Sunday, May 07, 2006

Ok, so I don't have many adventures to document in my life right now, especially since my life revolves around school, work, debate/speech, and, most recently, the GRE. Still, it's better than nothing. At least I think so.

How to Use A MouseNancy and I met today to discuss our study plan for taking the GRE. After discussing the pros and cons of our different books we figured out a schedule. As far as I can tell, we'll be thoroughly prepared for taking the GRE in August. We have six model tests between the two us, so I think we'll be fine. Can you tell that I'm anxious?

While flipping through my book today and talking with Nancy, we noticed that my book starts with the basics. And when I say "the basics," I mean it. Just 13 pages into the book and it tells you how to use a mouse with a similar diagram to the left. Here are the instructions:

As you probably know, a mouse is a small electronic device that enables you to send signals to your PC. It sits on a mouse pad, it's tail (the electric cord that links it to your PC) pointed away from you. As you move the mouse back and forth along the surface of the mouse pad, you see a pointer or arrow moving on the computer screen. There's a "button" on the rear surface of the mouse. Click that button to tell the computer to so something.

Well, at least I'll be adequately prepared to take the GRE and have proficient skills in using a mouse now!


Zucchini said...

Yo yo! I'm thinking of taking the GRE as a backup plan.. what books do you recommend? Thankies~

Zucchini said...

You cut your hair! =O

Looks good.

Thister said...

Hey V,

Good to hear from you! I'd recommend "Barron's How To Prepare For the GRE, Graduate Record Exam" Guidebook. It has 6 model tests to study from (which is more than any other book on the market), root word study guides, high frequency word study guides, and writing sample study guides. In my personal opinion, it is better than the Kaplan GRE book. Kaplan is known for their guides, indeed, but they aren't as competitive with Barron's GRE book because they only have 3 model tests and the root word guides. Barron's GRE book is written and computer based--it comes with a CD that is helpful. Kaplan's book doesn't have a CD, but it has extra stuff online.

I also recommend Kaplan's GRE 500 Vocabulary Flipbook. While Barron's guide has everything in there, Kaplan's flip book focuses on the 500 words your most likely to see on the test. Plus, the flashcards allow you to memorize the words easier than just reading them.

You should also check out the ETS' website (the company that institutes the GRE tests). It's It contains a downloadable model CBT GRE practice test for free.

Aside from that, if you give yourself a few months to study you'll be able to kick the GRE's ass. I'm sure of it! After all, that's what I'm doing.

Thanks! I think my hair is looking good too. ;)

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