Technology is Great!
In preparation to apply for graduate school, I had to take the GRE.
While the merits of such exams and how representative they are of an individuals future success are extremely questionable, they are often a necessary evil in the grad school application process.In studying for the test, especially for vocabulary words, you just can’t beat flashcards.
Unfortunately flashcards have their drawbacks, especially for large word lists like the GRE requires - namely, you have hundreds of notecards lying around.
Technology to the rescue! For some time now, I’ve had great success using a program called iFlash (http://www.loopware.com/iflash/). Really, it got me through the intensive french program I took last summer.
Additionally, while I love the idea of using iFlash to study for the GRE, the thought of typing in all of the vocab words in the Barron’s guide really put me off. Then I remembered the iFlash Deck Library feature.
Basically, you can place flashcard decks that you have made online, on Loopware’s servers. Other users do the same. All of these are searchable by other users, right from within the program. Find one you like, and download it. Currently there are almost 2,000 decks in the library covering a gamut of subjects...
I found the GRE High Frequency Words, and the Complete Master Word List (over 4,000 flashcards that someone typed up!) and downloaded them.
The program helped me with the GRE (I did pretty decent). It also helped my buddy get through some of his medical school boards.
Rule of thumb: let technology help make your studying easier.
And get a copy of iFlash...*
*iFlash (as the name might imply) is Mac only software