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Kaplan New GRE Vocabulary Flashcards 3rd Edition
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Basically they are both the same in content. These have a nice pronunciation guide that the Manhattan cards do not.
However, these are very cheap. They are printed on thin paper, and they are physically pretty small. Also I wish the printing on the back were upside-down from how it is now (both brands are like this). The Manhattan cards are bigger, printed on card stock but still reasonably thin, and come with a nice key-ring that fits through holes. With the Manhattan cards you load up the key ring, and blast through about 50, maybe stash them in a large pocket and get to them later, or throw them in the backpack. These Kaplan cards you are forced to try and keep the tiny cards together in stacks. The Manhattan you will use more because they are not a pain. These you will use less because they are just harder to work with, mechanically.
I studied with a friend who was also taking the test, and we had one primary method we used with them. That method was to have one person read the sample sentence on the back of the card out loud, but to put "blank" in the place of the word, and then put four random cards onto the desk and let the other person try to figure out which word went into the sentence. After that person answered we then went through the definitions of the other words, and why they wouldn't fit the sentence. It kinda simulated what the test might be like, and put the words into more context than just reading the card.
The other method I used was to carry them around with me and pull random people into guessing or quizzing me. It's a surprisingly entertaining pastime, people can get really competitive about guessing or really clever at defining things creatively, and it helps prepare you. The most important thing is to try not to make using them a chore.
The Kaplan flash cards in particular were really helpful, because they had that sentence on the back, and synonyms.
I started with these flash cards and worked through a good portion of other books as well, such as Barrons Words for the GRE and Princeton Reviews Word Smart for the GRE. I didn't totally finish those two books completely but did quickly learn all of these kaplan words through normal flashcard study skills. I wouldn't bet my entire test on these, but in addition to other resources, I improved my score ten points. I just took the new GRE and scored a 164/170 in verbal. Sure, I wish I could have done better. And if I don't make it into the grad schools I want to attend, I will definitely work harder on my vocab. But learning every word in this flashcard set no doubt helped me increase my score by a wide margin, and I find myself using some of them throughout the day in normal conversation. In addition to making your own flashcards, get these, sit down for 3-4 hours a night for a few nights and study them. You CAN memorize every word in 3-5 days if you work hard and concentrate. make a pile of words you do and don't know, keep going through the pile you don't know until it's gone. Then retest yourself every couple days for a little while. You'll be glad you did.
Other than that I thought the cards are OK, some people complained about their thickness or size, but I think they are fine. I can't compare them to other flashcards because this is the only box I bought.
If you are a senior in college and taking the GRE for the first time, this is the best resource in your limited amount of time. This book and the barron's essential gre words.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only downside is that the cards are small & easy to lose.