Bschool Apps – What I wished I had Known Part 2

Part 2: There’s more to Bschool Apps than great essays and high GMAT scores. Here’s what did and didn’t work for students when aiming for top 10 MBA acceptance. From Part 1: John: Mild mannered, Liberal Arts grad in Liberal Arts field, 3 years experience. 3.8 GPA at a large State School. GMAT over 700. … Read more

Bschool Apps – What I wished I had Known Part 1

For students not “in the know” they think the Bschool process is just like getting into college. Bschool Apps are more than filling out applications and doing well on essays. Here’s how Bschool Apps involve improving GMAT scores for top 10 MBA acceptance.   Applying to Business School: 1. Sign up online. 2. Fill in … Read more

4 Days before the GMAT part 3: No time off

Part 3: 4 day GMAT plan You’re taking the GMAT without having any free days just before. Not a problem! My student tend to run hot – i.e. they may be a over-the-top obsessive about details. Great for knocking out financial models, death to your GMAT score if you have too much time on your … Read more

4 days before the GMAT part 2: Days off

Part 2: 4 day GMAT plan You’re taking the GMAT on a Monday or Tuesday or after a few days off. This gives you the weekend to finalize prep and decompress from work. It also however gives you the chance to over-study. The last thing you want to do is cram all weekend. Case in … Read more

4 Days before the GMAT – Don’t drop the ball now, part 1

You’ve prepped and now it’s test week. This post is divided into three parts: what everyone needs to know, what to do when taking after a weekend or days off, and what to do when taking without having time off right before. I’ve seen thousands of candidates take the GMAT – there are definitely best … Read more

Get back up, life isn’t over, if you aren’t accepted to your bschool of choice

Originally I wrote this school rejection article for undergrads. But the advice holds for MBA applicants too. If you’ve been rejected, that’s not a no forever. Just a no right now. There may be career catalyst work that makes sense. Do that before you toss more bschool applications onto the fire. Hail Mary applications only … Read more

Why every student should have a Personal Learning Network

A Personal Learning Network: what it is and why you need it You learn the most from the people around you. Chances are, most of your interactions are with friends, family, and teachers. By expanding your network of interactions to different kinds of people of various experiences and backgrounds, you are creating a web of … Read more

In walking or test-taking, internalized knowledge wins

Truly internalized knowledge goes beyond memorization. As you read these words, your body is functioning largely without you. Pause to consider this and you may become aware of your breathing and blinking, only two of the many physiological functions your body takes care of for you. 2 million cells will die and be born in … Read more

Don’t miss the point of the PISA

A four letter acronym is being bandied about in the educational sphere: PISA. The Programme for International Student Assessment is a study in the form of a test, meant to assess the academic levels of 15 year olds worldwide in math, science, and reading. The most recent test results came in recently, and has promptly … Read more

Disturbing Bschool Trend?

So what’s going on with the girls? Isn’t it supposed to be easier for girls to get in?   I received a frantic phone call yesterday . . . a former student who won’t be applying for at least another year called to ask why strong work experience, 740+, female candidates were getting deferred to … Read more

GMAT Prep – the 22-hour Student

The 22-Hour Student For students with a significant gap between current GMAT score and target score, 200+ points, it is imperative to bring a consistent attack to foundational materials. Expect to spend 22-25 hours a week on foundational, building block and GMAT materials over a period of 12-15 weeks. What does a 22-hour study week … Read more

What Your GMAT Score Means

Composition of a 700 – updated June 2019 GMAT scoring is not obvious at first glance and many instructors and consultants focus on percentiles rather than the scaled scores, fueling more confusion. If you have read that business schools “need to see 80th percentile” in both quant and verbal and that you need at least … Read more

Time Needed to Prep for the GMAT

How much time should you expect to spend on GMAT prep? If you are over 550 and are within 100 points of your target score, you can effectively prep for the GMAT over 12 weeks, averaging 10-12 hours a week if taking a long course (9 weeks or more), 8 weeks, averaging 12-15 hours a … Read more

GMAT tests Vocabulary, sneaky

The GMAT is crafty in the way it tests you on vocabulary.   One of the benefits of the GMAT versus GRE is that the GMAT does not require you to memorize a list of 600 words. The GRE essentially does. But that doesn’t mean that the GMAT is not testing you on vocabulary . … Read more

Dragon Drop – GMAT Study Habits

Success requires endurance.   GMAT study habits – Being Mediocre I recently blew a gasket when  student asked me to reconfigure his study plan for the umpteenth time. He hasn’t followed any of the plans I’ve created for him and always has an excuse . . . none of which have been compelling. So here’s … Read more

Little, Brown Handbook Tutorials

The Little, Brown Handbook is a mainstay in college writing classes. If you didn’t know, several tutorials are available online too. For budding grammarians and novices alike, Click here to visit. This is a useful way to test your knowledge and solidify your skills as a grammarian.

Superstar Effect

Crush Your Competition – the Superstar Effect The best way to win? Be better. How much better? Soul crushingly better. Sound cruel? The Weekend Journal shared a great piece about the Superstar effect – how some stars are so much better than everyone else in the field that they literally crush their competition before the … Read more