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Writing a Grad School Recommendation for an...
Here is a sample letter of recommendation written by an employer for an employee who is applying to graduate school.
Sample Graduate School Recommendation Letters
Writing a recommendation letter for an aspiring graduate student? These examples of graduate school recommendation letters might help you begin.
How to Tell if You Have a Good GRE Score
Do You Have a Good GRE Score? GRE Verbal and Quantitative Score Percentiles
Does GPA Really Matter for Graduate School...
What role does your grade point average (GPA) play in admission to graduate school? Do grad schools care about GPA?
PhD in Psychology or PsyD? What's the Difference?
If you want to earn a doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology to practice as a psychologist, what's your best choice: PhD or the PsyD?
Is a Master's or PhD for You? What's the...
Is a master's or doctorate right for you? What's the difference between an MA and PhD?
Thank Your Profs for Writing Your Recommendatio...
Thanking those who write recommendations on your behalf is not just good manners, it's solid professional advice. Here's a simple but effective sample.
Graduate School Admissions Exams: GRE, MCAT,...
Thinking about graduate study? Which admissions test will you need to take?
What's a PhD?
The PhD, defined. Graduate School.
An Example of an Effective Graduate Student...
This effective recommendation letter for graduate school, written by a faculty member, provides clear examples of the student's competencies.
Say Yes! Sample Email Accepting Admission to a...
How to accept an offer of admission to a graduate program: Sample email/letter
How Much Does Medical School Cost?
What to expect to pay to earn a medical degree.
What Is a Master of Social Work Degree (MSW)?
Definition of MSW. Graduate School.
I've Got a Low GPA: Should I Bother Applying to...
Will a low GPA wreck your grad school admissions chances?
Graduate Admissions 101: How to get into grad...
What you need to know about the application process so you can get into grad school.
Example of a Professor-Written Graduate School...
Every recommendation letter is unique. Here is a sample letter written by a professor for a student who is applying to graduate school.
What an Effective Grad School Recommendation...
An effective recommendation is detailed, like this example
What does it take to earn a master's degree?
How to earn a master's degree. Graduate School.
What You Need to Know About the MSW and Social...
Careers in social work provide opportunities to help people - and social work is a growth field with a master's-level entry requirement.
8 Things to Know About Becoming a Teacher
We all think we know what it's like to be a teacher. Do you really know?
Sample Grad School Recommendation Letter by a...
Writing a letter of recommendation and don't know where to start? Here is a sample template recommendation letter for a student applying to graduate school.
What You Need to Know about Graduate School...
Looking for a recommendation letter for grad school? Here's who to ask - and how to do it
The Different Types of Financial Aid for...
Trying to figure out how to pay for grad school? Learn about the different types of financial aid offered to graduate students.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Graduate...
The GRE plays a large role in determining the success of your grad school application. Here's what you need to know about the Graduate Record Exam.
26 Common Questions for Graduate School...
Prepare for your grad school interview by considering this list of common questions.
How to Decline an Offer of Admission to...
Decided to decline an offer of admission to graduate study but don't know how? Use this model letter as a guide.
Does My BA Have to Match My Graduate Degree?...
Is it possible for a student pursue an undergraduate degree in one field and then a graduate degree in another? Are you limited by your college major?
Getting into Grad School: What Grad Schools...
One of the most important steps in preparing an effective grad school application is knowing what admissions committees look for. What is an ideal applicant?
Classes You Should Take Before Applying to Law...
If you are considering applying to law school, take classes to round out your education and improve your application
Dos and Don'ts for Requesting a Grad School...
How you request a recommendation influences its quality. What to do (and not do) to get a grad school recommendation letter that helps your cause.
8 Characteristics of Effective Grad School...
Writing a letter of recommendation isn't easy. Effective letters of recommendation have these 8 characteristics in common.
How to Write the Graduate Admissions Essay
Your admissions essay can make or break your grad school application. Plan it well.
I Graduated 5 Years Ago: How do I Get a Letter...
You've been out of school for several years and want to go to grad school. What do you about getting letters of recommendation?
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of...
Don't know if you should become a doctor? Consider the pros and cons of becoming a doctor before making a decision.
What's a Doctoral Candidate or ABD?
What is a doctoral candidate? What does it mean to be ABD?
Applying to Medical School? Follow this...
Timing is everything when it comes to successfully applying to medical school.
Thinking of Applying to Med School? Be Sure to...
Whether you're a premed major or not, put these classes on your schedule if you plan to apply to medical school.
What Is the Difference Between Allopathic and...
There are two basic types of medical training: allopathic and osteopathic. How do they differ?
How to Write an Effective Graduate Admissions...
Writing an essay for your grad school application? Organize it well to get your point across - and get into grad school.
Can a Recommendation Letter be Bad? Yep - See...
Take care in requesting your recommendation letter because not all letters are helpful. Here's an example of a poor letter.
32 Questions to Prep Before Your Med School...
Getting ready for your interview for medical school? What should you expect? Prepare with these medical school interview questions.
Considering Law School? What Type of Law Will...
There are many kinds of lawyers as there are many types of law. What are the most common legal fields?
Applying to Graduate School? Here's What to Do...
Applying to graduate school is a carefully orchestrated affair. Here's what you need to do -- and when to do it.
What is a Recommendation Letter?
Letter of recommendation for graduate school - brief definition.
What Not to Include on Your CV
You may know what goes into an effective CV, but do you know what to leave out?
What Is a Doctoral - PhD - Dissertation?
What is a doctoral dissertation?
Should You Seek an MSW, PhD, or DSW for a...
How do I become a social worker? Is an MSW, DSW, or PhD needed for a career in social work?
Top 4 GRE Test Prep Books
Prepping for the Graduate Record Exam? Try these GRE Test Prep books.
12 Don'ts for Getting Letters of Recommendation...
There are lots of things that you can do to improve your chances of getting a good letter of recommendation from faculty . But, what shouldn't you do?
Questions to Ask During a Graduate Admissions...
The graduate school admissions committee is interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them.
5 Tips to Get in to Clinical Psychology...
Both clinical and counseling psychology are among the most competitive of all doctoral programs. Here's how to stand out from the rest.
What Is a Social Worker?
What doe social workers do? Graduate School.
Why You Need Different Study Skills for Grad...
Graduate school is very different from college. It requires a different skill set.
About the Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree
The MSW degree prepares graduates for careers in therapy, policy, and administration.
What is an Associate Professor?
The associate professor: Defined
What is a Master's Degree?
What is a master's degree? Graduate School.
How to Get a Letter of Recommendation for...
How do you get a great letter of recommendation that will win you a spot in graduate school?
The Dos and Don'ts of Graduate School...
What to do (and not to do) on your graduate school admissions interview.
Want a Career in Therapy? Should You Get a...
So you want to be a therapist or a counselor? Will a master's degree or doctoral degree best prepare you for this career?
What to Expect on Your Grad School Interview -...
What can you expect during the graduate admissions interview?
Social Work or Counseling? Which Degree Should...
Trying to decide whether to pursue a MSW or Masters in Counseling?
How Graduate School Is Different from College
How do you make a smooth transition to graduate school? First be aware that graduate school is very different from undergraduate college.
Is Medical School Right for You?
Should you apply to medical school? Is a career as a doctor for you?
Do You Need to Be a Premed Major to Apply to...
Must you major in premed to apply to medical school? Not necessarily, but it helps.
Common Questions About Graduate Admissions Essays
How should you approach writing the graduate admissions essay? Answers to common questions.
Is it OK to Give My Professor a Gift?
You're grateful for your professor's help. You think your prof is awesome. Should you give your professor a gift to show your appreciation?
Should You Go to Graduate School?
Is graduate school right for you?
Top Masters of Social Work (MSW) Programs
These programs are consistently rated among the top social work programs in the US.
What Classes Will You Take in Medical School?
Coursework that you can expect to take as a medical student in the US.
You Need 3 Letters to Apply to Grad School: Who...
Recommendation letters can make or break your grad school application. How do you choose professors to write on your behalf?
Should You Take a GRE Prep Course?
Some say it’s the best way to prepare for the GRE and others say it’s a scam. Is a GRE review course right for you?
How to Write a Grad School Recommendation...
An employee has asked you to write a letter of recommendation for graduate study. Here's how to write a helpful recommendation letter..
Thank Profs for Writing Your Recommendation...
Thanking those who write letters of recommendation on your behalf is not just good manners, it's solid professional advice.
Do you need a master's degree to apply to PhD...
Is a master's degree required to get into a doctoral program? Sometimes but usually not. There are pros and cons to earning a master's before applying to PhD programs.
About Masters and Doctoral Comps
One of the biggest milestones of graduate study is passing your comps. What are comprehensive exams?
How to Write the AMCAS Work/Activities Section
What should you include in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Work/Activities section?
Do You Need a BSW to Apply to MSW Programs?
Do I have to major in social work in college in order to apply to graduate school for a master of social work (MSW) degree?
Just Graduate but Feel the Blues?
You've been looking forward to graduation since you first started college or graduate school. It's finally here! Why aren't you happier?
Training Models in Clinical and Counseling...
Applying to programs in clinical or counseling psychology? Different programs emphasize different types of training - be sure that your application reflects that.
Tips for Writing Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Think it's too soon to prepare a curriculum vitae or CV? It's never too early. Here's how to start.
What You Need to Know About Applying to and...
What you need to know to gain admission to medical school.
What's the FAFSA?
It's the first step to getting any kind of financial aid for grad school.
Any reference is good, right? Nope! 7 Tips for...
Some letters of recommendation actually hurt students. Here are 7 characteristics of bad letters - what not to do when writing a recommendation.
Full-Text Articles for Your Research
Online database and text-searching resources can help you find what you need to write that paper.
Timeline for Applying to Law School
Plan to apply to law school? Follow this timeline to make the application process smoother.
What You Need to Know About a Graduate Program...
Before you begin that graduate school application, ensure that you know these 12 things about the grad program.
How to Write Grad School Recommendation Letters
A student approaches you for a letter of recommendation. What do you do?
Is a PsyD for You?
Many debate the relative merits of the psychology PhD and PsyD. Is a PsyD a good choice?
What to Ask During Your Med School Interview
The success of your med school interview relies not simply on your responses but on the questions you ask.
Want to Read Faster and with Better Retention?...
How do you keep up with that mountain of graduate school reading? Try the SQ3R Method, designed to help you read faster and retain more.
How to Take Notes While You're Reading
Without taking notes it's unlikely that you'll retain much from the many reading assignments you'll complete in grad school. Here's how to take effective notes.
Can You Change Fields from Undergrad to Grad?
Is it common for students to pursue an undergraduate degree in one field and then a graduate degree in another?
How a Teaching Assistantship Works
A teaching assistantship can help you pay your way through grad school.
Can You Mix Grad School and Work?
Should you work while in grad school? There isn't an easy answer.
What is Medical School Really Like? What to...
What can you expect in medical school?
Applying to Grad School? Don't Forget Your...
While you're wrestling with the hard parts of your grad school application, don't forget the easy stuff, like submitting your college transcript.
Graduate School Admissions Essay, Defined
The admissions essay, a critical component of your grad school application, is defined here.
Take Advantage of Grad School Papers to Advance...
The papers that you are assigned in your grad school classes are not just about getting a good grade. Papers are your opportunity to advance your own scholarly work.
Should You Guess on the GRE?
If I don't know the answer, should I guess?
Advantages and Disadvantages of Pursuing an...
Before you apply to an online graduate school, consider the pros and cons of earning an online degree.
You Don't Need to be a Clinical Psychologist...
There are several ways to become a therapist that don't entail earning a PhD in Clinical Psychology
Reasons to Go to Law School
Law school isn’t for everyone, is it for you? Here are reasons you should consider applying to law school.
Want to Write an Effective Graduate Admissions...
Don't be bewildered by the graduate admissions essay. Understand your motivations and writing will come easily to you.
What admissions essay questions and topics can...
Graduate admissions committees want to know specific things about you, your competencies, and your goals.
Time Management Tips for Graduate Students
Time management is essential for success in graduate school. The best way to avoid burnout in graduate school is to keep track of your days and maintain daily progress towards your goals
Should You Discuss a Low GPA in Your Graduate...
Your best bet always is to focus on your strengths. Is it ever ok to talk about a poor GPA?
Should You Take Time Off Before Applying to...
Are you ready for another three to eight years of graduate education? Sometimes taking time off first is a good idea.
PsyD or PhD in Psychology? How a Student Decided
What happens when you're accepted to more than one graduate program? Consider this student's experience in making a choice among several doctoral programs in psychology.
The Fun Doesn't End with Med School: About...
Medical training doesn't end with graduation from medical school. The next step is residency.
Which Classes Should I Take to Get into Medical...
Medical schools have very specific course requirements. Are you taking the right classes to get in?
What is a Transcript?
Transcript, defined. Graduate School.
3 Factors to Consider as You Choose a Graduate...
Choosing a grad school? Pay attention to these aspects of each program.
Is Returning Recommendation Letters in Signed,...
Recently a reader asked me whether it's an imposition to ask faculty to not only write letters of recommendation but to return them to the student, each in a separate signed and sealed envelope. Is it too much to ask? Is organizing all that paperwork unreasonable?
Detecting Plagiarism
Detecting plagiarism is sometimes very easy, such as in the case of a student using language or phrasing usual for an undergraduate, and sometimes very difficult, as in cases in which students turn in papers from paper mill sites.
Organization Tips for Graduate Students
Graduate students, especially new students, often find themselves overwhelmed. Good time management skills are essential, but succeeding in graduate school requires the ability to organize more than your time.
What Is the Occupational Outlook Handbook?
What is the Occupational Outlook Handbook?
What You Should Ask During an Academic Job...
Got an academic job interview? Here's what to ask to determine if that faculty position is for you.
Should You Write a Student's Recommendation...
Student ask you to write a recommendation letter? Should you? What info should you request from the student?
How to Choose a Field of Graduate Study
Graduate study field what to study grad school discipline field area grad study what to study choose a field discipline major
Read More Efficiently: Be Strategic
Grad school entails a ton of reading. While nothing will make that lengthy reading list go away you can learn to read more efficiently and get more out of your reading, for less.
Are You Ever too Old for Grad School?
Thinking about going to grad school but you're not a kid? It's never to late to earn a graduate degree.
Before You Agree to Write a Graduate Applicant'...
Most grad school applicants struggle to find three letters of recommendation and must approach professors who know them little outside of class. If you are that professor, what should you consider before writing a recommendation letter for a student you don't know well?
Nontraditional Students: 3 Tips for Grad School...
Thinking about grad school at age 40? Beyond? How do you get recommendation letters?
How to Prepare for Master's and PhD Comps
Your performance on your master's or doctoral comprehensive exam can make or break your graduate school career. Systematically prepare with these tips.
About the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
If you're planning on law school, you can't avoid taking the LSAT.
Getting Married in Academia: Should You Change...
Many graduate students who get married wonder whether to change their name. Should you?
How to Ask for a Recommendation Years After...
I need a recommendation letter for grad school but I've been out of school for years - how do I ask?
Get Your Semester off to a Good Start
Start the semester off on the right foot by following these 3 tips
Teaching Tips for Grad Students: Liven up Your...
A good college lecture is not simply a list of facts or a rereading of the textbook. An effective lecture is the result of planning and making a series of choices. Here are some tips for graduate student instructors.
About the Medical College Admissions Test
Want to go to medical school? Then the MCAT is on your to-do list.
Should You Pursue a Graduate Degree in History?
Consider these pragmatics in deciding whether to go to grad school in History.
What is an Assistantship?
Assistantship, defined. Graduate School.
What is a Master's Degree (MA and MS)?
What is an M.A. and an M.S.? Graduate School.
What is Law School Like?
What can you expect during the first year of law school>
I Didn't Get into Grad School! Now What?
It's difficult to learn that you're not among a graduate program's top choices, but rejection is common. Here's how to deal.
What You Should Do When You Miss Class
Everybody misses a class once in a while. You can redeem yourself, at least a little. Learn how.
Med Students: What does it mean to be "On Call?"
What does it mean when doctors say that they are on call?
Should You Ask a Teaching Assistant for a...
A teaching assistant might know you best, but should he or she write your grad school recommendation letter?
Is Graduate School Really Worth the Cost?
Is grad school make financial sense?
Why Read Before Class?
Reading. Professors assign it and expect you to read it before class. Most students don't complete the reading. Here's why you should.
Stop Procrastinating to Complete Your...
Don't let the dissertation get you down. Learn how to stop procrastinating and finish it now!
What Info Should I Give My Letter Writers?
How do you get a good letter of recommendation to graduate school? Be sure to provide your letter writes with the information that they need to write letters that will enhance your application to graduate school
How Write Emails to - and Get Responses from -...
When you should contact a professor at a grad school you hope to attend -- and how to do it right.
7 Things to Do the Summer Before Starting...
Be ready to start graduate school this Fall by using this summer to prepare and relax.
How Grad School Committees Evaluate Applications
Graduate programs receive dozens - and some receive hundreds - of applications and many are from students with stellar qualifications. What you need to know to stand out from the pack.
8 Tips to Boost Your Productivity and Manage...
How to manage your time, improve efficiency, and say sane during your years as a grad student.
What's Grad School Like? What to Expect
Wondering if grad school is right for you? Learn all about grad school so you can make an informed decision.
Applying to Grad School? How to Get Your...
Your graduate admissions application is not complete until your official academic transcript is received. How do you request your academic transcript?
Feel Like You're Fooling Everyone? Beat the...
The impostor syndrome runs rampant in academia - and women are especially prone to it. What it is and what you can do about it.
What to Know about Yourself Before You Write...
Ask yourself these questions to help you plan and organize your admissions essay.

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