A Systematic Approach

Non-Fiction - Education
325 Pages
Reviewed on 10/19/2013
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Author Biography

Sid Thatte has an M.B.A. in general management from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He also has a B.E. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pune, India, and once designed nuclear power plants. He lives in Seattle and teaches academic math as well as math for various entrance exams. He regularly contributes his time and effort to local non-profits that help make the society a better place for all. An outdoor enthusiast, he seasonally hikes the scenic mountains of Washington.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

GRE/GMAT Math: A Systematic Approach was devised by Sid Thatte. As we go through school we learn math formulas but not all of us use them every day. If we don’t use them we lose them and sometimes we just don’t understand them. Then it comes time to take the GRE and the GMAT and we know we need to beef up our math skills in preparation. That’s when you need a copy of GRE/GMAT Math. The format of GRE/GMAT Math is much like a traditional workbook. There are no frills but good, solid, problem solving instructions. The focus is on learning concepts. The presentation is very logical and covers an extensive range of theories. The organization of this book is excellent. Sid Thatte has included examples, explanations, problems, and solutions. I would suggest a summary at the end of each chapter and perhaps some practical tests. The test-taking tips are very well done.

GRE/GMAT Math is not for everyone; it is for the serious student that truly wants to learn math. As with any math book, the reader needs to work through the questions because just scanning this book will not be enough. Math has never been my strong suit so I appreciated the way the author presented all the steps to the problems, even the basics. He never skips steps or takes short cuts. However, he does show ways a more advanced student can speed up test-taking time. He presents the concepts in an easy-to-learn or brush-up manner. I highly recommend this book.