While going through the comments in the blog posts, I realized there is another way to improve GRE Score. I have always believed in 80/20 Rule (Also called as Pareto principle or the law of the vital few). This simple rule is related to your mindset and how you approach the GRE Study plan.
80/20 is also called as Pareto Rule. The original observation was in connection with income and wealth. Pareto noticed that 80% of Italy’s wealth was owned by 20% of the population. He then carried out surveys on a variety of other countries and found to his surprise that a similar distribution applied.
Expanding the above rule we can derive the following – 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts.
Let me go a level down to apply the same rule to GRE Exam Preparation.
- By making 20% change to your GRE preparation approach, you can see 80% improvement in your results.
Let me to explain how I prepared for GRE Exam to apply this 80/20 rule. While preparing for GRE, I spent a lot of time searching for GRE Study guides and books. Every day, I spent countless hours looking for study tips and books. Even though, I had several books and software, I was constantly looking for GRE Books, tips and strategy. I was spending time in Yahoo Groups, Forums, visited several test center libraries, etc.
I would take a practice test, then looking at the score, I would go hunting for new books and materials.
Factor 1: After several years, I can explain why I was hungry to find more books and study materials every other day when, I haven’t completed practicing the sample questions in Barron’s GRE or GRE Big Book.
When I took practice test, my score was not even close to target score. So, there was a constant feeling and urge to score more. But, along with that urge, I had this thought
Books I’m following is doesn’t provide enough resources, tips and techniques to improve my score. There can be better books out there.
When I didn’t get the satisfaction about GRE study guide and books I was using, I started searching for other sources of GRE information.
Factor 2: Studying for GRE is time consuming process. When my practice test scores where not showing any signs of improvement, I wanted to find some “magic pill” that will improve my score overnight.
Points to Ponder
In short above 2 factors can be stated as
- Lack of Trust in your study material
- Not believing in hard work
Change Mindset; Improve GRE Score
How many of you are in same situation? Do you spend countless hours looking for free GRE materials, even though you have few GRE books and study guide with you?
If your answer is yes to above questions, then to improve your GRE Score, you just need to change your mindset by 20% and you should be able to see 80% improvement to your study plan, which will ultimately improve your GRE Score.
I can say very well that I was never able to find that magic pill that would improve your score overnight and realized after several years that trusting the books I had, should have boosted my GRE scores considerably.
Comments : Do you agree to above said observation and 80/20 rule concept?