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How to Study for the GRE in One Month – Day-by-Day Plan

This Clemmonsdogpark One Month GRE Study Plan is designed for those of you who are wondering how to study for the GRE in a short period of time on your own. How can you effectively prepare for the GRE test at home when you have competing priorities—school, work, family, hobbies—all demanding your time (and which are likely more tempting to indulge in)? The key is to commit yourself to an established plan.

We’ve eliminated the guesswork by detailing below exactly what you should do every single day to get your highest GRE score in the one month you have before your GRE exam date, along with some bonus GRE preparation tips. (If you think you need more or less time to study, Clemmonsdogpark has lots of GRE study options for you!)

We’re not going to beat around the bush: one month is not a lot of time to prepare for the GRE, but it is doable if you follow this plan! Here’s how to prepare for the GRE in one month.

GRE Study Plan 1 Month Table of Contents

How to Study for the GRE in One Month: Your GRE Preparation Game Plan

  • Step 1: Take a practice test. Find out where you are compared to where you need to be. Taking a practice GRE exam early on can also help you diagnose problem areas, figure out score goals, and set priorities.
  • Step 2: Get your foundations in place. Familiarize yourself with the test, its format, its question types, and its scoring.
  • Step 3: Set up your schedule. While we have everything you need to prep for the GRE in one month, you’re the one who needs to decide when and how this fits in with your other priorities.
  • Step 4: Practice daily. This includes work on both the GRE Quantitative section and the GRE Verbal section, GRE vocabulary study, and lessons on GRE-specific strategies.
  • Step 5: Test yourself. Complete daily practice questions on the concepts and strategies you’ve just learned.
  • Step 6: Prepare for the full exam. This includes the AWA (writing section)! How to do it? Weekend essay writing practice and mock GRE practice tests, simulating real test conditions.
  • Step 7: Mentally and physically prepare. Get enough sleep, perform confidence-boosting exercises, and model healthy eating the days before the test

This outline will guide you to GRE mastery over the next month. It’s a simple formula with !

GRE Study Plan Essential Materials:

1) , including and

2)

If you already own a 2nd edition of the Official Guide, don’t feel you have to buy the 3rd edition.

3) : When you’re done, we offer . I highly recommend using PowerPrep Online if you can, since taking the test on a computer is a good simulation of exam day conditions.

4) A journal or notebook (yes, a physical hard copy item)

5) Clemmonsdogpark’s online . They’re free and you can use them on the web, on your or .

6) Notecards (or )

7) Clemmonsdogpark’s GRE Complete Guide

This comprehensive, web-based guide to the GRE gives you the quick but very helpful overview you need to understand this test. You’ll see how the GRE is designed and scored, what skills it tests, how to find and use the best GRE prep, and how to prepare for the GRE’s different sections.

8) A Guide to GRE Practice Test Resources

This page includes instructions on where to find good full-length GRE practice exams, and how to take practice tests and incorporate them into your studies. This page also has links to Clemmonsdogpark’s free GRE diagnostic quizzes.

9) Before you get started, Clemmonsdogpark’s GRE expert Chris has some tips for how to use this schedule.

Okay! Let’s get started with day one.
 
 


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One Month GRE Study Plan: Week One


 
 
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Week One, Day One

1) Go to , and read about the content of the GRE. Click on and read each sub-heading link: 10 minutes

2)  Watch the following :

  • : 6 minutes
  • : 5 minutes
  • : 3 minutes
  • : 4 minutes
  • : 2 minutes
  • : 2 minutes
  • : 8 minutes
  • : 3 minutes
  • : 8 minutes
  • : 4 minutes
  • : 5 minutes
  • : 4 minutes *
  • : 2 minutes *
  • : 6 minutes *
  • : 12 minutes *
  • : 4 minutes
  • : 6 minutes *
  • : 4 minutes

If the content in the video is new to you or relatively unclear, take notes on it in your journal. If the content is very familiar, feel free to click ahead to the summary at the end, just to verify that you understand it all.

Week One, Day Two

  Watch the following :

  • Math—Number Sense: 10 minutes
  • : 2 minutes *
  • : 4 minutes *
  • : 13 minutes
  • : 10 minutes *
  • : 7 minutes *
  • : 8 minutes *
  • : 6 minutes *
  • : 6 minutes
  • : 10 minutes *
  • : 9 minutes *

 
Do the following :

  • : 19 minutes *
  • : 18 minutes *
  • : 4 minutes *
  • : 10 minutes *
  • : 8 minutes *
  • : 17 minutes *

Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

NOTE: If you are close to finishing a module you want to finish, feel free to move a lesson or two up a day or back a day so you can finish the module. As long as you are reading these average numbers, some give-and-take is fine. Also, when you get to end of a module, take the quiz, and keep reviewing until you pass the quiz.

Notice you are doing ALL topics from the get-go, whether you have already studied these or not. This means that you will make some mistakes at the beginning: see this post on a productive attitude toward making mistakes. If, after a week or so of practice, you find that there is simply too much new material for you, then narrow your studies to those topics you’re more actively studying one or two that you’re unfamiliar with. You should be constantly challenged. If you do narrow the topics of study, expand back to as wide a scope as possible as quickly as possible.

NOTE: For all math, you will be doing mixed practice. The temptation is to work on what you are studying at the moment, but that fails to simulate real test conditions. You don’t really understand a concept until you can answer a question about it in mixed practice. At the beginning, we know you will make mistakes on topics that you haven’t studied in depth yet, and that’s OK. See this post on having a productive attitude toward mistakes. If you make mistakes at the beginning and study them well, that will prime your mind for deeper understanding when you learn more about those concepts in the lessons.

Week One, Day Three

  Watch the following :

  • : 11 minutes *
  • : 11 minutes
  • : 6 minutes *
  • : 9 minutes *
  • : 11 minutes
  • : 8 minutes *
  • : 8 minutes
  • : 10 minutes *
  • : 10 minutes *
  • : 8 minutes *
  • : 6 minutes
  • : 3 minutes *
  • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
  • : 3 minutes
  • : 5 minutes *

Do the following :

  • : 38 minutes *
  • : 4 minutes *
  • : 10 minutes *
  • : 8 minutes *
  • : 17 minutes *

Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

NOTE: If each day’s work is taking a long time, trim the number of questions in each section, rather than cutting one question type completely. If you must, reduce quantities, but always retain the diversity in your practice.

Week One, Day Four

  Watch the following :

Do the following :

  • : 19 minutes *
  • : 18 minutes *
  • : 4 minutes *
  • : 10 minutes *
  • : 8 minutes *
  • : 17 minutes *
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    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week One, Day Five

      Watch the following :

    • : 9 minutes
    • : 11 minutes *
    • : 6 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes
    • : 6 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 12 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes *
    • : 3 minutes
    • : 4 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 2 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 4 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 38 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.
    Bonus: Download and start reading the Clemmonsdogpark GRE eBook. Continue reading whenever you have the time over the course of the next two weeks.

    Week One, Day Six

      Watch the following :

    • : 5 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 5 minutes *
    • Math—Even and Odd Integers: 10 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes
    • : 3 minutes *
    • : 12 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes
    • : 7 minutes
    • : 12 minutes *
    • : 3 minutes
    • : 9 minutes
    • : 6 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • 1 Essay () *
    • 1 Essay () *

    Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each. You will write one Issue essay and one Argument essay.

    The good news is that any prompt that you could possibly see test day is already on the ETS website: the pool of possible and the pool of the possible .

    For each essay, you can choose the essay prompt at random from the respective pool, or you might want to choose an essay topic that seems challenging to you. Write the essay in a word processing program. If you can turn off the spell check all the better–you won’t have the luxury of spell check test day. For each essay, hold yourself to a strict 30 time limit.

    Now that you have these essays, what do you do with them? If you have a friend or mentor who is a gifted writer, ask them to read the essays for you and critique them. If they are willing, you can show them the assessment criteria in the Official Guide, and ask them to follow it. If you can afford it, hire a writing coach or writing tutor: show that tutor the assessment criteria in the OG, and have them give you feedback. If you can’t afford a writing tutor and can’t convince anyone else to read it, you may try posting them on , and see whether an expert there will critique your essay. Failing any of these options, at least you can set the essays aside, and in a couple days re-read them with the Official Guide’s rubric beside you.

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    One Month GRE Study Plan: Week Two

    Week Two, Day One

      Watch the following :

    • : 9 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 11 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 6 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes
    • : 6 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes
    • (OPTIONAL) : 5 minutes *
    • : 12 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 2 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes

    Do the following :

    • : 38 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Two, Day Two

      Watch the following :

    • : 4 minutes
    • (OPTIONAL) : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 5 minutes *
    • : 6 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 8 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 10 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 9 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 3 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 19 minutes *
    • : 18 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Two, Day Three

      Watch the following :

    • : 10 minutes
    • : 12 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 13 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 1 minute
    • : 9 minutes
    • : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 5 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes
    • : 5 minutes *
    • : 3 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 38 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Two, Day Four

      Watch the following :

    • (OPTIONAL) : 8 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 5 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes
    • : 10 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 9 minutes *
    • : 12 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 4 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 10 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes
    • : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 9 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 3 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 4 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 19 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Two, Day Five

      Watch the following :

    • (OPTIONAL) : 9 minutes
    • (OPTIONAL) : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes
    • : 8 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 10 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 13 minutes *
    • : 6 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 3 minutes
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 38 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Two, Day Six

      Watch the following :

    1 Essay () *
    1 Essay () *

    1) Today, you are going to write two essays, half an hour each. You will write one Issue essay and one Argument essay.

    For topics, go back to the topic pools on the ETS website, and pick a topic. Write the essays in Word.

    When done, share the essays with a trusted friend/mentor, or post in TheGradCafe, or set aside and critique it yourself with the Official Guide rubric in a few days.

    2) In the Official Guide:

    a) do the Verbal Reasoning Practice Sets 1-6

    b) do the Quantitative Reasoning Practice Sets 1-4

    Treat this as a mock GRE. You might even combine it with the two essays, and do consecutive batches 2-3 sets without interruption, to simulate more effectively a real GRE. Set a timer for the time limits. Here are the time limits to observe:

    Verbal Reasoning Set 1 = 9 minutes

    Verbal Reasoning Set 2 = 10 minutes

    Verbal Reasoning Set 3 = 9 minutes

    Verbal Reasoning Set 4 = 10 minutes

    Verbal Reasoning Set 5 = 10 minutes

    Verbal Reasoning Set 6 = 10 minutes

    Quantitative Reasoning Set 1 = 22 minutes

    Quantitative Reasoning Set 2 = 23 minutes

    Quantitative Reasoning Set 3 = 24 minutes

    Quantitative Reasoning Set 4 = 11 minutes

    After you are done, check all your answers. For any question you got right, skim the explanation to verify that you got it right for the right reason. For any question you got wrong, read the explanation thorough, taking notes in your journal on any concepts you didn’t understand and anything about the question format that psyched you out. If you still can’t make sense of the question after reading the explanation, email us at Clemmonsdogpark.

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    One Month GRE Study Plan: Week Three

    Week Three, Day One

      Watch the following :

    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 12 minutes *
    • : 11 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 14 minutes *
    • : 11 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 2 minutes
    • : 2 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *

    Do the following :

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Three, Day Two

      Watch the following :

    • : 7 minutes
    • : 12 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 9 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 6 minutes *
    • : 13 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 16 minutes *
    • : 11 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes
    • : 11 minutes
    • : 8 minutes
    • : 10 minutes *

    Do the following :

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Three, Day Three

      Watch the following :

    • : 3 minutes
    • : 14 minutes *
    • : 13 minutes *
    • : 11 minutes *
    • : 11 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *
    • : 6 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 6 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 8 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 3 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 2 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 38 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Three, Day Four

      Watch the following :

    • : 12 minutes
    • : 6 minutes *
    • : 12 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes *
    • : 16 minutes *
    • : 6 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 3 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes
    • : 8 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 19 minutes *
    • : 18 minutes *
    • : 19 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Three, Day Five

      Watch the following :

    • : 7 minutes
    • : 11 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 9 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 7 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 4 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 8 minutes *
    • : 16 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 12 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 38 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Three, Day Six

    Take a full-length practice test. If you’re not a Clemmonsdogpark student, you can use the free GRE practice exam on our site!

    For the two essay questions, write the essays in a word processing program. These essays you will either share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback, or critique later with the Official Guide rubric.

    As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions. Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections. Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE. Note how your sleep the night before affects your work. Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

    You can take a short break when you are done, but before too long, grade the entire thing while it is still fresh in your mind. Study the solutions for any problems you got wrong, and right observations in your journal.details

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    One Month GRE Study Plan: Week Four

    Week Four, Day One

      Watch the following :

    • : 17 minutes
    • : 11 minutes *
    • : 13 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 5 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 4 minutes
    • (OPTIONAL) : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 4 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 4 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes *
    • : 3 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 38 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Four, Day Two

      Watch the following :

    • (OPTIONAL) : 9 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 6 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 9 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 10 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 3 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes
    • : 3 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) —Inference: 8 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 5 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 6 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 19 minutes *
    • : 18 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Four, Day Three

      Watch the following :

    • (OPTIONAL) : 2 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 3 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 2 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 6 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 4 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 3 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) Math—Examples of Generalized AND Rule: 7 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 8 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 8 minutes
    • : 6 minutes
    • : 14 minutes *
    • : 5 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes *
    • : 6 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 13 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 6 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 3 minutes
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 38 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Four, Day Four

      Watch the following :

    • (OPTIONAL) : 5 minutes *
    • : 6 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 4 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 5 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 2 minutes *
    • : 8 minutes *
    • : 12 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • (OPTIONAL) : 10 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 12 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *

    Do the following :

    • : 19 minutes *
    • : 18 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Four, Day Five

      Watch the following :

    • : 18 minutes
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 15 minutes *
    • : 9 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • Quiz: : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes *
    • : 7 minutes*

    Do the following :

    • : 38 minutes *
    • : 4 minutes *
    • : 10 minutes *
    • : 17 minutes *

    Bonus: Using Clemmonsdogpark’s , begin and master a new deck, if possible. Spend 10 – 30 minutes reviewing previous decks, completing any that are started but not yet mastered.

    Week Four, Day Six

    Take a full-length practice test. *

    Today, you are going to take the PowerPrep test on your computer.

    As much as possible, try to mimic the GRE conditions. Give yourself relatively short breaks in between sections. Only eat the kinds of snacks that you are planning to bring to the real GRE. Note how your sleep the night before affects your work. Note how what you had for dinner the previous night and what you had to eat earlier that day affects your energy level and concentration. Write any observations in your journal.

    At the end, copy the essays you wrote into a Word doc, and as before, these you will share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback, or critique later with the Official Guide rubric. Give yourself a short break when the test is done, and then check all your work, studying carefully the questions you got wrong.As always, try to mimic the GRE conditions.

    At the end, copy the essays you wrote into a Word doc, and as before, these you will share with a trusted friend or mentor, or post in the online forums asking for feedback, or critique later with the Official Guide rubric. Give yourself a short break when the test is done, and then check all your work, studying carefully the questions you got wrong.

    GRE studying tips for any remaining days

    • Keep working on GRE math and verbal every day. Need suggestions for how to stay focused? Read on!
    • Keep watching 10-12 Clemmonsdogpark videos a day. Go back and re-watch any videos in which you think you need to learn the topic more thoroughly.
    • You should have answered most of the Clemmonsdogpark questions at this point; you can finish any remaining questions. You can try again Clemmonsdogpark questions that you have already answered, and see if you do better on the question the second time around.
    • Keep drilling your stack of vocab cards every day.
    • There’s a second PowerPrep test you can take on the computer. There’s also another paper GRE in the back of the OG: even if you don’t take that under “test like” conditions, it still would be good to work through all the problems.

    Day Before the GRE Exam:

    1) No GRE preparation all day

    2) Eat a large, healthy, leisurely dinner – no alcohol!

    3) Go to bed earlier than usual.

    Day of the GRE:

    1) ABSOLUTELY NO LAST MINUTE GRE PREPARATION!

    2) Eat a large breakfast, full of protein

    3) Do relaxing, fun activities to pass time until the test

    Bring to the GRE test:

    1) A liter of water

    2) Healthy energy-packed snacks (nuts, protein bar, etc.)

    3) On breaks, make sure to get up, move & stretch – moving & stretching the large muscles of the body (legs & torso) will get oxygen flowing throughout, which will help keep you awake and keep you thinking clearly.

     

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    GRE Preparation Supplemental/Optional Materials:

    • . At $39.99 each, these two tests are pricey; make use of the free PowerPrep tests before you invest in these!
    • The books of official questions: and . If you are need more high quality practice question, these are excellent sources!
    • Easy magazines: , , (start low…but not too low; these magazines are still filled with decent content)
    • Difficult magazines: , ,
    • : provides conversational example sentences and a flood of example sentences
    • : gives you little quizzes & games to add some variety to vocab learning
    • , for mobile practice
    • One volume of the Manhattan GRE series: if you know one area or question type is particular difficult for you, and you can fit some outside reading into this already intense schedule, then it might be worthwhile to buy one volume of the this 8-volume set. Any one volume would also give you access to their online resources, including one free practice test.
    • Clemmonsdogpark’s free for timing yourself on exam sections and keeping yourself on pace. Currently only available in iTunes.


     

    A Few Notes on GRE Study

    A note on learning GRE vocabulary: first of all, it’s important not only to learn the literal dictionary definition (the denotation), but also to understand the metaphorical use of the word in context (the connotation). For example, the word “opaque” literally means “not transparent”, but metaphorically it can means “hard to understand” or, describing a person, it can mean “thick-headed, stupid.” Ultimately, you should strive to learn both the denotation and the connotation of each word.

    Daily review of vocab is vital. I wrote this schedule recommending the , but DO NOT limit yourself to just these words. As you read and find more words you don’t know, look them up, make flashcards (including context), and make your own flashcard decks. You could have one pile for words whose denotation you are trying to master, another containing words for which you know the denotation but not the connotation, and a “done” stack that gets reviewed only rarely.

    A note on the prep books: Don’t write in any of the test prep books, because for any of them, after a period of time you may want to go back and do a problem again that you haven’t seen for a while. You can only start it fresh if the page is free of your marks.

    This one-month plan is a furiously intense pace, designed to have a person improve as much as possible in a month’s time. It’s not your high school level, 30 minutes a night study plan; this is the big league, graduate school level. I have designed four weeks, assuming 2-4 hours for each of the five weekdays, and one 5-6 stint on the weekend (“Day Six”). If you would prefer to work on both weekend days, and free up some weeknight time, feel free to make those changes. Note: Many folks find that each day’s assignments take 2-4 hours, although times to complete them will vary for different students. It is possible that a day’s assignments will take significantly longer, and you may have to devote longer weekend sessions to finishing the week’s work.

    Also, as much as possible, get enough sleep during this month. REM sleep plays an important role in encoding long term memory, and in an eight hour period of sleep, the last hour has the most REM. If you are getting 7 hours/night instead of 8 hours/night, you are depriving your brain of one of its most powerful systems for learning and remembering. Caffeine and energy drinks will keep you feeling awake if you don’t get enough sleep, but they don’t do bupkis to replace the lost opportunity to encode more information into long term memory.

    A note about additional materials:

    Clemmonsdogpark contains all the information test takers need for wild success on the exam so they can get the school admission letters they want. Many students have achieved spectacular results using nothing but Clemmonsdogpark—no GRE tutors, no extra books required. Nevertheless, we are recommending that you obtain additional materials and use them, in addition to the Clemmonsdogpark materials. Here’s why: These plans were structured with far-reaching pedagogical principles in mind, and a deep consideration for how the human brain learns. Most people cannot hear or read something just once and, from that single hearing, remember it completely and understand it fully.

    At Clemmonsdogpark, we are very ambitious for our students; we want them to learn as thoroughly and as masterfully as possible. We recommend using these additional resources to provide additional practice, alternative explanations, and extra review. Not every student will need or want additional materials, but for those who do, the books we recommend are the best for the overall goal of doing very well on the exam and getting your target scores.

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