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# Days When You Feel Stupid? I am making stupid mistakess

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05 Aug 2006, 15:26
Not sure what is wrong with my brain today. I am making stupid mistake after mistake...Concepts that I usually can get right away are hard..I can't even do simple multiplication
Anyone else ever have a "stupid' day when nothing is going right?
I think I may quit studying for tonight and pick up tomorrow before my confidence is decreased any further:(
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06 Aug 2006, 10:46
It's probably lot more common than you think! I've had more than 1 stupid day. Like today. It took me more than 3 minutes to solve a simple work/rate problem - something that would take me less than a minute typically.
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06 Aug 2006, 10:58
jamesrwright3 wrote:
Not sure what is wrong with my brain today. I am making stupid mistake after mistake...Concepts that I usually can get right away are hard..I can't even do simple multiplication
Anyone else ever have a "stupid' day when nothing is going right?
I think I may quit studying for tonight and pick up tomorrow before my confidence is decreased any further:(

Everyone has these days. I remember one day when I did 8+4 = 16. Couldn't find the right answer in teh choices, checked my work. Did 8+4 = 16 again. Did it a third time. On the fourth try, I realized my mistake.

Another friend of mine who was studying with me did 10*10 = 1000, three times in a row before realizing his mistake.

Another one I remeber is doing 7*7 = 69 .... stumped for a half hour on that one till I noticed the mistake.

Everyone does it.
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07 Aug 2006, 09:12
Definitely happens to me. Unfortunately my worst stupid day was on my first GMAT a few years ago. I am an algebra whiz but got completely stuck on a simple question, which will haunt me forever: "Jose throws a baseball at 90 mph. How many feet per second is that?" I got a dozen different answers, and none were in the ballpark (haha), and before I knew it, I'd killed 15 minutes!! Raced through the rest of my test and bombed.

Of course if you're actually at the test center you can't say, "I'm having a stupid day...can I start again tomorrow?" But if that happens in practice, stop for a while and go do something brainless. If you start to mentally click again, go back to studying.

One thing I will say is that if you avoid too many carbs and eat more protein and veggies and fruit, you will have fewer stupid days. The carbs make me mentally foggy.
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07 Aug 2006, 10:31
Yes... I have it as well ...

What surprise me is that it's not awlays linked to a common reason like tired, hungry, stressed... It's as the brain stays in a bugging mode and brings unexpected or/and illogical results :p

So, as others said u, u are not the only one to have it !
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07 Aug 2006, 12:15
I am actually having one today ... tried to solve some problems today morning and took 3:41sec for a geometry one and 2:5xsecs for an LCM problem.
Yesterday tried to take a test and *bombed* it literally... didn't even bother to look at the scores...

Reading this thread makes me feel a little better... thinking I am not alone. Any way of avoiding such days?
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07 Aug 2006, 12:17
Cashmere wrote:
One thing I will say is that if you avoid too many carbs and eat more protein and veggies and fruit, you will have fewer stupid days. The carbs make me mentally foggy.

Interesting suggestion.. will try this

Fruits it is for me every morning...

Thanks/
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07 Aug 2006, 16:06
haas_mba07 wrote:
Any way of avoiding such days?

stop munching on carbs hehe

I have my "stupid" days too... actually they are more lazy than stupid, cause I make stupid mistakes when I don't care too much about what I am doing... just doing to get rid of guilt that I have if I don't study... I believe that the more energized and positive you are, the less idiotic mistakes you will make.
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07 Aug 2006, 16:26
Well.. since my post in the morning, things have just gotten worse. Time to move to Verbal .. I've been working on quant for a week continously... maybe its taking its toll..

Can you believe I took 4:56 for one question? Might as well sell my GMAT books and run away to Iceland!!
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07 Aug 2006, 16:29
haas_mba07 wrote:
run away to Iceland!!

Iceland I would run to Ireland... at least you'd see some light there... and may be drink whiskey with Bono
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07 Aug 2006, 16:32
Ofcourse.... U2lover<=> Ireland.... Whiskey, Haggis... U2 music... Heaven for you isn't it?

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haas_mba07 wrote:
run away to Iceland!!

Iceland I would run to Ireland... at least you'd see some light there... and may be drink whiskey with Bono
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07 Aug 2006, 16:39
haas_mba07 wrote:
Ofcourse.... U2lover<=> Ireland.... Whiskey, Haggis... U2 music... Heaven for you isn't it?

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haas_mba07 wrote:
run away to Iceland!!

Iceland I would run to Ireland... at least you'd see some light there... and may be drink whiskey with Bono

oops... on a 2nd thought... I would run away the beach and sun... I don't think I'll be able to talk to Bono after having some whiskey under grey skies... The sun in Iceland doesn't even come out on some days... so I wouldn't run there for sure ... but for now I will run and put the nose in OG
07 Aug 2006, 16:39
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