Day 2 - Algebra Review in Princeton Review
I had a very short study session today because I spent most of the day hanging out with my parents. Which was lovely. We went to a park. Yeah.
I only covered the Algebra section of the Princeton Review book, pages 86-112. The topics were a great refresher. But I found that I really disagree with the book's strategies.
Princeton Review is a very large proponent of using "plugging in" methods when it comes to algebra--I remember that very well from my old SAT prepping days. Personally, I think that plugging in is a waste of time--I tend to work faster just going through the actual algebra. But at the same time I see their point--plugging in is an effective way of avoiding careless error.
To all the potential GMAT test takers out there, please remember not to take the strategies suggested in the prep books too seriously. You have to validate for yourself what works and what doesn't. I think that success in the GMAT or any standardized test depends on establishing and developing a good personal style in how you attack the test--consequently, every style is unique to the individual.
My goal for day three is to finish the math review in the Princeton Review book and do a quick set of practice problems. Heh, but we'll see.
SUMMARY OF DAY 2 WORK:
1. PR Algebra section, pages 86-112.
RECAP OF DAY 2 INSIGHTS:
1. PR Algebra review is helpful.
2. Don't take PR strategies too seriously. Everyone needs to develop individual style for taking the test.
Labels: GMAT Math