About me: My name is Nina. I graduated in May 2011 from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. I am currently working as a Kitchen Manager and Cook of a Buddhist retreat center and am planning on going to grad school for Social Work in Fall 2015.
My biggest challenge: Math was definitely a challenging topic for me on the GRE – I haven’t taken a math class in over 6 years! But going through practice problems meticulously really helped! Getting more and more exposure to different questions was super useful because I was able to see themes in the problems and focus my studies accordingly. During the GRE I felt very comfortable in the math section and familiar with the types of questions they asked.
Also, the long passages in the verbal section gave me trouble. To help with that, I really enjoyed the videos on Magoosh that focused on dissecting the answer choices – learning to understand where the answers were coming from made it easier to compartmentalize the different choices and not be overwhelmed with information.
I don’t think I would do anything differently. I took two months to study, and studied very intensely for the first month. The second month was mostly about practice problems and a couple practice tests for me.
Tips for other students: I would definitely recommend turning up the heat on studying during the beginning of your studies! Once it gets down to the wire, the last thing you will want to do is spend hours in front of a computer screen trying to cram information. You are much better off doing self-care techniques like sleeping and eating well the week before your test, and spending an hour or so reviewing problems every day.