Articles published in March 2013

Friday Links: Benefits of Mindfulness, What You Should be Doing to Prep for Grad School Applications, & More!


HTTP WWWTake a break from the prep books and click through our roundup of the top GRE tips and news links from the week:

The ˜New’ Benefits of Mindfulness: Improved Memory, Focus, And GRE Scores (Forbes)

A wandering mind can be a real problem when it comes to studying for and taking the GRE. The good news is that a new study in Psychology Science reports how practicing mindfulness  can help increase focus and boost test scores.

7 Reasons Grad School is Better than Undergrad (Uloop)

Tired of taking classes that have nothing to do with your major and sitting in overly crowded lecture halls? Continue reading for the 7 reasons why grad school tops undergrad.

Graduate School Admissions: What to Do During Your Junior-Year (and Before!) ( Graduate School)

Check out what you can do as an undergraduate student to strengthen your resume and chances of gaining admissions to graduate school.
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Studying Reading Comprehension with The 5 lb. Book


gre supernova I’ve got an interesting* Reading Comp question for you from our new 5 lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems.

*Well, it’s interesting if you like standardized tests, Reading Comprehension, and astronomy. : )

Let’s try it out! Normally, you’d see several questions associated with an entire passage but I’m only giving you one of the paragraphs and one question. Give yourself up to about two minutes total to read the information and answer the question.

In 1604 in Padua, Italy, a supernova became visible, appearing as a star so bright that it was visible in daylight for more than a year. Galileo, who lectured at the university, gave several lectures widely attended by the public. The lectures not only sought to explain the origin of the star (some posited that perhaps it was merely vapour near the earth), but seriously undermined the views of many philosophers that the heavens were unchangeable. This idea was foundational to a worldview underpinned by a central and all-important Earth, with celestial bodies merely rotating around it.


The author mentions which of the following as a result of the supernova of 1604?


(A) The supernova created and dispersed the heavy elements out of which the earth and everything on it is made.

(B) Galileo explained the origin of the supernova.

(C) The public was interested in hearing lectures about the phenomenon.

(D) Galileo’s lectures were opposed by philosophers.

(E) Those who thought the supernova was vapour were proved wrong.

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Just an FYI: the full passage consists of two paragraphs, so you might have taken about 2 minutes or so to read the whole passage. Three questions go along with the entire passage; expect to spend about a minute to a minute and a half on each, depending upon the specific question type.

Italics represent quotes from the passage or questions.

Let’s dive in! The paragraph tells us about an event that happened in 1604: a really bright star appeared; Galileo tried to explain it; some previous views of others were undermined by Galileo’s views; those previous views were foundational to the idea that everything revolved around Earth.

The question asks what the author mentions, so this is a lookup detail question; the answer will appear directly in the passage somewhere. Specifically, what happened as a result of the supernova in 1604?

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The Math Beast Challenge Problem of the Week – March 25, 2013

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.

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Quantity A

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Free GRE Events This Week: 3/25- 3/31


Here are the free GRE events we’re holding this week (All times local unless otherwise specified):free

3/25/13– Online- Mondays with Jen– 9:00PM- 10:30PM (EST)

3/26/13– New York, NY – Free Trial Class- 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Looking for more free events? Check out our Free Events Listing Page.

GRE Redux: What To Do About The Redo


Took the GRE once and it didn’t go exactly as you planned? Join the club. I’ve always been pretty good at standardized tests, and tests in general. So I thought I could just sort of review the GRE material, show up, and do a great job. But that’s not what happened. I didn’t get a great score. I didn’t even get a good score. I got a terrible score.

gre redoThe GRE really has a special way of making you feel dumb. The questions look easy, at a glance. You’re just deciding which of two values is bigger, and they’re often expressed in very simple terms. Or you’re picking a word to put in a sentence! And sometimes they are words you’ve heard a thousand times, but you still can’t be quite sure what they mean. It’s not like they’re asking you to build a rocket. And yet there we are, smart, educated people, driven to frustration by this seemingly simple test.

But it’s not simple. You already know that “ presumably, you’re reading this because you’re studying for the GRE. And whether this is the first time you’re taking the test or your getting ready for your next shot, here are a few pieces of advice from someone who’s been there.

Don’t get discouraged.

This might not seem like an important step, but it really is. Succeeding at the GRE takes perseverance, and it’s hard to stick with it if you don’t see success as a possibility.

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Friday Links: Productivity Methods, Advice for Student Loans & More!


iStock_000012807152XSmallHere’s our weekly roundup of graduate school advice and news articles. Happy Reading!

How to Tackle Student Loan Debt Before You Graduate (Brazen Life)

If you’re currently an undergraduate student, this is a great read for gathering some advice for juggling your student loans. The info can also be applied to your future grad school career.

Productivity Methods Used by Top Professionals (AG Beat)

Experts from an array of professions including social media, PR, and game development share their most effective productivity methods.

Current, Former Students Sound Off on Graduate School (U.S. News Education)

U.S. News called upon current and former graduate students via twitter to share some things they wish they had known before enrolling.

Graduate School Debate: Should You or Shouldn’t You? (The Rotunda)

Deciding whether to pursue graduate school requires some serious thinking and consideration. Here is some helpful advice to help you weigh the pros and cons.

Don’t see your favorite article from the week? Let us know what you have been reading in the comments or tweet @ManhattanPrep 

The Math Beast Challenge Problem of the Week – March 18, 2013

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.

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If the radius of the circle above is 3 and point O is the center of the circle, what is the area of triangle ABC?

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The 5 lb. Book: Regular Quant Theory Problem


GRE 5lb BookWe’ve got another problem for you from our new book, the 5 lb Book of GRE Practice Problems. The book contains more than 1,100 pages of practice problems (and solutions), so you can drill on anything and everything that might be giving you trouble.

This regular problem solving question asks us to pick one correct answer (other variations might ask us to select more than one answer or to type in our own answer). Give yourself approximately 2 minutes to finish (or make a guess).
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Free GRE Events This Week: March 18-24


Here are the free GRE events we’re holding this week (All times local unless otherwise specified):free

3/18/13– Berkeley, CA – Free Trial Class- 6:30- 9:30 PM

3/20/13– Austin, TX – Free Trial Class- 6:30- 9:30 PM

Looking for more free events? Check out our Free Events Listing Page.

Friday Links: Paying for Grad School, Dual Degrees, School Rankings and More!


LSAT News1Happy Friday! Here’s a roundup of some great grad school tips and news links from the week:

Maximize Graduate School With a Dual Degree (U.S. News Education)

U.S. News details the difference between dual, joint, and interdisciplinary degrees and explains why these options may not be as expensive as you think.

The Best Graduate Schools for 2014: US News Releases the Rankings (Examiner)

U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of the Best Graduate Schools was released online this past week. Here is the scoop on this year’s rankings.

Use These 5 Strategies to Pay for Graduate School (U.S. News Education)

According to U.S. News, one survey reported that almost 60 percent of employers offer some form of tuition assistance for grad students. Continue reading for five helpful strategies to consider when it comes to graduate school funding.
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