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4 Study tips for the GRE

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So you’ve decided to go to graduate school and pursue a master’s degree. First of all, congratulations! Going to grad school is an excellent way to create opportunities, meet interesting people, and most importantly, expand your knowledge and skillset.

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When It Comes to Grad School, Is the Entrance Exam Really the “Easy” Part?

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If you’re studying for the LSAT, GMAT, or GRE – you’ve probably been told that the entrance exam is the easy part. But is it true?

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Zen and the Art of Studying

These days, you don’t have to be a hippy to be into meditation. Now that it’s been in the mainstream for some time, you’ve probably heard a few of the benefits. It can relax you and help you find that coveted sense of inner peace. But there’s much more to the practice than you may realize. If you’re in the midst of studying for your GRE, GMAT, or LSAT you’ll want to check out these reasons to meditate. Continue reading Zen and the Art of Studying

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Basic Multiple Choice Question Strategies for the GMAT/GRE

The multiple choice question is the double-edged sword of the test-question arsenal. When paired with the “none of the above” option, it can be the bane of many students. These questions present a selection of answers without any real work necessary, and tempting the brain with laziness, often lead to the selection of an incorrect answer. When you’re feeling unsure, following these easy tactics may help guide you to the correct answer when completing multiple choice questions on the GMAT, GRE, or any test in general. Continue reading Basic Multiple Choice Question Strategies for the GMAT/GRE

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3 study-break workouts for the LSAT, GRE or GMAT student

Studying isn’t healthy. It’s good for the brain, yes, but as far as the definition of ‘healthy’ goes, sitting or lying down, craning our necks to read a book or our notes for hours on end isn’t. The common injuries consistent with desk chairs and computer monitors (sore backs, sore eyes) associated with long study sessions for the GMAT, GRE or LSAT are detrimental to effective learning. It’s also been proven that studying with brief distractions (10 minutes of every hour or so) will help increase the brain’s “attention resources”. So consider these workouts to help burn calories, increase productivity, and get you out of the library for a brief, but study-benefiting, workout.

Under-cover, indoor workouts. It’s tough to get to a gym every day and they can be expensive, but exercise isn’t. All you need to do to get away from the desk is to practice these secret exercises perfect for the library or office. Stairs: The stairs are not only a great form of exercise but even admissible in public, without gym clothes. Jog up and down the stairs as many times as needed, get some water, and back to work. Planking and other stretching/light Yoga can also be done out of sight (1). Just 10 minutes for a break from studying can help clear the mind, tone the body and boost productivity.

The “nature” brain-recharge. If a light sweat isn’t the desired goal for your 10 minute workout (maybe you have a date later), research has proven just going for a walk can have significant benefits to your studying, especially in the woods/nature. Why the woods? An old idea labelled “attention restoration theory” says that, through features of the environment, the natural world engages your attention in a ‘bottom-up’ fashion – effortless attention engaged by nature (2). The artificial world demands active attention (to avoid getting hit by cars or to follow street signs) which is controlled by cognitive processes. Since activities like studying and writing also require active attention, a study break in the artificial world isn’t as effective a type of rest. When your brain needs a rest, skip the urban jungle and find the nearest forest, park, or piece of nature and explore.

Go for a bike ride. Biking is not only great exercise, but it offers a few additional benefits. A bike ride study break gives you the opportunity to take care of an errand, pick up a snack, get a visual break from the a screen, and fresh air. Oxygen is a key component of refreshing the brain. Increasing blood flow to the brain is an easy way to help fuel those long study sessions. When your brain is operating at optimum levels (especially during regular work-outs), the hippocampus will grow new and develop brain cells, which acts as boost for learning and memory (3). Use the bike to boost your study break.

Studying for a big exam, like the LSAT, GRE or GMAT involves covering a lot of material in a short period of time. Effectively learning enough material every day is an important part of a viable study plan, and a short exercise break can be greatly beneficial while studying. If you find that your study plans aren’t going to plan and want help with the your test preparation, feel free to contact us a for help with your exam studies.

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Strategies and examples for The GRE Analytical Writing measure

When writing the GRE, it’s important to know what to expect and how to prepare. Of the 6 sections measuring your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills, only the latter is tested with long-answer question formats. This requires the ability to articulate longer and more complex ideas in essay-style responses. Based over one hour, the AW (Analytical Writing) questions and responses are longer in nature than your average multiple-choice question and vary widely in topic. These are descriptions of the two thirty minute questions of the AW section and our tips on how to handle them.

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A recent press release from ETS, the company responsible for producing the GRE, indicates that in the last two months more than 100 business schools world-wide signed up to begin accepting the GRE. This activity brings the total number of business schools accepting the GRE above 600, including 60 of the top 100 schools on the latest US News & World Report ranking. The question becomes, what exactly does this mean for people considering business school?

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Curious about whats on the Revised GRE?

The GRE® revised General Test is Coming in August. Find Out What You Need to Know — and Why It’s Good News for You. For millions of students like you, a graduate or business degree can give you a big advantage in your future career. An important step toward achieving that goal — and the path to thousands of graduate and business programs all over the world — is to take the GRE® General Test.

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