You often wonder –
How Much Time of Your Day Should You Dedicate to Preparing for the GMAT?
Remember the old World Cup tagline? Eat cricket, sleep cricket.
Well, from the time you enroll for GMAT coaching (or start preparing on your own) to when you take your test, you will be in a similar state of existence, with the GMAT occupying most of your mental space.
In the first flush of enthusiasm soon after you decide to take the test, you may spend quite a lot of time downloading prep material off the internet and going through forums. But before you start your actual practice and analysis routine, you will need to plan your time much better: to know exactly how long will you work on this each day? When will you do this, morning or evening? To which extent should you push yourself?
We’ve put together a list of commonly asked questions from GMAT aspirants and answers to these.
Q) Is 2 hours per day enough time to prepare for the GMAT?
We recommend spending at least 2 hours and no more than 3 hours per day preparing for the GMAT. But more than the duration itself, what matters is how you utilize this time. Brush up your concepts, practices problems, and analyze your performance each day to make the most of your GMAT preparation.
Q) I work long hours during the week but have lots of time on Saturday and Sunday. Is it a good idea to create a weekend-only prep plan?
Loading your weekends and not hitting the books at all on weekdays is not the best way to prepare for the GMAT. First of all, you will lose touch during the week and will be slow to pick up the strings again on the weekend. Secondly, spending a lot of time on Saturday and Sunday will be counterproductive as fatigue will easily set in, and your efficiency is likely to drop. Try and make sometime every day to prepare.
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Q) I want to prepare every day, but am unable to find time for it. What can I do?
You are not alone! Think about this – practically every GMAT taker is either working or studying and is facing similar constraints. It is for you to find a way around. Waking up one hour earlier than you normally do, wrapping up work early and getting home an hour sooner than usual, and cutting down your TV or browsing time by another hour will give you the much-needed extra time to prepare for the GMAT.
Q) Will studying long hours for the GMAT exam assure me of scoring high in the actual test?
It is advisable to study the section-wise core concepts beforehand to stay upbeat with your prep. Whatever time you might dedicate for studying, ensure that you don’t lose focus and make the most of the available time. Take occasional breaks of a few minutes to refresh and rejuvenate your mind and increase your knowledge retention power. Scoring a high grade isn’t a distant dream if you are thoroughly focused and dedicated to your study schedule.
Q) I am finding it difficult to focus for long hours at a stretch. Is there a fix for this?
This is nothing to worry about – it’s just how our bodies are wired! Pick up batches of questions and solve them for 20-25 minutes at a stretch. Then stop and review what you have done. This entire exercise should take you about one hour. At the end of this period, take a break – walk around, grab something to eat, do some stretching exercises, do whatever you need to do to refresh yourself. However, don’t start checking email or Whatsapp as these are major distractions and will get you out of the prep groove. Make sure you’re disciplined enough to return to prep at the end of the five or ten-minute break.
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Q) I am a morning person. Should I prepare in the morning?
This is an excellent question! If you factor in your body’s natural wakefulness and productivity cycles in your prep, you will indeed manage to do more in this time frame. So, if you’re a morning person, it will be easier for you to wake up 1-2 hours earlier than usual and use this time to work on your weak areas. For someone who doesn’t mind staying up late, adequate preparation could happen better at night. Make sure that you pick a time slot as close to your peak productivity period when you book a GMAT test slot. i.e. if you are in the habit of taking an afternoon nap, don’t book a noon slot for your GMAT because your own biological clock might work against you!
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