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GRE Student Post: Start Studying Early

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Next up, Rebecca! ūüôā¬†

About me:¬†I‚Äôm originally from San Francisco, but I live in Berkeley¬†now. I majored in History, and I really like to read and travel and explore. I¬†also played oboe in high school and college. In grad school, I want to study Public Health, with a focus in Health Policy and Management. Humanities are my strong point ‚Ästnot so much quantitative subjects.

My biggest challenge: Without a doubt, math was the most difficult topic for me. I hate math Рthe reason I took AP Calculus my senior year of high school (7 years ago) was so that when I passed, I would never have to take a math class ever again. When I started studying for the GRE, I needed to completely re-learn geometry and algebra. I started by watching the Magoosh lesson videos, doing the quizzes at the end of the modules, and custom practicing with just the lessons that I’d already learned. Rong Yang’s GRE/ GMAT Math review book was also helpful. When I got frustrated with my poor performance in math, I’d take a break by studying vocabulary or relaxing, and then I’d go back to the math.

If I could re-do my studies: I would focus more on making¬†sure I understood why I got questions wrong. I would also spend a little more¬†time studying in the week before the GRE. In the practice test I took one week¬†before my GRE, I got a great score. My score went down a couple points in the¬†actual GRE ‚Äď I think because I got complacent. For students who are thinking¬†about taking the GRE or are studying now, I would say start studying early. That way you can really figure out where you‚Äôre¬†weakest, and focus on improving those¬†areas.

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