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LittleShakespeare90

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  1. Thank you so much. Yes, I just got the ETS books and I will stick to those.
  2. Thank you so much, everyone. I guess my biggest issue is test anxiety. I don't do well under timed conditions, but I am going to practice. I have been doing this EmpowerGRE course, and it's been somewhat helpful. I wouldn't want to overwhelm myself with too many books, so I'll just stick to ETS and EmpowerGRE for now. I also have the Manhattan Prep 5 Lb. Book, but it's so large and cumbersome that I tend to leave it at home!
  3. Hello, everyone. I've been meaning to write this post for quite some time, but I've just been so busy with this SAT college prep class that I've been teaching this summer. For the past five years, I have been working as a high school English teacher, but I am hoping to make the full transition to college. I'm applying to PhD programs for the Fall 2020 cycle. Luckily, I was able to get two jobs as an adjunct at nearby community colleges. I am somewhat nervous since I have never taught a college class before. I will be teaching research and writing, not literature courses. But I am j
  4. 153 Verbal 146 Quantitative 5.5 Analytical Writing I’m looking to apply for the PhD in English. I scheduled my GRE for early October, and I’m studying as much as I can, but I’m feeling discouraged. I’m using EmpowerGRE, an online program, and I feel like it’s helping, but I’m still tempted to try other books. I’ve done private Manhattan Prep tutoring, in the past, but it was all in vain. Their classes are a bit expensive, too. I also did Magoosh, but they didn’t help me much. 😕 Maybe it’s just my anxiety talking, but sometimes, when I don’t do well on my
  5. Hey, everyone. I'm kind of unsure when to take my GRE. I have a lot of training ahead of me, and I want to ensure I have enough time. Right now, I'm working 12-hour days until August 23rd (summer school teacher and college professor). I am trying to do some reading and math every day in between jobs. After my summer jobs end, I'm going to travel a bit, and then return by the beginning of September to start teaching college again. I just worry that in September, I will be really busy with college courses and I will fall behind on my GRE study. But if I take it in October or November
  6. Thank you so much, everyone! I think I'm going to just boost my general GRE score and work hard at my SOP and WS. ❤️
  7. Thank you so much. I was truly having an anxiety attack. I would love to go to a smaller school, like Temple or University of Delaware. I will try my best to boost my General GRE score.
  8. I’m terrified! I’m on the fence about taking it, but it’s only a few months away. I was looking at the October exam, but I still have to raise my GRE general score, too. 😳
  9. Thank you so much for your response. Please forgive me for this silly question, but which Norton Anthology books should I use? There are so many that I somewhat felt overwhelmed. Can you send me a link, please?
  10. Hi, everyone. After a grueling few months of decision-making, I realized that I truly want to get into a PhD program for English Literature. I applied for the Fall 2019 cycle, and I did get accepted to St. John's University and Temple University. However, they were both without funding. The admissions director at Temple said that my application was very strong, but if I wanted to enhance my application, I should retake the Verbal GRE and get at least a 160. My current score is a 153 for Verbal and 5.5 for Analytical Writing. I also got waitlisted to the University of Delaware,
  11. Hi, everyone. I’m interested in taking the October English Literature GRE. I have the Princeton Review book, but I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. There appears to be a lot of information that I’m not familiar with. I’m planning on making flashcards, but I’m not sure if the Princeton Review book is enough. What study aid do you find the most effective for this test? Thank you in advance!
  12. Hello! I personally did not like Magoosh, but I really loved Empower GRE. Their videos are a bit more detailed. I also loved the 5 Lb. Manhattan Prep GRE book. The key is to practice as much as you can.
  13. Hi, everyone. I was a bit confused about something, and I would love to hear your feedback. For many PhD programs in English, they "recommend" the GRE Subject Test in Literature. I remember taking it years ago and scoring very low, but I was thinking of taking it again 7 years later. I know for the schools I want to apply to, they "highly recommend" the English Subject GRE, but I'm worried if I don't score well, it'll hurt my application. Then again, I want to stand apart from the crowd. What are your thoughts?
  14. Hi, everyone. I'm a former high school English teacher, and I was thinking of going back to school for library science. I would love to become an academic librarian at a university, specializing in English literature. I already have a Master of Arts in English. A part of me wants to go for the PhD in Library Science; it's always been a personal goal of mine to pursue a doctorate. I'm just not sure if I should get an MLIS first, especially because I already have a Master's degree. I just know that I need to have an MLIS if I want to become a librarian. Any advice will be greatl
  15. Thank you so much, everybody! I’m really appreciative of your input. For the last few days, I was feeling so lost.
  16. I guess with teaching high school, it’s more exhausting. I taught in the inner city, which kind of drained my spirit. Physical and emotional abuse at every turn, and not a very supportive admin. But even at my good school, I was unhappy. I’m not sure, but I know that I don’t want to teach. I’d love to research, but not so much teach.
  17. Thank you so much for your reply. I'm a bit nervous about teaching college. I had such a miserable time teaching high school, so I wonder if this will be similar. I would absolutely and wholeheartedly love to do research though. I'm curious about literature, and I want to spend the rest of my life just immersing myself in books.
  18. Greetings, all. I've been doing some career and soul searching for the past few months, and I think I wanted to discuss my prospects with fellow graduate students. I'd appreciate any feedback. I was a high school English teacher for a number of years, but I despised the job. I did recently work for a bad district, but even when I worked at a top-notch district, I was still unhappy. I'm normally an introvert, so being around students all day and needing to be "on" all the time was very exhausting. I had frequent panic attacks, and my school days were spent waiting for summer. In tur
  19. Thank you so much, everyone! I am truly thinking of library science, and I could possibly take a certificate course in publishing/journalism. I'm actually starting a writing class soon to help me start blogging. Trying to get out there.
  20. Greetings! I would like to hear some feedback. I'm not exactly 100 percent sure if going back to school for another degree would be my best bet, but I'd love to hear your opinion. So, I graduated with a master's degree in English back in 2014. After graduating, I wanted to apply to the PhD in English, but I'm not sure if that's the best goal for me. I know the job market is really tough, and after four years of teaching secondary education and the community college level, I've realized that I don't want to teach anymore. I would love to find a job that allows me to work more
  21. I agree. Plus, there are many graduate programs who do not require it as part of the admissions process. Harvard and Northwestern are two examples for the 2019 application cycle.
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