According to forecasts, Hurricane GRE will be making landfall tomorrow. My November resolutions held up fairly well. I missed a couple practice tests, and I didn’t study my vocabulary quite as assiduously as I had hoped, but I still feel like my study strategies have prepared me pretty well — at the very least, they’ve given me confidence.
Everyone copes with the looming specter of exams differently. Back in college, I developed a little routine of mental gymnastics before tests to warm up my brain a bit. I once read about this idea called “the 30/30 work cycle,” which means 30 minutes of completely focused work followed by 30 minutes of total relaxation. I don’t know whether or not I believe it works for real work (though people swear by it), but I really like this idea for warming up before a test. I do 30 minutes (or so) of focused practice and then I go watch TV or something. Warm-up; TV; repeat. This way, I get in a good amount of practice before the real thing, but I also ensure that I don’t burn out early by taking an appropriate amount of breaks.
Tonight I think I’ll quickly go through some of the Testmasters videos — probably writing, since that’s what I’ve practiced least — and then take the other free practice CAT. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a good amount of sleep.
Feels like butterflies…