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 look like?

Sunday – relax, you need some rest to handle the mental intensity coming …

Monday – 5-7a Reading Comprehension
–       10 minutes: reading warm up – read an easy book or work a crossword puzzle
–       20 minutes: reading drills, practice for speed
–       8 minutes: passage 7 in the Blue Book, read the passage and answer 4 questions
–       20 minutes: review passage 1, answer choice by answer choice, write down what was correct, what was incorrect, does the tone match, etc. Look for key words that can give you clues later
–       8 minutes: passage 8, read the passage and answer 4 questions
–       20 minutes: review passage 2, answer choice by answer choice, write down what was correct, what was incorrect, does the tone match, etc. Look for key words that can give you clues later. Are you seeing clues you’ve seen before?
–       8 minutes: passage 9, read the passage and answer 4 questions
–       20 minutes: review passage 3, answer choice by answer choice, write down what was correct, what was incorrect, does the tone match, etc. Look for key words that can give you clues later. Are you seeing clues you’ve seen before?

Monday 7-9p Quantitative
–       10-15 minutes warm drills, best if you can find them online, my students use ixl.com (6-8th grade and Algebra chapters)
–       Foundational knowledge: Roots and Radicals in Schaums Elementary Algebra, 3rd Ed, work through the content and all of the problems . . . ALL. You may not finish.
–       Begin work in the dimensional analysis chapter

Tuesday – 5-7a Critical Reasoning
–       10 minutes: reading warm up – read an easy book or work a crossword puzzle
–       20 minutes: reading drills, practice for speed
–       7 minutes: Blue Book answer 4 questions
–       20 minutes: review each question, answer choice by answer choice, write down what was correct, what was incorrect, does the tone match, etc. Look for key words that can give you clues later.
–       60 minutes: Content reading – Chapter 2 in the LSAT Logical Reasoning book

Tuesday – 7-9p Quant
–       10-15 minutes warm drills
–       Foundational knowledge: Quadratic Equations in Schaums, work through the content and all of the problems . . . ALL. You may not finish, complete Thursday.
Study - books–       Complete work in the dimensional analysis chapter

Wednesday – 5-7a Quant
–       10-15 minutes warm drills
–       Foundational knowledge: Finish Roots and Radicals in Schaums

Wednesday – 7-9p Review
–       Run through everything you have covered this week. What seems comfortable, what needs more work? Flag and schedule topics that need more work.

Thursday – 5-7a Sentence Correction
–       10 minutes: reading warm up – read an easy book or work a crossword puzzle
–       20 minutes: reading drills, practice for speed
–       Read to refresh on grammar construction, use Prepwise Grammar guide, look at a handful of blue book questions simultaneously to see the principles in action.

Thursday – 7-9p Quant
–       10-15 minutes warm drills
–       Foundational knowledge: Finish Quadratic Equations in Schaums.
–       Complete any lingering problems in the dimensional analysis chapter

Friday – 5-7a Drills
–       2 hours of math drills in ixl and schaums, work for speed and accuracy. These low level problems should come easy 15-20 second responses.

Saturday – 8a-12p Address Content Weakness
–       Increase your understanding of critical thinking terms and processes by reading and responding to the prompts in LSAT Logical Reasoning, ch 2,3.
–       Break up your reading with 20-minute bursts of math problems. Start with the low level GMAT Green Book problems.

WeaknessesThe schedule is loaded specifically to address how tired you are likely to get during the week. This is just one example. While an intense amount of work, I have witnessed several students gain over 200 points, as many as 340, by methodically working through the appropriate materials this way.

One caution! If you are more than 200 points away, you probably have some large holes in your foundational knowledge – even if you were good at math in school. Please, please, get outside help to guide you or be very humble as you go through the concepts on your own. Did you really understand? Could you explain this concept to an 8-year old? It isn’t that you need to meet with a tutor weekly; you just need to make sure you aren’t persisting with bad habits.

If you are going to meet with a tutor, consider front-end loading your study with a few tutoring sessions – to cover rules and mechanics, then work on your own for several weeks before returning to the tutor for finishing touches.

 

 

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