How can confidence help you with the exam? Read on to find out!
Hi, I’m Amanda! As an undergrad I went to UC San Diego and majored in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, with a minor in Marine Science. I’m still a student at UCSD– just about to finish my MS in Biology. I was extremely happy that I didn’t have to take the GRE to get into my MS program, but now that I’m applying to PhD programs, there was no more avoiding it.
The most difficult part of the exam for me: I had a lot of trouble with pretty much the entire quant section. When I first started studying I couldn’t believe how much I had forgotten since high school! This is where Magoosh really had a huge impact. I watched all of the lesson videos, and spent a lot of time on practice questions. Even if I got a question right, I always watched the explanation video to see if there was a faster way to get the answer. Slowly but surely, I started to answer more and more questions correctly. Even though my quant score wasn’t super amazing, I’m still really proud of how much I improved.
Tips: When test day finally arrives, stop studying! Trust that all of those hours you put in practicing are about to pay off. Try to get yourself pumped up and feeling confident! I did this by listening to my favorite “conquering the world” playlist. This might sound silly, but I also dressed professionally and wore my favorite pair of heels to the test. I find that when I’m really stressed out and feel like everything’s a mess, putting a little effort into my outward appearance helps to ‘trick’ myself into feeling more put together and confident. We’ve all heard the saying “fake it ‘til you make it”, and sometimes it really does work!