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So I've hit a wall. I began studying for the GMAT in November '08 and now find myself in a position in which I lack motivation to hit my target score of 700+. The test date is May 1st '09 and I currently am scoring high-30's in verbal and low-30's in quant. My concentration is awful on weekdays after work and is moderate on weekends.

I will be traveling to China for 3 weeks in March (business); the opportunity to study after long days (and jet lag) will be difficult. I'm confident in my ability to hit mid-40's in verbal but need to improve in quant.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I should continue my prep? Have any of you found yourselves "burned out" or "unmotivated" after work or on weekends and simply lack the energy or desire to study for a few hours.

Much appreciated!

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triple5soul wrote:
So I've hit a wall. I began studying for the GMAT in November '08 and now find myself in a position in which I lack motivation to hit my target score of 700+. The test date is May 1st '09 and I currently am scoring high-30's in verbal and low-30's in quant. My concentration is awful on weekdays after work and is moderate on weekends.

I will be traveling to China for 3 weeks in March (business); the opportunity to study after long days (and jet lag) will be difficult. I'm confident in my ability to hit mid-40's in verbal but need to improve in quant.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I should continue my prep? Have any of you found yourselves "burned out" or "unmotivated" after work or on weekends and simply lack the energy or desire to study for a few hours.

Much appreciated!

555


Feeling burned out is normal when you're studying for such a long period of time. I would take a week break if I were you - analyze your studying strategy after your break, and figure out which subjects are your weak areas. Then focus on your weak areas for the remaining time. I studied for awhile, and it took me a long time to break 700 - mainly because I wasn't focusing on my weak areas enough. Don't give up, breaking 700 is more feasible than you think. Make sure to take a lot of practice tests to mimic test day - once a week or so should suffice.

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Thanks olive.

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I agree, I would just take a break for that time you're gone.

You could try studying before work. I did this, but really only because I was trying to get myself on the 8 am test slot schedule (I have a five minute commute and no dress code at work, so I frequently roll out of bed at 8). It seemed to work out okay.
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