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The GRE: When Should You Start Prepping?

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     If you really want to get the best GRE scores possible, start studying long before you will be taking the GRE test. Ideally, that means at least a month beforehand. And don’t forget to schedule your test with enough time for your GRE scores to get to your grad school of choice. GRE scores can take up to three weeks to get in the hands of the right person.

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  • When to begin studying
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  • All three sections of the GRE: Quantitative, Verbal, and Written Analytical. We’ll cover everything you need to get an excellent GRE score and get into the grad school you want.
  • Secrets, powerful techniques, and targeted GRE practice on the different GRE question types you’ll see in each section. Learn the insider tricks and powerful methods master test takers use to max out their GRE scores.

“Cody’s GRE course was excellent. He was a very knowledgeable, relatable, and charismatic teacher. He covered all aspects of the test in great detail. Moreover, he teaches you the skills needed to maximize your learning and studying.” – Zach D.

  • Small GRE Classes: usually, eight students or less! That means you get immediate answers to your questions and personal attention, so you get the help you need!
  • An easy to follow study schedule to help you continue sharpening your new skills after the class. You’ll have a step-by-step plan to power up for the GRE.

WOW. Not what I expected; I actually learned something! Best course I’ve been to. – Anastasia S.

  • An in-depth look at test taking strategies, including how to handle test anxiety. That can be the KEY to a vastly increased GRE score for about 20% of my students, and most other GRE prep courses don’t even talk about it!
  • Time-saving tricks to master the GRE vocabulary necessary to increase your score. Don’t waste your time memorizing vocabulary the wrong way!

“Hudson is an excellent lecturer. I took his GRE course, and I am convinced that his instruction immensely improved my score. His price is an absolute bargain compared to many GRE prep courses out there, and I believe his instruction on the writing portion alone is worth the money. In my first practice test, I scored a 318. On test day, I scored a 329, and I know that I could not have performed that well without his tips.” – Ben F. – Read what other students say

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…thank you for the fantastic prep for the GRE. The general insight into the structure of the exam, question writing, trends in grading (the generally scientific and data based approach to the whole course), and general tips for efficient time use were a massive help. I took the exam that September and received 164/167/6.0 scores. So thank you very much for the excellent course.” – GRE Prep Course Student – Read what other students say

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  • It’s only $395 . That’s less than a third of what other GRE Prep courses charge you for the privilege of getting lectured by their part-time, grad-student instructors. In my proven course, you’ll have an…
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  • Experienced GRE Prep Instructor. The seminar is taught by me, Cody Blair, a Texas-certified teacher and National Merit Scholar with over a decade of experience teaching GRE Prep.

I decided to take the GRE with very little time to prepare. After two meetings with Cody, my score improved 12 points, and I scored above and beyond my goal during my official test. I would highly recommend giving him a call if you are preparing for the GRE. – Maverick N. –  Read what other students say

  • I Fit Your Schedule. Other programs have about the same amount of formal instruction as StudyProf GRE Prep, but they fluff it out to five weeks (and $1,200) or more by adding lots of GRE practice work you could easily do on your own at home for FREE. We get the GRE classroom instruction done in two days! Just come on…
  • Two Consecutive Saturdays, then use my continuing schedule of GRE study to target your problem areas before the test. Best of all, you have the freedom to fit your GRE study to your schedule. If you run into problems I provide…
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“Thank you for your time and effort to make this easier on us. In retrospect I was very scared of failure on the GRE. But now, I can honestly study and aim for a 320, without feeling foolish. Cody’s offer to help outside of prep class was also impressive … Thank you!” – GRE Prep Course Student. – Read what other students say

Four Different GRE Prep Courses to Suit You…

STANDARD GRE Course – $395 – Includes the full GRE course, a 433-page GRE prep book (one of the best GRE prep books on the market!) with two free online GRE practice tests, and an 58-page supplemental book that includes techniques not covered by any of the major prep companies.

SILVER GRE Course – $455 – Includes the full GRE course, a 433-page GRE prep book with two free online GRE practice tests, and an 58-page supplemental book that includes techniques not covered by any of the major prep companies. Plus, you may attend the GRE prep class again within the next 6 months for free. You will also get seven, full length GRE practice tests with over 450 verbal and quantitative practice questions.

GOLD GRE Course – $495 – Includes the full GRE course, a 433-page GRE prep book with two free online GRE practice tests, and an 58-page supplemental book that includes techniques not covered by any of the major prep companies. PLUS, you may attend the GRE class as many times as you like for free for the next 3 years. You will also get seven, full-length GRE practice tests with over 450 verbal and quantitative practice questions. You can also view all the session videos online so you can review at your convenience.

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I began teaching GRE prep in 2000. My employer at the time decided to offer GRE and SAT prep. Since then, the GRE has undergone some major overhauls, and I’ve been around for all of them. I originally got the course from a guy in Austin who had been teaching GRE prep–with great results–for fifteen years. I used his materials for awhile, but…

A couple of thousand students later, and I saw clear areas for improvement. I saw what really tripped up my GRE students. I found the areas of the GRE most students struggled with. I figured out the best ways to explain certain concepts. I found powerful techniques and tricks that aren’t in any of the GRE prep books. I also figured out exactly what was in the books that wasn’t needed; even the big international GRE test prep companies have whole sections full of information that isn’t on the GRE. So I rewrote the course; quantitative, verbal, and written analytical.

Since then, I’ve steadily modified the StudyProf GRE Prep course to streamline the content, perfect the techniques, and add in powerful methods for tackling the problems that the other GRE prep companies don’t even address. You can register for an upcoming StudyProf GRE Prep class now or find out more about one-on-on GRE tutoring.

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I decided to take the GRE with very little time to prepare. After two meetings with Cody, my score improved 12 points, and I scored above and beyond my goal during my official test. I would highly recommend giving him a call if you are preparing for the GRE. – Maverick N. –  Read what other students say

Are you really GRE ready?

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How to be Certain you're prepared for the GREWhen building a house, smart people get with an architect long before the first thumb is hammered. Fail to get expert advice and you’re asking for train-track-through-your-balcony headaches!

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See That Vocabulary In Context

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Spiftaculous website Exemplar will show you lots of examples of that irritatingly unfamiliar vocabulary term in context so you can get the straight skinny on how it’s used. It will also give you some stats about how often your word is used by year and geographic locale. Strangely, it doesn’t give you the actual definition though–don’t ask me why–but combine it with wordnik.com for a more robust vocabulary experience.

A heads up; apparently the examples are drawn only from scientific literature. Didn’t seem to make much diff on the test words I typed in, but just so’s ya know.

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GRE, SAT, and GMAT Practice Nirvana

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More scrumptious FREE practice tests than you can shake a stick at for the GRE, SAT, and GMAT. Regular readers will know that sometimes third-party tests can be sub-par, but a quick perusal of some of the GRE tests shows only very minor errors. Let me know in the comments if you find big problems on any of the other sections. Still, gobs of great practice for the low low price of zero dollars. Thank you, Mathurs! Click the logo to check it out…

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GRE Prep? Must know info for students

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Taking a GRE prep course is really an ideal first step for most students.

You normally start building a house by getting with an architect to plan the building.

Taking a prep course is like talking to an experienced architect first. They can help you make sure that none of your time and effort is wasted.

A GRE prep course can raise a student’s combined score an average of Continue reading GRE Prep? Must know info for students © Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.

Free Vocabulary Building Site

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VocabSushi, though still in beta, is proving to be a nifty tool for bulking up those flabby vocabulary muscles. You’ll need to sign up first (free) and pick the test your studying for (GRE, SAT, whatever). VocabSushi will give you short quiz to find out your current verbal expertise, and then you’re off! Quizzes, reviews, pronunciations, definitions, contextual uses, and more! And when you master a word, VocabSushi will add a new word to your list so you’ll never run out.

It does have some minor beta issues, but they’re small, and certainly worth the annoyance. I wouldn’t necessarily use this as a replacement for flashcards, but it’s a nice upgrade for your arsenal.

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How Many Words Should I Learn for The GRE or SAT?

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1139041_23149987I tell my students to learn at least 300 new words, but that is really the bare minimum. Why? It takes at least that many before you have a snowball’s chance in H-E-double-hockey-sticks of seeing enough of them on the test to actually nudge up your score.

Consider, if the GRE or SAT has 4,500 possible vocabulary words to choose from (a rough guesstimate), and you see, say, 150 on any given verbal section, what are the chances that one of the 300 new words you studied will be among them? Continue reading How Many Words Should I Learn for The GRE or SAT?