4 common study habits to avoid when preparing for the GMAT
Don’t fall into the trap!
The “good” study habits you have acquired throughout your life for school tests and exams may actually work to your disadvantage when preparing for the GMAT. Why? Because the GMAT is a unique exam, not similar to any you have previously encountered. It requires a special approach.
Here are four common study habits that actually can work to your disadvantage when preparing for the GMAT:
- Mastering one aspect before moving onto another is the ideal approach.
No it isn’t! Try to move forward with varied subjects and question types simultaneously, at every sitting. In this way, you keep your skills sharp, steadily honing your ability to answer all question types.
- It is best to block out large amounts of study time for learning each new topic – a good few hours each sitting.
No! You are better off studying new topics for shorter intervals, then going back to review the material a few days later. Give yourself time to grasp new concepts – pace your learning.
3) It is best not to test yourself with simulations and practice questions till you have reached your maximum level.
Nope! Test yourself frequently. Take practice tests periodically throughout your learning process. Reviewing errors is one of the most effective means of learning the material.
4) I should cram in as much knowledge as possible – including the night before the exam.
No way! The GMAT is a tough test – you need to be well-rested to succeed on this exam; sleep time is an important part of the learning process during which the brain builds memory and consolidates knowledge. So….get some rest!