The Adventures of taking the GRE

Well end of the semester came and went.  Managed to eek out good grades again. But now I am on to my final year of undergraduate work and Friday I must take the dreaded GRE.  I took a practice test the other day and in most of the verbal sections I did not get ONE question right.  I got more Math right than Verbal.  Hey, aren’t I supposed to be a history major??

Going to graduate school means you must know big words that many people have never even heard of.  For example:  Loquacious, which means “talkative” or mendacity which means “untruthfulness.”  Can’t say I’ve ever used either one of these in normal conversation, but I guess if I was at some big important get-together with professors, I could wow them with my knowledge of those words by injecting a sentence or two into polite conversation.  “Man, she sure was loquacious last night during the movies.”  Or perhaps “His mendacity is going to make me very angry!”  Now if any normal average American looked at these sentences, they would probably think many other things than the definitions I just gave you.

While studying my book I got on mastering the GRE: A Strategic Approach, I was able to finally get some verbal questions right.  I also did run through the math section and became familiar with all the formulas I once knew about 30 years ago, but have forgotten, because everyone knows most people do need algebra skills once they leave high school.  Anyone here remember the FOIL rule for algebra equations?  Well it is going to be an adventure on Friday.  I did give myself a small consolation that if I do badly I can retake it again in about 60 days, but I will have to study all summer.  Man, wouldn’t that be a bummer.

Recommendation for GRE help: “New GRE Premium Edition: A Strategic Approach” by Doug Tarnopol

History is my Cup of Tea! The HORROR of Math.

Thor Puppy frazzled by Math

This week is the first week back to classes here at Young Harris College.  I am not taking as many history courses as I normally do (which is about four) because I added the certification courses for education, to teach high school while I am attempting my graduate program.  I say attempting because there is this wonderful test called the GRE which I will have to take next year in order to apply to Graduate programs.  In the practice test, there are several sections, one being math, that you are tested on.  Anyhoo, its been well over 20 years since I was a college student at LSU at Shreveport.  While I was a math education major then….its been well over 20 years if you get my drift.

Looking at the practice test in quiet horror, (hmmm maybe that could be the basis of another story) I came to realize that I may not make any correct answers on the GRE when it comes to Math, as every problem looked like some foreign chemical formula of which there was not any correct answer in my brain.  I even had several nightmares after reviewing this practice test.  One which included going into Dr. Thomas Stearn’s 1950s history class (Dr. Stearns is the department head for history at Young Harris College)  for the first day and getting a “F” because I did not get the email about some Math paper that was supposed to be done over summer.  So this situation has completely taken over my conscience being, and is waging war with the sane me.

I asked a young Project Engineer here at my work about the situation, since he just graduated from Georgia Tech.  Being very helpful, he directed me to this great website for Math help.  Its called Pauls Online Math Notes and is a site from Lamar.  It has a tutorial for those of us who have completely been brainwashed into believing Math has taken a detour to outer space, and will be never obtainable in normal understanding.  So I will be spending some time on this little website trying to recover any inkling of what Math has to offer.  But to be quite frank, History is my cup of tea, and I do not know if this brain, which contains the history of our world, is big enough for any of those pesky Math equations.