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Mark Skoskiewicz

Mark Skoskiewicz holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a Major in Finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, (he received additional minors in Philosophy and History). At IU, Mark was an undergraduate economics instructor teaching supplemental small group sessions for the department’s introductory economics course. During his junior and senior years, he was a private economics, finance, and accounting tutor. After Indiana, Mark spent 8 years working for Marakon Associates before creating MyGuru in 2009 while earning his MBA at Northwestern Kellogg to make it easier for parents and students to find high quality yet affordable tutors. While Mark wants MyGuru to always be known as a source for excellent tutors, we also aim to be a thought leader on how to improve academic performance through shifts in mindset, well-defined study plans, improved study habits, and even stress reduction strategies. Mark believes these ideas are a powerful, critical complement to working with an expert private tutor. Mark currently shares insights, advice, and information about how to improve academic performance in MyGuru’s improving academic performance blog and in an eBook Plan, Prepare, Perform: A Personalized Approach to Test Preparation.

Recent Posts

Essential Formulas to Know for the GRE

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Sat, Jan 16, 2021 @ 11:28 AM

To save your time, we've compiled all the essential formulas to know for the GRE, so you could just jump right at it and start your GRE prep.

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How to Study for the GRE: 15 Tips

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Dec 31, 2020 @ 12:24 PM

If you are thinking about how to study for the GRE, perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that proper planning will lead to a higher GRE score. The GRE is not like an IQ test. The more you study for the GRE, in general, the higher you will score. One basic mental mistake students often make is to keep toxic thoughts in their head about being “bad at math” (or verbal) and thus viewing GRE prep as a process they must endure, but which probably won’t help all that much. That’s wrong. While perhaps not a completely linear relationship, the more you prepare, the better you’ll do. Yes, how you prepare matters a lot too (more on that below). But just showing up and putting in the time is certainly an important part of the battle here.

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ETS Introduces Online Live-Proctored Official GRE At-Home Testing

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Mon, Mar 23, 2020 @ 10:47 AM

COVID-19 has made taking in-person standardized tests such as the GRE impossible indefinitely across much of the world. Just in the past week Pearson Vue, the largest testing center company in the U.S., announced that all of their centers country-wide are closed until at least April 16. In response to these circumstances, beginning March 23, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) is at least temporarily offering a “GRE General Test at Home” for test takers in several nations including the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong.

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Tags: studying for the GRE, online GRE tutoring, GRE general test at-home, online GRE, GRE at-home testing

How Important is the GRE Analytical Writing Measure?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Jul 05, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

A high GRE Analytical Writing score won’t help you get admitted to a top graduate program, but a below average score can keep you out of one.

The Analytical Writing measure assesses critical thinking and analytical writing capabilities. It evaluates your ability to communicate and support complicated ideas, design and test arguments, and engage in a clear and intelligible discussion of an issue. It doesn’t assess how much you know about a specific topic.

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Tags: gre prep, GRE analytical writing, GRE essays

GMAT vs. GRE: Does it Matter When Applying to MBA Programs?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 @ 02:28 PM

Should I take the GRE or the GMAT?

It’s an increasingly common question given the growing acceptance of the GRE. 10 years ago, very few MBA programs accepted the GRE as part of their admissions requirements. 5 years ago, a growing number of schools accepted the GRE in theory, but it was still a clear minority of students who were in fact applying to MBA programs with a GRE score instead of a GMAT score.

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Tags: GMAT online, GRE mental math, gre prep, GMAT vs. GRE

5 Benefits of Earning a Master's Degree Online

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Sat, Dec 22, 2018 @ 09:24 AM

Master’s degrees are becoming increasingly common, and it’s not hard to see why. In some fields, an advanced degree is necessary for even entry-level jobs, and for others, like STEM fields, it can mean an even higher salary, more and better prospects and more exciting work. But, it’s also not hard to see why many professionals are reluctant to take the plunge into traditional graduate school. Doing so means leaving the workforce, moving to a new city and going into tens of thousands of dollars of debt.

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Tags: GRE study tips, GRE, GRE tutors, master's degree, grad school, grad school online, online graduate degree

GRE/GMAT Study Planning Fundamentals: Choosing a GRE Preparation Method

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

This is the first in a multipart series on how to go about studying for the GRE or GMAT. We don’t plan on going into detail on specific concepts covered on the GRE or specific test-taking strategies in this series. Instead, the intention is to cover higher level, foundational issues around preparing for these exams, such as what type of support to get, what materials to use, what mindset to cultivate, etc. This article is being posted on our GRE blog, but we’ll switch from GRE to GMAT over time, as the concepts are broadly applicable to both exams.

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Tags: GRE Verbal, GRE study plan, GRE study tips, how to increase my GRE score, GRE study help, gre prep course, GRE, gre test prep, GRE tutors, gre quant section, gre quantitative

Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Conversion Analogies

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 05:04 PM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series we discuss a slightly different and generally considered to be trickier type of analogy tested on the MAT.

One of the slightly more complex question types on the Miller Analogies Test involves needing to recognize changes in the literal letters in the words used in the analogy instead of analyzing a more typical contextual or meaning-based analogy. These types of analogies can be particularly tricky, because if you are not aware that they happen, it's possible to fall into what Stefan describes as some "cleverly laid" traps hiding in the answer choices.

MAT Conversion Analogies

Here are some key takeaway from this MAT analogies video:

  1. Start by understanding accepted analogies (e.g., you can't relate word B to C)
  2. Identify the pivot term in the analogy
  3. Recognize MAT analogy relationships can be based on letters or rhyme, not always context. 
  4. Words that are "kind of" or "sort of" alike is generally not specific enough for an acceptable MAT analogy
  5. Avoid clever traps (e.g., the relationship trap, where you focus on one relationship between two words that doesn't exist between the other two words)

This video was produced by MyGuru Director of Online Instruction and expert online MAT tutor Stefan Maisnier. Visit our YouTube channel for more MAT analogy videos.

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Tags: MAT, MAT vs. GRE, MAT Analogies

How to Leverage Psychology and the Science of Skill Acquisition to Improve Your GRE Score

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 12:31 PM

There is certainly a lot of content you must master to earn a high score on the GRE. Your mathematics, verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, and writing skills will be tested and obviously are key to earning a 90thpercentile GRE score (or better).

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Simple but Powerful Test Taking Strategies: Part 2

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In part one of our “Common Test Taking Strategies” series, we noted that strategy is an intrinsic part of preparing for standardized tests, and that without the proper strategies even the most advanced students find themselves performing below their full potential.  We discussed several proven test taking strategies, including using official test prep materials produced by the same company administering the exam (i.e., the Real ACT Prep Guide if you’re taking the ACT), focusing on what the question is actually asking, scanning all potential answers before choosing one, assuming nothing when deciding which answer is best, and making abstractions concrete.

In part two, we’ll cover five additional test taking strategies:

  • Reading and retention “pauses” for long reading comprehension passages
  • Answering easy questions first
  • Time management
  • Providing overly structured responses
  • Test “mentality”
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