How to boost your GRE scores

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized online exam that is necessary to apply for a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in any field overseas. Every year thousands of students appear for GRE, in order to get into master’s degree programs offered at various top colleges. Every year there are many students who appear for the exam for the very first time. But, there are those students as well, who could not crack the GRE in their previous attempts. The students who are not performing well in mock tests also want to improve upon their performances. This article will help them to getter better in order to ace the GRE.

Before the exam, it is quite vital to ensure that the important concepts stay fresh in your mind. To retain the learned concepts you must practise questions related to those concepts thoroughly. Make sure that you make the most of your time and put your best foot forward in every attempt. In order to do so you need to have a proper plan in place. Even if you have gone through the entire syllabus many times, just follow this plan and ensure you go through the entire process. Doing so will allow you to not only brush up your existing knowledge but will also organically help you to gain some more. Follow the plan given below, in order to get better results:

Study Plan

Step 1: Mock test

Taking a mock test before starting your preparation can be really beneficial. Give the mock test without studying. There are some subjects in which we are naturally strong. Similarly, there are those subjects in which we are weak. In case you do not know your weak areas, mock test will help you immensely to identify them. Then, you can target your weaknesses while also building on your strengths.

Step 2: Conceptualize

Learn new concepts, then practise questions related to these concepts. Doing rigorous practise of questions from easy to medium level, will help you in retaining the concepts you learn. Find out the problem areas, by figuring out which sections (Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction) and which question types (Arguments, Idioms) trouble you the most. Give more time to learn and practise these concepts. Do not allow a chapter to be a dead weight on your score.

Step 3: Learn new methods

There is always something new to learn, especially when you are not getting the desired results. Learn new methods of solving questions, then try to apply those methods to the questions that you solve. They will help you to solve the questions faster. The time that you save through the application of these methods, can be used to solve some more difficult questions.

Step 4: Different approach

Your current approach towards solving questions is not getting the required results. So, make sure that you alter your approach. Learn different ways to approach the same questions. Learn to demarcate between the information which is essential for problem-solving and the information which is redundant. It will help you to improve your overall efficiency.

Step 5: Build on the concepts

Build upon the conceptual knowledge by practising some really challenging questions. These questions will put your application ability to test. Let’s suppose, if you face difficulty in tackling questions related to sentence correction. Then again brush up on grammar rules and only study key GRE-specific concepts. Practice SC for twice the amount of time you spend on everything else, on a weekly basis.

Step 6: Execute and Evaluate

Start giving back to back mock tests in the last stage of your preparation. All that you have learnt, will be put to test during this period. Whenever, you come across a different type of question, make note of it. Take an online test series from BYJU’S to get a comprehensive assessment of your tests. Make sure that you devote more time to your weaker subjects. Stay relaxed as the D-Day approaches. Be confident about your preparation and make sure that you are able to recall all the important concepts.

There are things that can help you in increasing your efficiency, which will eventually end up boosting your overall score. You must keep in mind the things mentioned below, in order to get the best results:-

  • Stick to the plan

    – Give more time to the topics that hold higher weightage in the exam. There will be days when you will not get the desired output. So rather than preparing a daily plan, follow a weekly or monthly plan. Fix the number of hours you wish to devote to each subject in a week and work accordingly.

  • Set realistic goals

    – This rule applies to your GRE preparation as well. It is very important that you do not set any unrealistic goals. A working professional may have a limited amount of time to practise every day. That person must make up for the lost time during weekends. But do not compromise on quality over quantity. Learning more topics every day will not help if you forget them the next day. Rather try to ensure that you are able to retain those concepts, by thoroughly practising questions related to those concepts.

  • Rejuvenate yourself

    – While following a strict routine, it is very important to find time for things that truly make you happy. Do yoga, meditation or any other form of physical activity to stay in an active frame of mind. Take proper rest by getting at least 6 hours of sleep. Doing so will help in increasing your overall efficiency, as you will be able to focus better.

  • Stay motivated

    – During the preparation time, the motivation levels keep on going up and down. Tell some important people in your life about your plans. So, that they keep on reminding you of your goals. Talk to them when your motivation levels are down. Doing so, will not only help you to defocus but will also energise you.

It is also important to have a good mentor, who can bring a certain ease to the entire learning process. Experts at BYJU’S come up with innovative ways of learning, through years of experience. These methods aim at making learning easy and fun. Take mock tests provided by BYJU’S and get an in-depth analysis of your performance. Find out your weak sections and go through the video lessons delivered by the experts to improve upon your weak areas.




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