Simple Ways to Prep for Your GRE While You’re In School

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With fall semester college classes back in swing many students are tempted to postpone their GRE prep. Whether it’s GRE quantitative, GRE verbal, or GRE analytical writing, there’s a better solution than postponing it; a very simple solution that will keep you from losing hard-won ground as you prepare for the GRE test. © CodyContinue reading “Simple Ways to Prep for Your GRE While You’re In School”

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?”

Are you really GRE ready?

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When 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! Taking a GRE prep course is like talking to an architect.  They may cost you some bucks, but © Cody Blair, All Rights Reserved.

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”

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,Continue reading “Free Vocabulary Building Site”

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

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I 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 4,500Continue reading “How Many Words Should I Learn for The GRE or SAT?”

Words in Context

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I’ve mentioned before how important it is to see your vocabulary words used in context.  Google book search is a great resource for that kind of thing.  You can type in your vocabulary word and it will allow you to see the word as it’s used in thousands of different books.  Take a look …

The Easy Way to Learn New Vocabulary

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Ever had a car wreck? Any big, emotional, unusual event such as a car wreck, our high school graduation, or our first kiss, is easily memorable. No notes. No flash cards. It just sticks! “Car wreck” memories stick because they are emotional and unusual.  They are also multi-sensory.  So how do we take something asContinue reading “The Easy Way to Learn New Vocabulary”

6 Things You Must Know Before Taking a GRE or SAT Prep Course!

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First–full-disclosure–I teach a GRE prep course and an SAT prep course for Texas A&M University. Expensive courses can be worth it if you actually get the increases they claim. They could easily make you ten times as much as they cost, in the form of scholarships, fellowships, or better jobs! What little independent research thereContinue reading “6 Things You Must Know Before Taking a GRE or SAT Prep Course!”