One of the biggest mistakes that GMAT students make is to know what they are doing at every moment.
This is like a computer program running in the background, constantly giving commentary on the program–the actual GMAT study–that is actually running.
This extra mental chatter not only slows down your GMAT study, but decreases your performance.
Think about it…
Are you totally aware of what you are doing at a given time, rather than simply doing it?
Your four hours of GMAT are on par with running a marathon. There is only room for the task at hand: unpacking and conquering each question.
How is this done?
In NLP, the favored tool of high-level coaches in any field, competence is explained in four quadrants:
1) Unconscious Incompetence: you don’t know that you don’t know how to do something.
2) Conscious Incompetence: you know that you don’t know how to do something.
3) Conscious Competence: you know that you know how to do something.
And this is where people tend to remain stuck in their study.
Does this describe you?
Spinning your wheels because you know what you know, but never succeeding to the right degree because your knowledge comes with free commentary?
Yet what else could there possibly be?
Would you like to be able to simply work, devoting all of your mental energy to the task at hand?
This goal is the ultimate destination:
4) Unconscious Competence: you’re so good that you perform without thinking about it.
Do you think that Kobe Bryant thinks about technique for a free throw as he takes one? Does Slash think about scales when he plays guitar?
This is the point where you need to find yourself to reach the coveted 700 level on the GMAT.
If you’re still thinking about what you’re doing, you’re doing it wrong.
How do you succeed? Simple. Dedicated practice.
Isolate the tiniest variables that are holding you back, and drill them until they no longer do so. Take CAT GMAT exams until the computer no longer scares you.
Confront the beast and forge your weapon—your mind–through dedicated, isolated practice.
How do you know what to practice? Much of this legwork you can do by yourself, but professional help can speed up the process.
Find your weaknesses. Eradicate them. Talk to a GMAT Coach today.
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P.S. That isn’t just doing 10,000 practice questions and never repeating one.