Spring Study Tips for the GMAT

March 20, 2014
Gina Allison

Photo Credit: James Jordan via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: James Jordan via Compfight cc

Today is the Vernal Equinox in the northern hemisphere. This marks the beginning of spring, which is a great time for change and celebration – and for us to share some study tips for the GMAT.

Springtime Studies

When we think of the spring, we think of new beginnings. The trees and flowers are waking up (for better or worse, where allergy sufferers are concerned), the birds and frogs start singing again, and we’ve got new, longer hours of daylight now that we’ve changed the clocks. I’ve got a tray of seedlings going, and the tomatoes, basil, and okra are starting to poke their heads out of the soil, reminding me that it’s time to start new things.

Use this time of year to restart or kick-start your GMAT studies, if needed. Are you stalled out, slacking, or just plain burned out? Take a cue from the verdant vernal changes going on around you and change up your study approach – move to a different location, alter your study schedule, switch up your study materials, try studying with a partner. Do some GMAT spring cleaning, and get your study habits in great shape.

A Few Words About Balance

The word equinox is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, night and day are about equal length. The equinox offers inspiration for your studies – the balance of day and night reminds you to keep a balance of study and rest, work and play, quant and verbal and IR and AWA – balance is important in all things, as nature reminds us at this time of year, and the GMAT is no exception. It’s not wise to push yourself to do a punishingly long study session that will leave you feeling burned out – instead, choose a balance of study and rest. Maintain healthy habits while you’re prepping for the GMAT – eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. Switch your focus from day to day or week to week – spend time on both your strengths and opportunities and different question types in order to make the most progress and see improvements in your GMAT scores.

And finally, remember: All work and no play makes Giovanni GMAT a dull boy! Build in a system of rewards, and once you hit goals along your path, allow some time to relax and enjoy – after all, it’s springtime!

What changes will you make to your GMAT study plan now that spring is here? How are you inspired to spring clean your approach? Talk to us in the comments!

Gina Allison Gina Allison has been a Kaplan instructor for over six years and was named Teacher of the Year in 2008. She has an MBA and would like to further her studies in Education or Botany. Gina loves working with students to help them develop study schedules and to motivate them to achieve success on test day and beyond. She likes to read, see movies, and work in her garden.

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