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With the CAT so near... all of must be following some decisive strategies for preparation. Most of would be having some definite schedule as well. So let us share our thoughts on our preparation and the way in which we do our studies. As for ...
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beldcat Says
flash kard feature is not there could u just PM me the link.....


just search for "Word Flasher" software. It is on one of the PG thread
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Nice post gaurav bhai.....mast..hai waise yaar i have also installed a dic on my cell..tats MS oxford some thing some thing...par its well..par flash kard feature is not there could u just PM me the link.....the thing is i dnt follow schedules but i end up dng a sec test for all 3 a day..some time in addition toit mocks as well....for wrds i follow my cell dic..and copy wrds in my small diary..cramming wrd list and den making few flash cards out of them also do helps.....sm times 20 odd wrds out of any wrd lsit of diff alphabets...and den puttin there meaning at the back side of the Paper also helps to learn ..i ususally do this in my lectures...its a gradual process....though lec and this excercise both lead u to same way that is a great sleep....but if i do this excercise it do helps me in learning few common but uncommon for me wrds.....
for quant its just comon sense wich helps me to get 5-8 marks..rest is it depends......
anyways the article was rocking

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Here it goes......

As I am working, I do not get much time to study but I do try to make the most of whatever I get.
My schedule generally is :
6 AM -- 8 AM Quants (I used to do basics and now I practice MockCat/Sectional test problems here)
9 AM -- 5:30 PM Office+VA (I surf a lot on PG and do VA exercises in this time.. don't ask when do I work.. lol)
6:30 PM -- 8:30 PM DI (Again MockCat problems are the best or wherever I can find one ...read PG..)
10:00 PM -- till I can remain alive RC (Reading articles, RC practice..)

Saturday.. Revision of basics + REST + Getting mentally geared up for the next Mock
Sunday -- MOCK + Time Classes(Revision Batch) + Analysis at night......

That's it and I'll keep doing it till Nov 12th.
Last week will be all revision stuff and a lot of relaxing...

Nitin


Wow, quite a hectic schedule. good luck to u man!!
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Here it goes......

As I am working, I do not get much time to study but I do try to make the most of whatever I get.
My schedule generally is :
6 AM -- 8 AM Quants (I used to do basics and now I practice MockCat/Sectional test problems here)
9 AM -- 5:30 PM Office+VA (I surf a lot on PG and do VA exercises in this time.. don't ask when do I work.. lol)
6:30 PM -- 8:30 PM DI (Again MockCat problems are the best or wherever I can find one ...read PG..)
10:00 PM -- till I can remain alive RC (Reading articles, RC practice..)

Saturday.. Revision of basics + REST + Getting mentally geared up for the next Mock
Sunday -- MOCK + Time Classes(Revision Batch) + Analysis at night......

That's it and I'll keep doing it till Nov 12th.
Last week will be all revision stuff and a lot of relaxing...

Nitin

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Blank_mind Says
Hi gaurav.didnt see you for long days on pg???where have u been hidding man?Must be busy with your preparation,right??????.firstly,,,,,,,,How do u do????? nice thread name...............Nice to read your startegy while preparing..Keep going on... Secondly..am sure this post of yours will be immense help for those,who like to develop their nuts and guts ON RC ....Meet u at IIM-A .Will post later my funda over my preparation, on sunday...,.......Kuddaaaa hafizzzzzzzzzz....


@blank_mind: Just busy with acads.....


C'mon guys, need more inputs from u.
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With the CAT so near... all of must be following some decisive strategies for preparation. Most of would be having some definite schedule as well. So let us share our thoughts on our preparation anplaying around.... sometimes on the roof or sometimes while
regards,
gaurav



Hi gaurav.didnt see you for long days on pg???where have u been hidding man?Must be busy with your preparation,right??????.firstly,,,,,,,,How do u do????? nice thread name...............Nice to read your startegy while preparing..Keep going on... Secondly..am sure this post of yours will be immense help for those,who like to develop their nuts and guts ON RC ....Meet u at IIM-A .Will post later my funda over my preparation, on sunday...,.......Kuddaaaa hafizzzzzzzzzz....
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dude.., however much you decry it.. wah wah's have to follow such a magnanimous article....

I'd rather congratulate you for the very thought of compiling this..!!
I do feel that these techniques (calculating costs at a grocery store..!) do occur if one is sufficiently desperate and would otherwise seem like a very arduous way of living life...

How do I do it..? Will compile it by evening I guess...

cheers

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With the CAT so near... all of must be following some decisive strategies for preparation. Most of would be having some definite schedule as well. So let us share our thoughts on our preparation and the way in which we do our studies.

As for the preparation, I mainly solve the test papers which i get from the internet and my friends. I try to adopt different strategies each time while solving the paper and changing the environment each time. Some times, i take DI first, sometimes verbal and other times, i start with Quant. I compare my scores each time to see in which section i can score max. Again, i use different ambiences to see how does it affect my scores. So sometimes i would be doing it alone in my room. Sometimes, in the park with the kids playing around.... sometimes on the roof or sometimes while playing the music. You would naturally get different scores everytime, but u have to try to concentrate on the paper despite of the ambience (imagine a shadi band on the street when u're writing a CAT exam... so one must be prepared)

For Maths, i generally make a list of formulae and the different techniques i learn for a particular type of question in my hand book and revise it regularly (like making notes). This way, the formulae would get on my finger tips. Again, i try to give exercise to my brain by doing some simple calculations. Eg. last evening when i was buying some items from the grocer, i looked at the board and saw the rates of different items. I quickly added the items per unit cost to do some exercises and try to do quick addition and trying to apply the different vedic maths trick u learn... eg 56 * 13, or something else. this u can do with anything... eg. when i get bored of studying, i merely hang around on the roof... calculating 87.88% of 7568. It might be dull and monotonous to some, but trust me, in the long run, it would help u a lot. the more work out u give to ur brains, the better u settle down with numbers. I have a passion for numbers, so i really enjoy doing maths (besides the fact that the other subjects i have to study are all cramming only 😉 )

Moreover, u can practice DI by checking out some graphs on the internet or newspapers, etc. Just google for some graphs in ur free time and see what all and how many patterns can u notice. Try to see different types of graphs, like pie charts, bars, or any other pattern u can find. Eg. the year with the highest sales, the total sales, the average sales, max rate of increase/decrease, profit/loss. This way, ur brain keeps on getting the lubrication it needs. For this u dont have to study extra, but can do it whilst u r free. So once u start doing it, it becomes a hobby. the bottom line is that u have to see how FAST and ACCURATELY ur brain can accept the numbers, process the information and lets u make adequate choice, from a number of given patterns. and all u need to inculcate in urself is a liking for it... in reality, u should have a raging passion for it... aptitude alone doesnt suffice.

Again, u can keep reading current affairs regularly and the same for GK.

For English, the max terror i find is in difficult words. Hundred thousands of difficult words and so little time to study. So, i use babylon dictionary and whenever i find a difficult word i merely click on it and get its meaning, antonym and synonyms. But that is not sufficient. What is rquired is its usuage. So i make mnemonics out of it and try to co-relate it to every day life and try to use these words during conversing with friends. Offcourse, not all maybe versed with such hi-fi words, so naturally, u use synonyms... wheni was going for coaching earlier, my sir advised us to learn few words everyday... every few hours. it should become a ritual for u... to learn it everyday and revise what u learn after every few hours and then repeat them the next day and then again re-repeat them in week ends.... This way, u need to keep repeating them as much as u can, whereever u are... I remember having read that Gandhiji had posted shlokas from Geeta or mahabharata (dont remember which) in his bathroom and he would revise them everyday... while taking a bath and shortly, he was so well versed in them that he had them on his finger tips.

Now i really hate sanskrit,.... but then doing the same with english wont be that bad... ;)

I maintain a small diary in which i generally write the words and their synonyms i encounter. Morever, i have a Nokia 7610 and i have installed a dictionary (3 Mb only) in it and "word flasher" software (which is quite like flash cards). This way, even when i dont have access to my PC, i can look for the meaning of a difficult through my cell, eg in a bus or outside. The best way to learn 5-6 tough words would be to try and make sentences out of it.

Initially, it would be tough but once u make a habit out of it.... You get things easily. For reading, i just try to read everything as fast as i can. When i am reading some engineering books, i need to read almost all the words to understand the concept, but when i am reading something general... I read 2-3 words in one go... It is not necessary to read every word as long as u understand the concept of the line. So, i try to spot the main words which the give the meaning of the paragraph, ignoring words like is, was, and, etc. This way, u can read faster.

This normally takes a lot of time to settle in ur brain initially, but once u make it a habit, like breathing... it comes naturally. You dont have to tell ur brain to breathe, it does it automatically. Later on, u dont have to make an effort to spot those 'main words'. You brain automatically would be able to spot them in due course of reading. I have posted a book on 'how to read faster' in another forum and i found it quite helpful with some good tips.

For the 'time', i am not sure... Due to the lack of time, i have not been able to fix a proper schedule, but i feel 3-4 hours should do, although 5-6 hours maybe required for some. As i remember what hari (haripi2) told me.... It doesnt depend on how much prep u do... You can study 24 hrs a day and still mess up ur CAT. What matters is how well can u compose urself during the D-Day.

One final thing.... for those who are not working and are sitting at home for CAT. Try to do one test paper every alternate day from 10-12:30

This always helps and then taking CAT wont become a big deal, but then keep changing ur ambience and take every test with the utmost seriousness. Just remember guys, CAT is very serious and some tension is reqd, but dont let it cross ur threshold or else, it would cause negative side effects. Do some meditation and try to keep urself focussed. what is important during the 2.5 hrs is that u stay focussed on ur paper even though there is an Earthquake hitting u.

I would like to hear from u guys, as to what and how are u doing ur preparation (and not just wah-wahs 😁 )

all the best to everybody.

p.s. Abhi gd/pi bahut duur hai... So tips for that laterz.

regards,
gaurav

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