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Summer Study Tips 3: Adapt Your Learning Style to the Season

July 28, 2015 by

Welcome to our five-part Summer Study Tips series, where we’ll help you find the best ways to fit test prep into the extra time the season brings. Use part of the time we save you to vote in our Test Prep Confessions Contest—more below!

We all have specific ways of taking in information—or learning styles. If you study most effectively by reading and taking notes, you’re likely a visual learner. Those who prefer lectures and audiobooks have a more auditory approach. Gaining knowledge in tactile, interactive ways—feeling, touching, doing—points to a hands-on style.

First, figure out how you learn best, then learn how to make it work to your advantage this summer while prepping for the GRE.

If you’re a visual learner

Write notes down on flash cards that can be readily taken to a beach, park or poolside setting. Take bright markers, and highlight different concepts in different … Read full post

Summer Study Tips 2: Set Smart Habits

July 23, 2015 by

Welcome to our five-part Summer Study Tips series, where we’ll help you find the best ways to fit test prep into the extra time the season brings. Use part of the time we save you  to participate in our Test Prep Confessions Contest—more below!

Organization and time management: They’re skills you can’t learn too soon or use too much. So if you’re fitting GRE study into your summer plans, put time on your side by establishing routines and finding creative ways to make your study habits summer-friendly.

Organization 101

Get into a good study routine that works with your schedule—and your personality. You might set aside two hours each evening or plan a longer stretch on Saturday mornings. Whatever works for you, the important thing is that you stick with it.

After you’ve settled into your custom-made schedule, focus on your space. Keep all your study tools—laptop, textbooks, e-reader, … Read full post

Surviving the Undergraduate to Graduate School Transition

July 21, 2015 by

By Julia Dunn on July 16, 2015

This article is brought to you by Uloop and Kaplan.  Search Uloop for student housing, college roommates, sublets, part-time jobs, internships, tutors, and campus news.

So you just graduated from your undergraduate institution. You’ve taken (and hopefully passed) the GRE, and completed all your Bachelor’s degree requirements. You’ve even been accepted to a few great graduate schools, and have made your official decision on where your educational future will continue. All that’s left is to prepare for next year.

But how do you transition smoothly from undergraduate school to graduate school?

Many college graduates have the same question. It’s hard to tell what the substantial differences will be between your undergraduate school compared to the graduate program you’ll be entering after the summertime. It isn’t exactly true to say graduate school is a continuation of undergraduate school, format-wise; there are some stark differences … Read full post

Summer Study Tips 1: Make Hay While the Sun Shines—Literally

July 16, 2015 by

Welcome to our five-part Summer Study Tips series, where we’ll help you find the best ways to fit test prep into the extra time the season brings.

Ah, summer! These warm-weather months and endless days are an ideal time to savor the beach, pleasure reading, outdoor dining, and other finer things in life, but if you’re gearing up to go to grad school, you know that they can be used toward a greater purpose.

That’s why summer is also a great time—possibly the best time—to get a jumpstart on your GRE test prep for grad school admission. The groundwork you do now will amount to less stress, greater productivity, and a mastery of test topics by the time you hit your GRE test date.

Start by mapping out a study plan. Take to your trusty calendar and carve out time for the things you both want to enjoy and accomplish … Read full post

How To Transition Into The Real World Post Graduation

July 14, 2015 by

By Victoria Robertson on July 10, 2015

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Graduating changes everything.

Well, maybe not everything, but it does change quite a bit.

For one thing, you’re no longer a college student, and while at the time you couldn’t wait to get out, joining the “real world” is a total bummer. There seems to be a never-ending list of responsibilities you’ve got to take care of and within minutes of graduating you can’t wait for a little “me” time to relax and watch some Netflix.

Too bad the real world doesn’t wait for you to relax.

So for those of you that this is all too familiar for, here are some ways to help you transition into the real world post graduation.

1. Stick to your … Read full post

Easy Ways to Increase Your GRE Vocabulary

July 9, 2015 by

The GRE Verbal Reasoning section tests your vocabulary a few different ways. To master Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions, start building your vocabulary now.

Start by checking out our free GRE Vocabulary Flashcards app for Android or iPhone. If you’re a Kaplan student, you can use your account to access the full 500-card version*; otherwise, get the limited 50-card version for free.

The flashcards include vocabulary words, definitions, synonyms, sample sentences, and pronunciations. You can also create customized card sets and see statistics on your performance as you build up to Test Day.

Try these study tips in conjunction with your flashcards and other vocab-building prep tools so you can improve your vocabulary—and, with it, your GRE score.

  • Make it relevant to you. Create a backstory for the vocab words that are frequently tested on the GRE Verbal section, or associate them with something meaningful to you. This
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What Are Your Chances of Getting In?

July 7, 2015 by

You’re applying to graduate school and in order to assess your chances of getting in, you’ll need to know where you stand with respect to the admissions criteria. Each program to which you apply will be looking at various factors of your application and weighing them against other competitive applicants.

So, how do you get a handle on seeing your candidacy from the perspective of the admissions committee members?

Look objectively at the odds of getting in

A good way to get a sense of whether you have a shot at matriculation is to begin by creating a fact sheet with your GRE scores (or projected scores), overall GPA, and GPA in your major (and minor, if applicable). Relevant outside activities, work experience, internships, publications, etc. will also contribute to the overall strength of your application.

The next step is to find the most current admissions information about your target … Read full post

Summer Study: How to Stay on the Ball

July 2, 2015 by

By Julia Dunn on June 26, 2015

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Summer is a fantastic opportunity to relax a little more than usual and catch up on leisurely pastimes, but it may also present you with an excess of free time that could be used to exercise your brain and stay up with your academics in a more casual setting.

Even during breaks from school, it is essential to stay on top of your academic plan to ensure you return to your university on track to continue on your major or career pathway in the fall. There are a variety of ways to keep in touch with your academics during summer that are both fun and beneficial to your brain.

So, how can you stay on the ball during … Read full post

What’s on the GRE Part 3: Analytical Writing and Unscored

June 30, 2015 by

The GRE contains 2 essays in an Analytical Writing section, at least 2 Quantitative and 2 Verbal sections, and 1 Experimental or Research section. Testing lasts a total of 4 hours from beginning to end.

Here we’ll explore both the Analytical Writing section and Experimental or Research section in detail.

Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section tests both your critical thinking and analytical writing skills. You will be scored on your ability to articulate and support ideas as well as analyze and construct arguments.

It consists of two separately timed tasks:

  • A 30 minute Issue Essay
  • The Issue task presents an opinion on an issue followed by specific instructions on how to respond. You must evaluate the issue and develop an argument with support for your side of the issue.
  • A 30 minute Argument Essay
  • The Argument task requires you to analyze and critique an argument. You must evaluate the
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Study Habits During Netflix: How You Can Use Your Procrastination To Your Advantage

June 25, 2015 by

By Francine Fluetsch on June 18, 2015

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Netflix is one of those things that can take us away from being productive for hours, a procrastination tool that we all too often regret and misuse (raise your hand if you’re guilty *raises hand*).

But what if I told you that you could actually use Netflix as a study motivator? Crazy, right? All things are good in moderation, so before you attempt to swear off Netflix for good (trust me honey, you won’t last a week), why not try using Netflix to your advantage?

After class mind break

Procrastination usually stems from attempting to do a lot of work when your brain is already pretty fried (a.k.a. after a long day of classes), so sometimes it’s good … Read full post

 

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