How to Get Started on the GRE Quant Section

Posted by Weike Wang on 10/17/18 5:43 PM

How do you feel about math?

Let’s take a minute to think about math and how we feel about it. Good memories or bad? Or both? If I were to draw an analogy about math and anything else, it would be a foreign language. You can’t forget what you learned in arithmetic and expect to do well in algebra, just like you can’t forget how to conjugate French verbs and expect to write a full sentence. Math requires a great foundation and, once that foundation is built, everything else comes after.  I am here to help you build that foundation. I am here to tell you that math isn’t supposed to be scary or cryptic or over your head and I’m not just saying this because I am a tutor, I am saying this because I have been there, staring at a problem and blanking, putting the pencil down, getting scared, when another second spent ‘braving the storm’ made all the difference.

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What I Told My Sister About Studying for the GRE

Posted by Sarah B on 2/14/18 6:34 PM

As many older siblings can tell you, sometimes your younger siblings would rather go hiking in Antarctica before they ask for the tiniest bit of help or advice. So you can imagine my surprise when I got this message from my youngest sister a few months ago: 

Sis : i’m finally kinda trying to maybe somewhat get more serious about gre prep

Sis : i’ve avoided it for a while

Sis : any helpful tips you’ve gained from tutoring? aside from like practicing and getting more familiar? any strategies you've figured out or resources that were surprisingly useful, xyz?

Me (replying within 5 seconds): OMG YES I’VE GOT THIS

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Top 6 GRE Verbal Pro-Tips to Study Smarter, Not Harder

Posted by Andy on 7/12/17 5:55 PM

I get it, endlessly drilling vocabulary, parsing paragraphs, and reading about complex astrophysics is not the most fun way to spend sunny Saturday afternoons. After all, Saturdays are for the Boys or perusing Thought Catalog on what kind of Saturday is the best Saturday. With a little strategy, you can study in a way that is efficient for your time to focus on the things you need to know for the test.

Here are the top 6 pro-tips I wish someone told me about understanding GRE Verbal, from a 99th percentile scorer:

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7 Key Strategies to Boost your Score on the GRE from a Master

Posted by Greg on 1/11/17 6:31 PM

There are many opportunities to make mistakes on the GRE, and our Master tutor Greg has witnessed all of them.  With over 500 hours of experience teaching with Cambridge Coaching, he is one of the most well-qualified GRE tutors out there.  What are the most common problems he addresses?  Some of the answers may surprise you.  Greg shares his candid feedback below!

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Who struggles with GRE quant? (Hint: Pretty Much Everyone)

Posted by Jedd on 12/21/16 5:28 PM

We might expect that the only students who avoided math for years will struggle with the quant section, which deals mostly with topics from a middle school/high school Algebra I class. In fact, students of all stripes encounter a range of challenges. Most students experience a unique combination of strengths and “growing edges,” but here are some patterns I’ve seen over the years.

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Tips and Challenges for Reading and Responding to GRE Passages

Posted by Jedd on 11/16/16 5:25 PM

Map to Remember

GRE passages can be dense and academic like the kind of materials you may encounter in graduate school. These passages place you in the middle of a scholarly conversation, and your role is get your bearings quickly, without getting distracted by details you don’t need to fully grasp. In most passages, the beginning typically provides the background for an idea, explanation, or debate, the middle of the passage provides support or development, and the most important idea comes at the end. (A minority of the passages give away the main idea right at the beginning.)

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The Universal Standardized Test Taking Strategy: Know the Policy

Posted by Greg on 10/28/16 5:08 PM

This week, one of our Master level tutors shares the most commonly forgotten test taking strategy: know the testing policy. Greg's anecdote sheds light on the responsibility of the student and the tutor to learn the policies of the test, and understand what motivates test policy changes.

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Tools to Cut Through the Quantitative Section of the GRE

Posted by Jedd on 9/7/16 8:00 PM

The right tools will allow you to cut through just about any problem on the GRE quantitative section.

Many topics but a few key strategies

Probably the biggest challenge that students face when approaching the quantitative section on the GRE is the sheer range of topics, which cover numerous concepts up through early high school math. The upside is that not a single one of these topics is particularly complicated, and the way they are tested has more to do with reading carefully, using clues and cues embedded in the question and answer choices strategically, and pacing yourself according to your target score - slower for medium score and faster for high scores.

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How to Use Logic to Trump the Vocab Section of the GRE

Posted by Jedd on 8/12/16 6:00 PM

When Logic Trumps Vocab

While a college vocabulary is certainly larger than a high school vocabulary, particularly for students of the humanities and social studies, there are still a precious few of us who regularly use or even see words like “tyro” or “contumacious.” The majority of text completion (TC) and sentence equivalence (SE) questions do not require you to know every word in the answer choices.

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GRE Vocabulary: Two Key Strategies to Boost Your Score

Posted by Jedd on 7/13/16 6:00 PM

Cultivating Your Vocabulary

Students often feel like vocabulary is one of the biggest hurdles to preparing for the GRE. While vocabulary on the old GRE, pre-2011 played a very outsized role in comprising the verbal score, it’s still important today, although it’s more tied to context, use, and logical thinking. if you have more than a few weeks to study, you’ll be well served to grow your vocabulary. Augmenting your vocabulary with those occasional words, the ones that you only see often enough to feel annoyed with yourself for forgetting, is a skill that you may need in a range of disciplines and professions.

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