Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Perhabs listening skills are my main problem now. Several days ago a got a call from business school (I am not remember it’s name) that locate in London and I did not understand first sentence at all. So i ask girl to repeat it, and to speak slowly. After that I understood all that she said. Girl ask me if i interested in MBA and in which year I am going to apply. I answered that i will apply next year, and i am going to begin studying in September 2011. But they found person who want to begin studying this year. Tell the trues I will not be able to study on MBA efficiently if i begin studying this year. So it is not matter, what this girl think about me. But if i get a call from Haas or Stanford in the fall and I do not understand first sentence, it will be lust call from one of this great business schools.

Thus this conversation lets me know that I ought to improve my listening skills. Unfortunately i will not be able to visit English speaking country this year. But 20 of June i will fly to Georgia to 33rd World Congress of Vine and Wine, that will be continue until 25 or 27. And main language of this congress will be English. So i hope visiting congress will become useful experience for improving my listening skills. Main drawback is that all people in Georgia know Russian and majority of journalists in congress will communicate in it. But I will try to communicate in first with English speaking people.

Nevertheless highly topical programme I will try to continue studying during congress. I hope I will live in hotel with wi-fi, and Grockit course will be available.

About studying
I can not estimate my level, and determinate whether i have a progress or not, because my score fluctuates all time. I could solve 10 LSAT questions without mistake, and after that make a mistake in each questions from next 10 ones. It is individualities of my mind. when i was junior journalist I’ve never write average coverage but i wrote excellent or very bad (uninteresting with a numerous mistakes, with awful stile ect ) ones, nevertheless I endeavored to to made every coverage excellent. And after several month my coverage becomes excellent or average. So with GMAT will be the same situation.

Renewal plan

As I did earlier i will be solve LSAT questions and read Kaplans explanation in the morning, but in the evening i will study using Grockit online course.

About reading

I finished The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and bought Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw. I have never read English plays before, and reading of first act was very hard so for understanding I often returned but reading of second one is more easier. Perhaps in next I will read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.


Silent Warrior said...

do not to worry Nick. Seeing from your posts. I feel, you are on your way to become more than what you are thinking. About Listening Skills, yes I too suck at it. But the only way to master such skills is by conversing a lot with other people in English. Hope you will get such kind of atmosphere. Keep posting mate :).

Nick said...

thanks, Silent Warrior)) I definitely do not worry. I've only determined a problem. For defeating the enemy you should know him by sight! So my enemy The Lack of Listening Skills will be beaten!

Raj said...
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Raj said...

Dont worry too much about your listening skills right now. I know this might sound a bit silly but I suggest you start watching english movies preferably with subtitles periodically. Along with this, and he fact that you are an active reader of english classic fiction is really going to help you in the long run. Though succeeding in your MBA does require good communication skills, they can be improved in in short time. Most of the top business schools in the US focus mostly on your academic credentials and diversity rather than just one aspect of your personality like listening. So, good luck and keep posting!

Nick said...

thanks for advise
tell the true i read english fiction because i like to do it, and do it in subway saving the time. (i always read in subway, but earlier russian books).
but watching tv required additional time that i will find.))