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23/100 days of productivity.

Was I really gone a week?🤯 I thought it was two days people! 48 hours?!

Man time is so relative right now…

Alright so this week wasn’t too productive, not proud of that.

But I finally got the courage to say I am done to my NGO intern work and have been approved to join back later also if I have time which to be honest is the best!

Next thing I did right was today, when I buckled down and registered to take the GRE test. Yup. Imma take the test on June 26. It’s happening and man am I glad I finally took the initiative to lock the date. Now no more distractions. Imma make this my ultimate goal and walk and breath and sleep this!

Any of ya interested in accompanying my HRE journey? Do like this post maybe we can get together and be Vocab buddies or keep each other accountable!

And today was blessed cause I saw bird murmurations near my home day whaaaa

It’s just so cool!!!!!

Today was also good because I played badminton with my fam and did this 30 min aerobic exercise following a video, which I wasn’t really for initially but hmm it’s ok I guess as long as I’m able to do it on a daily basis that’ll help, then cool.

Which brings me to the fact that I’m using Habitica to track my schedule! Woohoo. It’s supposed to be really good and I hope I can keep up with all the work I have with the help of this tracker, And I’m also planning on tracking my food and sleep and water goals to you know, take care of myself… I should do that regularly to understand what’s going on…

Today’s song of the day: Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller. My favourite no word song.

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❗️You KNOW you should do this, but do you actually? 

This process has been drilled into our minds since we started writing essays in middle school and high school, but many of us have our own processes for writing. 

However, for writing a statement of purpose, I can’t stress that this process is SO important. Each one builds on the other, and without the one before, it has the potential to crumble. 

I underlined the parts that are highly underrated or skipped. 

1️⃣YES, you read the prompt, but do you actually process it? 

3️⃣➡️2️⃣➡️1️⃣YES, you write, but did you think about what you’re writing BASED ON step number 1? 

4️⃣Step 4 is also crucial–you need to NOT see it for a while. Whether that’s a couple of days or a week or two, you need to remove yourself from your own writing to come back to it with fresh eyes. Think about other things. 

5️⃣And when you come back to it, revise it. Not once. Not twice. Multiple times, until you feel like it’s ready. 

Sometimes it’s difficult to look at our own work objectively, and we need someone else there to help us bring out the clarity and confidence to support our qualifications. Send me a message/ask if you need some help!

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So I’m preparing for GRE now, I guess.

I really really really really hope I get a good score when I actually end up taking the test because I’m SO DONE with the ridiculous competition in my country’s education system.

I’d like to be a human again, thank you very much.

Tumblr’s GRE community, any tips? Tricks? Advice?


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Does anyone have some good study spot ideas? My house is loud and these next few months I need to have a strict study schedule. I live in a small town so there’s no cool cafes or libraries that all these bloggers have access to lol

My only plans so far have no wifi (which isn’t a complete deal breaker, bc some of my study materials don’t need internet access)

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Taking the GRE tomorrow.

Treating myself to a nice dinner.

Then off to my hotel for the evening (where I will be doing a face mask), so I don’t have to wake up at the ass crack of dawn and commute 2 hours.

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21 August 2019

I spend the morning going over mistakes from quantitative practice sets yesterday. Most of my wrong answers come from misreading the problem or doing obviously wrong math in my head … so I’m trying to slow down and make sure I read every question twice. I’m taking my last practice GRE today (so glad to be done with all of this–GRE’s are so long!)

GRE Word of the Day:

inveigle: persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery

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20 August 2019

I took my second GRE practice test today and scored a lot better than the first one (turns out I didn’t give myself enough time on the math section). Hopefully there isn’t a limit to the number of pencils I can bring because I like using a freshly sharpened pencil for each section (I can’t believe mechanical pencils are banned!!)

GRE Word of the Day:

recrudescent: breaking out again, renewing

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19 August 2019

This morning I did some practice sets, and I’m going to spend the afternoon doing a practice GRE in test-like conditions. (I’m even scheduling it so it’s at the same time I will be taking the actual exam). I’m going to be doing three practice tests over the course of this week, and this will help me to plan snacks/water intake etc. and make sure that the planned bathroom break in the test is sufficient. I’m really kinda excited to see how I do… wish me luck!

GRE Word of the Day:

esuriency: hungry, greedy

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What Is It?

The GRE is a standardized exam, a lot like the SAT/ACT, to test basic critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills that everyone acquires over an education regardless of field of study. It is a general test because anyone with a college background should be able to complete it. The math is very basic for this reason. This exam is used by universities to determine aptitude and anyone seeking to attend a US university is wise to take it, as most universities still require scores. There are three sections:

Analytical Writing: This section involves responding to two essay types, analyzing an issue and analyzing an argument. They are looking for the ability to articulate and support ideas, examine a claim and evidence, sustain a clear and coherent train of thought, and display a control of the English language. The thing is to maintain a focused discussion and answer the prompt. They want to see if you can give a measured and thoughtful response.

Verbal Reasoning: This section includes questions concerning vocabulary, reading comprehension, and word relation.  Knowing the word itself is great, but the test wants you to then complete a sentence or relate the word to an equivalent.  The reading comprehension questions are similar to most reading comprehension standardized test questions. It’s about figuring things out with the given information.

Quantitative Reasoning: This section includes questions on math topics such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. This section is mostly concerned with the ability to reason using math models and numbers. Like the Verbal section, its about figuring things out using the given information.

The exam is roughly 4 hours long, with the sections and 10-minute break with the intermittent one-minute breaks between sections You are allowed scratch paper to work things out on.

General Strategy

Since I will be spending days on each questions type. I will reserve specific strategies for those days. Here are general tips from the book and my McNair resources.

1.       Know administrative procedures, types of questions and instructions for them, number of questions, and the timing for sections. These save you hassle and time on test day.

2.       Keep a strong mentality. Try to remain composed and not get flustered. If the questions are getting harder, it means you are advancing, since the test is adaptive. Be confident since every new test is a new opportunity. This exam is just as combative as you make it.

3.       Experience is key. Take lots of practice tests to build up stamina. This exam is 4 hours with minimal breaks. And take practice tests in as similar of an environment as you can.

4.       The test is adaptive, so the difficulty of the next section depends on your previous performance. However, always do your best. Don’t try to perform a certain way to get an easier section.

5.       This test measures skills, not content. You won’t know everything. Just use context and puzzle things out.

6.       There is no penalty for wrong answers, so answer every question.

7.       The “Mark” and “Review” features let you mark questions and then see a list of what you marked Use this to mark questions you are unsure of or need to revisit. And always answer the easiest questions first. 

Setting a Goal

I took a practice test last summer. I have my scores below and my goal scores. Engineering requires a high Quantitative Reasoning score, so that is my main focus. However, a high holistic score is always best. My goals are in the highest percentiles to keep me competitive.

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6/19/19 • 23/100 Days of Productivity

  • Went out and got groceries
  • Got some Hiragana study done

6/20/19 • 24/100 Days of Productivity

  • Watered my indoor plants
  • Spent time filling up the queue on my fashion & aesthetic tumblr!

6/21/19 • 25/100 Days of Productivity

  • Did my usual Friday errands
  • Picked up the 5lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems from the library!
  • Also did the two diagnostic tests in the 5lb book
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incapacitated /ˌinkəˈpasəˌtādəd/ adjective

deprived of strength or power; debilitated •

Richard was temporarily incapacitated. incapacity /ˌinkəˈpasədē/

I. noun 1. physical or mental inability to do something or to manage one’s affairs

• they can be fired only for incapacity or misbehavior.

2. legal disqualification

• they are not subject to any legal incapacity.

– origin early 17th cent.: from French incapacité or late Latin incapacitas, from in-(expressing negation) + capacitas

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