CharlieRae Posted November 19, 2013 Share Posted November 19, 2013 To those hoping to take the psych GRE, I just got my psychology GRE scores back, and I thought that I would post my study plan, as some part of it seemed to be effective. I got 99th percentile on my psychology GRE exam. I have an honours psychology degree, so I have taken many courses in psychology. While in university, I had taken textbook notes for all of my psych classes. What I did was study my first year psych notes. I then purchased another textbook (Psychology by Myers - http://www.amazon.com/Psychology-10th-David-G-Myers/dp/1429261781/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384895757&sr=1-1&keywords=Myers+psychology), and took notes for every chapter in this text. I also created flashcards for every bolded term in the Myers Psychology text. I combined these flashcards with flashcards created from my university textbook (can't recall the name at the moment). For both of these textbooks, I created a list of all of the major headings of each chapter, and I would highlight them when I knew all of the points contained within that particular heading or subheading. I also bought the Princeton review, and went through and checked items off as I knew them. I found Princeton to be helpful for tidbits of information that you would find at a 2nd year course, that I wouldn't have thought of studying. Thus, I initially spent a lot of time typing notes, then a lot of time creating flashcards, and then a fair amount of time going through flashcards and the princeton book. I also looked at the Kaplan text, and created flashcards for any concepts I hadn't come across in either of the two psychology textbooks, or princeton's book. I did all of this studying in 6 weeks time. I would say 2-3 hours, 6 days a week. The first month was typing out the chapter notes, which sometimes was quite painful. At the end of my studying, when I realized there would be absolutely no way to master all of the material I wanted to, I focused in on the areas that ETS more heavily weights (in the practice book). Those areas that I felt a mastery in, or only had 3-5% of questions related to the topic I just ignored, and worked on acing the areas worth more weight. I cannot pin down what specifically worked for me. I think I did well for a few reasons. I long ago mastered what study habits worked for me, so what you have seen above, is what I did in university to learn material. It would probably be in your best interest to engage in whatever habits you find work best for you (which can be totally different than the above). I also found that many of the questions on the psych GRE were related to information that I had picked up through my university education, and didn't realize I still had floating around in my brain. Thus, if you have not had much of a history in psych, preparation will probably need to be a bit more thorough. The last suggestion i can think of is that the GRE focuses on breadth more than depth. I found that having a general idea of main concepts was enough for me to be able to cross off certain names, and make a guess at the right answer. If you are in a crunch and unable to decide what to focus on, I would say basic knowledge of many more items. Anyways, I am pleasantly surprised with my mark. I had calculated that I had more incorrect answers than I did. Hopefully this is helpful to someone at some point. I remember feeling frantic when I had absolutely no idea how to study for this exam. Best of luck to those writing it in the future. I found it much less painful than the general GRE. On another note: After typing all of the notes from Myers, I read Gleitman's textbook, and realized I would have done better to take notes from that text. So if you were to choose only one university text to study from, I would recommend Gleitmans. http://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Eighth-Henry-Gleitman/dp/0393932508/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384896656&sr=1-1&keywords=Gleitmans lewin 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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