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Week off from study [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2009, 17:23
Hi guys,

Looking through the study plan thread and from what most people recommend I've built a study plan that is based on roughly a 10 week schedule.
I'm in the second week of study and plan to take the exam mid/end of November.

However, I have a holiday booked in week 8 which lasts for around 9 days (booked about 6 months for my wife's 30th so can't really change it). I don't want to lose momentum and, I'm planning on bringing my ntoes and the MGMAT SC book to read while on my trip but the amount of time to read those will be limited. Has anyone taken a week off before in the middle and has it adversely affected their study at all?

I know it's not the same, but taking a week off sports/gym training can often let your body recover so you're fresh the following week. I'm hoping it's the same effect. If anyone has any experiences or advice to share that would be appreciated.

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Re: Week off from study [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2009, 19:05
Hello yangsta8,

Assuming you see steady progress in your prep, you should be fine taking a week off for this planned trip.
One of the keys to success on the GMAT is benefiting from the time spent on prep. Too often, people (like myself) study aimlessly for extended periods of time and see no return on the investment.
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Re: Week off from study [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2009, 23:41
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Great question. May depend on the person, but for me, it would negatively affect me if I skipped 9 days and never thought about GMAT. I remember the week after I took GMAT (at that point you never think of it again and basically ready to erase it from memory), I was already forgetting most of the traps I have learned, collected, and tried to remember so dearly. Thus, I would recommend that you perhaps get up earlier (best case) and spend an hour/day to review/study or perhaps you can do it while she is at the pool (don't recommend studying at the pool - it is useless :) - i tried and could never remember anything I read).

Of course Mohater brings a good subject - most of us here don't dare take a 5 min bathroom break while we cram and may have benefited from a little break.

I think you should set the expectations with your wife and plan your schedule accordingly. Unless she is as unreasonable as mine, you should be able to negotiate something - afterall, there is a good chance you may either 1)Afford more vacations due to an MBA or 2)Retire earlier.

Of course, after you get an MBA, you probably won't have time to take any vacations and you won't ever retire, but don't tell her that quite yet ;)

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Re: Week off from study [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2009, 23:58
If you're flying or taking a train etc. you should bring a book or laptop to do problems. I always find time to do work or study on vacations even if just for a few minutes a day.
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Re: Week off from study [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2009, 00:20
Thanks for all the feedback guys.

Well for me personally, I won't be able to forget about the GMAT really because I haven't taken it yet and the guilt of taking a holiday will be in the back of my mind. In fact, I actually think it will decrease the enjoyment factor of my holiday but it's a decision I have chosen so I'll live with.

Great tips though. I think I'll just bring my notes that I've written, some books and try to do an hour each day. I find there's pretty much downtime in every holiday so you can always squeeze an hour in here and there and that might be enough to get me through. I'll read up during trains/planes as well.

Normally I would have preferred to have a more focused 2month study schedule and I intentionally budgeted 3 months just so I can recover and get back into the GMAT groove following my trip so I guess we'll see how it goes.

If I end up getting into the school I want, my wife will probably get a whole year off anyway so she really has nothing to complain about :-D but that may not be the way she sees it haha
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Re: Week off from study [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 16:17
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Re: Week off from study [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 16:18
Make use of flashcards, GMAT iPhone apps along the way to keep you in touch with your GMAT studies.
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