Agreed, GRE is a tough nut to crack, but only when you lack proper planning, strategy, and discipline. With a little planning and foresight, it will suddenly start looking orderly, logical and attainable. GRE preparation is a rigorous mental workout, which builds your accuracy, timing, and confidence after consistent practice. One needs to train his/her mind to ingrain the concepts, techniques, and strategies that are essential to crack GRE and be able to invoke them during the exam. Also, preparation necessitates one to strike a right balance between study and breaks. Breaks serve as revitalizers to escape from the unexciting routine of daily preparation, and if not taken in time, can lead to information overload and eventual burnout.
Reaching a scoring plateau can be quiet a frustrating reality. The key is to keep pressing forward with increased positivity, better focus and fine-tuning your study plan to make the most of it. The idea is to reach the Peak after having worked on your accuracy, timing yourself appropriately and scoring high in practice tests. Once your score hits a point you have set your mind on, it is the most opportune moment to take GRE.
You may want to take care of these little things to ensure success in the GRE:
- Your brain has a level of saturation beyond which its efficiency starts reducing. Take regular breaks and let your brain refresh and recharge itself. Once that happens, you will be able to bounce back and achieve much more.
- Set a right rhythm for GRE. Just cramming and practicing like a maniac will not work. You need to follow a steady strategy of the learning-understanding-analyzing-practicing-taking mock test followed by a well-deserved break.
- Monitor your progress in terms of your timing, accuracy, and score continuously.
- Consistent practice is always better than last minute rigors.
- Make a concrete, but realistic study plan and try to stick to it. It will put you in the right trajectory of discipline, where you will start to take your study as seriously as you take your dentist’s appointment after an excruciating toothache.
- While you are self-motivated to study the subjects you are good at, you need to bury your head like the proverbial ostrich and practice the subjects you are not so fond of. Facing and overcoming your weak areas will make you better equipped and more confident.
- Overexertion and last minute cramming can prove detrimental to your scores. Make sure you are not stressed out, get enough sleep and eat healthy food before the exam day.
- Following a routine over a period of time, taking practice tests at exactly the same time as your GRE slot does a lot of good to not only set your biological clock but also gives you a subconscious training for taking the GRE.
- Divide your time assiduously. Do not keep reading one subject continuously. It is wise to alternate between two or different subjects to keep your interest level alive.
- GRE score is not a measurement of your intelligence but is an indicator of how well planned, dedicated and positive you are as a person. Do not let GRE blues knock you down. Take it with a composed and forward-looking approach.