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17 Jul 2007, 07:34
I have been prepping intensely for about 2.5 months. My test day is August 6th. I think yesterday, my brain just gave out. I was taking a GMAT challenge and at about question 30, I could no longer concentrate and just gave up on the last few questions. I got up this morning and my brain feels exhausted after 8 hours of sleep. I am sitting at work and can't concentrate at all.

Did anyone else run into this problem. Should I take time off? How long? I am sooo close and do not want to slow down, but I feel that I need to.

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17 Jul 2007, 07:36
if youve been studying for 2.5 months i think you can afford to give yourself a week off. you will still have 3 weeks till your test.

good luck
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17 Jul 2007, 15:01
lanter1 wrote:
I have been prepping intensely for about 2.5 months. My test day is August 6th. I think yesterday, my brain just gave out. I was taking a GMAT challenge and at about question 30, I could no longer concentrate and just gave up on the last few questions. I got up this morning and my brain feels exhausted after 8 hours of sleep. I am sitting at work and can't concentrate at all.

Did anyone else run into this problem. Should I take time off? How long? I am sooo close and do not want to slow down, but I feel that I need to.

how did you do on that challenge? If you got a good score, take a few days, even a week off. If your score wasn't so hot... take a day or two off and don't think about GMAT. dont visit this website. just chill.

I am experiencing similar burn out. I know it is hard to take a step back. Personally, I hate the thought of not putting in 110%. But at somepoint you just need to chill...
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17 Jul 2007, 15:26
Hey, it happended to me also. I took a weekend off ( generally weekends for me are the most productive in terms of studying) and went on for a movie, shopping, eating out with my wife and by Monday i was feeling lot better. I have done like this on couple of weekends, once every month

I wont suggest you to take a week off or so as your date is nearer, what you can do is take couple of days off and restart. You will feel rejuvenated. Take a break, watch some cool movies, hang out with your friends ( which you have already missed a lot due to GMAT prep) , go for the near by pub and have a drink (not much ) ; Just chill out for a day or two and you should be fine.
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17 Jul 2007, 15:43
Thanks for the advice. I was doing well on the challenge (79% even with quitting) until i completely lost concentration. I guess my problem is wanting to make sure I have every aspect covered.

I am going out with my wife tonight to play some trivia-can't escape using your brain completely-and have a few beers. Hopefully, this will take my mind off GMAT and I will be ready to study again on thursday.
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18 Jul 2007, 03:41
Thats cool.. Have a wonderful time and come back with a bang
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18 Jul 2007, 05:39
Take a break, dont burn yourself out. GMAT is a test of stamina as much as it is a test of knowledge. Make sure you save enough energy for the test.
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18 Jul 2007, 07:06
Happens to the best of us. That is why most people will recommend that you prep intensely for a short burst, maybe 8-10 weeks rather than prep for 10 months.

Take a week, maybe two and come back intensely.
18 Jul 2007, 07:06
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