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GRE takers -- Strategies for prep
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GRE takers -- Strategies for prep

Hey All,

Lets create a new thread for the people giving GRE in next 2-3 months..
we can discuss our strategies and keep each other motivated..

Idea

it would be great if seniors would provide feedback on my study strategy.. :

i am working in a IT company in India, and life is really hectic (and monotonous).. its really difficult to find even 1-2 hr / day for studying, though weekends are mostly free.. ( i utilize them mostly ).. Embarassed

i began my studies in around january and have taken May 27th date for GRE.. (thank god... right before registration was blocked).. Since january i have been mostly working on my vocab (on and off, haven't been able to devote much time).. I have finished off barron's high frequency wordlist and have started arco's high frequency words.. also did all the word lists once (atleast) but am forgetting most of the words so a revision is underway (Estimated completion date [ECD Wink] -- march end).. i'd be making a list of the words i really am not able to memorize and would mug them up.

Please suggest ways so that i can remember the words/groups for a longer period..
(a) i was thinking of starting a blog or something, and use the words in the entries that I do there..
(b) also, planning to start taking the difficult words to office for revision during tea breaks etc.
© rote learning doesn't seem to be working so well..


With around 2 months in hand, i still have to start working on my RC and other parts of verbal like analogies, antonyms etc. I tried 2 BigBook tests (ya, have got printouts of all of them).. and got around 8 wrong in the 38 questions that were there in the verbal section..

i plan to do around 1-2 RC daily from 1st april onwards, and parallely start my quant/maths studies, though i dnt expect them to be so tough... so will be doing maths say every alternate day on weekdays and more seriously on weekends. I'll be using barron's material for quanta initially.. is that OK ? When should I start giving the CATs ? which ones are the good one's ?

I really want to score 1500+ and I know I can do it.. please help me decide the best strategy, keeping in mind that i have a hectic schedule.. Sad

here's a brief of what i have studied / from where / and what i PLAN to study till my GRE ---
dooms day -- 27th May

Verbal section
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(1) Analysis of issue/argument -- not begun yet, plan to do this a week before GRE..
(2) Vocab --- have been doing slowly and steadily since january, plan to continue revising and strengthening.. strategies listed above. doing mainly from Barron's. never touched normal lewis (its binding opens up all the time Wink
(3) RC -- start doing one-two RC daily from Big Book from 1st april onwards , other material to be used - Kaplans.. please suggest any other .. should i read Hindu also.. daily ? which mags / books should i go through..
(4) analogies, antonyms, sentence completion etc. -- around 15-20 mins daily study from Big book.. which other materials to refer too ?

Quant
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(1) To start prep from 1st april... around 1 hr on alternate days.. initially from barron's (13th edition, tht's what i have).. suggest any other material.. ?
(2) will give tests on weekends..

Others
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(1) When should i start taking the CATs.. ? which one's first... ? kind of feel like saving powerprep for the end..


Please let me know if there's some area where i should change my study plan/strategy.. and any good material which i am missing out on .. all comments are welcome !

Thanks !

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It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that
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i am taking it in the old pattern.. in may 2007 !


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Surprised
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so that rediff link is kind of irrelevant right now... Embarassed
hope i didn't sound offensive..

have browsed through many threads on the forum, but couldn't find one which gives prep tips strategies keeping in view the hectic life of an indian IT professional (and that too, when one's got just about 2 months in hand.. ) .. i need to make max utilization of whatever time i have got ..

seeking advice of seniors and people who are in a similar situation like mine.. Confused:


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what matters is end result...all planing and management will go drain if u falter at d-day...i will advice u to stick to learn words regularly and practise one verbal (complete exercise)daily...its just half an hour practise dude...and if u havent statred wth quant(i am assumin u are applyn 4 MS) KEEP IN MIND THAT QUANT IS MORE IMPORTANT HERE THAN UR VERBAL....atb wth ur prep...and plzz search extensively before postin ,i remember this has been very nicely answered BEFORE IN SOME POST NAMED gre tricks(sth like that)


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Hey Anu
Thanks for the advice Smile
i'll dig deeper into the previous posts and hopefully i'll get my answers..

I also read somewhere in the forum that Verbal section is not being emphasized that much nowadays.. but to what extent would it affect my chances if i got a lower score ? say below 600-550.. ?

right now my profile is --

class X - 88 %
class XII - 84 %
** got national level scholarship in school for getting high marks in social studies..

college - NIT, Bhopal, branch - CSE, GPA - 8.66 / 10
** branch silver medallist
** got scholarship in college also
** All branch topper in 2 semesters
** College level papers selected in IIIT Hyd, IIT Roorkee (got no proof though, since couldn't go to present)
** Co authored an IEEE paper Very Happy

Working -- in CSC India ( It's a big name in US )


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Quote:Hey Anu
Thanks for the advice ---you'r welcome
i'll dig deeper into the previous posts and hopefully i'll get my answers..

I also read somewhere in the forum that Verbal section is not being emphasized that much nowadays.. but to what extent would it affect my chances if i got a lower score ? say below 600-550.. ? --i am from EE deptt. so cant say much about CS but yeah your profile looks good a score 1350+(q=close to 800)will really boost up your chance for gud university

right now my profile is --

class X - 88 %
class XII - 84 %
** got national level scholarship in school for getting high marks in social studies..

college - NIT, Bhopal, branch - CSE, GPA - 8.66 / 10
** branch silver medallist
** got scholarship in college also
** All branch topper in 2 semesters
** College level papers selected in IIIT Hyd, IIT Roorkee (got no proof though, since couldn't go to present)
** Co authored an IEEE paper

Working -- in CSC India ( It's a big name in US )
---also plzz do mention ur area of specialization such that others can comment


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@anu - sorry for the late reply.. kind of loaded with work Sad I wasn't able to find that thread 'gre tricks' will try more..

with my gre date fast approaching i am getting freaked out Sad ..

gave my first power prep yesterday.. please check this link for the scores -
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p...ingle=true

(PP1 - Got 580v, 800q, total 1380)

Verbal --
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I am very dissatisfied with my verbal score Sad
The point to note is that i got my first verbal Q wrong.. does it affect the score THAT badly ?
have done the wordlists twice, almost.. but the prob is that as i go through the newer words, i keep on forgetting the older ones Sad


Quant -
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Haven't touched quant yet, other than practice ex from powerprep.. so the 800 is kind of sweet.
1. Which areas of quant should I focus on ? heard that statistics and probability are being asked frequently (my PowerPrep CAT 1 had only 1 question from each if i remember correctly).
2. Is GRE Bible material for statistics and probability enough ?


CATs -
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Also, can somebody tell me about the CATs available ?
- Powerprep is great but i have already used one, and want to save the other one for say, last week of my prepration.
- I tried barron's companion CD diagnostic test today.. it wasn't computer adaptive in nature.

1. I need to know about the CATs (actual CATs like powerprep, which really adapt questions based on performance.. )
2. Which order should I attempt them in ?


Thanks a lot everyone !
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just noticed .. four sad smilies in previous message... am not that pessimistic Shocked Laughing


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