Burning out or too Fragile to be consistent?

kobe1020
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Burning out or too Fragile to be consistent?

Postby kobe1020 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:51 am

guys, I've been doing PT everyday Monday through Friday since last week. I can pretty much tell from the results that I do best when it's Wednesday or Tuesday, Monday is always getting back on track and Thurs and Friday seems I just kinda can't take it anymore.

Am I too fragile? :oops: :oops: I've been getting a ton of 162/163 only occasionally I get 165/166, and I've been around these 162/163's for a month already...and I'm kinda upset that i can't improve..if I do good in reading, LR/LG pops out as major problem and vice versa..there is still room for me?.

I started in January reading all Bibles and Feb starting doing PT. Lowest was a 151 from a Kaplan prep test simulation..

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Re: Burning out or too Fragile to be consistent?

Postby Gamine » Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:26 am

Are you doing a PT every single day for five days in a row? If so, I would suggest you stop. You need time to review your PTs so you can see where you are making mistakes and taking the steps necessary to rectify them instead of reinforcing bad habits. I also noticed that you started your prep in January - did you give yourself any time to drill at all before jumping straight into full PTs? When are you planning to take the test?

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Re: Burning out or too Fragile to be consistent?

Postby kobe1020 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:46 am

Gamine wrote:Are you doing a PT every single day for five days in a row? If so, I would suggest you stop. You need time to review your PTs so you can see where you are making mistakes and taking the steps necessary to rectify them instead of reinforcing bad habits. I also noticed that you started your prep in January - did you give yourself any time to drill at all before jumping straight into full PTs? When are you planning to take the test?


Hey thanks for the reply..
What you are saying is true, I kinda feel that I don't have enough time to review everything thoroughly.
Yeah I spent probably 3-4 weeks, with a lot breaks to finish LG and LR bibles and did some sections separately. My first prep test was exactly 2 months ago. I did 19 prep tests in a month until today..I feel I AM rushing it a bit..

I'm taking June test.

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Re: Burning out or too Fragile to be consistent?

Postby NoodleyOne » Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:34 am

Sloooooow dooooooown. That's too much. Break up your ptjng with drilling of problem areas. Without heavy review you're not going to see significant gains. Doing every pt doesn't magically make someone a 99th percentile scorer. You need good review of both the tests themselves and the concepts and question types that are causing you problems.

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Re: Burning out or too Fragile to be consistent?

Postby 03152016 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:37 pm

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Re: Burning out or too Fragile to be consistent?

Postby Pneumonia » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:26 pm

Max324 wrote:I recommend three or four five-section PTs per week. You have to leave yourself ample time for review; what's the point of grinding out PT after PT if you don't give yourself a chance to analyze your work?


bolded is acceptable, but when read unqualified like this it can be dangerous. I agree that 4 PT's a week is the maximum, but you shouldn't be doing them yet if you haven't drilled games and LR by type. You should be able to improve a lot from the low 160's, so if you haven't spent a LOT of time drilling then you're not getting the most out of you tests.

also, what Noodley said is TCR, to which I would add: even reviewing isn't sufficient for 99th percentile. Even slow review won't be maximally beneficial if you don't know the right way to approach games etc.

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Re: Burning out or too Fragile to be consistent?

Postby 03152016 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:17 pm

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Re: Burning out or too Fragile to be consistent?

Postby lsatkid007 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:24 pm

Max324 wrote:I recommend three or four five-section PTs per week. You have to leave yourself ample time for review; what's the point of grinding out PT after PT if you don't give yourself a chance to analyze your work?

You say you're doing 5 full PTs a week -- so say, 15 hours roughly. Can you squeeze in a few more hours a week? If so, you'll have the perfect amount of time for three full five-section PTs and three thorough review sessions per week. I like to do about 40 to 45 minutes of review per section; that's overkill for some people, but it worked well for me -- I was constantly learning during my review, tweaking strategies and analyzing my thought processes. You'll have to decide for yourself what ratio of PT/review is most effective for you.

I posted some review strategies in a thread a few weeks ago; might be helpful if you decide to start a review regimen: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=204528


Dude what's recommendation for reviewing RC?

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Re: Burning out or too Fragile to be consistent?

Postby MKX » Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:03 am

lsatkid007 wrote:
Dude what's recommendation for reviewing RC?

Take old PT's (1-15/20) and do those RC sections individually. That way you aren't wasting potential PTs, aka the recent ones.

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Postby 03152016 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:26 am

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Re: Burning out or too Fragile to be consistent?

Postby TheMostDangerousLG » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:52 am

Max324 wrote:If I get an answer wrong, I like to take my incorrect answer choice and do a "reverse prephrase". I imagine that this is the correct answer choice, and consider what the implications would be on the passage. Think: "if this answer were true, what would that sound like?". This method helps you root out any misinterpretations and unwarranted assumptions you may have committed.


This is a smart RC review method I haven't seen before. Good stuff.




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