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Vocabulary Strategies Video

Chris talks vocabulary resources, strategies, study plans, and answers questions you asked in the Vocabulary Q&A post— enjoy!

Websites he mentions: (Free vocabulary flashcards: search “GRE”) (Vocabulary words in context)

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9 Responses to Vocabulary Strategies Video

  1. kushal July 31, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Hi Chris,
    First of all I would like to tell you what an awesome website you guys have built. Its very intutive and has a fluidic UI. Being a developer myself I can see some good work has gone into building it.
    So coming to a query which is troubling me, I have been diligently following magoosh ebook for vocab and have completed 3/4 of it already. However while attempting the question I find myself puzzled by most of the question? So my question is what stategy should I adopt while working with question in order to maximize the retention of the new words.

    1.Should I make a list (excel sheet) of all the unknown words in a question, with its definition, mnemonic and examples
    2.Should I only concentrate on the important words (like correct answers etc.), enlist them for future review.

    To confess I am already following the 1st stategy, but I am afraid that I might end up with a huge list (my list is 150+ already and I have attempted close to 50 question till now) with limited retention.
    I know learning and understanding new words is very important for GRE, but I still want your advice/stategy on this?

    FYI: I already have a Magoosh GRE premium and my test is in 2week of sept 2013


  2. Tanya June 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I just signed up for your online GRE prep course. I am so excited and movtivated. I plan on taking the GRE during the first week of August. I am so nervous about the Verbal section. I want to follow your advice on reading to improve my vocabulary. I had a hard time remembering vocabulary lists in the past. I have Word Smart, Manhattan GRE flash cards( 500 Essential Words), and Webster Meriam Vocabulary Builder (I really like this one). Which one of these supplemental materials will be the most beneficial for me to use while preparing for the test? Considering the amount of time that I have.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

      Hi Tanya,

      Definitely go with the Meriam Vocab Builder. The program that works best for you is always the best. In this case, there really isn’t too much difference between the lists. They all contain important GRE vocab.

      Good luck on your test, and let me know how you like our course :).

  3. eakhan04 September 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    Hey Chris. I am planning to take my new GRE exam on October 14th. First, thanks for all your great advice to tackle the new GRE’s. I am a big fan of yours. I have couple of question regarding the Verbal Section. I have a Magoosh premium account and I was wondering if I should buy LSAT and GMAT official guides to practice RC’s and Text Completions. Or should I just practice and practice on Magoosh? As far as Vocab is concerned I am using the PR Word Smart for the GRE, 2nd edition.
    For the Math Section, I am using Nova’s GRE Math Prep Course. It is a great book to re-polish your math skills. Are there any other things you would recommend? I really appreciate your help. Thank You.

    P.S I also have ETS prep book

    • Chris Lele
      Chris September 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

      Interesting, I’m just writing a blog post that references the LSAT and GMAT Official Guides. The short answer is yes, especially if you are going for the 90% and above on verbal.

      For Math section, NOVA is good for questions. Their explanations though are so inscrutable to the point that they might as well have been written in hieroglyphics (at least many of my erstwhile students have felt this way).

      Word Smart, whether the second or fourth edition, is good. To practice your math skills for some of the harder question types you can always download a GMAT powerprep-esque test from Many difficult questions for you to cut your teeth on (don’t worry about the Data Sufficiency though).

      Hope that helps, and good luck on the 14th!

      • eakhan04 September 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

        Thanks Chris for the quick reply. You are the best!!!

  4. shara September 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Thank you! This had some really great information.
    Chris mentions it’s better to stick to “lists that have already been made for you”….where can i find those lists?

    • shara September 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

      oh…later he mentions some books!

  5. Arif September 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Thankyou Chris !!

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