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Essential GRE Vocabulary (flashcards) (Graduate School Test Preparation) Flc Crds Edition
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Also, on the "cracking" DVD, they show you how to set up flashcards to make them the most useful. They say to create a sentence with a clue and to put that clue on the front of the card to help you remember. They also said to include the pronunciation of the word. These flashcards have synonyms, and a sentence along with the definition on the back, but not the other two tips that the folks at Princeton review had said to use when making your own flashcards... again a discrepancy.
Overall, I do think these flashcards are helpful, I just think that Princeton Review should be more consistent across studying materials to make all of our lives easier. Mastering even a small percentage of all the possible GRE words is an arduous task, so anything that makes it even a little bit easier is worth it, I say.
I purchased this one in addition to the Barron's cards. There are only about 20 vocab words from Barron's that aren't in the Princeton Review cards. This product has far more words; however, it doesn't help with the quantitative section like Barron's does. I didn't see this as a problem, though, since I already have a grasp of those concepts.
As a procrastinator, I waited until five days before my test to begin studying the vocab, which I wouldn't recommend.
How I studied:
1. I went through all 500 and pulled out the ones I already explicitly knew (~100 words)
2. I divided them by letters and designated 8/9 letters per day for the first three days.
3. I read the word, the definition, synonyms, the sentence, and the word again for one letter of the alphabet at a time. If I could think of a hint for remembering the word, I wrote that on the back.
4. I went though that letter and pulled out the ones I remembered and went through the process of reading the card again and again until I remembered all the words for that specific letter.
5. On the fourth day, I went through all 500 again and studied the ones that I had forgotten.
6. On the fifth day, I took the test.
I took my GRE and received a score of 161 (620 scaled/89th percentile). The questions are far easier to answer when you understand what it's asking.Read more ›
GRE flash cards from Princeton Review is a great way to learn new words, and I am proud to say that I was able to learn 400+ words from this box within 3 weeks!! I gave this a 4 because I had to look up how to pronounce the words correctly... I personally believe that this is an imperative part of learning them.
-CollegeStudent from Dallas
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some good words on here, but the cards are flimsy and tend to stick-together. Not a bad buy if you're lazy or are running out of time for the test.Published 3 months ago by Brendan
I will use these for more than GRE because having a diverse vocabulary is necessaryPublished 6 months ago by Katherine A Lambos
Just use an app; I felt like I was in the Stoneage using these. Magoosh has a free app that I'm using now to study for the GRE.Published 8 months ago by Imogen Love
useful words, but these cards do not include pronunciation for the word as you would find in a dictionary.Published 8 months ago by Judy G.
I used the vocab cards to create weekly study lists. They do come in handy.Published 13 months ago by L.J. Simpson
I don't feel like it helped me on the GRE, but it might help you if you're planning on studying 6 months to a year before the test. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Full-time student