Friday, January 13, 2012

Update on doctoral pursuit: GRE helps

All my materials are in for the doctoral program.  I tried to do this five years ago, had medical problems and panic attacks, and chickened out, and have beat myself up over it for years.  A colleague has been very encouraging about trying this executive style program at UGA. 
I'm going to go for it, if I am accepted.  All my materials are in and I took the GRE again.  I am very proud of the fact that I scored in the 99 percentile in writing, 97 in verbal reasoning, and 53 in math.  Now the first two make sense since I have two M.A. degrees in verbal-oriented subjects, but the 53 in math is pretty cool since I haven't had a math class since 1971.  Yes, that's right, 40 years ago.  And the first time I took the GRE in 2004 I was in the 22 percentile!

The secret:  Khan Academy videos.  Really.  They are awesome.  Second, a booklet on the web for studying the math needed for the GRE.  Here:  http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/GRE/pdf/GREmathPractice.pdf

Third, a colleague gave me an introductory algebra book, which I used for backup.  If someone my age can learn math on her own (and I really was learning new concepts, not just remembering the old stuff), there is hope.  At least I know I'm not about to get dementia, although I may be demented to start doctoral work at this age. 

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