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So you’ve probably already noticed that this website is called GMAT Ninja, not GRE Ninja, and — especially if you’re looking for a GRE tutor — you might be wondering why we say more about the GMAT than the GRE. The answer is pretty simple: the GRE is a less complicated exam than the GMAT, and we don’t meet very many people who are getting their butts painfully kicked by the GRE.
Don’t get us wrong: the GRE isn’t that much fun, either. The GRE is a little bit longer than the GMAT, and it contains some pretty annoying vocabulary questions. But the good news is that the GRE doesn’t have any grammar-based questions, and the GRE quant section doesn’t require the same depth of reasoning as the GMAT. And as we discussed in a series of blog posts comparing the GRE and the GMAT, the GRE allows you to change your answers within each section… which means that the psychological and strategic challenges aren’t as fierce on the GRE as on the GMAT.
Even though the GRE offers a more pleasant test-day experience than the GMAT, you’ll still need to take an organized, disciplined approach to the test. The GRE is an adaptive test — albeit in a slightly different way than the GMAT — which means that careless errors can cause disproportionate damage to your score. It’s important to learn to manage your time wisely, and it’s crucial that you avoid unforced errors, just like on the GMAT.
After decades of experience with the GRE (yes, decades — some of us might not be spring chickens anymore), we’ve learned to focus our students’ attention on the habits of mind that lead to consistent results, in addition to the algebra, statistics, and geometry fundamentals that form the core of the GRE quant section. We also focus on techniques that will help streamline and “systematize” your critical reading performance, as well as strategies for conquering GRE vocabulary questions: even if you don’t understand every single word in the answer choices, it’s possible to give yourself a fighting chance on tough vocabulary questions if you patiently employ the right logic and techniques.
As much as anything, we ensure that our students take a consistent, efficient approach to GRE questions, and we provide structured, organized homework lists that include the study materials that are ideal for your needs at each point in the study process. We do everything we can to make sure that every minute of your GRE study time is used wisely.
But in any good standardized test-prep course, the hard work is yours. Your GRE tutor is just here to facilitate the process, help you aggressively tackle your weaknesses, set a study agenda, ensure that you use your study time efficiently, and select practice materials that optimize your progress. As always, we won’t feed you a line of crap about magical score improvements, and we’re not going to offer you any hollow guarantees. Hiring a GRE tutor is like hiring a personal trainer: if you want your GRE brain to get big and buff, you need to pump some serious (quantitative and verbal) iron outside of our tutoring sessions. There’s no magic to any of this, and we’ll make you work hard — and work efficiently — to achieve your GRE goals.
So if you want a painfully honest (but very polite) GRE tutor who will kick you to the curb if you don’t do your homework, give us a shout.
Please explore our blog and tutor profiles and FAQ to get a sense of how we approach both GRE and GMAT test-prep… with the understanding that most of our readers are more interested in the GMAT, and nearly everything we say about the GMAT also applies — albeit in a less-stressful way — to the GRE.
GRE tutoring is available in Denver, Colorado, or online from anywhere in the world. If you want to learn more about our GRE tutoring rates and other fine print, click here. And if you’re not in Denver, here’s an honest assessment of the effectiveness of online GRE and GMAT tutoring.
Thank you for reading this far, and good luck with your GRE and graduate school ambitions!