Currently, I’m freaking out because I’m going to take the GRE in one week. I don’t remember being this nervous about the SAT which is weird because they’re almost the same thing. Except I knew I was going to get into college somewhere… I’m not quite sure if I’ll be going to grad school. ANYWAY, that’s beside the point. I really wanted to document my experience applying to grad school so I figured, why not start with something simple?
I haven’t taken the test yet so this post isn’t going to be about HOW to study for the GRE but instead more of GRE study essentials and “what you need” to begin the process. Once I take the test (and do well) I’ll feel more comfortable sharing my method with all of you so look out for that in the near future.
A GRE prep book.
I have a prep book for the GRE that I haven’t used much but it does come with tons and tons of practice problems! I bought the book over the summer because I felt it was best to start somewhere so I decided on a book that looked conducive to my studying style. I prefer to do lots and lots of practice tests and questions so I went with the Manhattan Prep GRE book.
You need a plan when it comes to tackling the GRE. Whether it’s something simple and general like: study for the GRE every Friday from 12:00-2:00 until the test date or something more specific like: do page 140 practice problems today, it doesn’t matter. Just having a plan for studying can make a world of a difference.
Pencil and paper.
For the math sections, you’re going to need scrap paper (and a lot of it if you’re doing lots of practice problems!) so make sure that’s on hand for when you’re studying.
A GRE app.
This is something else that I downloaded and definitely don’t regret. It’s super easy to study those vocab words on the go with an app! There are a ton but these are the two I have downloaded: the Magoosh GRE vocab app and the Manhattan Prep GRE app.
Phonetic Eyewear compter glasses.
I literally have no idea how I could’ve gotten all of this studying done without my Phonetic Eyewear glasses! These glasses were designed to combat the effects of Digital Eye Strain and alleviate the symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome. The lenses are able to reflect and absorb a portion of the potentially harmful blue light emitted from computers and other backlit devices. This is GREAT for when you’re studying for the GRE or taking practice tests because the GRE itself is on the computer. I plan to bring these with me when I take the test so my eyes don’t hurt halfway through! The test is over 3 hours long so I really think it’s important to protect your eyes any way you can so you can focus all your energy on the exam.
Besides all the awesome things these glasses can do for your eyes, they’re also super freakin’ cute and great quality. I was so surprised when I received them because they felt exactly like real glasses even though they’re technically “fake”. And for my friends who wear glasses already, you can get prescription frames! I’m wearing the Blair glasses in tortoise.
I absolutely loved teaming up with Phonetic Eyewear and I wear my glasses a LOT because I love how they look so much! If you want a pair to try, be sure to enter the giveaway down below! Phonetic Eyewear will provide one lucky winner with a free pair of Phonetic computer glasses (prescription or non-prescription).