- Series: Graduate School Test Preparation
- Cards: 550 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review; Flc Crds edition (December 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375429654
- ISBN-13: 978-0375429651
- Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.7 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Essential GRE Vocabulary (flashcards): 500 Flashcards with Need-to-Know GRE Words, Definitions, and Terms in Context (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. I did see about 20 of the words on the test but that is to be expected. Not all of them will appear, but you will be glad to know the ones that do. I was also able to integrate many of them into the writing section.
The only problem I had with these cards was that some words were so obscure that I had to look up pronunciations. It would be nice if this were included on the front of the card just to save time.
I suggest that anyone preparing for the GRE with this product should begin studying months in advance instead of cramming like I did. I took four days of studying for hours when I could have done twenty minutes here or there over months.