Reimaging maths revision

How do study for an exam when your ability to concentrate is greatly diminished?

My average studying time is now half an hour before I got ill it was 2 hours. Ideally I want to be studying between 15 to 20 hours a week again, however, I suspect I will be lucky if I can 10 hours of study a week when I’m fully recovered. It would be great if I could an hour a day and do something like this blog post suggests.

One logic problem a day

In response to my reduced studying ability I’m trying to do something different. I need to focus on quality rather than quantity. I keep being told that GMAT wants to test your logical thinking skills, so I’m trying to focus on that.

I try to solve one hard level problem a day with nothing more than my brain using logic. One blog post suggests I take the same approach as sitting in the pub and discussing it with my mates. Which is quite a cool idea, next stop is the glass of wine to go with pub brain puzzles.  My normal resources for these type of questions are the GMAT club tests and the Manhattan weekly brain teaser. Here’s the one I had a think about last week.

I’ve just watched a TED video about how to teach maths reasoning. Again it’s a very similar idea to the pub discussion. You take the complex question and you break it down into its simplest form and then think about what you need to answer the question and build your answer from that initial starting point.

General maths skills

I try to keep my general maths skills up by using those apps that are built for school age children to practice their mental maths skills. I’m pleased to note that I can still add numbers in my head. The adult form of torture is a programme called luminosity that gets the brain cells firing.

Lasting a four hour exam

My next worry is being able to concrete for a four hour exam when I can barely do twenty minutes worth of concentrating at work. One way I am trying to build my mental stamina is to increase my physical stamina through sport, like hockey and swimming. Though i’ll be honest I’m not convinced by this argument and how making various bits of my body hurt help with sitting an exam.

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3 responses to “Reimaging maths revision”

  1. Ellie says :

    Hi, Sarah! thanks for following. I went through the same pains just a few months ago when I started. My proxy for being able to get something done was cycling 😀 Once my first bike ride for about 13 km was complete and I was alive, I thought…well looks like I can persevere. And then GMAT took over life and I haven’t been on a bike since! 😦 Hope to see you around 🙂

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