Taking the GRE and applying to graduate school can be daunting. With the right tools and preparation, you can ace the GRE and complete your graduate school applications!
If you’re nervous and have no idea where to start, these tips will help prepare you:
1. Save Money
The GRE test isn’t cheap. If you’re planning to take the test, you may want to start saving money now—the test itself is usually $205.00. Start saving now, so you’ll have money for the GRE and enough to purchase study materials you find helpful.
2. Organize your study plan
Organization is key! Start planning when and how you’re going to study. Most students don’t know where to start, so take a practice test to gauge the areas you’re comfortable in versus the ones you aren’t. This helps you create a study plan to focus on areas where you need extra practice. This also allows you to get more than enough studying done and be confident for the exam.
3. Use free materials
Don’t spend money if you don’t have to. While there are plenty of meaningful paid resources, try the free materials first. You can get a taste of the publishers or companies you like without spending your money on the ones you don’t. Only spend money on the materials that really enhance your study time.
4. Get good sleep!
We all know sleep is important, but it isn’t only vital the night before your exam. Studies show consistent sleep patterns enhance your memory, so don’t pull all-nighters while studying. Your study plan should help you get the right amount of studying while keeping your sleep schedule consistent. The information you study for hours will be solidified when you get a good night’s rest. Prepare everything you’ll need the night before the big exam. On test day, you’ll wake up rested, confident and ready to be unstoppable!