Articles published in June 2012

Friday Links: Getting Accepted, Women in Grad School, and Options for Liberal Arts Majors

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5 Grad School Options for Liberal Arts Students (USA Today College)

Grad school degrees

Not sure where to go after your undergraduate studies? USA Today has a great list of options for liberal arts majors who are looking to pursue graduate school.

10 Engineering Schools With the Most International Students (U.S. News Education)

Virtually every graduate engineering school in the US enrolls international students. Check out this article to find out which full-time programs enroll the most students from abroad.

How to Get Accepted and Make the Most Out of Graduate School (Forbes)

Joe Thomas, the 10th dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, advises how to stand out in the admissions process and how to make the most out of the overall graduate school experience.

Where the Women Fortune 500 CEOs Went to School ( U.S. News Education)

Three of the 18 women on Fortune’s CEO list earned one college and two graduate degrees. Find out which graduate schools they attended.

Idiomatic Language on the GRE

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The verbal portion of the GRE presents many opportunities to test us on our understanding of idiomatic language. Such language can come in the form of expressions or constructions that mean something different than what the individual words might mean on their own. Alternatively, we may be looking at a secondary or more rare definition of a word. This kind of language can be tested both on vocab questions (text completion and sentence equivalence) and on reading comprehension.

First, try this problem (© Manhattan Prep). Select the answer choice that most closely represents the meaning of the original sentence.

The experiment only looks like a success.

(A) It is not possible to see the experiment as anything other than a success.

(B) The experiment might be successful, but we don’t know for sure.

(C) The experiment has the appearance of a success, but really is a failure.

 

Have you picked your choice? Great, let’s talk about it!

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Flashcard Sneak Peek: What Does “Metaphysical” Really Mean?

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Take a sneak peek into Manhattan Prep’s 500 Essential Words and 500 Advanced Words GRE flashcard sets!

Turns out, metaphysical doesn’t just mean “really deep, man.” And let’s not even talk about ontological and empirical. Check it out:

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Read Your Way to a Higher Score: Summer Reading Recommendations from our GRE Instructors

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Manhattan Prep GRE Blog - Read Your Way to a Higher Score: Summer Reading Recommendations From Our GRE InstructorsDid you know that you can attend the first session of any of our online or in-person GRE courses absolutely free? We’re not kidding! Check out our upcoming courses here.


If you have been prepping for the GRE, flash cards, prep books, and practice problems have probably become your closest companions. Being the ambitious studier that you are, you may find yourself feeling a strong sense of guilt if you stray from your prep plan to take a leisurely break. Fortunately, we have a simple, guilt-free activity that is both enjoyable and helpful in prepping for the GRE: Reading! Because you (hopefully) keep up with the standard stock list (The New York Times, The Economist, National Geographic, etc.), we have compiled a list of fresh reading material, compliments of our very own GRE instructors, that combines a plethora of GRE words with beguiling storylines. Plus, now that it’s finally summertime, what better way to fill your study breaks than to lay out in the warm sun with a great novel in hand?

Recommendations from Stacey Koprince:

The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder

The Source by James Michener: The book chronicles an archaeological dig in Israel, hopping back and forth in time, sometimes telling the story of a certain artifact, and sometimes returning to the present to talk about modern day political and social issues (set in 1960s).

The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder: A renowned 1967 National Book Award-winning novel that is a murder mystery and philosophical novel all in one.

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The Math Beast Challenge Problem of the Week – June 25th, 2012

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Math BeastEach 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.

Challenge Problem figure

The figure above shows a solid with thickness of 1, a square base and a square top, and 4 identical trapezoids as side surfaces. What is the surface area of the solid?

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Links Roundup: Applications, Negotiating Grad School Pitfalls, Blogging, and More

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Check out some of these great articles that we have gathered from the month of June!

I Have a Low GPA: Should I Apply to Grad School? (About’s Grad School Guide)
About’s Grad School Guide considers all of elements of the graduate school application and answers the tough question of whether to apply to competitive schools with a low GPA.

Negotiate 7 Graduate School Pitfalls (U.S. News Education)
Read up on how to respond to unwelcomed grad school situations such as having a difficult professor, less-than-ideal student service, cheating classmates, and unfair grades.

How Writing A Science Blog Saved my PhD (Next Scientist)
A young scientist shares his grad school experiences and explains how blogging helped him to not give up on his PhD.

To Stay on Schedule, Take a Break (The New York Times)
Are you spending hours and hours at a time prepping for the GRE? The New York Times shares why breaks are necessary to recharge your internal resources.

Why the Admission Essay Shouldn’t Drive You Insane (Grad Share)
This post from Grad Share offers some great information about graduate school admission essays as well as tips for how to make your essay standout.

Links Roundup: Applications, Negotiating Grad School Pitfalls, Blogging, and More

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Check out some of these great articles that we have gathered from the month of June!

I Have a Low GPA: Should I Apply to Grad School? (About’s Grad School Guide)
About’s Grad School Guide considers all of elements of the graduate school application and answers the tough question of whether to apply to competitive schools with a low GPA.

Negotiate 7 Graduate School Pitfalls (U.S. News Education)
Read up on how to respond to unwelcomed grad school situations such as having a difficult professor, less-than-ideal student service, cheating classmates, and unfair grades.

How Writing A Science Blog Saved my PhD (Next Scientist)
A young scientist shares his grad school experiences and explains how blogging helped him to not give up on his PhD.

To Stay on Schedule, Take a Break (The New York Times)
Are you spending hours and hours at a time prepping for the GRE? The New York Times shares why breaks are necessary to recharge your internal resources.

Why the Admission Essay Shouldn’t Drive You Insane (Grad Share)
This post from Grad Share offers some great information about graduate school admission essays as well as tips for how to make your essay standout.

GRE Math Refresher or Refreshing Math?

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During class 2 of our program, we teach a lesson entitled Math Refresher. I thought it would be fun to share one of the problems with you and talk through two things: (1) the actual algebra (real math) we would need to solve the problem, and (2) the standardized testing skills that allow us to solve the problem much more easily.

First, try this problem (© Manhattan Prep). Note: there are no multiple choice answers: you have to come up with a number on your own!

Sarita and Bob together contribute to the cost of a $40 gift. If Bob contributes $12 more than Sarita does, how much does Bob contribute?

How did you do it? Did you write some equations? Try out some numbers? Find some other cool shortcut?

On this one, the best approach is a very neat shortcut that I’m going to show you “ but only after I show you the actual algebra. It’s important to know how to do the algebra, just in case you don’t know or can’t find any good shortcuts.
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Cheesy Mnemonics for GRE Vocab: Disingenuous

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Mnemonics or mnemonic devices are memory tricks to help us remember things like vocabulary words. However, many mnemonics are pretty cheesy — often involving the kind of jokes some people call “groaners.” For instance…

Disingenuous means, “insincere; lacking in frankness or candor; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous.”

Here’s the mnemonic:

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The Math Beast Challenge Problem of the Week – June 18th, 2012

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Math Beast

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.

The 11th grade girls at Stumpville High School have an average GPA of 3.1, and the overall 11th grade average GPA is 3.05. If all of the boys enrolled in Honors Chemistry are in the 11th grade and those boys have an average GPA of 3.8, what is the average GPA of all the 11th grade boys who are not enrolled in Honors Chemistry?

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