As we step into a brand new year 2020, it is time to reboot. Whether you are a student or a working professional; whatever stage of life you are at, it always helps to introspect, to reassess your priorities and to set/reaffirm your goals. Just setting goals is not enough, you must also inculcate the self-discipline to achieve them. This can prove to be a challenging task despite the best of intentions!
If you are just starting your study-abroad preparation, and you intend to take your exam in say, three months from today, divide these three months into three phases – learning, practicing and testing. Learning would include building up your concepts and learning how to apply them. Practicing would involve solving several questions with varying difficulty levels. Testing would include solving questions within specified time limits and eventually building up the stamina to solve questions with fast without compromising accuracy. Staying in touch with your faculty and counsellor during ‘down times’ can do wonders in lifting your spirits and putting things in perspective.
If you are somewhere in the middle of your preparation, you need to take a stock of how much of the syllabus you have covered and what is your confidence level when faced with questions on familiar topics. If you have missed some topics within your study plan you will need to readjust your weekly goals and cover more questions. Also, plan ahead so that you can dedicate sufficient time for the testing phase.
Time can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination to use every available minute.
– Zig Ziglar
Remember to work on your applications alongside exam preparation. As a part of your application depends on your recommenders, it can take more time than anticipated. Your Statement of Purpose is the face of your application and is as important as your exam score; focus on showcasing professional skills through academic and extracurricular achievements.
We have complied a special list with prep advice from our successful students. Coming straight from the horse’s mouth it is worth a dekko.
- If there was one advice that I had to give, I would say start early. That is in Class 11th or before. If I would have applied earlier I might have had a better SAT score because then wouldn’t feel rushed through SAT preparation and Class 12 at the same time. – Prachi Tomar, SAT 1280
- Follow all instructions that Jamboree gives inside the classroom and attempt all mocks sincerely. – Avantika Singh, SAT 1550
- The important thing to remember about SAT is that it is not that hard. I had only a month to prepare. I went through the curriculum part of it in two weeks and then finished with all the tests in the next two weeks. All the while the extra doubt sessions really helped. – Sera Gandhi, SAT 1500
- Do as many practice papers as possible to build up your speed. During the exam in the English section, just read the passage carefully so that you can get the gist of it in one go and don’t have to come back to it. In the Math section, recheck your answers if possible so that you don’t make any silly mistakes. – Kahaan Shah, SAT 1580
- I started my SAT preparation right after Class 10. There were so many things to do, school studies, SAT preparation, individual university requirements and co-curricular activities. I felt I had an advantage by starting early. – Ajinkya, Old SAT 2050
- After taking so many mocks, GMAT was like just another one. I finished the first question in just under 30 seconds and that was what gave me the boost. – Govinda Lalwani, GMAT 720
- I started from the basics in Quant section. I did all handouts, practice tests of Jamboree and took the official guide tests. I would advise aspirants to keep an eye on errors that you make during your mocks because that is where you are likely to fall. – Kaushik Bhave, GMAT 710
- First and foremost be sure of the order of sections that would work out best for you. Visualize yourself attempting the exam—the test centre, how you would sit at the computer, the order of sections. – Divya Rajpal, GMAT 750
- I used student portal extensively and took all full length tests. The level of these tests is higher and more challenging so it gives you confidence to face the actual test. – Karthik S, GRE 324
- My live online classes were for 5 and a half weeks. I spent more time in post-class sessions for doubt solving and extra sessions like AWA, refresher sessions, etc. These can help you stay in touch even if your exam is after a few months. – Purnima Narayan, GRE 320
- We chose Jamboree because it has more than 35 centers, my friend and I thought that we would be competing nationally. This would be a good indicator of our performance in mock tests. I studied in library after classes because I knew I don’t study at home. – Ajinkya Demda, GRE 333
- When you take the GRE should be a well thought-out decision. You can’t take the GRE randomly in third year because many people are doing it. I would recommend that take GRE in 2nd year because once you have your GRE score, you know what universities you are eligible for, you can spend one year completely for profile-building which is very important. – Pranjal Awasthi, GRE 320
- I had no work experience and wanted to do an MS in Data Science from a top US university. Aside from my college-level knowledge in Math and programming languages, I undertook online courses at Cajal. I also worked on a few online projects and took up an internship in Data Science. All this helped me supplement my lack of work experience and I made it to Columbia University. – Priyanka Lahoti, GRE 323
- Vocabulary plays a very important part in GRE verbal. I went through the entire vocabulary list from Jamboree vocabulary app in 1 and a half months and then I kept revising the difficult words. – Jeevanjot Singh, GRE 340
Plan to study abroad in 2020? Call a Jamboree counsellor now!