Most of us have many different interests in life and end up diluting our time and effort on them. Consequently, we do not have the time or the patience to sit through months of preparation imperative to score well on the GRE. However, we want the best of both worlds! Hence, here are some ways in which you can get a good score in a short period of time!
Plan a schedule and stick to it!
Planning your schedule on an excel sheet is the best way to start with. Start monitoring your preparation by keeping records in the columns of the sheet. Keep track on your dates, time took on per question, topics worked upon (both Verbal and Quant) and revision was done for each topic and assessment. Start filling up the rows accordingly and use the color code as necessary. Planning your schedule on an excel will help you to assess your work and will inspire you to follow your study plan to get your preferred score on the GRE. It is suggested to start practicing on timed drills (sets of Verbal/Quants questions) on a daily basis, at least for an hour. Analyze your report and repeat your drills to improvise on the topics where there is a scope to improve.
No, I mean “Look-up or search for” on the internet! There is a plethora of information available online. Just ask the right questions, mix and match keywords to search and voila! Save those URLs in a document for later reference.
Learn the ropes of essay writing by skimming through various samples available online, especially the ones from ets.org
Set realistic goals and work towards it!
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.”
-Norman Vincent Peale
Do not be hard on yourself. Take tests intermittently after adequately preparing for them. Staying optimistic throughout your GRE Preparation will only help you perform better on the GRE.
Study vocabulary simultaneously and ace the words you’ve completed!
The best way to improve one’s vocabulary is by contriving to understand the contextual meaning of different words. Frame sentences for better “programming” of the new word onto your brain.
To sum it up, as Malcolm Forbes said: “Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all”. A well organized, planned and implemented agenda will take you closer to your objective while preparing for the GRE in a month’s time. Break a leg!