal-setting. By creating a plan into daily “bites” you can accomplish your goal. If your goal is 150 hours in 10 weeks, you know you will have to study for about 2 hours a day. Maybe you will do 1 hour M-F and 5 hours on both Saturday and Sunday. The point is you want to set your daily goal and achieve it everyday. I even try to create streaks of achieving my goal. If I pull off a “perfect week” I will allow myself to eat at my favorite restaurant.
I hope these tips will help you break free from the Matrix of GMAT Terribleness (also don’t forget to check out my guide).
I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and/or tips.
Other Posts you may be interested in:
- My Plan to Retake My 710 GMAT
- How I got a 710 on my first try
- Why I’m retaking the GMAT after getting a 710