Is it okay to just say "I know what I know, and I'm not gonna try to learn anymore, because I'm already so exhausted as it is"? I'm asking this because this is basically how I feel right now, and several other times, I don't know if I'm even gonna make any more progress. Has anyone ever been in a similar situation? What do you end up doing? What would you recommend?

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    Sounds like burnout. What stage of your career are you in? When's the last time you took more than a week off? – cag51 Sep 8 '19 at 23:38
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    Sleep is really important! – Noah Snyder Sep 8 '19 at 23:48
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    Are you talking about short term or long term? If you're talking about "I have a test tomorrow and I'm going to call it quits here," that's perfectly normal. If you're saying "I've feel like I've been stuck doing the same thing last 6 months and I haven't learned anything," then cag51's comment is definitely relevant. – chipbuster Sep 9 '19 at 0:16
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    Of course you can stop. "giving up" has a very negative connotation. Stopping for a while to sleep or relax is not giving up. (And sometimes actually giving up is okay as well.) – Jair Taylor Sep 9 '19 at 6:31

If you cram right up to the moment of the exam you will probably perform sub optimally. You will probably remember only what you studied last, not what you learned overall. Give your mind and body time to decompress before the exam. A day might be appropriate. Your mind won't quit working just because you aren't trying to drive it unmercifully.

In general, take regular breaks if you have a long study regimen such as for a qualifying exam. An hour or so every few hours. Use some physical activity to get your blood moving and to get you breathing hard. Then you can return refreshed to study.

It isn't giving up. It is just using your capabilities more efficiently.

This sort of thing has been studied extensively.

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