GMAT Prep: Week 4

This week we will focus only on Quants. Our goal would be to finish Manhattan Number Properties and Manhttan Geometry. The idea is to somehow manage to finish the theory, even if you are not able to understand everything at the first go. There is lot to cover in Quants and the best way I feel is to brush up, rather than dig deep inside the material. Quants and SC are the two areas where you got to know the “formulae”. So after SC we will try to finish Quants as soon as possible. We will keep the Word Problems for later because that is a bit tricky. So let’s start. Remember this week can be very tough on the “non-quants” people, but go on. These strategy books are fairly easy and does a decent job of covering the topics. All the best.

DAY 22

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Divisibility & Primes” from Manhattan Number Properties – 2 Hours
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 2 Hours

DAY 23

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Odds & Evens” from Manhattan Number Properties – 30 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 30 Minutes
  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Positives & Negatives” from Manhattan Number Properties – 30 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 30 Minutes
  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Consecutive Integers” from Manhattan Number Properties – 30 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 30 Minutes

DAY 24

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Exponents” from Manhattan Number Properties – 40 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 40 Minutes
  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Roots” from Manhattan Number Properties – 30 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 30 Minutes
  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “PEMDAS” from Manhattan Number Properties – 20 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 20 Minutes

Quick Tips

  • Do the rough work on the blank sheets and write down the answers in the diary/journal.
  • Put proper dates, heading, book’s name + Section name on the top of your journal entry.
  • Write down the score and the accuracy percentage.
  • Analyse each answer with utmost care and keep jotting down any stuff which you have learnt (there has to plenty of them). Make a habit of taking down notes.
  • Write down all the silly mistakes you did on the post-its and finally, stick them on the black chart paper which you should stick to the wall in front of you.

DAY 25

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 5 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Polygons” from Manhattan Geometry – 40 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 1 Hour
  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Triangles & Diagonals” from Manhattan Geometry – 40 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 1 Hour
  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Circles & Cylinders” from Manhattan Geometry – 40 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 1 Hour

DAY 26

GOAL:

TIME:

  • One session of 4 hours

ACTION:

  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Lines & Angles” from Manhattan Geometry – 30 Minutes
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 30 Minutes
  • Finish going through the theory and examples from chapter “Coordinate Plane” from Manhattan Geometry – 1.5 Hours
  • Solve the exercise at the end – 1.5 Hours

    DAY 27

    GOAL:

    TIME:

    • One session of 8 hours.

    ACTION:

    • Finish going through “Strategies for Data Sufficiency” from Manhattan Geometry – 1 Hour
    • Solve the Official Guide Problems part 1 for Geometry – 5 Hours
    • Finish “Advanced Geometry” from Manhattan Geometry – 1 Hour

    DAY 28

    GOAL:

    TIME:

    • One session of 10 hours

    ACTION:

    SUMMARY

    So this week you finished two entire Quants strategy guides and solved corresponding problems from OG. I know many of you will say it is impossible, especially people who are not strong at Quants. But the trick is to cover the topics and get to know what they are. You do not need to delve deep in any of the topics. If you are actually putting in the suggested time, it should be doable. Be fast when you are reading, solving. Many people get in the habit of doing everything very slowly. That will not work. Also do not worry if you think that some topics were not very clear. We will again revisit the concepts in Recovery phase (Phase 3). For now revise everything properly. Make cheat sheets and flashcards. And do not get stressed. Enjoy!

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    6 Comments

    1. Hey Mukul, This week is tough.I just wanted to point out that in the fourth edition of the Manhattan °Number properties° guide there are some advanced chapters.More precisely the chapters 11-12-13 and 14. I noticed that they are not included in this week but I thought that they are worth doing.

    2. Finished this week 2 days ago.Some feedback.
      1.First day is too easy.I’ve made 7 chapters from Manhattan Number properties on the first day.There are really easy but I’m a quant.So I think first 3-4 chapters are doable for everyone.
      2.Had to go ahead of your schedule cause as I mentioned earlier you did not include the advanced chapters from Number properties.I believe an average person needs basically 1.5-2 days to do the advanced chapters cause they are tough and important.Moreover the OG12 set is tougher than the basic OG12 set from first 9 chapters.
      Thats about it.Going through the fifth week now.Halfway.

    3. Finished with Number Props and Geometry.But the books are fairly basic.Didnt find anything which I already did not know except for a few tricks.OG questions are too easy in this section.Moving on to Next week.

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      • That’s really thinking out of the box. Thanks!

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