The GRE Math section, known as Quantitative Reasoning, often acts as a barrier for test takers who want to stand out in the MBA and Master’s applicant pool. Fortunately, by keeping the right mindset and practicing self-discipline, candidates can train their brain to perform better come test day. Read below for some extracted insights on the topic from an article by GRE expert Tom Anderson.
Helpful for: GRE test takers
Read Time: 8 minutes
- Your brain is constantly changing, so use neuroplasticity to your advantage by holding the right mindset. By believing the preconceived notion that only candidates who are “naturally good at math” will perform well on the Quantitative Reasoning section, you are setting yourself up for failure.
- Making mistakes activates brain growth. After correction, learn to keep track of errors by keeping a log and see if you notice any patterns. This repetitive process will help you discover what you need to focus on.
- The path and steps taken towards an answer are more important than the correct answer itself. Tom Anderson explains:
Of course, on an exam like the GRE, you want to get as many points as possible. But you get those points by carefully thinking about the problem in front of you and the solution paths it beckons you to use. In the same way that you don’t improve your free throws by focusing on the ‘whoosh’ a basketball makes when it goes through the net, you shouldn’t try to improve your problem-solving process by going straight to an answer key. Instead, focus on the steps to get there.
- Instead of automatically turning to the answer key, challenge yourself by reading over the explanation first to see if you are on the right path. If not, steer yourself in the right direction. Don’t give up on your first try; revise until you achieve clarity in your thought processes.
- Candidates who reject the label of being “bad at math” grow faster. By employing a positive attitude and making an effort to improve your math skills, you are programming your mind towards success while taking action to get there.
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Source: Manhattan Prep