STAYING MOTIVATED FOR THE NEXT ATTEMPT AFTER A LOW GMAT SCORE!
We all know failure is an uninvited guest and a shoddy one indeed!
After hours of practicing, taking mocks and learning concepts with the dream of a coveted B-school, we find our test scores to have hit us hard and we feel shattered. It certainly feels awful, but what creates a winner of the long run is how he dusts it off and reboots his system with one consistent focus-What do I do to get to where I should be ?
GMAT Prep can burn many of us and yet if we know how to get up every time we hit the floor, it marks our sheer determination and perseverance that is rather a rare yet a non-negotiable trait for a future corporate.
(1)ANALYSE YOUR GREY AREAS
Instead of restarting all over again in the same fashion that may lead to the same result, take a pause and analyse where you went wrong. Was it anxiety, was it the timed performance pressure, was it lack of applying the conceptual knowledge or was it an unorganised prep. Jot down as many flaws you can get and make sure as you RESTART your journey, you WONT REPEAT them.
After all the old saying that you cannot expect different results if you don’t do things differently does hold the pinch of truth in it.
(2)ERASE PROCRASTINATION FROM YOUR LIST OF GREY AREAS
You cannot afford to procrastinate on your prep goals as you intend to reach on the other end. If you are planning to start afresh and you went through our point (1) and chose to raincheck the act of jotting down and analysing your errors than “Procrastination” needs to be removed “first” from your list of Grey areas asap!
Prioritise the Prep goals for the day and make sure you don’t shelve them in the new practice plan. Make “daily action with no procrastination” a habit up until it turns an automatic and natural mental process.
(3)DO NOT AVOID PRACTICING 700+ QUESTIONS
Many of us have a habit of cutting down on the practice of 700+ questions and compromising with a sub 600 or 600 level primarily. As you navigate through the choppy waters of 700+,you get stronger to tackle the easy ones, come across exciting new patterns of thinking and new strategies. If you think, you would lose confidence by getting them wrong and end up avoiding them, how would you take decisions as a future corporate that involve high stakes??.
If you attempt 10 700+, questions and you go wrong in all the 10 questions, you still have learnt 10 new strategies from those questions when you analyse them and it is still growth.
Do not be scared of going wrong.. Be scared of not navigating at all and in the process ,preventing your exposure to different and challenging questions that includes application of totally new strategies sometimes. Have a balance of difficulties and avoid a skewed approach.
(4)REVISION DONE THE RIGHT WAY
-Focus on Revision at Weekends (or at least on any one day of the week).Revision has two parts
(a) Going through the concepts covered in the week.
(b)Practicing a minimum of 10-15 questions set at a “not so easy” level(subjected to where you stand on the preparation level) from the topics.
Avoiding revision in the lure of completing more concepts is a dangerous move and MUST BE AVOIDED.
Revision in the right fashion not only reminds you of everything you have studied,exposes you to a new set of questions but also equips you with a much needed ingredient to ace the GMAT –“CONFIDENCE”.
(5)SUBJECT YOURSELF TO HELP/ASSISTANCE
-If you have not yet scored the envisioned score, chances are that you haven’t yet figured out the complete set of loopholes that needs to be covered. You may not be aware of several possibilities, strategies, test taking pointers and that could be keeping you away while someone you know is scoring a 740 in the test.
So take professional help and guidance from people who would provide you an external perspective ,instil confidence and a sense of “necessary” competition for you to fare well in this journey!
We know and we are confident that as you incorporate the changes, the test results would change too!
The Grass is NOT greener on the other side, its greener on the side that is watered!
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Wishing you the very best in this renewed Journey.