Today's success prescription: Check your energy level. Energy is key to effective studying. Some causes of tiredness may be inadequate sleep, hunger, poor diet, thirst, or overwork. Other health problems may also be the cause; if fatigue is a chronic condition not solved by taking care of the factors mentioned above, you should consult your physician. This will be a short post, but it's just a reminder that you don't always have to blame yourself if studying is going by slowly. Often a health factor is the cause.

Do you really want to succeed in your studies and tests? Here’s the key: a Gut Check. Simply put, when the going gets tough, keep going. This is what differentiates the Good from the Great. We were not created to merely exist. We were created to thrive and fulfill our potential. It’s the consistent overcoming of obstacles that breaks down barriers to success. When you’re lifting weights, it’s the last three extra reps that you did that really bring in the results. It’s the extra mile that you ran, the extra sprint that you did. Let’s apply this principle to academics. Decide today that you will keep going when things get tough.

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Tip 1: Eliminate common parts
This tip is for comparison questions in the GRE math section. The tip is to eliminate common parts. For example:
x>1
Left Side: x+3
Right Side: x2 + 2x – 3
If we factor the right side, we get (x+3)(x-1).
Next, see if there are any parts common to both sides. We see that (x+3) is on both sides. Divide both sides by (x+3), thus eliminating (x+3) from both sides. The left side becomes 1: (x+3)/(x+3) = 1, because a value divided by itself is 1.
Now we have 1 on the left side and (x-1) on the right side. We know that x>1. Let’s try to figure out what the smallest value for x-1 could be. If x is 1.1, (x-1) would equal 0.1. This is less than the left side, which is 1. Now let’s try to get the right side to be a number greater than the left side (which is 1). If x is 5, (x-1) equals 4. This is greater than the left side, which is still 1. So the answer to the comparison question...
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