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01 Mar 2011, 17:19
it is summer where i live, i just can't study... i did some OG12 questions (actually all math and SC) and had few mistakes... CR is easy for me when i can focus. in the diagnostic test RC was my only weak point... don't know what to do... anyone having the same problem. weekends are hell, like i take 2 naps per day, it is insane. i think that march and april should be cooler and I might be able to study at home.

anyways, my plan is just to check teh manhattan guides, i read a little bit at work and they seem helpful, just gonna try to study them twice so that i remember some of the strategies.

i also have teh quant and verbal OG guides, so i will try to do those questions and then redo all the og questions, it took me like one or two days at work to do each of teh OG sections (i start just from the medium difficulty questions), however lately i have just so much work that i cant study. (i am not that lazy at work, i mean i used to do like just a few questions whenever i had like 15 minutes free or needed a break. my job is very demanding and sometimes you just need not to stare at the screen)

i am afraid just because it seems everyone is putting so much effort into it and i am just barely studying a few hours a week.

anyone having or had the same problem with studying during the summer?
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01 Mar 2011, 17:37
if you start logging your GMAT progress/journey on here, it may keep you more motivated.
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02 Mar 2011, 05:47
toiysam wrote:
it is summer where i live, i just can't study...

Well, I had this experience, too . The hot weather absolutely impacts our performance and concentration. My advice is that you should go to the library, where the air conditioner is available and you are allowed to bring in your laptop and your own materials. Besides, every time you get bored to sleep, just look around and see many people studying, you will be motivated. Also remember to make yourself a schedule and stick to it. Try to discipline yourself to study every day. When you get familiar with your daily GMAT routine, neither hot nor cold weather will be a problem to you.

Hope this helps and Happy learning ^^
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02 Mar 2011, 05:53
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to?

but seriously...

This is common, you'd rather be doing XXXX than studying. Simply put, you need to make yourself devoid of distractions and temptations and study. Put yourself in an environment where the distractions are minimal (turn off your mobile, sit in a room with no windows, remove/have background noise (depending on your style, etc.)). You are your worst enemy when it comes to focusing and studying and you must figure out how to buckle down and focus..
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02 Mar 2011, 06:11
Fortunately... The weather at my place is always that way - HOT and STUFFY
Except when it's raining... But when it rains, the electricity is cut off

Folks here are used to the heat, mosquitoes and unreliable power supply. So we don't really take it into consideration ^_^

We study any way...
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02 Mar 2011, 06:12
toiysam, we can have thousands of excuses for not being able to study but we got to do what we have to do and that is the GMAT. I gave the GMAT last year with a similar mind set and check my scores to know how badly i bombed it. My thinking was similar to yours : I was studying through the beautiful fall season in the United States. I was cursing and kicking myself for not being able to go out and enjoy the weather. moreover, I felt guilty that my husband was also not going out with his friends because he wanted me to be part of the fun. with all these confusions, i ultimately messed the test. and you know what i learnt ? it wouls have been better that i studied then and would not have to go through this now!!!

Ofcourse, I do agree with you that it is hard to study in the summer and that the winter is easier on us for studies. However, don't let this get you. you have got great ideas here - start a log, go to the library(i do this), just keep yourself devoid of this distraction. I used to go to the library too to study on some days as we had the option of bringing our laptop, plugging it in, studying etc. so if you have a public library near you then do that. I think it wil also be airconditioned isn't it

Hang in there and the GMAT will b over before you know.
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02 Mar 2011, 06:33
It's good that you have recognized this problem and appear willing to correct this issue. Find ways to stay motivated and remove distractions during your studies, as others have already advised. However, make sure that you actually do change your habits. What's the point otherwise? If you don't take the GMAT seriously and study only when it's convenient, then that's your choice. But the test results will reflect that.

Basically, you have two options: (1) study and do the best that you can, or (2) abandon the GMAT and save time (as well as money) for other activities. Choose the one that you value more.
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02 Mar 2011, 20:09
that's why i studied during the winter, it's boring and nothing to do!
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