- do the straightforward algebra, or
- use a strategy, such as picking numbers for unknowns.

On GMAT number property questions, knowledge of the properties themselves will often allow you to solve without having to do time-consuming math. These number properties fall into three commonly-tested categories. Get familiar with these categories and practice the skills needed for the GMAT so you can boost your score on GMAT Test Day.

Integers and non-integers

An integer is any whole number: positive, negative, or zero. If you add, subtract, or multiply two integers together, the result will always be an integer. However, if you divide two integers, the result may or may not be an integer.

Even and odd numbers

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]]>There is more than one way to solve almost every GMAT math problem you will encounter on the exam. On most problems, you have a choice. You can either:

- do the straightforward algebra, or
- use a strategy, such as picking numbers for unknowns.

On GMAT number property questions, knowledge of the properties themselves will often allow you to solve without having to do time-consuming math. These number properties fall into three commonly-tested categories. Get familiar with these categories and practice the skills needed for the GMAT so you can boost your score on GMAT Test Day.

An integer is any whole number: positive, negative, or zero. If you add, subtract, or multiply two integers together, the result will always be an integer. However, if you divide two integers, the result may or may not be an integer.

An even number is any integer that, when divided by two, produces another integer (including zero.) An odd number is any integer that does not produce another integer when divided by two.

If two even numbers are added or subtracted, the result is an even number; if two odd numbers are added or subtracted, the result is an even number; and if an even number and an odd number are added or subtracted, the result is an odd number.

If two even numbers are multiplied, the result is even; if two odd numbers are multiplied, the result is odd; and if an even number and an odd number are multiplied, the result is even.

Key: Remember that none of these rules apply when dividing numbers.

Keep in mind that a positive multiplied or divided by a positive is a positive, a positive multiplied or divided by a negative is a negative, and a negative multiplied or divided by a negative is a positive.

By remembering all the rules listed above, you can often answer GMAT number property questions correctly more quickly than with any other method. This will leave you more time for problems that require you to work out all the math, which in turn can lead to a higher GMAT score.

*Practice your GMAT math skills by attending one of our free GMAT events. You can sign up and attend our GMAT practice tests and sample classes from anywhere with an internet connection.*

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]]>There is a simple prescription for this ailment: read the explanations on your practice exams!

Use GMAT practice test explanations to raise your score

The explanations given along with each sample GMAT question in your test prep material contain the most useful lessons and the most explicit feedback in the battery of information that results from a GMAT practice test. Being able to see how every single question can be solved in the most accurate and timely way is an ... **Read full post**

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]]>As Kaplan instructors, we’ve seen it hundreds of times: a student diligently takes a GMAT practice test once—sometimes twice—per week while studying for the GMAT and finds him or herself tripping up on the same issues every time. Not the same broad content areas, like geometry or sentence correction, but the same specific tricks, like the side ratios of 30-60-90 triangles or the application of the past perfect tense.

There is a simple prescription for this ailment: read the explanations on your practice exams!

The explanations given along with each sample GMAT question in your test prep material contain the most useful lessons and the most explicit feedback in the battery of information that results from a GMAT practice test. Being able to see how every single question can be solved in the most accurate and timely way is an invaluable resource.

Kaplan’s entire question pool of over 5,000 questions will take you step by step through the appropriate methods and strategies. Every confusing quantitative question stem is translated to its corresponding equation, every critical reasoning stimulus is elegantly untangled, and every GMAT score-raising and time-saving strategy is meticulously detailed.

So remember that your GMAT practice test doesn’t end after you confirm your answer for question 41 in the verbal section. Take time to read through the explanations for all the questions that led you to the wrong answer choice or took you more than a couple minutes to solve; even take a glance at the questions you got right to make sure you didn’t just make a lucky guess or pass up a method that would have saved you some precious time. Then take the lessons you’ve learned and apply them to your remaining practice tests, and, most importantly, on GMAT Test Day. Your score will thank you for it!

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]]>GMAT Data Sufficiency Foundations

In case you haven’t committed them to memory yet, here are those familiar choices:

- (A) Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.
- (B) Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.
- (C) BOTH statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are sufficient to answer the question asked,

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]]>For many students studying for the GMAT, the dreaded data sufficiency questions can be a source of consternation. When you really think about it, though, the data sufficiency questions offer one advantage in that they all have the same answer choices. One of the first steps toward success on the GMAT quantitative section is to learn and internalize these answer choices, but you can also learn this great method for eliminating wrong answer choices by determining the applicability of each statement.

In case you haven’t committed them to memory yet, here are those familiar choices:

- (A) Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.
- (B) Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.
- (C) BOTH statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are sufficient to answer the question asked, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient.
- (D) EACH statement ALONE is sufficient to answer the question asked.
- (E) Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient to answer the question asked, and additional data are needed.

Let’s say you run into the following problem:

**1. Is x positive?**

**(1) x > 5**

**(2) x > -5**

If you, like most students, look at statement (1) first, you’ll probably say to yourself, “Well, if x is greater than 5, then x must be positive!” and you’d be right: statement (1) is definitely sufficient to answer the question. But before we move on to statement (2), what does this mean for our (A)-(E) answer choices? Well, since statement (1) is sufficient, we can eliminate all choices that would require statement (1) to be insufficient, and that’s choices (B), (C), and (E).

Similarly, if you had a question where statement (1) was NOT sufficient by itself, you could immediately axe choices (A) and (D), since both of those choices require statement (1) to be “sufficient ALONE” to answer the question. And what if NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient? Well then, we’d be down to (C) and (E) as our only possibilities, with a final answer hinging on the sufficiency of the statements in combination. The system even works if you look at statement (2) before statement (1), you just have to eliminate slightly different choices. Try it!

Memorizing this simple method is a cornerstone to mastering GMAT data sufficiency; using it means you never have to waste valuable time deciphering the intricacies of the question type itself, freeing up valuable time and effort for mathematics and critical thinking. Plus, as with any elimination strategy, it makes guessing much more efficient. If you can eliminate two or three answer choices and end up with a 33-50% chance to guess correctly on GMAT data sufficiency questions—rather than a 20% chance with a blind (A)-(E) guess, it will really show in your final GMAT score.

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]]>- get a better job
- earn more money
- learn a new skill
- better yourself

Sound familiar? Perhaps you even scrapped one or two of these resolutions, thinking that your passing ambitions were too high for your daily commitment. However, there’s one way that you can tackle all of these resolutions at once in 2015: by applying to business school.

Think about it—whether you’re realizing a lifelong dream of finally taking the plunge to earn your MBA from a top business school or simply making a responsible move for your professional and financial future, getting your MBA can have countless benefits in the years to come.

Now that you’re a month or so into 2015, those resolutions may already seem far away and irrelevant. However, this is ... **Read full post**

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]]>If you’re anything like us, you probably started out 2015 with a long list of New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you wanted to:

- get a better job
- earn more money
- learn a new skill
- better yourself

Sound familiar? Perhaps you even scrapped one or two of these resolutions, thinking that your passing ambitions were too high for your daily commitment. However, there’s one way that you can tackle all of these resolutions at once in 2015: by applying to business school.

Think about it—whether you’re realizing a lifelong dream of finally taking the plunge to earn your MBA from a top business school or simply making a responsible move for your professional and financial future, getting your MBA can have countless benefits in the years to come.

Now that you’re a month or so into 2015, those resolutions may already seem far away and irrelevant. However, this is exactly the time when you need to recommit yourself to the good study habits that will get you that high score on the GMAT (or GRE, which is increasingly accepted on the exam). By doing this, you will pave the way toward your future as an MBA.

So how can you recommit yourself to GMAT test prep and get into business school? Here are some great tips to get you back on track:

In order to gain admission to top MBA programs, you’ll need to take either the GMAT or the GRE. Generally speaking, you want to take the GMAT or the GRE as early as possible, preferably at least a month before you submit your business school applications.

While you can take either test more than once, it’s far preferable to get the score you need the first time, so proper preparation is key.

It’s often hard to get back into the swing of things at the beginning of the year—or after any break—but it’s always easy to commit to achieving one manageable goal each day.

When it comes to GRE or GMAT test prep, break down your studying into pieces. The first day, you may want to focus on twenty new vocabulary words; the second day, you might conquer some commonly tested math concepts; the third day, how about some sample GMAT data sufficiency questions. All of these small accomplishments can eventually add up to big scores.

Routine is important in GMAT and GRE test preparation, even if that routine begins with only a half hour a day. According to one Kaplan Test Prep expert, “A mere 30 minutes is something you are likely to achieve, and once you do, you will feel a sense of accomplishment, which will make you want to do more.”

After establishing a short, manageable routine, you can ramp up your time commitment incrementally each study session until you’re comfortable focusing on your exam test prep for stretches of 3.5 hours—the length of the test.

These apps keep your goals front and center—and on your smart phone!—so that you won’t fall behind in your GRE or GMAT test prep. You can also set alarms on your personal calendar or phone to remind you when and what to study each day.

The benefit to partnering up or joining a group for your GMAT or GRE test prep is twofold. First, others can help you master the material, explaining concepts beyond the written explanations in a book. Also, others will help keep you on track for your goals, calling you up if you miss a study session or calling you out if you did not reach your study goals that week.

When you’re feeling unmotivated and you don’t want to study, think about the big-picture stuff and why you want to go for your MBA and get into a top business school in the first place. Remember that a high score is going to help you gain admission to your dream MBA program.

All of the work that you put in now will pay off soon, and you will be better off for it—personally and professionally. As Dr. Nando Pelusi *says in Psychology Today*, “Accomplishing practically anything today means overcoming the need for instant gratification—and questioning the idea that a task will be excessively painful. The rewards of getting what you want in the long run make the present-moment hassles worth enduring.”

A Kaplan GMAT class can help you earn the high GMAT or GRE scores you need to gain admission into top MBA programs. You can take your classes in person or online, allowing you flexibility (yet consistency) in your test preparation.* *

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]]>Mistake #1: Failing to make studying concrete

You’ve done this at least once. You say you’re going to study. You probably said it something like this: “I have to study for the GMAT this week.” Then suddenly, it’s Sunday night again and another week has passed and you didn’t crack a book or open your GMAT online syllabus. What happened? When planning your GMAT study, be specific. Don’t just say you need to do it, and don’t even just list Monday – ‘GMAT PREP!!!’ ... **Read full post**

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]]>You’ve done this at least once. You say you’re going to study. You probably said it something like this: “I have to study for the GMAT this week.” Then suddenly, it’s Sunday night again and another week has passed and you didn’t crack a book or open your GMAT online syllabus. What happened? When planning your GMAT study, be specific. Don’t just say you need to do it, and don’t even just list Monday – ‘GMAT PREP!!!’ on your calendar. Choose a date and a time and list the aspect of the test that you plan to review: ‘Monday, 7-9pm, practice with GMAT Reading Comprehension passages’. This will make your schedule organized and actionable.

It is imperative to learn, memorize, and understand GMAT content. Many students like to make flashcards of the content areas. (Area of Triangle = ½ bh, circumference of a circle: 2(pi)(r), etc.) These equations are important but they won’t translate directly into points on GMAT test day. Why? You MUST make them actionable! The equation for the area of triangle is only important when you know when and how to use the formula to find the answer to a GMAT question. The GMAT isn’t testing your ability to memorize formulas – it is testing your ability to identify the moment and situation when you have to USE the equation. In order to develop this ability, take full-length GMAT Computer Adaptive Tests and quizzes.

It won’t. Many students prepare very well by using a book. However, it isn’t the book that causes their success – it is their diligence. A book is a collection of questions and information on content. You have to take this knowledge and apply it to real GMAT practice tests. Studying with a book may earn you a few extra points on test day. However, like everything in business, you get what you pay for – look for a book that comes with online resources and realistic GMAT computer adaptive practice to get the most bang for your buck.

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]]>In a FastCompany article I came across the other day, there’s data offering a few more bones on the pile advocating for taking the ol’ reliable route of writing things down. The article mentions a ... **Read full post**

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]]>I take notes. I write things down. Those statements may sound less than novel, but more and more such actions seem to be just that. In the classes I teach, both for Kaplan and at DePaul, it is the rare student I observe actually taking notes and it is the rare student who clamors for pen and paper to assist in communication during group work or to record the communication that takes place. Instead, most learners and communicators either do not use a pen and paper at all or they have developed the lesser habit of using a computer to capture important information. However, I’ve got a GMAT study tip that will change your approach.

In a FastCompany article I came across the other day, there’s data offering a few more bones on the pile advocating for taking the ol’ reliable route of writing things down. The article mentions a couple other studies that say about the same thing. For me, this is all music because I find it so personally useful and anecdotally true.

Whether you study for the GMAT in a formal class setting, with a group of peers you put together, or even individually, don’t just listen, talk, and read! Try these strategies for improved learning:

- Supplement and augment your learning with thorough note taking.
- Write things down you don’t think you need to write down.
- Rewrite important concepts that you’ve got to get drilled in.
- Write out all your work, step-by-step, just like your middle school math teacher demanded.

Simply going through the motions (literally) of scratching out inked lines on pressed pulp engages your brain in unique ways. You will learn more, quicker and deeper, than if you just read and/or heard GMAT content and concepts. Then, after you get back to school, make the most of of your time there by continuing this helpful habit in your classes. Besides, who doesn’t have an opinion on their favorite kind of pen? Don’t you want your old friend back? Don’t you want the finger calluses you had in high school? *Can you even remember the last time you had a hand cramp?*

Get your pen and scratch paper ready, and sign up for a free GMAT practice test.

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]]>An important element of your business school experience will be your fellow students—the other aspiring MBAs with whom you will be living and studying every day. Using Class of 2016 profile statistics from the top ten U.S. programs (according to U.S. News & World Report 2015), we at mbaMission have created this infographic to help show how the different programs compare. Enjoy!

... **Read full post**

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]]>An important element of your business school experience will be your fellow students—the other aspiring MBAs with whom you will be living and studying every day. Using Class of 2016 profile statistics from the top ten U.S. programs (according to *U.S. News & World Report* 2015), we at mbaMission have created this infographic to help show how the different programs compare. Enjoy!

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]]>For decades, MBA graduates of a certain caliber had only Wall Street in their sights. The idea of starting their post-graduate careers anywhere else was simply anathema. Increasingly, however, the financial district of lower Manhattan is losing its luster—something that probably dates back to the economic crisis of 2008. Even though Wall Street itself has recovered magnificently, it’s no longer attracting young MBA blood in droves—a damaged reputation and flat salaries took care of that. But is a comeback ahead? (Poets & Quants)

One international student at Harvard Business School (HBS) is charging other students from his home country who also attend this top MBA program with prioritizing the party ... **Read full post**

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]]>From a possible comeback for an MBA-starved Wall Street to the vocal disapproval of one Harvard Business School student, as well as the announcement of the top MBA program in Europe, let’s dig in to recent MBA news!

For decades, MBA graduates of a certain caliber had only Wall Street in their sights. The idea of starting their post-graduate careers anywhere else was simply anathema. Increasingly, however, the financial district of lower Manhattan is losing its luster—something that probably dates back to the economic crisis of 2008. Even though Wall Street itself has recovered magnificently, it’s no longer attracting young MBA blood in droves—a damaged reputation and flat salaries took care of that. But is a comeback ahead? (Poets & Quants)

One international student at Harvard Business School (HBS) is charging other students from his home country who also attend this top MBA program with prioritizing the party life while viewing their MBA education as nothing but a “two-year vacation.” He voiced his concern anonymously in Harvard Business School’s student newspaper, *The Harbus*. Sounds like this guy didn’t’ come to Harvard to make friends, so at least he’s not likely to be disappointed. (Poets & Quants)

Craving another business school rankings list? If attending a top MBA program in England sounds like your cup of tea, you’ll want to know that London Business School tops the list of best European business schools. This is the first time London Business School has climbed up there since 2005. (The Financial Times)

Part of the process of getting into a top MBA program is selling yourself and convincing the business school that you are good fit. Don’t forget that, if you bring the right GPA and GMAT test scores to the table, business schools will also sell themselves to *you.* Here’s a great list of some do’s and don’ts as you consider your strategy. (U.S. News & World Report)

You can bounce back from almost anything…even business school rejection. Sure it bruises the ego and changes your plans, but there are ways to recover and still thrive. (Forbes)

This liberal arts graduate says that her MBA education taught her how to “hustle” and learn about the rigors of today’s workplace. That’s right. Liberal arts. As you probably know, business schools don’t exclusively look for those with a finance or economics background. They value diversity. (The Financial Post)

When American business schools need new leaders, they look no further than the newest cohort of MBA graduates. U.S. business schools have become incubators in this area. (BusinessBecause)

Great story. Some MBA students at Michigan State University’s business school are helping local nonprofits around the state overcome their unique challenges. These students contributed to organizations that focus on stamping out hunger and helping the homeless. (The Lansing State Journal)

*What issues in MBA news are you talking about? Share your comments with your fellow aspiring MBAs below, and then sign** up for a **free GMAT practice test**.*

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]]>Remember, the concepts presented here are the basics of what the GMAT test. For advanced concepts and questions, the test makers have unique ways of making these more difficult.

Math Skill #1 – Arithmetic

While arithmetic is foundational in grade school (and a great deal of review for many students), you must study the fundamentals as well as the more advanced concepts. The GMAT test your ability to:

· Manipulate fractions, decimals, and ratios (as well as the need to convert among the three)

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]]>Start the year off strong by diving in to your GMAT prep with vigor (or renewed vigor, as the case may be.) The math section is often the most feared, but the quantitative content on the GMAT is definable and conquerable. Brush up on the math skills that the exam tests and pair this knowledge with solid critical thinking to be successful.

Remember, the concepts presented here are the basics of what the GMAT test. For advanced concepts and questions, the test makers have unique ways of making these more difficult.

While arithmetic is foundational in grade school (and a great deal of review for many students), you must study the fundamentals as well as the more advanced concepts. The GMAT test your ability to:

· Manipulate fractions, decimals, and ratios (as well as the need to convert among the three)

· Understand the properties of individual numbers and the concept of real numbers

· Work with percentages

· Calculate and manipulate exponents and roots

· Understand and apply descriptive statistics (mean, median, mode, standard deviation)

· Understand and apply properties of sets (Venn diagrams)

· Know and apply various counting methods (including permutations and combinations)

· Understand, calculate, and analyze discrete probability

Several Quantitative questions you’ll encounter on GMAT test day will require application of more than one of these topics. In arithmetic, there are several concepts and equations you’ll have to memorize.

Generally, the algebra covered on the GMAT does not test you above high school Algebra. However, it has probably been several years since high hchool. These are the concepts you must review for the test:

· Manipulating algebraic expressions (isolating variables and solving for a variable)

· Solving equations (linear equations with one or more unknowns and quadratic equations)

· Solving and manipulating inequalities

· Applying and solving functions

On GMAT geometry, you will not have to build SIN or COS curves nor graph non-linear functions. GMAT geometry is limited to the following concepts:

· Properties of Triangles, Quadrilaterals, and Circles

· Properties of uniform solids (rectangles and cylinders)

· Properties of lines (intersecting, perpendicular, and parallel)

· Properties of angles (a skill that is also part of the lines and geometric shapes)

· Coordinate Geometry (very basic four quadrant graphing for the standard y=mx+b equation)

Since the GMAT isn’t a high school equivalency exam, the test makers added additional concepts that borrow heavily from the items above but add a real-life dimension to the concept. The GMAT requires that you know a few more equations and concepts. However, at the base level, this is just an additional application of the concepts above. These additional applications include the ability to calculate the following:

· Interest (both simple and compound)

· Discounts and/or Profits

· Work and Combined Work Problems

· Rate and Measurement Problems

While this list is comprehensive, it is, by itself, not sufficient. Since the GMAT doesn’t require a significant amount of outside knowledge, you’ll find these concepts presented in a manner that makes them far more difficult than they seem on paper. The only way to ensure you are prepared is to practice. Get started on the path to a great GMAT score with a free practice test.

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]]>Studying for the GMAT is a serious commitment, and usually takes 2-3 months or more. While most of you prepping for the GMAT know what to study, you probably have many questions about how to study. Study schedules can definitely vary depending on your particular variables, including:

- goal score
- starting score
- work schedule
- school schedule
- family obligations

We have a long history of working with students and studying how you learn, which has allowed us to develop some general rules of thumb to remember as you begin to form your personalized schedule to study for the GMAT.

Create a Detailed Study Schedule

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]]>It’s a new year, and many of you are working on establishing new routines and habits. Now is a perfect time to start (or re-start) a GMAT study schedule. We’ve got some advice to help get you on the right track.

Studying for the GMAT is a serious commitment, and usually takes 2-3 months or more. While most of you prepping for the GMAT know what to study, you probably have many questions about how to study. Study schedules can definitely vary depending on your particular variables, including:

- goal score
- starting score
- work schedule
- school schedule
- family obligations

We have a long history of working with students and studying how you learn, which has allowed us to develop some general rules of thumb to remember as you begin to form your personalized schedule to study for the GMAT.

The first thing to know about studying for the GMAT is that this is **not** a test that you can cram for. Studying for the GMAT is like preparing for a marathon. You want to build up to test day with a plan that builds your skills and stamina. Because the GMAT tests your critical thinking skills and various content skills, you need to know how to think flexibly and thoroughly about the material tested. Flexibility and critical thinking are skills that ideally require knowledge of the patterns in the GMAT. Therefore, it is best to build this type of depth and flexibility in a gradual way.

Next, remember to be deliberate in your study schedule. Make dates on your calendar with your GMAT books and practice tests and keep them! It’s easy to procrastinate when the deadline is weeks away, so find a way to stay accountable by setting a date reminder and/or having someone help you stay on track with your schedule.

Along with deliberate study times, be purposeful with your GMAT dates. Instead of just putting “study GMAT” on the calendar, add specifics about the purpose of the session; for instance, June 13th could be your night to spend some quality time with right triangles in geometry and subject-verb agreement in sentence correction. At the beginning, the purpose of your session should be aimed at mastery of specific topics. Closer to test day, start to incorporate pacing and mixed practice into the goal of your sessions.

Studying for the GMAT takes time. Plan to spend about 2-3 months and 100-120 hours studying for the GMAT. The top scorers on the GMAT spend 120+ hours, on average, studying for test day over a period of time. The length of each study session will vary based on your specific situation; however, most students aim for sessions between 1 and 3 hours in a sitting. If you take the average 120 hours of studying for a top scorer and divide that over the course of the average 10 weeks of studying, you get approximately 12 hours per week. This includes time spent in class sessions and tutoring sessions for the GMAT. If you spread those hours equally, it’s best to do about 2-3 hours per day, 6 days per week and to take one day off per week.

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