Reframe your GMAT approach,
reframe your future

Reframe your GMAT approach,
reframe your future

Business skills & the GMAT

The GMAT is recognised as the gold standard when it comes to getting into business school but many fail to see that studying for it develops more than analytical, verbal, quant, writing and reading skills. In fact, the big consulting firms like Bain, BCG and Mckinsey use the GMAT to hunt down the best talent on the market.

What are the business skills you need to be succesful in your MBA program and ultimately, in your post-mba career?

Teddy, Senior Product Manager at Amazon, on how breaking down complex problems into manageable tasks can simplify the path to a solution works for Amazon and worked for his GMAT.
Will, a Consultant based in Michigan, talks about the similarities between the problems he solves working for a client on a marketing project and his approach to answering questions on the GMAT.

Jessica, on how not being a perfectionist helped her get a 750 GMAT score and helps her on a daily basis in her job in Strategy and Innovation in New York. Her secret? Getting good at making decisions to get to the best possible outcome, when you have scarce resources.
Nico honed his decision making under time pressure when studying for the GMAT. Now a consultant he has found it helps him better serve his clients by being able to get to the underlying problem quickly, he knows where to prioritise his time and has helped develop his ability to think on his feet.

The GMAT is
WAY MORE than
quant and verbal

The GMAT Psych Dimension

Our brains create negative stories that are not real, we allow the GMAT to impact how we feel about ourselves, which then impacts our decision making in relation to the GMAT. “I am not got enough at Quant” or “my English isn’t good enough”.

Have you ever felt like this? You are not alone.

The GMAT is trying to get into your head. Let's get into GMAT's Head...

Why is this psychological ‘mumbo jumbo’ important for me?

The ‘Task-in-the-Mind’

Task-in-the-Mind: “every work task we engage in gives rise to images, emotions, and psychological responses in us, which may consequently be influencing our own performance, positively or negatively.”

The concept of ‘task-in-the-mind’ has been applied extensively in Management Studies over the last 30 years. It is based on the work of David Armstrong who talked about the "Institution/Organisation in the Mind" which, in turn, refers to the mental representations of work/organisational environment and how all this interacts with how a particular job is performed.

The three main obstacles in sustained motivation and high performance are:
● Feeling forced in carrying out an activity
● Finding the said activity pointless
● Doubting your capabilities

Example: “I never understood Math”
Chronic resistance to a particular work task (e.g. math) has been proven to be linked to our individual representation of that task in our minds.

In this case, what does solving Math problems feel like?
● A chance to revisit past successes or past failures?
● Does it make me feel excited or deflated?
● Is it another chance to reaffirm my conviction that “I just don’t get it!” ?

The ‘GMAT-in-the-Mind’

How about if that task is preparing and taking the GMAT?
Becoming a reflective learner is a key element to success with the GMAT and life! Reflective learners learn to explore their internal relationships with their work tasks. Thus:
● Maximizing their individual potential
● Minimizing unconscious obstacles
● Building up and maintaining their internal motivation

How does Merchant GMAT turn all this into practice?
1.- Autonomy vs. dependence. We are coaches, not teachers.
2.- Dynamic and personalized vs static and one size fits all. Our focus is on error analysis vs. repetitive work, for example tools we use to reinforce learning are a “Reflective Learning Diary” and “One-minute essay at the end of each class”
3.-Holistic and long-term vs narrow and transitory. We emphasise career and life plan, and how the GMAT is part of the journey vs the GMAT only as a test that has to be passed.

How do Merchant GMAT services work?

We have over 8+ years of experience teaching the GMAT

You'll begin your program with a full analysis of your strengths and weaknesses. We'll craft a personalized curriculum, adjusting it along the way according to your progress, schedule, and needs. Our coaches will diagnose your learning style, strengths, and weaknesses to best transfer the problem solving skills so vital for the GMAT, business school, and the business world.

Resources

All Merchant GMAT packages include everything you will need, including access to all of our materials and presentations:
● 40 hours of On - Demand Video lessons, Video Questions, and Video Solutions recorded and taught by our GMAT coaches
● Customized Quizzes
● Study Logs
● 1:1 meeting with our counselors to review and develop your career goals
● 3000+ practice questions
● Access to Computer Adaptive Exams
● Personalized Gantt Chart to manage your work/life balance
● Exam Prep Analysis and personalize planning after the course

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