Come GRE test day, there isn’t much left to do in the way of studying. Cramming new material on the day of your exam is stressful and won’t give you much of a positive return on time invested. However, there are some things that you can do on test day to further your GRE success. One thing that I found very useful when I took my GRE was performing a math warm-up. Read more
I taught the first session of a new GRE class last week, and vociferously told my students that “You can’t just look at vocab words and definitions — you have to do something with them!”
In other words, you want the information to go into your head in one format and out of your head in another format. Read more
As we’ve mentioned before, the GRE testing center can be a stressful place. Showing up for the GRE is much like arriving at the airport. You will have to empty your pockets, present a photo ID, and maybe even go through a metal detector. Sometimes, students make the mistake of preparing for the test content without ever considering the test experience. To help you prepare for the full experience, we’ve put together this list of testing center dos and don’ts.
Each week, we post a new Challenge Problem for you to attempt. If you submit the correct answer, you will be entered into that week’s drawing for two free Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides.
Quantity A Quantity B x + 5 (x “ 2)2
Last week, the media was atwitter with a possible Madonna-vs.-Lady Gaga rivalry.
When asked whether “reductive” was good or bad, Madonna replied, “Look it up.” Oh, snap!
When writing these cards, we wanted to make sure that everyone could get something out of every card — even if you already know the word on the front. So, you may know martinet, but do you know doctrinaire, hawk and the real meaning of chauvinist? Read more
Here is what happened in the world of the GRE this week…
- About’s Graduate School Guide asks if you can switch fields and go to grad school in a different area.
- Gradhacker has a round up of productivity tools for 2012.
- Check out this great review of our GRE prep books!
Have a great weekend, everybody!
Yesterday, Study Hacks pointed us to a Reddit thread titled I’m not as smart as I thought I was. In the initial post, a Redditor was concerned that poor standardized test scores had revealed he was really not that intelligent, and would keep him out of MIT. The responses came in vast numbers, and many of them crystallized around a unifying theme: academic success doesn’t depend solely on smarts but rather requires hard work and dedication.
We sometimes encounter student with similar concerns. Some students become dejected after struggling with an initial practice GRE, and start to feel that they just aren’t smart enough to succeed on the exam. And we’re here to say STOP! Don’t get discouraged. The GRE is not The Sorting Hat; it does not magically divine your intelligence and then dictate your academic future.
“130 Quant and 130 Verbal? Hufflepuff.”
It’s hard to understand this comic from XKCD (“a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language”) without a bit of vocabulary.
I came across 18th century poet William Cowper in the Slate article “Why are William Cowper’s poems so witty?”