The GRE; An Overview

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The GRE, officially known as The Graduate Record Examination General Test, is supposed to test verbal, mathematical and writing skills learned by students during college. Most graduate programs require GRE scores to consider students for admission. Key Facts: In the US, the GRE is given as a Computer Adaptive Test, or CAT. In other countries,Continue reading “The GRE; An Overview”

Graduating With a Plan of Action

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You spend a lot of energy making graduation plans, but do you have a plan of action for after graduation to jumpstart your career? Many people struggle with career choices before making that important life-changing decision that will define who they are for years to come. It is hard to imagine that a new graduateContinue reading “Graduating With a Plan of Action”

Arousal Control Can Help You Perform Better on Exams

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From the series Better Test Performance the Navy SEALs Way. In a recently televised interview, the Navy SEALs command psychologist, Eric Potterat, listed four key mental techniques taught to SEAL candidates.  Arousal control, the third technique listed, concerns how we keep calm in stressful situations.  Here’s how you can apply this to help increase yourContinue reading “Arousal Control Can Help You Perform Better on Exams”

Talk Yourself Into Better Test Scores

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From the series Better Test Performance the Navy SEALs Way. In a recently televised interview, the Navy SEALs command psychologist, Eric Potterat, listed four key mental techniques taught to SEAL candidates.  Self talk, the third technique listed, concerns how we focus our thoughts in high-stress situations.  Here’s how you can apply this to help increaseContinue reading “Talk Yourself Into Better Test Scores”

Imagine Better Test Scores

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From the series Better Test Performance the Navy SEALs Way. In a recently televised interview, a Navy SEALs representative listed four key mental techniques taught to SEAL candidates. The second of those techniques was mental rehearsal.  Here’s how you can apply this to help increase your own test performance. That gray organ betwixt your earsContinue reading “Imagine Better Test Scores”

Goal Setting (It’s Not What You Think!)

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From the series Better Test Performance the Navy SEALs Way. U.S. Navy SEALs wannabees are taught goal setting.  Why?  It helps more of them survive the grueling training and actually become SEALs. If you’re like me, goal setting brings to mind thick-as-your-thigh Covey planners and pretentious self-help gurus.  But if the SEALs are using it,Continue reading “Goal Setting (It’s Not What You Think!)”

Better Test Performance The Navy SEALs Way

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The elite SEALs teams—the U.S. Navy’s Special Ops forces—have discovered how to make their trainees more successful at completing the mythically-tough training and actually become Navy SEALs.  In fact, they now teach trainees stress control techniques that may be responsible for helping to boost the number of successful passing candidates from one fourth of eachContinue reading “Better Test Performance The Navy SEALs Way”

Simple Changes Lead to Excellent Grades

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Small, easy changes in your daily habits can lead to huge payoffs academically.  Small strokes fell great oaks, as the saying goes. To expand on the metaphor, trying to cut down a great oak tree in a single day will wear you out!  It takes a tremendous amount of energy, and you’ll be sore andContinue reading “Simple Changes Lead to Excellent Grades”

GRE versus GMAT: New tool to predict scores

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ETS (the company that make the GRE and GMAT) has a new tool to help business schools estimate applicants’ GMAT scores based on their GRE scores.  More and more business schools are now accepting the more widespread GRE in place of the business-focused GMAT.  Take a look here to see I side by side comparisonContinue reading “GRE versus GMAT: New tool to predict scores”

Best Schedule for Studying for the GRE (or any test!)

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Many of the test prep books out there include schedules to help you prepare for the GRE or SAT, but every single one that I’ve seen has a fatal flaw!  Their schedules would have you studying each topic only once before the test.  That’s crazy!  No one will master a difficult topic, much less rememberContinue reading “Best Schedule for Studying for the GRE (or any test!)”

The Best Study Schedule (updated)

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(this is an updated version of a post from January 2008) I’ve posted quite a bit on how and when to study in order to maximize recall, but putting it all together may be a bit daunting.  Follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll be well on your way to the top of the class!  TheseContinue reading “The Best Study Schedule (updated)”

What’s the Best Way to Study When I Have Several Tests In The Same Week?

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Mid-terms and finals are the bane of most college students’ existence.  One final exam would be bad enough, but at the end of the semester we often have to take two or three exams in a single day!  It’s enough to make even the most studious among us pine for the life of a beachContinue reading “What’s the Best Way to Study When I Have Several Tests In The Same Week?”