GRE Snacks 20 – Thinking is overrated

Tyler York
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When you’re doing something high stakes and in the moment, whether it’s playing music or playing sports, you don’t have time to think about the small tactical details of how to play this note or how to dribble properly. The GRE exam is the same – thinking is overrated on test day because you want muscle memory to take over the small stuff and leave you with the big picture problems. We explain how to strike this balance.

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GRE Snacks 20 – Thinking is overrated

Welcome to GRE snacks. Snackable episodes about the GRE exam and graduate school admission. I'm Tyler founder of achievable. You can check out our course at achievable. Me. And the code podcast will get you 10% off at checkout. Let's get started. So today we're going to talk about why thinking is overrated. This is kind of a little bit of a continuation of of keep it simple last one that we did. But yet tell me why is thinking of a rated when you're supposed to be proving how smart you are on this test OG's. Let's let's not go there trying to think of the GRE like an IQ test or some sort of assessment of how smart we are. Is just adding a whole other dimension of pressure that that most don't need is definitely not like you. This is definitely not an intelligence test, the GRE measures how well you do on the GRE. So let's just let's just get out of the gate with that one. So,

That's good.

I'm thinking one of the students, if you're having trouble with it, don't think of it like an intelligence test, write this is not an indictment of you or your intelligence. If you're having a hard time with the client or whatever that is certainly true. And it's important to keep in mind. I got to tell you, man, as you know, I have this this tutoring business, and I also have a psycho therapy Private Practice. It is much more likely that somebody's going to be crying in my tutoring office than in my therapy office.

Find an odds ratio of 5 to one. It's it's, it's fascinating, for some reason, there's something about mass in particular that has this Exquisite capacity that make people feel real dumb in a way that people don't feel if they're like that at history or physics or literature. There's something about that has the necessary. We don't have to have that and we can have a different emotional experience with math and the standardized test, moving forwards. Let's keep the door open for that possibility. Thinking is overrated. Oh my gosh, is this the

I mean, even from a psychological perspective, it's like who sits down and thinks himself to being happy. I mean, I just don't think it's possible. I think you sync yourself to being unhappy. That is far more likely the case, back to her back to her episode about. Not in reading comprehension, you don't want to pick absolute answers. You didn't say. That's always the case. You said, far more likely, the case, if you guys want to do, you guys want to go back and hear it. But, yes, we're talking right now about about, like, just thinking is overrated. By the time, we think ourselves and unhappiness than into happiness. Happiness is not a consequence of our thought, as much as a consequence of our actions, especially if they become habits overtime,

So, the fun parts of life, the joyful, feeling Parts, her life, or where were participating, fully in things, that will fill us and bring us joy. Not when we're sitting thinking about the past, ruminating about the future. It's when were actually acting making decisions moving forward into life, the GRE is just like that in the sense that we don't want to be thinking, when we're taking the test, could I saw the question this way? Could I saw that? That way, on some level, if you're thinking while you're taking the test, you didn't prepare enough. The time to think, was before the test started this point, whether tested is going on. It's your turn to participate to play to engage in action with the test. Sometimes I use the metaphor of. Let's see a musical instrument, a lyre musical instrument know, but I

Soccer for instance, so if you're playing soccer just to run and run with your analogy for you and you're working on your footwork, right? Or you're working on some like basically you're trying to like Master some like minor like modification to your routine or skills to make you better. You can't be doing that in the middle of a game, you got to be like in the in the game. Well that's certainly true.

Those are called drills, right? You know, usually you're practicing five six times a week to play the one game on the weekend. And the idea here is if you're drilling the footwork over and over and over again day after day, hundreds of times and you're really giving your thinking to, that interested process, making small changes tweaking as you go during the practice during the drills. Well, when it's time to play, you just get to surrender over to your training if you've done everything, right? It's kind of like in your muscle memory and it should just sort of manifest organically when you're in the flow of playing. In fact, that's what we call. Swee play a sport, we play an instrument, we can actually play the test. We can play the GRE, but we can kind of only do that. If we practiced and rehearse and drilled enough beforehand when were actually play,

In front of the audience, that's where we get to actually lose yourself in the music and to really get that virtuoso performance. If we're thinking about our fingering we kind of didn't work through the complicated passages of that piece sufficiently before the recital. You know what I mean? But if you do want to use your your thinking somewhat, but that has to do with diagnosing which is something of a creative process and using like your executive decision making, in order to make sure that you're, you're making good choices to move the test forward in the preferred Direction. You don't want to be thinking, how do I solve this problem? That's like, saying, how do I dribble the ball in the middle of a soccer game? You're going to get smoked. If you're thinking that, you know what I'm saying, you don't have time, that's really what it comes down to it the GRE to write.

You don't have time to be to be thinking about your footwork. In that moment you certainly don't pee in the GRE soccer game. Someone's going to come up and just take the ball away from you. I guess the equivalent is that the the clock is just going to take the time away from you, and you're not going to get to certain questions within the time limit, not not going to be good.

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Excellence is habit. I think Aristotle said that it's it's easy enough on some level to do something extraordinary once.

It's another thing entirely to do something, extraordinary, Li extraordinary. Consistently my metaphor for this is like, the performers in Cirque du Soleil. You ever been to a Cirque de Soleil show, Tyler know, but I've been to similar shows, I mean, some of these performers can do just these incredible physical stunts, their Define death, they're doing things that on some level shouldn't. I might going to be physically possible in the do them every night and twice on Sundays you what I'm saying? So it's not so much that they're doing it extraordinarily they're doing the extraordinary thing so safely and so consistently that they can do it in a month after month, year after year, that's a level of Excellence that we can also arrived at with respect to the GRE. It's it's one thing to be able to just do it. It's not a thing to trust yourself at all things, being equal.

You can't not do it. That's kind of when these performers, feel comfortable performing, especially with other people is like when they can't not perform the trick correctly, if there's any doubt as to whether their partner is going to catch them, they're not going to go on stage and that Dad is probably going to creep into the studs and people can actually get hurt that way. So you want you want to set up routines and rituals that basically make it impossible not to succeed.

And that's really what the Stellar process is all about. And that is what comes out in a TiVo bolt. We talked about really simple Mechanical repeatable, Solutions to the problems. We ask that you grind the solutions over and over and over and over again usually with our infinite quantitative question bank until you can kind of get to him until you get to a point where you can kind of not fail at the question.

You see what I'm saying?

And when that happens and you find yourself in a situation where you have the opportunity to manifest that over rehearse behavior, that dribbling skills, that piece of music that aerial stunt, it just comes out of you. You're not even thinking about it. It's just manifesting out of your yourself and before you know it you're on to the next problem. Very cool. Thank you very much, a Ryan. This is been GRE snacks us about a Ryan from Stellar GRE and Tyler from achievable. She will in a Ryan, a partner 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. Thanks Tyler.

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