GRE Snacks 18 – Don’t clip coupons on the GRE

Tyler York
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As you practice for the GRE, you’ll get more and more confident. This is great! But – that confidence might inspire you to cut corners. You are trying to go as fast as you can, right? Well, it turns out, cutting corners is often not worth it. We explain why in this episode of our podcast.

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GRE Snacks 18 – Don’t clip coupons on the GRE

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Bottom GRE snacks, snackin full episodes about Jerry exam and graduate school admissions. I'm Tyler founder of achievable founder of Stellar GRE and author of achievable, you can check out his course at achievable. Me and the code podcast will get you 10% off at checkout. Let's get started. So today the topic is it don't clip coupons, kind of a, it's a title that maybe it invokes a certain thought but in the context of the GRE it's not quite clear. That means you care to explain. Yes. Yes. So what does this mean? No clip coupons. Well you clicked on his podcast you wanted to find out. So haha. So what does this mean? We're clip in the coupon, let me ask it, I work. Well, in the context of the GRE, one of the hardest aspects of the test of the time limit. If people had all the time in the world, they could answer these questions with a much higher degree of

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Accuracy than otherwise, the factor matter is on some level. He can't do these questions in 90 seconds or less, you kind of can't do them at all. And so, the struggle for most students is the struggle against the time on it and they're generally in an arms race to optimize their Solutions whenever possible. And sometimes that seeking after optimization, which is not necessarily A Bad Thing across the students to clip coupons and coupon clipping in the context. The GRE is where a student cuts on very small Corner, maybe they do one step of mental. Now maybe they they don't do one of the fail-safes, it's usually one of the last steps of the solution. It would only take a second or two to complete but because they're feeling confident about the solution at this point in because they feel like they know how to solve it, they start to they start to pull back on this best practices in the interest of time and Jen

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Really, that's where a student makes a careless error. Now, if you're practicing long enough, you will eventually reach a point where the only reason why you get a question wrong is due to your own carelessness. Like, in the achievable system, we talked about how there are fifty different quantity. Two questions we have is unlimited quantitative question Bank, you can practice those questions over and over again and that's what you're going to see in the day of the test. You're going to know how to solve all the question the GRE, and you'll reach a point with enough repetition, where it's just because you did something, silly me forgot to carry the one, you did mental math and made a mistake there. And so you do some small thing that causes the score between right now. It's usually when you're trying to clip a coupon to save a couple of seconds, it's not worth it Tyler. It's like do you clip coupons when you go to the grocery store or even if you aren't people going to probably just a Time?

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Like, I've never been that kind of person, but then the other part of it is like you said, like the cost-benefit tradeoff, I don't find worthwhile and, you know, I think that they, when you're doing the GRE, you're probably thinking that pretty much any way to save time is good, right? Like you think you're, you're so confident, you're going to get the question, right? That you don't think there's a trade-off, but there is like you said

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That's exactly right. There is a trade-off and seeking to optimize no matter what is actually a pretty bad strategy in the long run and that's exactly right. I don't have coupons either, why not Tyler? It's like you could save money, don't you? Like, saving money, Tyler, what's the problem with saving money? Dude? Cuz it's like $2.40. Right? And how long does it take to go to the newspapers and and equip them out? And remember to bring them to the store. One is like by the right thing and it's like maybe it's not what you normally. Get ya. All that sounds truth is yes coupons could save you some money but the amount of time and effort that go into clipping those coupons is not good Roi return-on-investment like it's spinning a half an hour clipping coupon saves you 5 bucks as soon as you're making more than ten bucks an hour you basically should be

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Letting that go doing other things and I think if you take something that you would have gotten right 100% of the time and you're now making it so you get it right? 95% of the time. Like it seems like a good deal, but if you know the difference between a good score and a great score is getting two problems wrong,

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Then you're exposing yourself to a big risk of their, that is absolutely right. It's like, yeah, it turns out that 100% is actually higher than the 95%, isn't it? Do you want to choose their behaviors that are going to be more likely to consistently? Give us an accurate, efficient response over the course of let's say a hundred problems over four straight hours. So we definitely want the highest likelihood of success and generally that comes with mitigating our own tenancies to Caroline's, but we can talk more about that focus on clipping coupon saving a few seconds off of the process here or there because that generally triple quadruple to kill us are eight and it's definitely not worth it in the solar system. We do we make more money,

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And just like it like that, if you make more money, you don't have to worry, you can walk into the grocery store and you can buy whatever you want. You're not going to be worrying about it anymore. That was my goal when I was in my mid-twenties and I was a broke actor in New York City. I want to know, eventually have a job where I never had to think about money. Again, I didn't need to be a millionaire or billionaire. I just never wanted to have to count every dollar. Like I did back in the day and that kind of Freedom has just improve my quality of life substantially so little standing there. So, how do we, how do we make more money in the context? The GRE, right? Because we just the way that we approach questions in such a way that we actually solve the question minutes faster. Just 5 Seconds here, 2 minutes faster, over the context of the 20 problems in the 35-minute quantitative set in the achievable manual.

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One of the there are three General quantitative efficiency strategies, these are skipping diagnosing. A continuous solving talk about those a lot in the manual. So we do things that are going to shave minutes off of our process. We also stopped doing things that are causing a lot of time bleed so this is something I talk about with my patients. A lot is that rather than do like 10 or 12? Good new things, just stop doing the one or two things that are really getting in your way and the couple of things that can really drains on the quantitative section or things like rereading questions over and over again double-checking or triple checking their work trying to stop questions holistically. Which means like trying to figure out all the steps.

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Towards a solution before they even get started. The truth of the matter is that the solution offered only reveals itself in the salting and we could be sitting there thinking for quite some time since we never even getting started. If we take that round or solving things algebraically, rest Rackley, all of these things, we kind of need to let go of. So we make more money by blogging behaviors that drain time and don't actually contribute to our score in a rational Manner. And we do behaviors that increase our efficiency, radically on the terms of minutes as opposed to Second. Like for example, my third strategy, continuous all them if that's done like religiously on every problem and set, you can save 10 to 15 minutes. I have got perfect scores on novel quantitative sex sections on the quantitative qualitative sections in like less than 15 minutes. It's totally possible to do this. There is way more time than you

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However, you have to get busy. So I can continuously you have to use these efficiency strategies without them. The time is going to fly by. So, how do you identify both in practice and in the actual test? Like, when you you're clipping coupons, or when someone's giving coupons and how to kind of crack that,

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Clipping coupons is something that we generally see after the fat missus, we talked about in the previous episode of the importance of keeping an error log. So if you get a question wrong and you go back and you look, man, I knew how to solve this. I used to write strategy is indicated by the manual. Where did I go sideways? So it's like I added instead of multiply to get it, so that's a careless error and most likely. It's because that person was in the moment of completing that step that person was mentally time traveling to The Next Step may be. That person was just one or two seconds into the future. But at that moment he or she was actually thinking about the next step while here. She was still in the process of completing the step. And I tell you mix.

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Totally, it's so easy for something and I working memory to shift, when we're not paying attention, like all the Care in the world is still just a little thing and at the end of the day, the GRE is a measure of sustained mindfulness more than anything else.

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So, the trick is to recognize these Tendencies to clipping coupons. When we do our post-mortems on practice, at some practice test and then to change our Behavior moving for basically means that we

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We give our current step, our phone undivided, attention, and completed.

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Totally, before we allow ourselves mentally to move on to the next thing, right?

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I think that also when students develop sufficient confidence, when they feel like wow, it's one thing for me to tell students, for example, that they have plenty of time to answer all the questions within the time limit, some of them are going to be like all that sounds nice, but you know, whatever. Ryan, that's not really hurt. Yeah, everybody always feels like they're done on time.

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That's, that's a very common subjective experience of the GRE. It's one thing for me to say that. Another thing for a student to practice some of these strategies and techniques. And then see if I change my behavior in these ways, I am consistently answering all of the questions with time left on the clock. Wow. I want a student. Does that over and over and over again that student has the right to develop authentic, confidence in their ability, to move to the questions in an efficient manner, and that changes the whole need to click coupons. Is that whole thing? It's like I have enough money.

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Richard making money, I didn't trust that I had enough money right away, it took awhile for me to get like consistent paychecks before. I I could like, leave behind the poverty mentality, as it worked, so it takes sufficient repetitions of being able to answer all the questions the time limit to get rid of his scarcity mentality over. There's not enough time there really is and you're going to be able to feel it. If you practice some of these strategies that we discussed in the manual,

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Very cool. Thank you. A Ryan. This is been GRE snacks us about a Ryan from Stellar GRE and Tyler from achievable. And she will go on a Ryan, have partnered to build a great, GRE course, you can try it for free at achievable. Me and you can use the code podcast to get 10% off at checkout.

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