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How do I deal with word problems? (GRE)

Word problems can be very difficult, but they are also the most common question on the GRE. So focusing on improving word problems is worth your time. If you haven't already, be sure to watch the lesson videos about word problems

As you do practice problems, I recommend keeping an error log in which you evaluate each question you got wrong. Ask yourself questions such as: 

  • What mathematical concept do you need to review in order to answer a question like this in the future? 
  • What words in the question were confusing? 
  • Was there a method in the explanation video that was new to you? 
  • After watching the explanation video, would you be able to explain how to solve this problem in the future? 

Here is a blog post that could give you more tips on how to learn from math practice. There is not a one size fits all approach for word problems, but as you work through various practice problems you will notice strategies and patterns. 

For specific guidance on how to deal with word problems, please see this blog post. When you approach a word problem, try to break it down into manageable pieces or put it in your own words. It's incredibly important that you know what the question is asking, so read carefully

You can also find lots of strategies on our blog. Here are a couple of posts to start with:

Improving you word-problem skills takes time, but with hard work you will improve :) 

 

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