Study Guide - Overview

The Study Guide will lead you from day one of your studies all the way to test day. On this overview page, we'll cover: 

  • The resources you'll need
  • How the Study Guide works
  • Creating a daily/weekly study schedule

 

Required Resources

To follow the Study Guide, you'll need: 

Optional ResourcesIf you require additional practice materials, consider purchasing the following:

 

How the Study Guide works

The Study Guide consists of 87 learning activities. Some examples include:

Each learning activity in the Study Guide has a corresponding checkbox, allowing you to track your progress, and easily see which activities are left to complete.

Note: You need not follow the Study Guide in the precise order in which it's laid out. For example, you may wish to alternate between Verbal and Quantitative topics. Just be sure to complete all of the learning activities. 

 

Create your daily (or weekly) study schedule

Regardless of whether you have 1 month or 6 months to prepare, your study plan should consist of two stages:

  • Stage 1: learning/reinforcing the content
  • Stage 2: taking practice tests and strengthening remaining areas of weaknesses

Ideally, you should spend about two-thirds of your time on stage 1, and the remaining one-third on stage 2. So, for example, if you have 75 days to prepare, you should spend the first 50 days on stage 1, and the last 25 days on stage 2.

Now let’s determine how much work you need to do each day (or each week).

The Study Guide has 87 learning activities in total. So, we’ll divide 87 by the number of days you can devote to stage 1 of your prep.

For example, if you can devote 50 days to stage 1, then the number of learning activities to complete each day = 87/50 = 1.7-ish. So, almost 2 learning activities per day. Alternatively, you might set a goal of 12 or 13 learning activities per week (to give yourself some days off once in a while!).

To save you some work, here are a few possible scenarios:

  • 30-day schedule:  (20 days for stage 1, and 10 days for stage 2)

Complete 4.4 learning activities per day for 20 days (about 30 learning activities per week), followed by stage 2 (practice tests and strengthening weaknesses)

  • 45-day schedule:  (30 days for stage 1, and 15 days for stage 2)

Complete 2.9 learning activities per day for 20 days (about 20 learning activities per week), followed by stage 2 (practice tests and strengthening weaknesses)

  • 60-day schedule:  (40 days for stage 1, and 20 days for stage 2)

Complete 2.2 learning activities per day for 20 days (about 15 learning activities per week), followed by stage 2 (practice tests and strengthening weaknesses)

  • 90-day schedule:  (60 days for stage 1, and 00 days for stage 2)

Complete 1.5 learning activities per day for 20 days (about 10 learning activities per week), followed by stage 2 (practice tests and strengthening weaknesses)

 

Important: Most learning activities will take 0.5 to 2 hours to complete. The first 7 activities, however, are quite short, and will take a total of 4 to 5 hours to complete. This means you’ll soon find yourself ahead of schedule, which you'll appreciate later on. Keep in mind that preparing for the GRE can be exhausting at times, and this buffer will allow you to take a day off occasionally.

 

A quick note about reinforcement activities: Each video lesson includes a Reinforcement Activities box with links to practice questions related to the concepts covered in the video (here’s an example). 

During stage 1, if you watch a video lesson and feel you need extra practice, feel free to answer some of the linked practice questions in the Reinforcement Activities box. Later, during stage 2, when you’re taking full-length practice tests, you'll be instructed to return to the Reinforcement Activities to strengthen any remaining weaknesses that you've identified.

 

Ready to begin? Go to Part I of the Study Guide.

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