As a student pursuing a graduate degree with a focused area of study in Literature, many schools may require that you complete the GRE Literature in English Subject Test in addition to the general Graduate Record Examination in order to be considered for admission. The GRE Literature in English Subject Test comprises four different categories of content, including literary analysis of prose and poetry, identification of date, author, or work, cultural and historical contexts with identification of character details or details of the plot or setting of a work, and history and theory of literary criticism. There is a lot of material to study in preparation for this important examination, and Varsity Tutors’ Learning Tools are an online solution that is comprehensive and absolutely free. One of the Learning Tools offered is called Learn by Concept. This tool is useful when studying a large amount of material because it allows you to focus on very specific and narrow topics, one at a time. This learning process can be very efficient since you can easily determine which areas of study you have already mastered, and in which areas of study you are struggling.
The Learn by Concept tool prepares students for the GRE Literature in English Subject Test by beginning with four main categories: Cultural and Historical Concepts, History and Theory of Literary Criticism, Identification, and Literary Analysis. Within those four categories, you will find even more specific content as subtopics. For instance, in the Identification category, you will find focused subtopics such as identification of plays, identification of poetry, and identification of prose. Allowing you to delve even further into concept-specific study, the Learning Tool then offers two more layers of subtopics. For example, within the identification of plays category, you will find Literature study guides for identification of American plays, identification of British plays, and identification of world plays. Even further inside the subtopic titled identification of American plays, you will find identification of American plays after 1925 and identification of American plays before 1925.
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