Ch 1: GRE Verbal Reasoning - Reading Skills: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Verbal Reasoning - Reading Skills chapter of this GRE Prep Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to reviewing reading skills. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach all of the information involving reading skills required for the GRE.

How it works:

  • Begin your GRE review.
  • Identify the reading skills concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our GRE prep tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to prepare for the GRE and earn acceptable scores. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding connotation, denotation, close and big picture reading strategies, or any other reading skills topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their GRE preparation
  • Prefer learning GRE topics visually
  • Find themselves struggling with their reading skills review
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in preparing for the GRE
  • Don't have access to GRE prep materials

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  • Engaging Tutors: We make preparing for the GRE simple and fun.
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  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Review reading skills on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn to analyze literary passages.
  • Find out how to infer intended meaning in literature.
  • Improve your reading speed.
  • Become a more effective and efficient reader.
  • Gain test-taking strategies that will help you answer multiple-choice questions about literature.
  • Learn when and how to use visualization when reading.
  • Discover how to identify tone and mode in a literary passage.
  • Explore how structure in writing affects meaning.
  • Learn how to find key elements in literature that can guide your interpretation.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: GRE Verbal Reasoning - Reading Skills: Tutoring Solution
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How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

2. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

3. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

4. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

5. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

6. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

7. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

8. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?

In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

9. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

10. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

GRE Vocabulary Games

11. GRE Vocabulary Games

While taking the GRE (General Graduate Examinations) for admission into graduate school may seem daunting, a strong vocabulary can help to mitigate this concern. In this lesson, games and activities are provided for either individual study or classroom use.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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