How many times a week do you study?
How many hours a day do you guys spend studying?
Do you study all at one sit or break it up in 2 or 3 times a day?
How much time do you spend on each section?
How much time do you spend drilling and reviewing?
Do you do LR every time you study?
The reason I am asking all these questions is because I try to study 4 to 5 days a week. But I can't seem to go 6 hours at a time. I feel like I have to break it up in 2 or 3 session of 2 hrs. Which is not a good idea cause the exam is long than that.
10 to 1 RC (only 3 or 4 passage with reviewing)
3 to 5 LG (max 4 games with reviewing)
8 to 11 LG (this at work so it's not consistent)
I have been doing this for about 1 week because I was spending way too much time on LR and not enough at RC and LG. Actually I haven't looked at RC in 3 months so I had to get back on the RC horse.
I will be posting this on the Oct thread also. I appreciate all the help and input in advance guys.
I study every day, no exception.
Weekly, I manage to reach between 30 and 35 hours, which is roughly 5 hours a day. Some weeks are better than others, yet I have been unable to go over 35 hours (until this week I hope). I like to do timed drills right after I wake up while I am drinking coffee (LG is the easiest, RC is the hardest). This usually wakes me up and allows me to review old PTs or warm up for taking a PT within 2 or 3 hours after I wake up (which I expect to be similar to how it will be on test-day). If its not a PT day, I'll drill or review in 1 hour or 1.5 hour blocks. If it is PT day, I will take an hour break after morning drills, then PT. I'll then take a nice break and review up to 1/2 that PT in the evening.
I do not study consistently for 5 hours. I think that it is inefficient and should only be done if you are working on improving stamina. The longer I study in one sitting, the more I lose focus, which ultimately leads to answering and reviewing questions more slowly. The only exception to this, I find, is when I study under timed conditions. So if you study for longer than 2 hours at a time, my recommendation would be to do it under timed conditions to minimize a loss in efficiency. As far as reviewing, I don't know if reviewing under timed conditions would be smart; in that case, I'd say just review in smaller blocks. To be fair, everyone is different, but this is what I have come to learn about myself.
The time I devote to each section depends on 2 factors: 1) how poorly I have been doing on that section, and 2) how much material I have to study that section. I do worse on RC than LR, but I study more LR because I have exhausted all of my old RC material. So, redoing old RC passages (which I have done at least 2 times already) doesn't feel very helpful. This doesn't mean that redoing old RC passages is useless, I just get more out of studying LR. Since I still need a bit of work on LR, I feel like the neglect is justified. On the other hand, I usually get between -0 and -3 on LG, so I only occasionally (once every other week maybe) devote a day to intensely drill games to curb any loss from lack of practice.
Other than PTing, I spend the rest of the time reviewing and drilling. I would say 30% PT, 20% drill, 50% review. Reviewing takes so much time because I don't review timed, and therefore lose focus a lot. I'm trying to devote more time to drilling, however, and perhaps less time to reviewing. Or just more time overall.
I don't do LR every time I study. If I am drilling a specific section for a day, then I'll only do that section. If that section gets boring, I'll probably more quickly do LG than LR. LG is easy for me to do in a groggy state; LR is very hard, frustrating, and easy to get distracted from.
A disclaimer: I'm very dissatisfied with my results and am currently reworking my study approach. I think that any untimed studying I do is inefficient, and so I am trying to do strictly timed studying. I normally review every answer choice of every question, right or wrong. This helped me recognize why answer choices are wrong or right; however, since it is untimed studying, I lose focus and it ends up being extremely time consuming. If my PT review takes 5 hours, I don't want to feel satisfied that I've already met my 5 hour quota for the day; I realize that I should still do some drilling. Maybe I could assign a time value of 3 hours to a PT review so that I still force myself to get 2 hours of drilling in. My point is, I don't think you should worry as much about how long you study each day, but worry more about how qualitatively you study.