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Personal Learning Log


Complete > 10 chapters in both Spanish and Chinese.

Complete all four MGMAT books. (RC, EQ, SC and WT).


Update progress table when possible.


1 & 2

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
Reading Comprehen
Sentence Correction
Word Translation

Task for each week day:

One chapter from each GMAT book per day (IV).

One chapter from each language book per day (II).

Week 1: Weekend Review

Week 2: Mock exam for GMAT.

Mock listening  and oral Test for Spanish and Chinese.


TIP 1:

On beatthegmat.com, the general advice is to keep an error log. In their own words:

Be sure to track your errors. One of the most common mistakes that GMAT test takers make when preparing for the GMAT is that they do not spend time to track their performance on practice problems/tests.  It’s absolutely critical to keep a log of your errors in order to determine your strengths and weaknesses; this will allow you to tailor your GMAT prep to ensure to focus on the specific subjects where you need the most help.”

I have decided to apply this advice to my language learning experience as well as the GMAT preparation.

Do check out:

How To Learn From Your Errors article written by MGMAT. It is good to get the general idea and then apply some of their advice to your language learning approach.

TIP 2: Your success depends on how well you implement necessary changes and maintain those changes.

TIP 3: Don’t dwell on the past, just move on. Somedays you will not do anything, and on other days you will triple your efforts. My experience from revising for the GMAT has taught me that discipline and tracking your errors are key. My experience has also taught me that when working in a team, I thrive when I receive and give feedback. The GMAT and Chinese learning activities are activities that I undertake alone and I will now have to think of ways to say and receive well dones from myself. <— This must sound odd to some but it is something that I discovered and I think that if I can work on this, I will encounter fewer learning obstacles.






Back to Basics

I had to take a break from Chinese. I continued to watch Chinese films and the CCTV channels regularly while dedicating my soul to GMAT revision. As it turns out, I took the exam and failed miserably. I will therefore be retaking the GMAT in July/August and will go back to my Chinese lessons.

I realise that I have a a wealth of information and a wide range of material to choose from for my Chinese learning. However, I discovered that nothing makes me more confident than starting a book and finishing it. That is what I intend to do with my ‘METHODE 90 Chinois’ for beginners book on learning Chinese for French speakers. There are exactly 90 lessons in this book of which I have finished 15 chapters, but that was over 3 months ago. My task for the month of June is to review all my lessons, and reach chapter 45 by end of July.

That said, my task for this weekend is to draw up a timetable in which I will divide my day among active GMAT studies (Verbal and Quantitative), work, Chinese and I am adding Spanish to the mix. My Spanish book is the ‘METHODE 90 espagnol’ for beginners for French speakers.

My task for the month of June 2012 is to finish:

  • all 8 MGMAT books
  • go through the forums on GMATCLUB.com <– not exploiting this resource is one of the main reasons for failing.
  • 20 chapters in the Chinese book
  • > 20 chapters in the Spanish book

My goal is to develop a routine and change my learning method. I opted for a learning method that is similar to Spaced Learning. I must emphasise that the most import aspect in learning anything is keeping to a schedule that has an end and a beginning. There is no point in spending hours learning something, it could prove to be counterproductive. In my case, I know that I spent too many long hours learning and not enough on recalling and then applying. Today, I am doing things differently and the GMATCLUB.com is a very inspiring site.

For those living on the African continent with access to DSTV, we now have eight Chinese speaking channels instead of three. Isn’t that great??? My family though does not appreciate the beauty of the Mandarin language 🙂 I think it is a form of torture to them… ha!