If you’re thinking about applying to b-school, one of the best ways to learn about the MBA world is to read about the experiences of the students and applicants who have gone before you. With this in mind, here are a few “how-tos” gleaned from our B-school Buzz bloggers this week.
How to study for the GMAT – Chitra at the GMAT Prep Blog shared his 40-day GMAT plan. Using Kaplan study sheets, he created topic sets and blocked out specific weeks to learn them in the time leading up to his exam. Because it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of concepts that need to be reviewed in order to succeed with the GMAT, mapping out a study strategy such as Chitra’s is absolutely necessary. If you’re not sure where to begin, his calendar will provide you with a good start.
How to (and how not to) interview – Felish… da dish gave first year students some valuable “dos” for acing their internship interviews. Her “don’ts” are also good to keep in mind, especially as you’re nervously waiting to hear back: “Don’t expect to get a response back right away from HR or the hiring manager. We get really caught up in the idea that everything is real-time… but companies move differently, and in all likelihood it will take longer than a day to get back to you,” she writes.
How to impress the admissions committee – The answer to this one is know how to write. Ellipsing My Way… To Business School shared a link to a recent Wall Street Journal article about the lack of writing skills among many MBA students and the ways that b-schools are addressing the problem.
How to put together a class schedule – Chris at One of Forty-Eight discussed his current class schedule at MIT Sloan. Like most b-school schedules, it was far from quick and painless to put together. “It took me about ten iterations of my schedule before I was satisfied (i.e., ran out of time),” he writes. He ended up with a good mix of business and engineering courses and has 59 hours of class related activities per week. Perhaps at some point Chris will share some tips on how to keep up with a jam-packed schedule ”“ something we all struggle with in b-school and beyond.
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