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plain or graph paper for case interviews better?

Anonymous A

Is it better to use graph or plain paper in the cases? do people find using graph helps with keeping track of numbers?

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Alessandro
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replied on 07/16/2018
Bain & Company | University of Cambridge | CV/Resume writing | 770 GMAT

Whatever works best for you - your notes are non-evaluative (except in the context of communicating your structure) and will be thrown away after your interview. Therefore the only consideration is what helps you.

Personally, I found graph paper helpful for math and for structuring neatly.

Vlad replied on 07/15/2018
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Hi,

Graph paper helps to draw the structures better. In terms of tracking the numbers, I guess it's pretty similar.

Best

Francesco replied on 07/16/2018
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Hi Anonymous,

if you have the option, definitely go for the graph paper, will help to track zeros better (probably the #1 mistake in math) and be better organized in general with your notes.

Best,

Francesco