Articles tagged "error log"

Advanced Error Log: Tie Your Hands Behind Your Back

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - Advanced Error Log: Tie Your Hands Behind Your Back by Reed Arnold

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It’s been said that “a mistake is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it,” which probably explains the shambles of my dating life. Read more

Error Log: The #1 Way to Raise Your GMAT Score!!

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The #1 Way to Raise Your GMAT Score: The Error Log!! by Elaine Loh

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This is not hyperbole. I truly believe that the number one way to raise your score is to have a thorough error log. I have had a number of students who come to me after having gone through most of the Official Guide but who are still struggling to get the scores they want. When I ask, “What do you have to show for doing ALL of these problems?” the answer is often something along the lines of “I’m not sure.” That drives me bonkers! I want you to work smart, not hard.

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The GMAT Careless Error Blues (Part 1 of 2)

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Manhattan Prep GMAT Blog - The GMAT Careless Error Blues (Part 1 of 2) by Emily MadanDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GMAT courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


You know the concept, the setup, the steps. You have equations ready and a prowess with algebra. You solve the problem and come up with what is certainly the correct answer, yet you quickly find that answer is not one of the answer choices. You, my friend, are in danger of having just committed a careless error. Read more

The GMAT’s not a math test – it’s a foreign language test!

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Blog-GMAT-LanguageA student of mine once emailed me after he took the GMAT. Instead of telling me his score, he wrote, “let’s just say that 4 times my score is a multiple of 88, and 5 times my score is a multiple of 35.”

Can you tell what he got? If not…you may need to work on your GMAT translation skills! Read more

The WORST Mistake You Can Make in GMAT Studying

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Note: This is Manhattan GMAT instructor Ceilidh Erickson’s first post on our blog. Here is her bio. Welcome Ceilidh in the comment section!

Has this happened to you? You’re reviewing a practice test, and you look at a question you got wrong. That was just a stupid mistake, you say, I should have gotten that one right. I’ll get it next time.

That’s not a big deal; we all make stupid mistakes sometimes “ momentary brain lapses, skipping steps, or just writing down the wrong thing when we knew the right answer. The problem is that unlike in high school, when your teacher might have given you partial credit, on the GMAT there’s no distinction between almost right and completely wrong! You understood the question, solved it all correctly, but then just clicked the wrong answer? Too bad, that’s still a wrong answer.

 

Careless errors are the #1 cause of score drops on the GMAT! They cause you to miss easier questions, hurting your score a lot more than not know how to solve the harder ones. The biggest mistake that GMAT students make when studying is not tracking errors from the very beginning.

 

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If you want to improve your score on the GMAT, it’s not enough just to know which problems you got wrong. You need to know why you got them wrong. Think about it this way “ if you were just learning to play baseball, and every time you got up to the plate you swung and missed, you wouldn’t just say, oh well, my mistake, I missed it. You’d want to analyze exactly why you were missing it. Did you swing too early? Too late? Above or below the ball? Is your batting stance wrong?

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How To Learn From Your Errors

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errorWhen I make an error, I get excited. Seriously “ you should be excited when you make errors, too. I know that I’m about to learn something and get better, and that’s definitely worth getting excited!

Errors can come in several different forms: careless errors, content errors, and technique errors. We’re going to discuss something critical today: how to learn from your errors so that you don’t continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. First, let’s define these different error types.
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