Revised GRE Quantitative Practice (FREE)

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No, the site is … ummm … not really designed for aesthetes.  But, hey, free is free.  Thanks WTAMU! While the practice is good, it’s based on the old version of the GRE Quantitative (GRE Math), not the revised GRE quantitative. Your best bet for practice on the GRE math as it looks on theContinue reading “Revised GRE Quantitative Practice (FREE)”

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 problemsContinue reading “GRE, SAT, and GMAT Practice Nirvana”

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.Continue reading “GRE Prep? Must know info for students”

Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT

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PSAT/NMSQT stands for “Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It is the precursor to the SAT and, most importantly, it’s used to qualify for those coveted National Merit Scholarships you hear so much about. Colleges pay attention to National Merit Scholars; that means they will come looking for you, instead of you havingContinue reading “Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT”

Get a Head Start On Problem-Solving Courses This Semester

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Taking chemistry, biochem, physics, calculus, or their ilk? These courses are light on information to be memorized and heavy on problems to be solved and concepts to be grasped. That takes time, effort, and repetition, just like learning to play the violin or to draw realistically. Here are some steps to make these sorts ofContinue reading “Get a Head Start On Problem-Solving Courses This Semester”

Flash Cards

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Flash cards are a powerful tool to help you memorize things such as vocabulary, mathematical formulas, history facts, and spelling. Here are some strategies to help you get the most from your flash cards. Use flashcards in several different colors. Use each color as a cue to help recall something about the fact on thatContinue reading “Flash Cards”

How to Become a Math Expert

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You aren’t going to like the answer, I’m afraid. They way to become an expert is to really work at it. I’m not being glib. Malcolm Gladwell explains (brilliantly, as usual) in his new book, Outliers, which I highly recommend. Gladwell builds a very convincing argument that math skill is much more closely related toContinue reading “How to Become a Math Expert”

The SAT: An Overview

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The SAT Reasoning Test (note: NOT the subject specific SAT tests) is used widely by colleges and universities as one of their admissions criteria.  It is also often used as a criterion in awarding scholarships. It is claimed to test students’ abilities in subjects such as reading, writing, and mathematics; subjects that are supposed toContinue reading “The SAT: An Overview”

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”

Re-reading Your Notes Wastes Time!

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Did you know that reading over your notes repeatedly is one of the LEAST effective ways to study?  Psychology research has demonstrated repeatedly that you remember much more effectively when you work with information rather than just reviewing information. Solution: Teach your study materials to a partner.  Look briefly at a main heading in theContinue reading “Re-reading Your Notes Wastes Time!”