El material existente en los libros de preparación de GRE es insuficiente y nosotros, ademas de hacer algunas sugerencias sobre esta sección, te damos referencias de libros de interés que te pueden ayudar para ampliar el vocabulario sobre los temas más recurrentes en el test.

One good thing about the Analytical Writing Section of the GRE is that the topic possibilities are finite.  The testmakers, ETS (“Educational Testing Services”) post a list of the current “Analyze an Issue” topics on their website.  You can find the list easily by going to http://www.ets.org/gre and typing “Pool of Issue Topics” into the search window.

Another fortunate thing is that a cursory examination of this compendium will reveal that your potential topics agglutinate themselves around a limited number of themes, such as:   philosophies of education;  the relative value of art and science; how democracies ought to function; the role of business in a democracy; utility versus personal fulfillment in career and study choices; the definition of beauty; the role cities play in modern society; how knowledge of the past affects the present.

Now, today’s tip is actually a page from the playbook of some of our very best students.  They have read relevant books, and used their acquaintance with the books and their authors to define viewpoints, provide evidence, and supply quotable quotes for their “Issue” essays.

So here are some reading suggestions-books, all of them, that revolve around the same themes the “Issue” topics do, or are so far-reaching that they could inform a discussion of several of them:   Self-Reliance, by Ralph Waldo Emerson; Walden Pond, by Henry David Thoreau; anything by Buckminster Fuller, such as Utopia or Oblivion (watch out:  tendency toward neologisms); John Maynard Keynes’ Essay in Persuasion; Reinhold Niebuhr’s The Irony of American History; Civilization on Trial, by Arnold Joseph Toynbee; Barbara W. Tuchman, A Distant Mirror:  the Calamitous 14th Century; Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals:  The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.  Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents; C.G. Jung, et al.,  Man and His Symbols; Margaret Mead, Coming of Age in Samoa; John Holt, How Children Learn, and How Children Fail.

Read even just one or two books by these thinkers pondering the very themes the GRE throws at you, and you will:   get a good read, get into the cadences of some good prose, find food for introspection that yields approaches to topics, and get pertinent, elegant quotes (remember, you have to commit them to memory; you will be cut off from the outside world as you compose your essay).

You will still need to intermingle your own material and forge a final product in standard expository essay form.

Técnicas Lingüísticas Aplicadas

Junio del 2015