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# How much time do you spend on studying before the actual exam?

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21 Dec 2018, 19:42
I think it varies among different individuals, but I can't spend more than 6 hours (with breaks in between) on studying...my mind will start to wander after 6 hours. I would have to go out, do some shopping to refresh my mind.

My official GMAT is approaching in 2 days, while I want to spend as much time as possible to do some final revision and practice, I m also concerned that using too much of my brain energy before the actual battle will affect my performance on the test day.
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21 Dec 2018, 21:19
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Don't wear yourself out the last day or two - this is not the time to learn anything new or try any new tricks. You should be just perfecting the practiced moves and again - do not try any new approaches, strategies, or techniques on the test. You should have tried them before and if you have not still, then it is not the time.

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21 Dec 2018, 21:40
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Hi gempony,

If you find the time do go through my post and avoid doing the stress mistakes I did right before the exam -- https://gmatclub.com/forum/what-not-to- ... l#p2187832

Summary:
WHAT TO DO 2-3 DAYS BEFORE THE EXAM:
1. Stop Giving mocks
2. Stop solving NEW questions
3. Don't stress out; infact relax a bit
4. Solve fewer (revisiting old) questions; or it is OKAY if you just don't solve - just try and revisit the theory and formulae if that helps.
5. Do complete your entire quote of sleep (whatever it is 6 hours/ 7 hours or more) before the exam day.

& All the best for the test - Your mindset should be positive and trust me that is all what matters
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21 Dec 2018, 22:36
bb wrote:
Don't wear yourself out the last day or two - this is not the time to learn anything new or try any new tricks. You should be just perfecting the practiced moves and again - do not try any new approaches, strategies, or techniques on the test. You should have tried them before and if you have not still, then it is not the time.

Good Luck!

Thanks! I have slowed down a lot on my practice and actually started to feel bored since I have learned all the concepts and strategies already. That said, I don’t think I have practiced enough as I have just started my study 1.5 months ago. I think in these 2 days I will just focus on the OG questions I had got wrong.

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It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- In which case, you fail by default. -J.K. Rowling

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. -Steve Jobs

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21 Dec 2018, 22:39
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Hi gempony,

If you find the time do go through my post and avoid doing the stress mistakes I did right before the exam -- https://gmatclub.com/forum/what-not-to- ... l#p2187832

Summary:
WHAT TO DO 2-3 DAYS BEFORE THE EXAM:
1. Stop Giving mocks
2. Stop solving NEW questions
3. Don't stress out; infact relax a bit
4. Solve fewer (revisiting old) questions; or it is OKAY if you just don't solve - just try and revisit the theory and formulae if that helps.
5. Do complete your entire quote of sleep (whatever it is 6 hours/ 7 hours or more) before the exam day.

& All the best for the test - Your mindset should be positive and trust me that is all what matters

Yes I think it’s of little use to keep solving questions now. I will just work on some old questions and make sure I understand why I got them wrong before.

Thanks! I hope I can perform at my optimal level on the test day

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Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- In which case, you fail by default. -J.K. Rowling

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. -Steve Jobs

"The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves."
Re: How much time do you spend on studying before the actual exam?   [#permalink] 21 Dec 2018, 22:39
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