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When writing the Manhattan Prep’s 500 Essential Words and 500 Advanced Words GRE flashcard sets, we wanted to make sure that everyone could get something out of every card — even if you already know the word on the front. So, you may know paradox, but do you know enigma, conundrum and doctrinaire?

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Back in 2009, Cal Newport posted Some Thoughts on Grad School on his blog Study Hacks.

Now he revisits the theme with Some MORE Thoughts on Grad School. Read all of his thoughts here!

Do you make sleep a priority? Over at GOOD, Nick Hughes writes about how he made sleep a priority, even when his company was experiencing their busiest time. He now sometimes goes to bed at 9am and lets his body wake him up when he’s gotten enough rest, even when it’s as early as 4am.

Business Insider has a list of 23 really successful people who all get up really early. Getting enough sleep is definitely a crucial part of preparing for the GRE. All night cram sessions aren’t going to benefit GRE students the same way a good night’s sleep can. And you know what they say – the early bird gets the high scores.

U.S. News has 6 tips for succeeding at the GRE, like revisiting old high school material and utilizing practice tests.
Check out the entire article for more useful ideas!

There’s no need to spend lots of money on studying the GRE. Here’s how to to effectively prepare for the test on a budget!

1. If you only buy one book to study for the GRE, it needs to be the Official Guide. The book is written by the same people who write the GRE, so, you know, it’s a must-buy. However, most people find they need a lot more prep to even do the problems in the Official Guide. That leads us to tip number two…

2. Which is the Manhattan GRE Set of 8 Strategy Guides! At $100.00 for 8 books, it’s the most comprehensive thing on the market (and significantly cheaper than taking a prep class).

Now that you’ve made your purchases, here are the best FREE options to prepare for the GRE:

1. This Practice Book has several general review problems.

2. Online practice tests are extremely helpful. PowerPrep II is available for download from ETS. Manhattan Prep has their own GRE practice test available here.

Kaplan offers free practice tests on their website. Before taking the test, there’s also an online class with other people who were new to studying GRE. You can see all of them here!

You will also need some kind of vocabulary list and set or book of flashcards. A good option is this Free Vocabulary List.

If you’d like to purchase a set of flashcards, the Manhattan Prep Essential Words and the Manhattan Prep Advanced Words are the best.

For books, Essential Words for the GRE is the best option.

Comprehensive AND affordable GRE studying! What are your favorite cost-efficient tools for the GRE? Leave them in the comments!

Tips for tackling the GRE from a tutor who has scored perfectly… twice!


Scott H. Young has an interesting list of ways to stay productive when you’re working from home.

Studying from home can be a bit of a trap – maybe you’re in pajamas, in a comfortable position and all your favorite distractions are within arms’ length. How do you stay focused?

My favorite idea from this list was to evoke “Parkinsons Law”: a task will expand to the time you give it. Crunch your workload by giving yourself only a few minutes to finish tasks where completion is more important than perfection.

Read the complete list here!