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# Is this just me?

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12 Feb 2008, 12:39
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I do not know what to do anymore! One day, I can solve many math and English questions without any problem. Other day, I stuck on simple problem. Thus, I think the problem is not that I do not know how to solve the problem, the problem is me. I just wondering if you have the same experience, please let me know how do you tackle this problem. Thanks
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12 Feb 2008, 20:05
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Not to the extent you mentioned but something similar. I used to prepare after work and on days I worked longer hours my preparation used to suffer. But mostly it was mistakes due carelessness.
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13 Feb 2008, 05:35
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I have had the same problem you are describing. For me I think it has been because of the environment I was in, or because of the state of mind I was in after a long day at work. I have been trying to stay consistent with my study times and places and that has helped. It is obviously harder to do well on questions when you are mentally exhausted and at a coffee shop with music playing and people talking loudly vs. a library in the morning with a fresh mind.
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13 Feb 2008, 13:58
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700 i feel the same way. even worst. one day i am all over the books, another day it feels like i cant even add two numbers together. One day i am solving 700+ questions, another day i am stuck with simple rate, or number property problem.
Just keep pushing until it becomes your second nature. Hopefully the actual exam will be one of those "good first days".
good luck!
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17 Feb 2008, 06:14
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Yep, the same for me.

One day I can solve all problems and I don´t even need to think twice and other days I strugle with very basic questions. I´ve noticed that during work days it´s worst. During weekends I am more relaxed so I do not make so many silly mistakes.
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17 Feb 2008, 15:16
Sure. The same as all of you. Obviously, once you have master the basics the most important factor is concentration. And indeed contration decays after having worked for a long time.
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17 Feb 2008, 21:29
you've just described me, sometimes I get 80% right answers next day i think that I improoved my skills and hope for 90 or higher results but get 60 or 70%, and it discourages me each time. I think when we concentrate our attention on some really tough problems we loose our basic skills.
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18 Feb 2008, 09:11
Depending on your time management, taking half a minute to clear your head can be useful. As can a "cheatsheet" written out during the test, or a better method of solving the problems(duh). 99% of the time, there's a "trick" to the problem. Sometimes taking a step back from the problem itself and identifying that trick makes all the difference. And it's quicker

One thing that you need to bear in mind is your mental state as well. Mental or physical fatigue are HUGE factors in testtaking ability. If your test center has a place to store your stuff like mine did, BRING FOOD. I myself am hypoglycemic, so this is partly specific to me. Eating a snack every break you can not only keeps your blood sugar up, but gives you something to concentrate on to clear your head.

It's tough, but try to stick to your testtaking status when you arent taking the real test as well. If you always practice when you're tired, your scores will be deflated from their baseline. This isn't going to be good for your confidence in the long run, despite the extra study time it gives. Might also want to look at placement of problems that you get wrong... If you think about it, STRINGS of right or wrong answers are more statistically unlikely than in a test with homogenously difficult problems; every problem you get wrong will be making the next problem easier, so you should not have a long string of right/wrong answers after the beginning of the test. If you've got strings of wrong answers, there is probably a correlation between problems- whether it be fatigue, or letting longer problems affect your stress level for subsequent questions.

As sad as this sounds... the biggest difference for me was food. Having a snack to concentrate on had a consistent effect on the volatility of my score.
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