20 Words for GRE (Continued)



Volume Two: The Preparation


Note: keep an eye out for the vocab guide at the bottom!

The process of studying for the GRE can be quite stultifying; repeated days of learning and revising new words, practicing reading comprehensions, and eliminating mistakes in quantitative reasoning. It is easy to disparage the act of repetition and revision as inane, and resort to our base, phlegmatic state of lazy procrastination. We must flout all such urges to procrastinate, as the exam date grows nearer, building incipient tension with every passing day. The outcome of our journey can be abortive if we are not assiduous in our dedication to preparation. We must expunge all notions of self-doubt and similarly obviate practices which waste the limited time we have each day.

The Routine


My daily preparation begins at 6:30 AM with the stentorian voice of Google Assistant, redolent of school days when my mother would play the same role. An initially sordid mood at waking up in the chilly, lurid Bangalore morning is made less doleful by a warm mug of coffee and some fresh fruit. Walls painted with notes and word meanings begin the day, and reinforcement learning (Deep Learning folks represent) is followed throughout the rest of the day via the Magoosh app and self-dictated voice notes with tricky words. It may also be helpful during your own preparation to be importuned for meanings by a study buddy, fulfilling a symbiotic relationship of accountability. Overall, what may seem as a peregrination to success, marked by exulting highs and fretful lows, the journey to prepare for the GRE is not nebulous, but very well-defined in this platitude: practice makes perfect!

If you’re preparing for the GRE, my genuine advice is this:

  1. Don’t get complacent (oh the GRE is easy!)
  2. Don’t lose hope when the verbal section makes you want to cry!
  3. Practice
  4. More practice
  5. Even more practice

Vocabulary Guide:


  1. stultified: lose enthusiasm due to tedious routine
  2. disparage: discredit, not think its important
  3. inane: silly
  4. phlegmatic: hard to rouse to action
  5. abortive: fail to produce intended result
  6. assiduous: show great care and perseverance
  7. expunge: obliterate
  8. obviate: eliminate
  9. incipient: beginning to happen
  10. flout: resist, diregard authority
  11. stentorian: loud
  12. redolent: strongly reminiscent/smelling of
  13. sordid: dirty, dishonest actions
  14. doleful: sad
  15. lurid: very bright, shocking
  16. peregrination: journey, esp. a long and meandering one
  17. exult: celebrate a lot
  18. fretful: irritation, distress
  19. nebulous: unclear, vague
  20. importune: persistently annoy someone to do something
Written on July 30, 2019