For many, coordinate geometry is already a daunting concept. When a question dispenses with the graph all together, students can feel even more at a loss. If you fall into this group, do not despair. Here is a helpful guideline: Do Not Always Draw the Graph This advice may seem counterintuitive. After all, the […]

# Archive | Coordinate Geometry

## Will there be Parabolas on the GRE?

By Chris Lele on January 26, 2012 , UPDATED ON June 5, 2013, in *GRE Geometry, *GRE Math, Coordinate Geometry

Probably not. Meaning that parabolas can show up on the GRE, but probably won’t show up on the GRE you are taking. That is my initial take based on forums and students experiences. Still, parabolas, along with absolute value graphs, are included in the Practicing to Take the Revised GRE book. ETS obviously didn’t put […]

## GRE Math Formulas: How to (Not) Use Them

By Chris Lele on October 6, 2011 , UPDATED ON July 27, 2016, in *GRE Geometry, *GRE Math, *GRE Math Tips, Coordinate Geometry, Work Rate

I’m not actually a fan of formulas. Instead, I encourage students to think critically about how formulas are derived. That way, these students are able to have a stronger intuitive sense of the way the math behind the formula works. For instance, say you have a 30-60-90 triangle. Many students falter because they always mix […]