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McCafferty on Cramming

Memorize and purge - cramming is stupid
“All subjects are the same. I memorize notes for a test, spew it, ace it, then forget it. What makes this scary for the future of our country is that I’m in the tip-top percentile on every standardized test. I’m a model student with a very crappy attitude about learning.”
Cramming is just dumb. There are much more effective (and easy) ways to study!
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GRE Prep Course (video version)

StudyProf GRE Prep Course Online

Thumbtack Best of 2015Watch the GRE course video lectures on the GRE topics you need, such as how to quickly and effectively memorize large amounts of vocabulary or the proven methods for increasing your effectiveness on those evil reading comprehension questions. I explain each concept while you follow along doing practice problems and taking notes as needed.

Hi Cody, I found your StudyProf site because I was looking for GRE prep in College Station. I purchased the videos and watched them twice. I loved them and they were great! They helped me get a 320. … Thanks very much, Joseph

The videos are similar to what you would see if you were to attend my live GRE course weekend classes. It’s the same GRE course I teach at Texas A&M University every summer to hundreds of students. The video GRE course, however, has several advantages.

  • Purchase only the sections you need. Don’t need help in the written analytical section of the GRE? Great. Skip it! 
  • Watch the videos over and over. Pause and replay them as needed.
  • Watch whenever and wherever you like. If your best time is at 2 A.M. on the transatlantic flight to Mombasa, knock yourself out. As long as you have internet access, you’re good to go.
  • Schedule one-on-one tutoring time with me via Skype, should you need extra help. My videos are pretty thorough, and I’ve been doing this for thirteen years now, so I know the questions before you ask them. That means you probably won’t ever need to work one-on-one with me via Skype, but I’m there if you need me. Even if you need several hours of help, it’s still way cheaper.

Go to the StudyProf GRE Prep Course Online

Before starting

You’ll need to download the StudyProf GRE Prep Student Workbook. You can print this pdf document out, so you can write on it. Or you can just keep it open on your computer as you watch the videos.


I’ll refer to the Kaplan GRE book through out, but you can really use any resource with decent practice problems. Other sources might be a friend’s old revised GRE book, a GRE book from your local library, or websites with practice problems. In the very first lesson I explain the pluses and minuses of each.

Click on the link to see full descriptions of each video. Purchase them for $9.95, or get the full course for $89. This price will not be this low for long! You can use your Paypal account or major credit card and start watching the videos right now.

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The Videos

Remember, you can watch as many or as few of these as you need, but do be sure to read the descriptions, so you’ll know what’s included. Click on the video names when you’re ready to get started.

Insider’s Guide to the GRE

This is the foundation for all the other videos. It is the single most important video in the series, and it covers…

  • How grad schools use (and don’t use) your GRE scores
  • Best practices for the testing center
  • How the test actually works and what you can expect on test day
  • How you can get half the questions wrong and still potentially get an above average score
  • How to handle test anxiety–the single-biggest score killer for about twenty percent of my students
  • Where to get free, high-quality practice materials
  • A simple way to make sure you don’t run out of time
  • Score-saving tips for top performance on the test

Learning GRE Vocabulary

Most test prep companies give you a long list of GRE vocabulary words and then say, “go learn it.” That’s the hard–and often ineffective–way to do things. In this video, I’ll show you…

  • How much new vocabulary you should learn for the GRE test
  • How you can memorize anything (not just GRE vocabulary) as efficiently as possible
  • The easy way to get GRE vocabulary stuck in your head
  • The best way to learn these words at the level you’ll need in order to get a better score on your GRE test
  • Why memorizing the GRE vocabulary definitions in the test prep books is a waste of time; and what you should be doing instead
  • Two simple ways to keep track of which GRE vocabulary words to study on any given day so that you don’t forget them ever

 Text Completions and Sentence Equivalences

Learn easy ways to approach the text completion and sentence equivalence questions on the verbal sections of the GRE test. We’ll discuss each question type from start to finish, including…

  • Easy ways to knock out half the answer choices (or more) 
  • How to make the sentences much easier to understand
  • Marking answer choices on your scratch paper to maximize your chances of getting it right
  • What to do when you don’t know some of the words
  • What the best test-takers do to get questions right when they are stumped

Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension questions are the most common question types on the GRE verbal sections–and the hardest for most people. In this GRE prep video, discover…

  • One simple thing you can start doing right now that will make these questions much easier
  • How to actually read more slowly and save time
  • The best techniques for approaching each question
  • When to skip these questions (and when not to)
  • A step-by-step recipe for getting your best possible score on GRE reading comprehension questions
  • The big mistake most people make and the simple way to avoid it
  • How to handle timing

Quantitative Introduction

This is the most important video for the GRE quantitative section. Watch it first. In it I’ll show you…

  • The structure of the quantitative section and how to use it to your advantage
  • Why the GRE calculator sucks away your time, and what to do instead
  • The score saving way to use (and not use) your scratch paper
  • What to do when you run out of time on a problem
  • Simple ways to red-flag wrong answers
  • How to have a very good idea of which answer is correct (even when you don’t understand the question)
  • Ways to maximize your score if you’re already good at the math (and pitfalls that trip up my best math students)
  • What to do if you aren’t so good at the GRE quantitative; when to guess and how to get points when you do it

Basic Math

The GRE quantitative section includes many basic mathematical concepts that you may have learned in sixth grade, or before! The problem is, most of us haven’t seen those concepts since we were in grade school. In these lessons I’ll show you…

  • Every basic math concept I’ve ever seen tested on a GRE test
  • Why that calculator often won’t be much help, and what you should do instead
  • The different types of quantitative questions; multiple choice, multiple answer, quantitative comparisons, etc.
  • How these concepts are often the vital key to some of the toughest problems on the GRE
  • Key information you need to know that will make these problems easy for you, even when they’re super hard for most test takers
  • This video includes concepts such as fractions, exponents, factorization, percents, decimals, permutations, ratios, and more

Geometry, Probability, and Statistics

This video covers three areas with which many students really struggle. The GRE quantitative sections include many problems that use concepts from geometry, from probabilities, and from statistics. Some questions require knowledge of all three. This video will show you…

  • Every geometry, probability, and statistic concept I’ve ever seen tested on the GRE
  • Rules of thumb that make many tough problems ridiculously simple
  • Key information to learn that will put you way ahead of the competition
  • How to quickly get correct answers on triangle problems without ever using the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Simple information that will make problems easy for you that are impossible for many people.


The GRE quantitative sections have vast amounts of algebra, and you need to be efficient and accurate to max out your score. However, there is a ton of algebra you don’t need to know! In this video…

  • Every algebra concept I’ve ever seen tested on the GRE
  • Time saving information that will let you complete many problems three or four times faster than your competition
  • What information and concepts you shouldn’t waste time studying
  • Includes concepts such as factorization, funny-looking symbols, quadratic equations, word problems, simultaneous equations, and more

Written Analytical

The written analytical section of the GRE test is what every GRE starts out with. That’s right, you’ll spend the first hour of your GRE writing essays. For some schools this is the most important section of the GRE, but many schools don’t even look at this score! Make sure you know whether or not the grad schools you are trying to get into actually care about this section before you spend time practicing for it. In this video…

  • Discover the best techniques for the issue essay and the argument essay
  • Find out where you can see every single issue or argument they use on the GRE
  • How to have your essay one-third done before you even walk in the door
  • The easy ways to not run out of time
  • Exactly what the graders are looking for, and what they don’t care about
  • A key component your essays should have that will put you ahead of four out of five people who take the GRE
  • The simple way to come up with excellent quotes and statistics to use in your essay
  • How to put just enough big GRE words in your essay and use them well

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