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Elena graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Media Studies. She loves helping people connect to their interests and has been starting and marketing clubs since high school. She can be found wandering around cities with her camera, ideally in the direction of a gelato shop.

 

 

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  • Quiz: How long do you need to study for the GRE? How long do you need to study for the GRE before you’re ready to register for your test date? Take this 5-question quiz to find out.
  • GRE Math Formula eBook Based on your suggestions, our third Magoosh GRE eBook is a compilation of must-know GRE math formulas for you to reference and memorize as you study! Though memorizing a math formula (or twelve) isn’t the only way to study for GRE Quant, knowing certain frequently-tested formulas by heart will help you improve your speed on ...
  • ETS GRE Practice Test: Powerprep & The Official Guide You may have heard that there is no better way to practice for the GRE than by taking a mock exam, especially one written by ETS (the maker of the GRE). The extent to which this is true depends on how you use the POWERPREP practice exams. Taking a test once, figuring out your score, ...
  • [Webinar] 5 Killer GRE Prep Tips UPDATE: Our friends at Accepted are now providing you a free recording of this webinar here! This week, we’re teaming up with our friends at Accepted to help you beat the GRE. A low GRE score can be bad news. But the good news is that you can raise your score with some smart preparation! If ...
  • Simplifying Data in the GRE Compendium Last summer, ETS released a massive file called A Compendium of Studies, a 279-page document of GRE esoterica. There understandably wasn’t much fanfare surrounding this release, as this is some pretty dry, technical stuff (the GRE reading passages are fun, by contrast). Nonetheless, I’m guessing some of you might have stumbled across it and wondered ...
  • Score Your GRE Essay How do I score my GRE essay? Plenty of students want to improve their writing, and the only real way to do so is writing, and writing a lot. But there is a catch-22 here: how do you improve your writing if you aren’t a good writer? How can you identify places to improve if you don’t ...
  • Making the Most of Magoosh GRE Study Schedules The most challenging aspect of studying for the GRE – and being a graduate student, for that matter – is learning to manage your study time wisely. Staying organized and self-motivated while keeping procrastination at bay is no small feat. (Trust me. Candy Crush and Instagram were invented while I was in grad school. I ...
  • GRE Article of the Month – April 2014 How Philosophy Makes Progress By Rebecca Newberger Goldstein for The Chronicle of Higher Education This month’s article poses the question as to whether philosophy has become obsolete. After all, what philosophy has only been able to speculate about, science has provided evidence for (e.g. the nature of time and matter, and that grey stuff behind my eyes.) Does ...
  • What does the GRE exam look like? It’s not pretty “No surprises test day” makes for a good mantra. Each day you study, doing your best to make sure the test doesn’t contain any unpleasant surprises, and that you know as much information as possible to do your best. Though many subscribe to this exact mentality, they are often surprised test-day by some unsavory ...
  • GRE Vocab Resources 2015 Happy 2015 Magooshers! We updated this post with new resources that came out in the last year. Some are so new that they’re still in beta, but we’ve tried them out and can safely say – be glad you’re studying in 2015. Technology is on your side. Enjoy the best vocab resources of 2015! GRE Vocabulary ...
  • [Announcement] Magoosh TOEFL Newsletter Hi Magooshers! Have I told you lately how much I appreciate your support for the Magoosh GRE and TOEFL blogs? Thanks for commenting on posts and for sharing your favorites with your friends. Our goal at Magoosh is to provide you with the best resources and test prep tips so you can ace the GRE and ...
  • GRE vs. GMAT – Which Should You Take? Choosing between the GRE vs. GMAT: Which is more difficult? You might have heard that many who take the GRE are also taking the GMAT, or vice versa. You may be wondering which test is easier, or which is better if you plan to get your MBA. If you are wondering exactly what the GMAT is ...
  • GRE Articles of the Month – February/March 2014 Cheap Words By George Packer for The New Yorker The Writer, Seducer, Aviator, Proto-Fascist, Megalomaniac Prince Who Shaped Modern Italy By Jonathan Galassi for NewRepublic.com Note: Two Vocab Wednesday posts, Words from the Article of the Month and Words from the Article of the Month Part II refer to the articles in this post. For challenging vocabulary, read on ...
  • GRE Reading Practice: Writers in The New York Times When it comes to improving your reading ability and vocabulary, there is no shortcut. To be a better reader, you have to read and you have to read often. So often we hear from students who have a month left before their test and are looking for quick ways to improve their Verbal score. Sadly, ...
  • How to Teach the GRE The web has transformed almost every facet of our lives. The tutoring industry is no different. Both tutors and students trawl craigslist.com, sometimes connecting with someone who lives half-a-world away, conducting weekly sessions via Skype. Amazon.com offers every single test prep resource available—along with customer reviews. Essay websites offer instant corrections through newfangled algorithms. As dazzling as ...
  • New Official Verbal and Quantitative Guides from GRE Great news! ETS will be releasing two new practice books this May, one for GRE Math and one for GRE Verbal: Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions Each book will have 150 brand new, never-seen-before test questions. What that means for you is more practice content to get you ready for test ...
  • Free Resources from Uniguru and Magoosh We have a lot of students coming from all parts of the world and particularly South and Southeast Asia. You can be certain that they, like most other grad school aspirants have bucket loads of questions, many unique to very special circumstances. Well the good news is that you’ve got a friend in Uniguru, an ...
  • Magoosh’s Recommended Sites for Graduate School Hey there aspiring graduate students! We’ve been collecting a few of our favorite places to go on the net to pass along to you. Check out the page now! Magoosh’s Grad School Recommended Sites and Resources Of course this list is far from complete, so if you have any thoughts about which resources have helped you ...
  • Vocabulary.com – The new Place to go for Words I’m not sure why it took me so long, but I’ve finally spent some time on vocabulary.com. The site had been recommended by students a few times before, but I only gave the site a cursory glance, thinking it not much different—or superior—to wordnik.com. Wordnik.com, which I’ve recommended to students thus far, not only gives you ...
  • Win a Free Magoosh Account! Are you studying for the GRE? Do you love Magoosh? Since you’re on our blog, I’d like to think that the answers to these questions are ‘yes’ and ‘yes.’ In that case, how would you like to have the chance to (very easily) win a free account? We’re running a sweepstakes on our Facebook page ...
  • July’s Free Study Resources! Hello everyone! Another month, another set of free resources. 🙂 Here are some great resources from Magoosh and around the internet that we think you’ll find helpful. For more, check out our big list of free GRE resources! Happy studying! GRE and Graduate School Resources:  HigherEDUBlog: this is a great blog that discusses higher education, GRE tips, ...
  • GRE Article of the Month – July 2013: How the Internet is Using Us All How the Internet is Using Us All By Michael Saler for The Times Literary Supplement Many of the articles of the month I’ve posted—while hopefully engaging—haven’t caused you to take a stance. That’s understandable, given that the topic matter tends to be esoteric enough that you probably haven’t had time to form an opinion. Other articles I’ve ...
  • June Announcements: Free Resources Hi, all! Here are some resources from both the Magoosh site and around the web that we think you’ll find helpful. Check out our big list of free GRE resources for more. Enjoy! GRE resources: Explanation Videos for Official ETS Material Magoosh’s Ultimate GRE Guide: just published! And it’s pretty awesome :). LearnWithHarsha: Free Resources for GRE Preparation: we ...
  • Explanation Videos for Official GRE Material Hi, everyone! 🙂 If you’re a regular blog visitor, you’ve probably often read our recommendations for official material from ETS, whether it be Powerprep software, the Official Guide books, or the PDFs of the paper-based exams. We always suggest these resources since they’re as accurate as it gets when it comes to practice material– the best ...
  • GRE Forums Given the sheer number of students from around the world who take the GRE annually, the lack of GRE forums is somewhat surprising. Nonetheless, if you have a question on a tough triangle question, or simply want to commiserate with others over the grueling preparation required for the GRE, you do have a few options.   Urch.com If ...
  • GRE Study Music I don’t know about you, but I can’t study without my music. While I’m a fan of the classical (Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata will help me get through even the toughest of text completions), some of you may prefer a more upbeat tune. Enter the following sites! Below are 3 great resources to help you DJ your ...
  • Top 5 (Free!) Online GRE Resources The costs of studying for the GRE exam and applying to graduate school can add up. So, why not make the most of all the internet has to offer with free resources? Aside from our eBooks, GRE practice test and blog 😉 here are the best online resources to fuel your studies.  Enjoy! Top 5 Free ...
  • Top 5 Online Grammar Resources for the GRE A solid understanding of English grammar will help you immensely on the GRE—and in your daily life as well. 🙂 Below are my top 5 favorite online grammar resources, in no particular order: 1. The Purdue Owl– This is a  great, academic resource on grammar topics such as articles, subject-verb agreement and prepositions. Very useful for writing ...
  • Our New Favorite GRE Vocab Site: Word Dynamo from Dictionary.com Many of you have probably heard of dictionary.com, if you haven’t already used the site before to look up GRE vocabulary. Maybe you are even familiar with its “Word of the Day” feature, which offers up a difficult vocabulary word along with helpful example sentences. Well, they’ve just unleashed something far more robust, interactive, and downright ...
  • New ETS PowerPrep II, Version 2.0 and New Paper-Based Practice Test Released Update 9/28/12:  Video explanations for all of the questions in the Paper-based practice test Version 2 PDF are on our YouTube channel here.  Our Official Guide 2nd edition book review After a year of no new fresh questions, an entire test paper-based test and a new version of Powerprep II have appeared on the ETS website. For those ...
  • New Offerings from ETS – Changes in the GRE to Pay Attention to in 2012 Yesterday ETS made some important announcements regarding score submissions. During a Q&A session that followed, it also discussed the release of some new products that many GRE aspirants will be interested in. Official Guide 2nd Edition Coming this August to a local bookstore near you (of which there are precious few) is The Official Guide for the ...
  • GRE Vocabulary eBook Ask and you shall receive! Based on the many requests from our students (thank you, as always, for your suggestions!), we’ve compiled the best of our word lists into a one-stop vocabulary resource for the revised GRE in eBook form. It includes: Instructions on how to use our very popular GRE vocabulary lists How to not use ...
  • Best GRE Books and Resources 2012 Books: Verbal 1. Manhattan GRE 2. Word Smart 3. Barron’s 1100 Vocabulary Words 4. GMAT Official Guide (for advanced learners – there is overlap on some difficult questions) 5. LSAT PrepTests (advanced learners) 6. All of our New GRE book reviews   Math 1. Manhattan GRE 2. Nova (advanced learners) 3. GMAT Official Guide (advanced learners)   Online Resources: 1. Magoosh Verbal and Math 2. Manhattan GRE (6 tests) 3. Wordnik.com (Vocabulary) 4. Quizlet.com (Flashcards) 5. ...
  • Best GRE Prep Books and Resources 2011 With a plethora of GRE prep material that was published in 2011, from the dodgy website that promises a perfect score to choosing the best materials can be as daunting as prepping for the test. Besides Magoosh’s big list of free GRE resources, below are the best books and resources to help you prep for ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: July 7 Graduate School Admissions: What’s the Role of GPA in Graduate School Admissions? by Tara Kuther, Ph.D. from Graduate School @ About.com – This article explains that when admissions committees look at your GPA, they also consider the quality and difficulty of the courses. It also goes into the reason for standardized exams and what you can do if ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: July 6 International Students: How I got in Ivy League with 1170 GRE from Happy Schools Blog – After receiving a disappointing GRE score, this student decided to hold off on applying to schools in the US and focus on other accomplishments. This strategy ultimately paid off because he or she is now attending a great school. Graduate School: Advice for Grad ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: July 1 Student Stories: “Non-Traditional” Grad School Applicants – For people who’ve been out of school for a while… from thegradcafe.com – This is a very active forum thread about applying to grad school at a later age. Graduate School Admissions: 6 Hopeful and 4 Scary Trends for Grad School Grants by Kim Clark from U.S. News & World Report – The economic recession has ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 30 International Students: GRE Verbal guide for non-native english speaker – This presentation has some great tips on memorizing vocab words and creating flashcards efficiently. Student Stories: June 30th GRE – 1520; 720 v, 800 q from Urch.com – Here’s a short positive story from today about a student who got a much improved score the second time around. Graduate School Admissions: Graduate Admissions 101: ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 29 Graduate School Admissions: What’s It Worth?: The Economic Value of College Major from Georgetown University – This is an eye-opening report about the economic outcomes for different undergraduate and graduate majors. It also shows the differences in median income for different genders and racial backgrounds. This is a PDF of select findings so it is a quick read and ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 28 Graduate School Admissions: A Brief Introduction to Writing Personal Essays from GradSchools.com – This is a great article that gives an overview of what you should consider before writing your personal essays. It even covers the hard questions about why you are qualified and how you are exceptional. International Students: 10 Traits of F1 Visa Denied Students from Happy Schools ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 27 Student Stories: 1500 in 3 weeks (for those feeling anxious and hopeless) from Urch.com –  This is an amazing story from a student who only had three weeks to study for the GRE. Those three weeks were filled with intense studying but disappointing results from practice exams. Nevertheless, this student received an impressive 1500. International Students: Applying to U.S. Universities ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 24 International Students: Importance of undergraduate research experience for MS, PhD, Career in USA from RedBus2US – Research experience is important for applying to many US master’s and PhD programs. It can also help you get to know professors and improve your job prospects. Student Stories: Q: 800 V:600 AWA:? + 1 Question for someone who already took the test + ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 23 Graduate School Admissions: The CV Doctor Returns – 2010 by Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong from The Chronicle of Higher Education – This article gives general advice on creating a CV or resume. Click the links in the “Related Content” box on the left to see real before and after examples. International Students: Days between visa and flying – make ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 22 Student Stories: If I knew then what I know now… Advice for first timers from thegradcafe.com –  Students who have already gone through the application process use their experiences to offer advice to future grad school applicants in this forum topic. International Students: How to get Scholarships in US Graduate Schools for MS, MBA? GRE, Essays, Acads? from RedBus2US – Every scholarship ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 21 International Students: F1 Visa from Happy Schools Blog – Here is a great resource for information on the US Student Visa that includes interview tips, FAQs, information on required documents and more. Student Stories: 1450 (Verbal: 670, Quant:780) from Urch.com – This one is truly a story—with romance, surprises, and snacks! Graduate School Admissions: Find the Graduate School That’s Right for You from PhD.com – ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 20 Graduate School Admissions: Can I Switch Fields and Go to Graduate School in a Different Area? by  Tara Kuther, Ph.D. from Graduate School @ About.com –  Getting into a graduate program in a field of study different than your undergraduate major comes down to demonstrating that you have skills and experiences that make you a good fit for the ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 17 Graduate School Admissions: Timetable for Applying to Graduate School by Tara Kuther, Ph.D. from Graduate School @ About.com – If you will be a senior in college next year and are planning on taking the GRE this summer or early next fall you are right at the beginning of the timetable. This article will help you stay on track with ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 16 Grad School Admissions: I got a low GMAT/GRE score now what? from Test Prep Finder – Here are a few simple steps that can help you overcome a score you aren’t happy with. Read this before you take the test to help you feel less nervous. International Students: Choosing an American School from GradSchools.com – Big city or small town? Large population of international ...
  • Daily Link Roundup: June 15 In addition to well-deserved study breaks, the Internet can provide great resources to help you get into grad school! Here are three links from three amazing websites: Grad School Admissions How to Get Started on Your Personal Statement with One Easy Technique by Nancy Evans from the Accepted Admissions Almanac In just 10-20 minutes you’ll have a theme ...

 

 

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