Dragon Drop – GMAT Study Habits

GMAT study habits – Being Mediocre

I recently blew a gasket when  student asked me to reconfigure his study plan for the umpteenth time. He hasn’t followed any of the plans I’ve created for him and always has an excuse . . . none of which have been compelling.

So here’s the scoop, if you want to be mediocre, keep doing what you are doing.

If you want to be extraordinary, something has to give. You will have push-back, you will have conflict and you must change the way you approach challenges. What do you have to lose?

When it comes to studying, particularly for a test like the GMAT, you either bring full intensity for a short duration or you bring intention to Master over a longer duration. It is a lot like running. You either run sprints or you run long distance. A smart runner does not attempt both at the same time. Either choice will lead to success, you know what will fail you?

Trying to average the two.

Working at the marathon pace for 6 weeks won’t help you run the marathon (unless you’ve done several before). You need the full 10-12 weeks to acclimate your body. But you can probably learn how to do one great sprint in the next 3-4 weeks. So, either sprint or go for long distance. Focus your intensity for 3-4 weeks or plan to master the material over 10-12 weeks. It’s the battle of anaerobic versus aerobic. Here’s where the trouble brews, students will say, “I’m too busy to handle the intensity of the 3-4 week plan, but I want to get this over with soon. What can we do in 6-7 weeks?”

Not much.

The in-between time puts your brain in the “aerobic” mode. So, it operates more slowly. It operates under the idea that you are seeking to master the material over 10-12 weeks. So, your brain is barely getting started when you cut off the process after 6-7 weeks. It wants to work with you, but you are prematurely cutting it off.

As a teacher, it is painful to watch. Students just want to average the two ideas. Too bad that doesn’t get you at least an average result. Instead, it sparks the perpetual cycle of failure that many students simply bring upon themselves.At the very least, it wastes your time. Don’t be shy, pick a path.

So what in the world is Dragon Drop? A short cut that turned out great: Drag and drop . . . dragon drop. Nothing average about it!

Sentence Correction – Spot the Problem

So a particular favorite student requested more practice with Sentence Correction as she works to master content for the GMAT. Since newspapers and magazine are happy to supply accidents and or bad grammar, I am happy to share.

This gem comes from the Wall Street Journal in an article on the Khmer Rouge (July 26, 2010):

After an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians die during the reign of the Khmer Rouge in the effort to turn Cambodia into a nation of agricultural collectives.

So what is wrong with that sentence?

Is it,

A. Misplaced modifier

B. Subject-Verb Agreement

C. Broken Parallelism

D. Pronoun – Antecedent Agreement

E. Other – please explain

You tell me. At the end of the week I will post the corrected sentence AND the diagram for the original and corrected sentences. Leave your thoughts and answer in the comments and you’ll be updated when the corrected sentence appears.

First Draft of the Grammar Book is Here!

This past Spring I started and finished a small grammar book for a handful of students. Due to requests from other students I am making it available for download. It has been checked and rechecked, but until my grammar instructor can take a look, I am not making it available on Amazon.

From the download page, click download. It’s that easy. I could request that you sign up so I can show the publishers how interested folks are in the book, but I’d rather have your love than your money . . . at least for now. So show some love. Read the book and come back to make comments. If there’s something you like, let me know – something you think needs to be checked, let me know. You get the idea.

I’m really excited about making this available. Plenty of resources gloss over grammar issues, but few give you reasons for the whys and hows of American-English grammar. That is my objective. Without boring you to tears….

Without further adieu, to download, please go here: Miss Mentor’s Little Black Book of Grammar