As we discussed briefly in class, an essential component of GRE growth is ongoing reading. The GRE is intended to identify students who are very well-read in academic-style English. Your reading repertoire should consist of a variety of informative non-fiction and expert opinion. As you finish your intensive GRE class, I am recommending a few websites rich in valuable articles for your long-term development. I advise that you read this kind of material daily, looking up all words you don’t know so that you fully understand the passage. It might feel funny to you to stray outside of GRE books, but believe me — this is not wasted time!
- Slate.com — Slate describes itself as a “general-interest publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture.” A sample article that will be of interest to you has to do with the challenges of graduate school and dissertations.
- ScientificAmerican.com — Articles about scientific developments written by scientific leaders for the general public. This sample article is about global warming.
- NEH.gov/humanities — This is the online magazine from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A sample article is about the relationship between 19th century feminists Anthony and Stanton.
- Reuters.com — Reuters provides news content that is used by papers and websites throughout the world, and is considered one of the most objective news sources. Sample article about civil unrest in Missouri.