Stacey Koprince is an Instructor in Manhattan GMAT. She is also the Director of Online community, Manhattan. As far as I have seen, she is one the best. I am a great fan of hers! A lot of people have praised her skills and thanked her for her helping them increase their scores! Keeping my introductions short, here are some of her best articles you can see on the web.
Evaluating your Practice – Manhattan If you are doing it for the first time, you better check it out.
Excerpt: Next, I count the number of questions that fall into the “way too slow” category. Too much time is: 3+ minutes on quant or CR, and 2+ minutes on SC. RC is a bit trickier, because the timing for the first question includes the time spent to read the passage. If it’s a first question, “too long” is above 5 minutes. If it’s not a first question, “too long” is above 2.5 minutes. If there are more than a few, then the student has a timing problem. My next question: how significant is the problem?
Developing a study plan a comprehensive read for anybody at any level of preparation. My take away from this article is review.
During a two-hour study session, if you are reading lessons and then doing non-official-GMAT practice problems in that same area, you should spend about half your time doing each of those two things. If you are doing and then reviewing sets of practice problems, then you should spend about 40% of your time doing a set of questions and 60% of your time reviewing those questions.
At the end of each study session, jot down what you did that day, what you think went well, and what you think needs more work. If something didn’t go as well as you’d hoped, then feel free to adjust your calendar. At the end of the six days, review your journal and set up your plan for the next six days. Repeat until you feel you’ve made good progress and are ready to test yourself on a CAT again. (This will typically take at least two to three weeks!)
Short and Sweet guide to using Manhattan Strategy guides!
If you know that you know the content covered in a Strategy Guide chapter, quiz yourself to prove it! Turn to the In Action problems at the end of the chap¬ter. They are listed from easiest to hardest, so try numbers 3 and 8. If you do not get those problems right, read the chapter. If you do get those problems right, complete numbers 11–15. Make sure to check the answers after completing each problem. If you get them all right, move on to the next chapter. If you get them mostly right, skim the chapter and focus in on the pieces of information that you need to fill the holes in your knowledge.
What to do last 14 days before the Exam? There are a lot of things you should do, a lot of things you shouldn’t – for example start playing your strengths and avoid learning new stuff.
Making a mistake is a good thing! Here is How you can learn from errors.
Excerpt:Errors can come in several different forms: careless errors, content errors, and technique errors. We’re going to discuss something critical today: how to learn from your errors so that you don’t continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. First, let’s define these different error types.
Time Management, what if you ran out of time, how do you not waste time in a hard questions. To answer the questions, go ahead, read Stacey’s Breaking down two minutes.
My most favorite of all (given my verbal history) is her answers to a student in Manhattan forum. I couldn’t but help posting it, its bits and pieces, but well, if it motivates you to read her posts fully, then purpose of this post is achieved 😉
As a general rule for any topic review:
– if you feel that you are still struggling with a large portion of the material, start with the strategy guides, make flash cards, and drill before doing OG questions
– if you feel that you know most of the material and are just struggling with certain things, do OG or other questions first and use those to diagnose your weak areas, then go into the strategy guides to read, review, make flash cards, and drill
– also in general, don’t use up all the OG questions doing question-type-by-question-type or chapter-by-chapter drills. You need to be able to do some random drills.
On verbal, there are two levels to getting something wrong: choosing the wrong answer, of course, but also eliminating the right answer. So when you’re trying to figure out why you made a careless mistake, you have to look at both pieces.
Another SC exercise to test yourself. Go and look at some old OG questions – Qs you’ve done before. Cover up the original sentence (don’t read it) and look only at the answers. Find any differences that you can, ask yourself what rules the differences are trying to test and go as far as you can toward answering the question. (You may not be able to answer it all the way because you haven’t read the original sentence, so you’re missing some information.) Finally, ask yourself what else it would be useful to know in order to be able to finish answering the question. Then go check the nonunderlined portions of the original sentence in order to see whether that can help you finish off the answer.
One more topic On Introduction to Integrated reasoning