Guest post by Mayank Batavia.
You may or may not be a huge Salman Khan fan, but in either case what is the first word that comes to your mind when you think of his movies?
Chances are you will either think of ‘fun-movies’ or ‘hit-movies’. In either case you are right: the fact that his movies are fun-movies ensures that they go on to become ‘hit-movies’.
Watching Ek tha Tiger (ETT), I realized it contained five very important tips for GRE aspirants. But the tips were coded, so they needed a bit of decoding. Here goes…
All his life he fought for his country; now he will fight for his love.
The Analysis: Be prepared for change. You may have studied Math or English in a particular way all your school and college life.
Suddenly you will now have to change everything. May be there is a change in syllabus, may be there is a change in the kind of questions, may there is a change in the format of the test….. Things change.
Be ready for changes. Expect surprise questions in the GRE.
The Message: Prepare different. Prepare wide.
The more you sweat on the training-ground, the less you bleed on the battle-field.
Analysis: We watch, in awe, Salman flex his six-packs and land powerful punches.
What we don’t see is Salman sweating 2 hours every morning of every day for the past twenty years. It requires a good amount of time and training to be a star, so don’t wait.
Start early. Start today.
The Message: Prepare early. Prepare hard.
You may prefer fighting with guns, but life often requires you to fight bare-handed.
Analysis: The GRE doesn’t test your best skills; it tests the skills it thinks are the most critical.
Sure it’s possible that you are excellent in one area, but you cannot afford being just ‘OK’ in other areas. You need to prepare all-round.
A common mistake most engineering graduates commit is focusing on their classic strength – Math – and avoiding English. No. Don’t do it. Don’t neglect any particular area.
You’ll need good English even to understand a tricky Math question.
Message: Prepare all-round.
It’s easier when there are two of you.
Analysis: Of course that doesn’t mean that you will score more in the GRE if you have a boy-friend or a girl-friend! ? What it means is it helps to prepare along with your friends, or making friends while preparing.
A friend who is preparing along with you (let’s call him/her a test-buddy) ensures that you don’t lose your motivation.
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A test-buddy is a nice complementary fit: you teach him and he teaches you. That way both of you stand to gain by helping and monitoring each other. A test-buddy is an especially good idea for those who have insufficient self-discipline (which means most of us!)
Message: Prepare together. Synergize.
While fighting, use every single resource available.
Analysis: Remember Salman using guns, landing punches, driving bicycles…? Use every resource in sight. And also the ones out of sight.
Use your kid-sister’s grade 8 Math text-book, your good old Wren & Martin Grammar, download apps, rummage through the Facebook, check out variety of blogs and popular websites, hang out at libraries, watch videos.
Start with a large pool of resources and soon you will see for yourself what all things are useful and what all are trinkets. But at least, start with a large resource base. After all, in today’s world, we are spoilt for choice!
Message: Prepare with everything you have. Then fight tooth and nail.
Of course the above write-up is simplistic (to say the least), but the idea is to keep looking around for even small ‘tipping points’ – tips that will refuel your prep and take you where you wish to go. Happy scoring!
Note- for folks from other countries this title will not make much sense.
Salman Khan is an Indian Movie Actor and Ek tha Tiger is name of his new movie.