It is indeed difficult to get back into the swing of school when you have been out for awhile. Since I just finished a year of grad school at 38 years old, having been out of school since the mid-90's, I feel like I had a rude awakening and more pre-prep would have helped. What would I have done differently??
1. Read. Read a lot. Then read more! Read good writing- well-written material, research journals, things you have to contemplate hard to understand; note the structure of the writing, the paragraphs. Look at the current research that is out there in your particular interest...then look at the references, and see where those lead you.
2. Practice writing. I did not do this. I should have worked on organizing my thoughts, getting things structured, communicating complicated ideas in writing. I thought that because my spelling
is better than average, that the writing would just flow. HA!!!!! Practice. Get some books, like "They say, I say" or another guide to college-level writing, and really work through them.
3. When you take that stats course, which will most likely be at a CC, take advantage of the services offered to students. Library, librarian, writing center. GO.
4. The GRE wasn't too difficult. I had to brush up on the math concepts- I found some free study guides online. It's been awhile since I had even thought about sine, cosine, tangent, angles, wow. And there are plenty of vocabulary guides available. Get a good SAT/ACT/GRE vocab book and work through it. The essay part killed me (see above) so practice writing!!! The official GRE web site has some decent test prep info on it to help you focus your studying and you can get an official study book for around $20, totally worth it.
5. Good luck!!!!