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. GREContinue reading “The GRE: When Should You Start Prepping?”

Top Five GRE Tips

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Start studying for your GRE early. How early? You can improve on your GRE math (quantitative) scores quickly since most of it is basic, and most people just need a refresher. Building an adequate GRE vocabulary, however, takes a long time. Several months is best. Be strategic with what you study for the GRE. For example, it’s notContinue reading “Top Five GRE Tips”

Iron New Information Into Your Brain

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Did you ever try to iron a shirt with a cold iron? Could you get that shirt ironed without the heat? Sure, but it would take for-freakin-ever! Ironing a nice fold into a shirt is oh-so-much faster when you’ve got HEAT. Trying to learn stuff by going over it again and again is about as effective as ironingContinue reading “Iron New Information Into Your Brain”

Read and Reap: Suck the Facts Out of Your Texts

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Holy-frikkin-mooses. I just read three paragraphs in my Whirled History book, and I don’t have clue one on what it was about. How can I fish the beefy info chunks outta the steamy cesspool of facts that is my reading assignment? If that’s your main pain, then consider this simple drill to make your mindContinue reading “Read and Reap: Suck the Facts Out of Your Texts”

Simple Way to Boost Reading Focus

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Anyone who has ever tried to bulldoze their way through a narcolepsy inducing SAT or GRE reading comprehension passage will know just how hard it is to maintain focus when reading. No matter how hard you try to feign interest in scintillating topics like “The History of Corn Prices in 19th Century Dubuque” or “AnContinue reading “Simple Way to Boost Reading Focus”

Question Everything! – to deepen comprehension and increase recall.

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I know what you’re thinking, “Should I really question everything?” You’re such a smart-aleck, but the answer is, “yes!” at least if you want to hoover the knowledge-nuggets right out of whatever you’re studying and make yourself into the uber-scholar you always new you could be. Posing kick-ask questions–and thinking carefully through how you mightContinue reading “Question Everything! – to deepen comprehension and increase recall.”

Harvard on Reading

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The college library at Harvard (pronounced Hahhhh-vuhd) gives a simple, sweet summary on how best to digest your college reading. Get some ivy-league  insight on… Previewing Annotating Outlining, Summarizing, Analyzing Looking for Patterns Contextualizing Comparing and Contrasting If these sound suspiciously like the advice I’ve been giving in my posts and in my Secrets SmartContinue reading “Harvard on Reading”

Can You Really Triple Your Reading Speed Without Losing Comprehension?

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If you’re like me, the claims of speed reading courses rank right up there with magic beans and political promises.  Too bad.  Speed reading won’t enable you to read the RandomHouse unabridged dictionary in ten minutes with perfect comprehension.  However, it can easily help you read three or four times faster while keeping pretty goodContinue reading “Can You Really Triple Your Reading Speed Without Losing Comprehension?”

Summarizing to Increase Reading Comprehension – Low-lighting

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I firmly believe that Great Truths are found in Far Side cartoons. In this case, Ginger has shed light on the topic of reading comprehension … really. Granted, the skill of reading comprehension ain’t sexy, but it is WAAAAY valuable. Consider; you can read that research paper on “Platypi Reproductive Rituals” several times in aContinue reading “Summarizing to Increase Reading Comprehension – Low-lighting”

Getting Psyched Up to Read Boring College Texts

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Before getting started on a reading take time to light a little fire under yourself (right at the base of the cerebellum). Decide exactly why you’re reading that riveting analysis of reptilian gastric reflux disease. Is it for a test? What do you stand to lose if you don’t read it and understand it? IfContinue reading “Getting Psyched Up to Read Boring College Texts”

Challenge Yourself to Increase Your Reading Comprehension

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[hidepost] Want to improve your reading comprehension?  Reading difficult but engaging novels can help. Here are some of my personal favorite authors and novels/short stories … Joseph Conrad … considered one of the greatest English novelists of all time … actually a Pole who didn’t learn English until his early twenties!  You might start withContinue reading “Challenge Yourself to Increase Your Reading Comprehension”