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This column appeared in the Journal on February 15, 2008. Past columns can be read at juliewinkelstein.com

“Tyro: a beginner in learning; novice.” From “Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary,” Eleventh Edition        

A few months ago I had to take the Graduate Record Exam because I am applying for PhD programs in Library Science. It had been many years since I took a standardized test and I found studying for it to be intimidating, demoralizing and puzzling. I can’t see how the GRE could be much of a predictor of anything, except perhaps how you will do on a standardized test. Having gotten by in life pretty well up to this point, I had to force myself to take it seriously, even as it scared me.      (more…)

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