Preparing for the quants section

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There is no limit to the amount of practice one may do. There are no sufficient mocks. Aspirants have queries regarding the number of questions one should practise from a certain topic. They ask which topics are important. What to do if one is weak in quants like I? Read further to find out.

It is not about the quantity but the quality. Take an example of an aspirant who practices 500 questions from a single topic. While another aspirant practices just 50 questions of similar difficulty level. The latter is able to score more on a given test with better speed and accuracy. Yes, speed and accuracy are the two most important factors in an aptitude test. I missed the IIFT 2015 cutoff by 3 marks. I wasn’t fast enough.

If you are unable to strategize and solve a question quickly and correctly in the test, then no amount of practice will help you crack the test. So focus more on test taking skills and concepts. Concepts will help you to solve questions which are tricky. Understanding is the key.

To get you started with concept building and extensive practice, use the following resources to your advantage:

  • Takshzila shikshak videos on YouTube are your best bet. First go through these videos. You may not even feel like joining any institute.
  • Dinesh Miglani videos on YouTube are beneficial. Various questions are solved on different topics. First solve the questions on your own and then watch the solution. Then again try and solve the same question with the approach taught by the teacher. Also try to solve it in different ways and find out what works for you. I know this process is tedious but it will reap results.
  • Career Launcher videos on YouTube are simply amazing. There are so many of them. The mock analysis videos will help you learn from the best out there.
  • Bulls Eye channel on YouTube is probably one of the best for competitive exams. I learnt a lot from the mock analysis videos. The workshops on different topics are also helpful.
  • Numbers by Rohan Rawal is also a good resource. Some good methods and startegies are discussed on a regular basis.
  • Pagalguy is the best platform for discussing the problems you might be facing in solving the questions.

The above mentioned resources helped me improve my quants level to a great degree. The best part is that these are for free. So make judicious use of them. One may even do without any coaching. You just need a good internet connection to watch the videos on YouTube. You may use the add-on tool “Download Helper” on Mozilla Firefox to download the videos and watch them later.

The above is my personal view. You may agree to disagree with it.

 

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Preparing for the Verbal section

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Do you need good reading skills to score in this section? Or just taking mocks is enough?

I believe the former is very important. The latter is just an icing on the cake.

You don’t have a reading habit. Then start now. You read passively. Start active reading. You find reading difficult. Then learn how to read effectively.

There is no other way. I have personally experienced it first-hand. I had poor reading habits. But I have come a long way. I have improved drastically. And so can you.

This is a life long process. It takes time. So start now. Pick up newspapers like The Hindu, Live Mint, Business Line and read them daily. Read magazines like The Frontline. They will also help you with the gk section. If you have time left, then go for fiction and non-fiction.

I am going to list down some resources which I found useful for my verbal preparation.

  • TIME videos are beneficial. Their online video course, especially the verbal section is good. The question by question analysis of the mock tests will definitely help you understand how to attempt the questions.
  • Career Launcher videos on YouTube are amazing. They helped me a lot in my preparation. Just find their channel on YouTube and have fun.
  • There is another channel on YouTube. It is Edu Saathi. They have lots of videos covering a variety of questions. These videos will clear your concept.
  • Bulls Eye channel on YouTube provide you with a variety of workshops and mock analysis. A handy guide indeed.

The best thing is that all the video resources mentioned above are for free except TIME’s. But the thing is that I found TIME videos the most helpful. So one may do without any coaching. You just need a good internet connection to watch the videos on YouTube. You may even use the add-on tool “Download Helper” on Mozilla Firefox to download the videos and watch them later.

The above is my personal view. You may agree to disagree with it.

 

Career Launcher : A review

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This is a well known institute for aptitude tests preparation. I would call it one of the best sans doute. I joined the classroom program for CAT and other tests in 2014. The faculty was good. There were lots of sessions in which everything was taught in detail.

In 2015, I enrolled for the Smart Cat Cracker videos. I found this course even more helpful than the classroom sessions. I was able to watch the videos a number of times whenever I could. The concepts taught in these lessons are of prime importance.

The mock series is also one of the best out there. The video analysis is the best part.

Now coming to the most important part. The thing I like the most about Career Launcher is their YouTube channel. You will find thousands of videos uploaded on a regular basis. The mock test analysis is something to look out for. The faculties take a mock and record it in real time. This gives you a look at how to approach the mocks and especially the real tests. You get to know about different startegies to solve a particular problem. You get to know time-saving techniques.

One may even do without joining any coaching and just following these videos on YouTube. You will get all your concepts clear from their videos. So make judicious use of them as they helped me a lot.

The above is my personal view. You may agree to disagree with it.

PT Education: A review

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I came across this institute when I was searching for quants videos on YouTube. I went through a few videos and believe me I was surprised. How come I never heard of this before? They don’t seem to advertise enough.

I found the videos of PTEducationHQ very useful. They have provided some of the videos from their course. I wanted to take their online coaching for CAT. But I had already enrolled for the Smart Cat Cracker course of Career Launcher.

The best thing about this institute is Sandeep Sir, the founder and possibly the best teacher I came across in my life. Just watch a few of his videos. I am sure you will like him. The way he takes his classes with panache, it makes you want to give your best everytime you sit down to study. He is a mentor that I was looking for. I am sure that you need such a mentor/guide to push you further in your endeavour. You may find his blog BrightSparks useful. You may interact with Sandeep Sir via his blog or Quora. His every word is insightful.

Currently I am using their Knowledge Booster course which is for general knowledge. There are 35 video lectures. I already received the first seven lecture dvds by courier. The next four lots will be provided one by one each month. I am sure that this is the best course for general knowledge. Trust me it is helping me more than anything. It’s a real panacea. You may look for yourself. Just check out some demo videos on their YouTube channel. When it comes to understanding current affairs, video lectures provide you with the best helping hand.

Their analysis of previous year different competitive exams could be found here. The in-depth analysis of the exams helped me understood the stucture and develop my own strategy better.

The above is my personal view. You may agree to disagree with it.