Suarez Knowledge Base

This is a place where anyone in the family can place information they would like to share. Just write me an email with the topic and we'll find a place for it.



Buying a car


Lawn Care

Money Saving Tips $$$


Building Your Own Web Page


Internet Service Providers



Taking the GRE's




Buying a car, specially a used car:

Give me call if you want good, cheap advice. Mel Suarez, Sep. 1997


Money Saving Tips $$$

  1. When you finish your shampoo, put water in the bottle to get the rest of it out. (Mel Suarez,2/98)
  2. A computer screen uses about 150 watts. When you leave it on, it’s like leaving 2.5 light bulbs on. (Mel Suarez, 2/98)

Lawn Care

We use the Scotts 4 Step. Made up of four bags that are spread over the lawn at different times of the year. It works great! All our neighbors have started using them when they saw how much better our lawn looked than theirs when we started. They contain weed killer, fertilizer, and all you need is a spreader.

New grass needs daily watering, otherwise forget it. Best time to put down seed are early spring and late fall. (Mel Suarez, 10/97)


Building Your Own Web Page

First of all, a web page is written in simple text (called ASCII) so you can do it with any text editor, even Notepad. The language is called HTML (hypertext markup language). However, to do a nice job it's good to have a tool. I use MS Word 97 which comes with an HTML editor. It has a Web Wizard that can help with styling the page. This page was done with MS Word by the way. Notice how beautif l it is.

Next you need a place to put your Web page. My provider allows me to put up a page with 10 megabytes of stuff.

To publish the page, you send it to the provider. I use WS_FTP which is shareware. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is an internet method of transferring files. The start page of the site is usually called "index.html" or "welcome.html"

It's very, very smart to look at the page that you've built with a browser before you publish it. I'll try to get a hold of some manuals out on the internet to help you.

Mel Suarez, Oct 97.


Taking the GRE's

Hello my name is Manny Suarez and I have been teaching adults how to beat the Math Section of the GRE (test like the SAT taken for graduate school) for 20 years. Lately I have been getting a lot of calls or e-mails from nieces and nephews and children of adults I have taught in the past on some free advice.


The first thing you need to decide is whether to take the computer version or the pencil and paper version. Since 1995 ETS (Educational Testing Services) has been reducing the number of times the pencil and paper test has been offered per year. Soon there will be no pencil and paper test.

My suggestions are mainly for the pencil and paper test, but I will address the computer test first. The computer test was developed for the many young people who have grown up taking tests on computers and who know they will score over 1200 on the GRE and therefore just need a quick score. If you are not one of these people, then I would suggest that you NOT take the computer test. The computer test was design to compute a score after about 12 problems. Therefore the first three problems are what I call medium problems (like #9-12 or #26 & 27 on the paper and pencil test). So do not become alarm if you miss one of the earlier problems. Depending on how you do on these first problems, the computer will give you harder problems or easier problems.

At the end of the computer test, you are asked if you want to see your score. Please say YES ! If not, you have given ETS your money and you have gotten nothing in return. No one feels good about themselves after taking a test so don't be afraid to see your score. You can always take the written test at a later day.

The pencil and paper is a different story all together. You must first buy ETS's Book #9 which contains 7 actual GRE tests. In the Math sections problems #1-8, #16-20, and #21-23 (the chart) are easy and if you look at the answer key you will find that over 70% of the country got these right. If you get just these 32 problems correct (two Math tests), you have already scored well enough to get into most graduate schools. With a little review of Algebra I and Geometry, you should be able to attempt #9-12 and #26 & 27.

On the Verbal section, I would do the last section first since it contains 11 questions and they are pretty quick to do. Remember the first several questions in each section will be easy, the next couple medium and the last two impossible.

On the Analytic section, you need to find out if this sections counts for your school. If not, then do NOT burn yourself out trying to do this problems. Let your brain "rest" and do these problems for fun.

Save your brain power for the sections that count: the Math and Verbal.

Should you take a "prep course?" I would not pay $800 for a prep course unless I knew that qualified teachers where teaching them. Many of these nation wide prep companies hire college students. Most state universities offer these prep courses at a much more reasonable rate and usually have at least doctoral candidates teaching these courses. I would ask for a money back guarantee (or at least pro-rated amount) if you do not like the first class.

Can you study for the GRE? You Bet !! You should be able to improve your score 100 points by just by becoming familiar with the test format and reviewing some math facts. Of course you only get as much as you put in. I suggest you find a friend to study with.

Good luck. Manny Suarez (10/97)