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Am I the only one who gets demoralized and demotivated?
I don't feel like studying anymore, sincerely!
I feel like pausing my GMAT prep to have some fun and then come back to it later.

What should I do?
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Hi MrJglass,

It's not clear how long you've been studying, but many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. While you do NOT need to study every day, you have to be careful about how long you 'step away' from your studies (since GMAT skills can 'fade' over time). Before I can offer you any additional advice, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Oh Boy! I wish I could give you more kudos for this post since lots of students preparing on the forum may relate
to your feelings.

To quickly answer your question, YES YES!!
Please do take a break if you feel saturated from your studies.
I earlier wrote a post here about movies inspired from
real life stories that at least motivated me to get through this tough prep. Few other options are:
a. Watching sitcoms (My personal fav is Friends, you may pick yours.)
b. See the debrief of massive jump from 590 to 750 after this student resorted to taking a break from studies. Of course, change in studying habits matter,but
you need to keep your mind afresh and engaged to get best out of this exam.
c. A total different topic to know why engaging in few activities can help you become more happy, an essential ingredient for your success.

May you bring the best of yourself of D-day!
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Am I the only one who gets demoralized and demotivated?
I don't feel like studying anymore, sincerely!
I feel like pausing my GMAT prep to have some fun and then come back to it later.

What should I do?


I think you should really postpone your GMAT study for a while.

You could consider whether GMAT is your way to follow. Sometimes GMAT as well as MBA is not suitable for everyone but people take a lot of time to realize this one.

If you are still interested in MBA/GMAT, try to relax for a period of time. Watching movies, listening to music, traveling, or doing whatever you like to relax. When you feel that you are ready to get back to GMAT, do it. Try to read some inspirational stories to boost motivation. Then spend 100% of your effort to get to your goals. I'm sure that you will get better results than at present.
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Hi MrJglass,

It's not clear how long you've been studying, but many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. While you do NOT need to study every day, you have to be careful about how long you 'step away' from your studies (since GMAT skills can 'fade' over time). Before I can offer you any additional advice, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hello Rich,

Thanks for your concern. I feel much better now. I guess I was overworked up yesterday. Anyway, here are the answers to your questions. It's not the traditional one but here it is.

Studies:
1) I started studying for the GMAT in February this year, but I wasn't very consistent after the first month because of a lot of life events. However, I was consistent last month. So that's 5 months now.

2) OG,Barrons Gre Quant, 800 level quant practice questions. I downloaded the Manhattan SC free PDF online, as to whether it is the complete text book, I really don't know .

3) I've refused to take the full practice tests since the last time I took it. The first time I took the test I scored so low and after 1 month of preparation, my score increased by 150 points with the official gmatprep, increasing it to 430.
A month later, I came back and scored the same score and just decided to quit taking the full tests. What's the point of taking the tests without working hard enough to improve myself?
Usually my verbal score is higher than my quant. I moved to a different city and I left my actual score records back there.

Goals:
4) 760+
5) I'll be very happy if I can write it by next month (August), but I won't write it until my practice test score is close to my target score.
6) I am actually applying for a Masters in Economics at LSE presently. I intend to go to business school in five years time, by then I'll be 26.
7) My target business schools are HBS and Stanford. But I don't really like Stanford, I prefer HBS.
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MrJglass

Oh Boy! I wish I could give you more kudos for this post since lots of students preparing on the forum may relate
to your feelings.

To quickly answer your question, YES YES!!
Please do take a break if you feel saturated from your studies.
I earlier wrote a post here about movies inspired from
real life stories that at least motivated me to get through this tough prep. Few other options are:
a. Watching sitcoms (My personal fav is Friends, you may pick yours.)
b. See the debrief of massive jump from 590 to 750 after this student resorted to taking a break from studies. Of course, change in studying habits matter,but
you need to keep your mind afresh and engaged to get best out of this exam.
c. A total different topic to know why engaging in few activities can help you become more happy, an essential ingredient for your success.

May you bring the best of yourself of D-day!


Thanks a lot! I'll check these out.
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Hi MrJglass,

Based on the information that you have provided, it does not appear that the work you've done so far is a proper 'match' for the Goals that you want to achieve. A 760+ score is the 99th percentile - meaning that 99% of Test Takers either CAN'T or WON'T do what it takes to score at that level. Your studies appear to have been inconsistent and lacking in structure (working from a mosh-mash of study materials without following a formal Study Plan or GMAT Course) AND you refuse to take FULL-LENGTH CATs. Without the data that those CATs provide, there's no practical way to track your progress/improvement and no way to determine your 'readiness' to face the Official GMAT.

Assuming your current 'ability level' is in the 400s, raising that level to a 700+ will be a challenging task and will require that you make big improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections You would almost certainly have to commit to at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study. By extension, you would need to push back your planned Test Date.

It might be a good idea for you to take a little 'time off' from your GMAT studies, so that you can clear your head and better define how committed you are to these Goals. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

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Hi MrJglass,

Based on the information that you have provided, it does not appear that the work you've done so far is a proper 'match' for the Goals that you want to achieve. A 760+ score is the 99th percentile - meaning that 99% of Test Takers either CAN'T or WON'T do what it takes to score at that level. Your studies appear to have been inconsistent and lacking in structure (working from a mosh-mash of study materials without following a formal Study Plan or GMAT Course) AND you refuse to take FULL-LENGTH CATs. Without the data that those CATs provide, there's no practical way to track your progress/improvement and no way to determine your 'readiness' to face the Official GMAT.

Assuming your current 'ability level' is in the 400s, raising that level to a 700+ will be a challenging task and will require that you make big improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections You would almost certainly have to commit to at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study. By extension, you would need to push back your planned Test Date.

It might be a good idea for you to take a little 'time off' from your GMAT studies, so that you can clear your head and better define how committed you are to these Goals. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich


Thanks for your feedback. You know what?
I have no problem with extending my planned test date. I just hope that one day I'll stop extending it. I don't know anyone who has taken the GMAT and scored a 700+ score. I'm just groping in the dark, hoping to eventually get to the end of the tunnel. However, I'll take a practice test soon and get back to you. Hopefully, we'll see what steps I can take from there.

Thank you very much for your help and support.
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Hi MrJglass,

Stay strong, my friend! All GMAT test-takers experience the ups and downs of studying for such a demanding exam. All I can say is that if you can fight through your bad days, you will be OK. I’m glad to hear that you’re open to taking another practice exam. Doing so will allow you to see exactly where you stand and how much more work it may take to achieve your score goal.

You also may find it helpful to check out my article about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

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Hi MrJglass,

Stay strong, my friend! All GMAT test-takers experience the ups and downs of studying for such a demanding exam. All I can say is that if you can fight through your bad days, you will be OK. I’m glad to hear that you’re open to taking another practice exam. Doing so will allow you to see exactly where you stand and how much more work it may take to achieve your score goal.

You also may find it helpful to check out my article about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

Thanks a lot! I'm energized by this. Really, thank you very much. I'll sure get back to you if need be.
Really great post there:how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.
I got this one:
"Believe You Can Do It, and Say You Can Do it
Do not talk yourself out of a great GMAT score. Instead, talk yourself into a great GMAT score! Remember, your thoughts become your words, and your words become your actions. Believe in yourself!!"

Thanks again! :thumbup:

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Am I the only one who gets demoralized and demotivated?
I don't feel like studying anymore, sincerely!
I feel like pausing my GMAT prep to have some fun and then come back to it later.

What should I do?



That's when I took the GMAT .... :hurt: not sure if it is a good time for you to take it, but when i reached this point in my prep, I knew I had to or otherwise, I would lose whatever I learned out of hatred for it.
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MrJglass wrote:
Am I the only one who gets demoralized and demotivated?
I don't feel like studying anymore, sincerely!
I feel like pausing my GMAT prep to have some fun and then come back to it later.

What should I do?



That's when I took the GMAT .... :hurt: not sure if it is a good time for you to take it, but when i reached this point in my prep, I knew I had to or otherwise, I would lose whatever I learned out of hatred for it.


I don't feel that way anymore and I hope I don't. Now, I'm studying gradually, day after day.
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