consultancy- mental arithmetic Watch

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Hopefully I'm going to be doing some consultancy interviews after the summer, for next years grad intake. I understand fairly well what is involved in the case study interview, and how to go about these. What might let me down however, is my mental arithmetic.

To put it bluntly, it is very slow and inefficient.

Does anyone have any good suggestions on books, websites, methods etc to improve the speed and technique of my mental maths?

any suggestions gratefully appreciated.
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Maybe get a nintendo DS, my friends rave about them.
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sudoku
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practice makes purfect! when you are walking down the street, just think to yourself *whats 13x23?* and then go about solving it in your head. you'll be ***** at first (as was I), but eventually you'll get the hang of it.
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How good are you with Excel?

Create your own test generator.
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yeah no easy way, all the ideas are good sudoku and brain trainer are excellent
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practice makes purfect! when you are walking down the street, just think to yourself *whats 13x23?* and then go about solving it in your head. you'll be ***** at first (as was I), but eventually you'll get the hang of it.
Spot on In my opinion.
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(Original post by Redeyejedi)
Spot on In my opinion.
No... make a test generator in Excel.

Single random questions every now and then won't help very much, if at all.
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Haha...far be it for me to argue with a trader on how to learn to be good at mental arithmetic.
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What are you going to need mental arithmetic for anyway..?

But if you're dead set on improving, then doing lots of questions quickly is the only way. There are a few such tests on the web, or as PB says you can make your own. Pretty easy in Excel.
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This is an example of the the sheets I give to the people I tutor. Gives you a basic idea of what you can make. Do one a day and try and do it faster each time.
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Or use that and make it harder.

Better to overkill on this kind of stuff...

What are you going to need mental arithmetic for anyway..?
I wonder too, but I guess, as a part of applying and not much else. Every now and then, I have to do some (simple) mental arithmetic because of broker trades done on the box/phone for deltas but even then, the tests that are made are far more difficult than the job requires.
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