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Imago

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Hi, everyone

 

I usually save the sundays for a rest, but I was thinking of including it as a regular study day. Do you think it's a good idea? I sometimes feel like it would be best to relax and only get back to the books on monday, in order to let my brain process everything I studied along the week. On the other hand, I keep wondering if I'm not losing the opportunity to memorize more formulas or vocabulary words. 

 

How do you guys organize your weeks for studying?    

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Take a day off, it will do you good.

I keep wondering whether I'm studying too much or too little. I have a three month study plan, so I guess taking a rest may actually help me during the process. 

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I keep wondering whether I'm studying too much or too little. I have a three month study plan, so I guess taking a rest may actually help me during the process. 

 

How many hours a week you gonna do?

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Rest made the biggest difference between the first and second time I took it. Admittedly, I didn't really study all that much either time except for 15ish hours of quant just before the exam... The difference between the times was the first time, I tried cramming with nonstop studying the couple days before the exam (all day Friday and Saturday before taking it on Sunday). I freaked myself out and performed poorly... I took it a second time literally 31 days later. I was confident I knew the material but just freaked myself out, so this time I studied about 15ish hours worth (a couple hours each day for about 10 days to 3 days leading up to the exam), again, only quant, no verbal or writing. I then took off all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday before taking it on Sunday. In fact, I was hungover all day Saturday (probably not recommended). Regardless, my scores improved from 153q/151v to 162q/158v, writing scored 4.0 both times.... I made >30%ile jumps in improvement in literally one month without changing my minimal way of studying, the only difference was the rest before the exam....

Take rest, it makes a giant difference in terms of performance

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Rest made the biggest difference between the first and second time I took it. Admittedly, I didn't really study all that much either time except for 15ish hours of quant just before the exam... The difference between the times was the first time, I tried cramming with nonstop studying the couple days before the exam (all day Friday and Saturday before taking it on Sunday). I freaked myself out and performed poorly... I took it a second time literally 31 days later. I was confident I knew the material but just freaked myself out, so this time I studied about 15ish hours worth (a couple hours each day for about 10 days to 3 days leading up to the exam), again, only quant, no verbal or writing. I then took off all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday before taking it on Sunday. In fact, I was hungover all day Saturday (probably not recommended). Regardless, my scores improved from 153q/151v to 162q/158v, writing scored 4.0 both times.... I made >30%ile jumps in improvement in literally one month without changing my minimal way of studying, the only difference was the rest before the exam....

Take rest, it makes a giant difference in terms of performance

Thanks for the feedback. I'm happy to know that big improvements are possible.

When I first took the GRE, I hadn't slept well the night before and I also got really nervous when I saw the extra math section at the end. I think stress played a big role in my first math score.   

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