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Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence on the GRE

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 11/9/18 7:00 PM

Whatever the next chapter of your life that you’re getting ready for here, I promise you that being a more effective, thoughtful reader is not going to put you at a disadvantage.

Now the other two question types on the verbal reasoning section are known as “text completion” and “sentence equivalence.” questions. These are confusing terms for confusing questions that are essentially just college level vocabulary tests.

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Tags: GRE

Why Active Reading Matters When Studying for the GRE

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 11/7/18 6:43 PM

We all read so much these days -- texts, lists, ads, articles, more ads, email.  But really what we’re doing here (for the most part) is skimming.  We’re looking for the information we want, not caring much about what falls by the wayside, and moving on.  

In this blog I want to teach you a tactic -- we call it “active reading” -- that will help start to turn off that impulse in your head that says “BORING -- time to skim.”

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Tags: GRE

Crucial Habits for Success on GRE Verbal

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 10/24/18 6:39 PM

I'm Andrew Jungclaus -- I've been a GRE tutor at Cambridge Coaching since 2012, and have tutored over 1000 hours, working with dozens of students to improve their scores. By day, I'm also a Ph.D. candidate in American religious history at Columbia University, so I am intimately familiar with putting in long hours to complete a major goal.  I actually just finished my comprehensives exams -- which required reading over 300 books in less than a year (!) -- and I promise I will not even ask you to do a tenth of that work on your path to acing the GRE.

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Tags: GRE

Brokered Conventions

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 3/28/16 9:30 AM

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Tags: history

Why I Quit Facebook and Never Looked Back

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 9/11/15 11:30 AM

When I tell people that I quit Facebook, I tell them that it’s because it stole time from me.  Technically, this is true – sometimes at the end of the day I would tally the minutes (the hours) that I’d spent looking at photographs of people I didn’t know instead of working on my dissertation or editing grant proposals, or doing just doing anything that was actually good or pleasurable.  But honestly this was only half the truth – eventually I was only able to quit Facebook because I truly hated it.  And for a boost in productivity along with a host of other reasons: I think that you should hate it too.

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Tags: study skills

Applying to the Best Prep Schools

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 8/21/15 11:00 AM

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Tags: middle school, high school

Here Are the Best Time Management Tips for Test Prep

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 8/17/15 11:00 AM

Fret no more!  We've got your back.

I once had a student who told me he “didn’t have enough time” to study for the GRE.  Granted, he was a reality TV executive with a family and a two-hour commute – so if anyone had an excuse not to make time for test prep, he probably did.  But after we sat down and had a simple conversation about time management and organizational study skills, we were able to make a few actionable recommendations that squeezed more than enough time for test prep out of his daily schedule.

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Tags: study skills

Planning College Visits (Part 3 - On Campus Checklist)

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 7/24/15 9:00 AM


Fingers crossed for good weather. [Image source: Columbia University, where Andrew spends most of his time] 
This post is part of a 3 part series. Check out Part 1 on Getting Started, and Part 2 on Traveling Efficently. 

Once you’re finally on campus for the visit and information session, you may feel like the battle has already been won.  I see kids like that at Columbia every day – herds of sullen, blank-faced high school students shuffling from one academic hall to another.  Admittedly, it can be an overwhelming experience to start visiting these grand, bustling institutions.  But you need to remember that this is both your first glimpse at the school and its first look at you.  Try incorporating a few of the suggestions listed below to your next campus visit and see if it makes you feel – or at least seem – like the engaged, passionate, admissions candidate you want to be.

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Tags: college admissions

How to Plan Your College Visits (Part 2 - Traveling Efficiently)

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 7/13/15 11:00 AM

We're excited too, Mr. Bean.
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Tags: college

How to Plan Your College Visits: Getting Started

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 6/11/15 11:31 AM

Rory from Gilmore Girls visits Yale. Most of us aren't lucky enough to have a grandpa alumni.

For all rising juniors and seniors, this is the season to take the first step in the college application process – planning your college visits. Remember, this is your first opportunity to examine a range of colleges and their first chance to get a look at you. It’s important to take a deep breath and think about your ideal college experience in fine grain. In this series, we’ll present some basic tips and tricks for making the most of your campus visits, including how to plan effectively and what to do once you get there.

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Tags: college admissions