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How to Improve GRE Reading Comprehension

GRE Reading Comprehension is probably the most difficult section to improve in. Even when progress occurs, it happens slowly. Many become understandably discouraged. After all, there are few sections in which you can feel flustered and perplexed even after reading the explanation. Perhaps my number one piece of advice on this matter: Don鈥檛 give up. […]

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Carking Fribble

Pop quiz! What’s an “axolotl”? capybara droppings the last alcoholic drink of a night a llama ranch a type of Mexican salamander If you want to find out, I’ve got a little gift for you. 馃檪 We’ve just released some new vocabulary builder sets鈥攐ur most challenging yet! It’s time to download the Clemmonsdogpark vocabulary builder […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Words from Clemmonsdogparkers

About a month ago, I polled people (mostly GRE aspirants) on my FB page as to what their favorite GRE words were. I got some very interesting responses. Here are a few of those words. Perhaps your favorite is among them! Phantasmagorical Back in Victorian England, there were these exhibitions featuring shadows flashing on the […]

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GRE Word List

Don’t know which GRE word list to choose from the massive number that exist on the internet? Are you dreading committing yourself to one GRE vocabulary list only to find out it is not the right one? To allay any such anxiety, I aim to provide an overview of the most popular GRE word lists […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: 鈥淢mmm鈥 Words

There are myriad 鈥楳鈥 words that you’ll learn as you start studying for the GRE. From maudlin to mellifluous, multifaceted to myrmidon (the last of these words I define below). Sadly, I鈥檓 limited here, but for 鈥楳鈥 words on a past Vocabulary Wednesday, google 鈥淒ial 鈥楳鈥 for Vocabulary鈥. Mountebank The mountebank took advantage of the […]

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Vocabulary Wednesday 鈥 鈥楪鈥檙eat 鈥楪鈥檙e Words

Words that begin with 鈥楪鈥. Not the most exciting theme, understandably. But these words are worth knowing. Gauche If you鈥檝e always thought there鈥檚 something a little off with 鈥渓efties鈥, you might like this word. From the French for 鈥榣eft鈥, gauche means clumsy and socially awkward. The connotation here is that 鈥榣eft鈥 is awkward (not quite […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Sentence Equivalence from Clemmonsdogpark Part II

I pecked around our copious Sentence Equivalence questions and noticed quite a few good words that have never been featured on Vocab Wednesday, or at least haven’t been featured for many years (yes, I’ve been doing this for quite awhile now!) I encountered more such words than I expected, so I made this a two […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Election Words

About nine months ago, I remember remarking that the 2016 election cycle would likely be a dull one. At the time, it seemed that everyone was expecting Hillary to win, since the Republicans didn鈥檛 have a clear frontrunner. I figured come January 2017 Bill Clinton would be back in the White House鈥攖hough in a very […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Clemmonsdogpark Sentence Equivalence

Here’s this week’s GRE Wednesday! Assiduous Teenagers across the United States are assiduously copying Stephen Curry鈥檚 shooting style, hoping that a careful analysis of his every move will help them drill long-distance jump shots. You can be lax about something, putting very little effort into it. Or, you can take the other extreme: carefully and […]

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