If you're planning on taking the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) in the next few months, you should spend some time - a great deal of time - between now and then studying. Perhaps start by examining some GRE test prep books, but then devise a study plan. Many applicants consider taking a GRE test prep class. Should you? If so, what are your options for onsite GRE review classes?
I'll admit it: I'm completely overwhelmed with all that I have to do. My guess is that if you're a student you probably also feel at least a little overwhelmed. Many of us let our to-do lists get out of hand. By the end of the semester our to-do lists are not simply unwieldy, they're unhelpful. What do you do to get a handle on all of the many things that you have to do?
1. Make sure that your to-do list is complete.
This may seem counter-intuitive when you have a long list, but the first step in getting the important stuff done is surveying the field to determine what is important.
2. Determine what is most important right now.
Many of the items on your to-do list can wait until later, even after the semester ends. Others have deadlines that set important time constraints on task completion. Organize your list tasks by due date and importance.
3. Make choices.
Once you list all of your critical tasks you may find that you need to make choices about what to complete because it may not be possible to complete it all.
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I find it helpful to engage in a modified version of this process daily. I list all that needs to be done. Then I consider what is essential. I look at how much time I can allot to completing the tasks and I decide which tasks to complete, to put on hold, or to ignore altogether. It's not easy and it requires a bit of self awareness and honesty to compile a realistic to-do list. I'm not always successful but it's a start.
Nearly every applicant to graduate school receives at least one rejection. Applicants who receive acceptance letters from some graduate programs receive rejection letters from other programs. Rejection stings. The first part of dealing with rejection is accepting it - feeling the pain. Then it is time to understand why rejection happens and to consider your next steps.
Also: Post-rejection: Learn how to improve your application
Many students who are accepted to graduate school are surprised to find that the hardest part of applying to graduate school comes after acceptance: deciding where to attend. How do you choose a graduate program? How do you decide where to attend graduate school? Follow these tips on how to choose. In addition these suggestions intended for students who are wondering where to apply to graduate school can also help you weigh programs in making decisions on where to attend. The simplest piece of advice is to try to imagine what your life will look like at each place. Visualize your day-to-day life within each program and you may find it easier to choose.