I'm registered to take the October 25 edition of the Math GRE. I started studying (officially) for the test on September 1. I've been shifting back and forth since then as to what kind of study schedule to keep. I'm wondering what kind of schedule y'all are using / used to prepare for this thing, and (for those who've taken it already) whether y'all think it was effective. When I say schedule, I mean in a general sense:
1) How many days a week do you study, and how many hours a day (averaged of course)?
2) How many weeks/months (years???) out did you start to study for this thing?
3) How much material are you getting through a day (e.g. how many sections/chapters in Stewart)?
4) Are you actually reviewing the sections, or just working problems and consulting sections as needed?
5) About how much of your schedule is devoted to Calculus review alone (excluding higher-level analysis stuff), e.g. 4 weeks out of 8 weeks total?
6) Are you rigorously sticking to outlines like the one in the Princeton Review book, or just "feeling it out"?
7) How are you working timing into the mix, and how much are you stressing it?
Are you studying for it while still in college? Working full-time? How's that been working out?
9) Anything else you feel is worth adding.
To get this started, here's what I've been following so far:
1) I try to study at least 2-3 hours a day, 7 days a week (have done pretty well at keeping it up too...go me...lol).
2) Started September 1, so about 7 weeks total. I was, however, studying linear algebra (Lax) for a good bit of the summer out of personal interest.
3) I've been moving slower than I'd like. I'd hoped to be at least into Calc II stuff (integration) by now, but I only just got through limits (I'm using Stewart). I was hoping to get by with 2 sections a day, but if I do that I won't finish Diff Eq until a week before the exam, which leaves barely any time at all to review the higher level stuff (abstract algebra, number theory, topology, analysis, etc.).
4) I've been quickly skimming through the sections in Stewart and working the examples he does step by step, then working ~30% of the problems at the end of the section. The pace has been painfully slow doing it this way though.
5) Ideally, I'd like to be finished with the calculus stuff AT LEAST 2 weeks prior to the test, so maybe 5/7 weeks. Even that I feel is too much though.
6) I bought the PR book, but I've only been using it to skim through the reviews. I haven't really been happy with it so far though, so lately I've basically just been following the chapters in Stewart fairly linearly.
7) I haven't really done much with timing yet. I'm not really sure how fast I should be doing them, given most of the problems are probably easier computationally than the ones on the test. I'll hopefully think more about this after taking a diagnostic (planning to do the first after finishing the calculus stuff...whenever the hell that is...lol).
I graduated from undergrad last December and worked in a miserable IT job (supply chain...boring stuff) for 6 months, then quit to focus completely on preparing for grad school. Until then, a part-time job to survive on. No complaints though.