GMAT – Motivation needed

February 10, 2013

Week 14 of studying for the GMAT started this week. At first I was planning to study for 10-12 weeks, doing about 10 hours a week. This plan didn’t seem too hard since I have studied for other exams (CFA, FRM, etc)  in the recent past and did not have that much trouble with 10 hours a week. Weeks before the CFA exam I even reached 20-25 hours a week while still working full-time (although I did take a day off from work now and then to study). But with the GMAT it is going differently.

Time spent studying for the GMAT

Time spent studying for the GMAT

The first two weeks went fine, I was motivated to get started and the Princeton Review was a nice book to start with (easy language, and even some jokes in there). Then the rollercoaster ride started. One week I did almost nothing, and the next week the 400+ minutes per week came easily. In week 6 I missed the whole weekend because I needed to pack to go to Thailand, but the weeks 7 till 9 went all right because I had time to study during my holidays.

The past three weeks were less productive, and I guess the reason is that I do not have a deadline to work towards. If I don’t feel like studying, I just don’t study and there is no penalty since I will just do the test a bit later. But everything changed this week. It appears it takes GMAC about 20 working days to grade the GMAT, so if I want to have my test graded before application deadlines I will need to hurry up.

My seat is booked for the GMAT

My seat is booked for the GMAT

 

On November 16th I will do the GMAT test, and since I have invested 300 USD in the exam and about 60 USD in books I will be motivated to study hard. The coming 2 weeks I will try to do at least 15 hours a week. Time will be mostly spent on doing the last 2 books of GMAC (the Official Guide for GMAT Review; the green and blue book) and doing practise exams online.

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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