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GRE Vocabulary with Sherlock Holmes and Charles Augustus Milverton

February 27, 2014 by

Sherlock Holmes BelieveA while back, I wrote excitedly about the beginning of filming of Season 3 of BBC’s Sherlock. Now here we are, almost a year later, post-Sherlock and again waiting (perhaps for quite a while) to see our favorite hero and villain return to the small screen. It’s painful, isn’t it?

So again, I’ve retreated to the comfort of the canon, those original Sherlock stories from Arthur Conan Doyle, to get me through these dark days without new Sherlock episodes. These stories are delightful and eminently readable – surprising, considering that they were written and published from the late 1800′s to the early 1900′s.

Most recently, I read THE ADVENTURE OF CHARLES AUGUSTUS MILVERTON, specifically to see how closely it resembled the final episode of Sherlock’s Season 3. (Nonspoiler: not very closely, actually!) You can read it for free online, and I recommend that you do – … Read full post

Learn GRE Vocabulary: Movie Night Inspiration

February 20, 2014 by

In the 1989 movie Say Anything, John Cusack plays an eccentric teenager who is pursuing a brilliant and beautiful classmate named Diane Court.  In one scene, Cusack’s character, Lloyd Dobler, waits for Diane to emerge from her bedroom before heading out on a date.  Pacing the hallway, he notices a dictionary resting on a table.  Curious, he begins flipping through the book and is surprised to see that nearly every page is full of marks, notations, and tiny scribbles.  A look of confusion and then awe falls over his face, and it’s not hard to imagine what he’s thinking – um, did she really go through this entire thing?

Daunting, isn’t it?  I mean, that is certainly one way to learn GRE vocabulary: just hop in a time machine, go back to when you were 16, grab the nearest dictionary, and open it up to the first page.  … Read full post

GRE Vocabulary Tip: Learn Word Groups

February 18, 2014 by

The GRE tests your vocabulary in various ways. To correctly answer Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions, you should know something about all of the words in the answer choices. Many of you ask, “How can I increase my GRE vocabulary before Test Day?”

The Kaplan answer to that is simple: 

Think like a thesaurus, not like a dictionary.

Knowing detailed definitions for 100 words is not as useful as knowing approximate synonyms for 200-300. Kaplan offers an inexpensive app for learning vocabulary. Kaplan’s Verbal Workbook has a chapter devoted to vocabulary, and in it are several pages of word groups. For example, grouped under “Difficult to Understand” are 14 related words, including abstrusecryptic, and enigmatic. If you learn this group you will recognize any of these words on Test Day.

There are different ways to practice learning word groups. I prefer a “reverse flash card” … Read full post

Easy GRE Vocabulary Strategy: Learn with Comics – Abstemious

January 1, 2014 by

gre vocabulary comic

Did you overindulge over the holidays? If so, you’re probably trying to be ABSTEMIOUS now that it’s January 1 – and you can tell everyone that. Instead of saying “I’m on a diet,” describe yourself as ABSTEMIOUS for extra GRE vocab learning credit (and to confuse your friends and family!)

For more context, check out these uses of the word ABSTEMIOUS in classic literature. (Extra Reading Comprehension credit if you click “Go To Page” next to any of the sentences and read more of the text!)

Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find more words worth knowing for the GRE, and take a look at our previous blog entries on vocab to see comics, videos, and other fun learning tools. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to determine your strengths and opportunities on the test and work toward your best … Read full post

Free GRE Vocabulary Comic: Disparate

December 10, 2013 by

Disparate

 Learning GRE Vocab can be funnier than a circus clown with a Narwhal balloon. We bet you’ll never forget the meaning of the GRE vocab word DISPARATE when you conjure the image of Bozo and John and the different career paths they have chosen!

What jokes, tricks, and images do you use to remember your GRE vocab? Share them in the comments or talk to us on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to make one of your ideas come to life in a future comic! You can check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find a word worth knowing for the GRE. And, as always, you’re welcome to join one of our free practice tests to help you practice your GRE skills and get the answer to the ever-popular question, “What is a good GRE score?”… Read full post

Free GRE Vocabulary Comic: Imbibe

November 26, 2013 by

GRE vocabulary comic imbibe

How’s this for an easy way to remember this GRE vocab word? When your cousin from out of town is telling you about his exciting stamp collection again, or your aunt is asking why you’re still single, you can just tell them, “You people drive me to IMBIBE!”

For more context, check out these uses of the word imbibe in classic literature. (Extra Reading Comp credit if you click “Go To Page” next to any of the sentences and read more of the text!)

Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find more words worth knowing for the GRE, and take a look at our previous blog entries on vocab to see comics, videos, and other fun learning tools. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to determine your strengths and opportunities on the test and work toward your best possible score … Read full post

Learn GRE Vocabulary the Easy Way: Comic Style

November 23, 2013 by

GRE vocabulary comic sanguine

Here’s a reminder for how to learn your GRE vocab: use it in your daily conversations. Instead of telling someone that you’re optimistic about your GRE score, tell them, “I am sanguine in my expectations for GRE test day success.”

For more context, check out these uses of the word sanguine in classic literature. (Extra Reading Comp credit if you click “Go To Page” next to any of the sentences and read more of the text!)

Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find more words worth knowing for the GRE, and take a look at our previous blog entries on vocab to see comics, videos, and other fun learning tools. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to determine your strengths and opportunities on the test and work toward your best possible score on GRE Test Day.

Do you have … Read full post

GRE Vocabulary: Panache

July 30, 2013 by

Panache GRE

Panache – do you have it? Visualize these stylish gentlemen, and you’ll forever remember the meaning of this word.

What images and memory tricks do you use to remember your GRE vocab? Share them with us in the comments! Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find a word worth knowing for the GRE. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to help you get the best GRE score possible.

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GRE Vocabulary : Gambol

July 23, 2013 by

Gambol GRE Vocabulary

You’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from GRE vocab success if you start adding words like these to your vocabulary. Do you have a playful pet or a gleeful child that gambols about in your back yard? Perhaps you’ll have a bit of a gambol yourself once you’ve achieved success on GRE test day!

What images and memory tricks do you use to remember your GRE vocab? Share them with us in the comments! Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find a word worth knowing for the GRE. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to help you get the best GRE score possible.

 … Read full post

GRE Vocabulary: Polyglot

July 9, 2013 by

 

What images and memory tricks do you use to remember your GRE vocab? Share them with us in the comments! Check out these GRE Vocab Flash Cards to find a word worth knowing for the GRE. As always, you’re welcome to join one of our free GRE practice tests to help you get the best GRE score possible…. Read full post

 
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