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LOMS-best way to utilize it (on commute)?

Someone asked on Sep 25, 2018 - 3 answers

I've done some practice cases and use several other resources too, but I read a lot about LOMS on here and other sites so I bought it for my long commute (public transportation, not driving). So far so good, I'm happy with it especially when the subway is delayed and I miss the train (NY, so it happens often) but can still be productive. Does anyone have specific advice about how to use LOMS?

Right now I just listen to it, try to stay ahead of the candidate/find problems, but I want to know how I can get the most out of the resource. Anyone who has used it with success have specific recommendations? So far a lot of what I have seen has been general 'it's very helpful' and not about how to best utilize it.

Thanks to all you women and men who give such solid advice on here.

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Guennael replied on Sep 26, 2018
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tl;dr: I credit LOMS with helping me get into BCG. I had received all the right feedback before, but it didn't 'speak' to me until I listened to LOMS on repeat while in transit.

I did exactly what you are doing, listening to LOMS while going to/from work. Unlike you however, I was actually driving so not able to focus as much on the audio or taking notes. Still, I quickly visualized what good looked like as a result. Now, listening to it just once won't be enough. I was doing ~90 minutes of LOMS a day, and went through it a few times - so much in fact that I knew what the candidates were about to say before they said it. You are going to want to do this too.

PS: I also printed out the material, but never really did much with that in spite of being a visual learning more than an auditory one.

Bayo replied on Sep 25, 2018

I used it exactly as you described - while commuting.

My primary preparation was live case prep with ex-consultants and other candidates, but I found LOMS useful for those times when I didn't have people to practice with.

Specifically I focused on just the "best" examples that were provided, skipping the other versions of the case (I was pressed for time). I did what you've mentioned i.e. try to be ahead of the case, but wasn't so successful with that because there was frequently a divergence in how I would have explored the case.

Overall, I found the cases unnecessarily detailed/tedious compared to the 25mins used for the cases on the interviews I did. So I simply listened and tried to be critical about the answers, concentrating on what I would have missed as well as how to speed up the process of arriving at the answers without sacrificing too much breadth.

Vlad replied on Sep 26, 2018
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I recommend to reread the book and listen to LOMS every 15 cases. Every time, having more experience, you’ll be finding something new in these materials. Think on how would you do the previous cases differently. Reflection on you previous cases is the key to the successful preparation.

Also, it helps to see the structures that he provides and structure the whole case yourself.


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