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Catch’em while you can..

MBA events across the world from your favorite B-schools! Catch ’em while you can!

MIT-Sloan https://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/admission-events/?admissions/attend-event.php

Tuck Darthmouth http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/admissions/connect-with-us/attend-an-event/

Stanford http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/mba/admission_events/

Harvard http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/events.html

Wharton http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/admissions/admission-events.cfm

Columbia http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/learnmore/columbiaontheroad

Kellogg http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/programs/fulltimemba/admissions_events.aspx

Berkeley Haas http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/admissions/events.html

Ross http://www.bus.umich.edu/admissions/mba/forumsreceptions/MeetRossStudents.htm

Yale http://mba.yale.edu/MBA/admissions/events.asp

UCLA Anderson http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/mba-events.xml

Kenan-flagler http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/admissions/mba/admissions-events.aspx

Insead http://mba.insead.edu/form/mba_events.cfm

Duke http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/events/

Darden http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/mba/admissions/events/home/

London Business School http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba/informationevents.html

Cornell Johnson http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Executive-MBA/Admissions/Admissions-Events.aspx

Also, THE MBA TOUR is conducting free seminars and fairs in various continents! You really don’t want to miss them! A great opportunity to interact with aspirants and to get to know about your dream bschool on first hand basis!

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Free Bschool info sessions and campus visits

I originally posted it in GMATCLUB FORUM. Re-posting here for benefit of the readers.

A comprehensive list of road shows, online events, coffee chats & campus visits organized by various universities. Be sure, to catch them while you can. 😉

MIT-Sloan
https://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/admission-events/?admissions/attend-event.php
Tuck Darthmouth
http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/admissions/connect-with-us/attend-an-event/
Standford
http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/mba/admission_events/
Harvard
http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/events.html
Wharton
http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/admissions/admission-events.cfm
Columbia
http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/learnmore/columbiaontheroad
Kellogg
http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/programs/fulltimemba/admissions_events.aspx
Berkeley Haas
http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/admissions/events.html
Ross
http://www.bus.umich.edu/admissions/mba/forumsreceptions/MeetRossStudents.htm
Yale
http://mba.yale.edu/MBA/admissions/events.asp
UCLAAnderson
http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/mba-events.xml
Kenan-flagler
http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/admissions/mba/admissions-events.aspx
Insead
http://mba.insead.edu/form/mba_events.cfm
Duke
http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/events/
Darden
http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/mba/admissions/events/home/
London Business School
http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba/informationevents.html
Cornell Johnson
http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Executive-MBA/Admissions/Admissions-Events.aspx

Also, THE MBA TOUR is conducting free seminars and fairs in various continents!

You really don’t want to miss them! A great opportunity to interact with aspirants and to get to know about your dream bschool on first hand basis!


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Best of Web: July 29

Recommendations: MBA applicant’s Best friend by BusinessWeek. Here, the author talks about the important milestones to check

Essay guide by Admissionado – On how to build a catchy intro.

Big MBA employers are tough Interviewers by Poets and Quants

Wharton and Entrepreneurship by accepted.com

Bschools must teach Unlearning by Erica Dhawan


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Write Like an Expert!

The Season has begun. Most of the B-schools have already announced their Round 1 deadlines. Essays are a big part of admission process. Because, with those 1500 words, we have to talk about our past, present, and future and have to convince the committees to call you for the next round! Sadly, Essays are too personal unlike GMAT, where practice can give you a better edge. Since essays are too personal, what to include and what not to depends on the perspective. It is important we get to know what the admission committees of various B-schools are interested in. Here is where Beat the GMAT comes into rescue of nervous MBA aspirants. BTG has organized free webminars for each B-schools, and experts from various companies will be focussing on a particular b-school essay. Very helpful, cause its pretty much focused and not a general essay writing – which are available all over the internet, but school specific. So, Make sure you block your dates. You really don’t want to miss them!

Harvard Business School – July 31
Presenter: Graham Richmond, co-founder of Clear AdmitStanford GSB – August 2
Presenter: Eric Allen, co-founder of Admit Advantage

Wharton – August 7
Presenter: Jeremy Shinewald, founder of mbaMission

Columbia GSB – August 8
Presenter: Shawn O’Connor, founder of Stratus Prep

INSEAD – August 9
Presenter: Jon Frank, co-founder of Admissionado

Yale SOM – August 14
Presenter: Eric Allen, co-founder of Admit Advantage

Kellogg – August 15
Presenter: Travis Morgan, Director of Admissions Consulting, Veritas Prep

Booth – August 16
Presenter: Jeremy Shinewald, founder of mbaMissionBerkeley Haas – August 21
Presenter: Dr. Shel Watts, founder of MBA Admit

MIT Sloan – August 22
Presenter: Veritas Prep

Cornell Johnson – August 23
Presenter: Jon Frank, co-founder of Admissionado

NYU Stern – August 28
Presenter: Shawn O’Connor, founder of Stratus Prep

Duke Fuqua – August 29
Presenter: Dr. Shel Watts, founder of MBA Admit

Tuck – August 30
Presenter: Stacey Oyler, Sr. Consultant at Clear Admit


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Stacey Koprince – Best of Web

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?

How to Analyze  a Problem solving questions and a Critical Reasoning question – very useful when you are just starting out and getting the rhythm of the questions.

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.

Breaking down two minutes by Stacey

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