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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.
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.
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.
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.
Do You Have a Good GRE Score? How to Tell
Do You Have a Good GRE Score? GRE Verbal and Quantitative Score Percentiles
26 Common Questions for Graduate School...
Prepare for your grad school interview by considering this list of common questions.
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?
What are the Pros and Cons to a Career as a...
Many people say that teachers are special people. There are unique advantages and disadvantages to a career as a teacher. Is it for you?
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.
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?
What an Effective Grad School Recommendation...
An effective recommendation is detailed, like this example
Questions to Ask During a Graduate Admissions...
The graduate school admissions committee is interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them.
The Dos and Don'ts of Graduate School...
What to do (and not to do) on your graduate school admissions interview.
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.
I've Got a Low GPA: Should I Bother Applying to...
Will a low GPA wreck your grad school admissions chances?
How Much Does Medical School Cost?
What to expect to pay to earn a medical degree.
What's a PhD?
The PhD, defined. Graduate School.
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.
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
What Does a Social Worker Do?
What does a career in social work entail?
What to Expect on Your Grad School Interview -...
What can you expect during the graduate admissions interview?
Say Yes! Sample Email Accepting Admission to a...
How to accept an offer of admission to a graduate program: Sample email/letter
8 Characteristics of Effective Grad School...
Writing a letter of recommendation isn't easy. Effective letters of recommendation have these 8 characteristics in common.
What does it take to earn a master's degree?
How to earn a master's degree. Graduate School.
Graduate School Admissions Exams: GRE, MCAT,...
Thinking about graduate study? Which admissions test will you need to take?
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.
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.
Graduate Admissions 101: How to get into grad...
What you need to know about the application process so you can get into grad school.
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.
Getting into Grad School: What Grad Schools...
Want to get into grad school. Be sure that you have what they want. What do graduate schools look for in applicants?
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.
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.
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?
What is a Recommendation Letter?
Letter of recommendation for graduate school - brief definition.
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.
Common Questions About Graduate Admissions Essays
How should you approach writing the graduate admissions essay? Answers to common questions.
How to Write the Graduate Admissions Essay
Your admissions essay can make or break your grad school application. Plan it well.
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.
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.
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..
What Is the Difference Between Allopathic and...
There are two basic types of medical training: allopathic and osteopathic. How do they differ?
What's a Doctoral Candidate or ABD?
What is a doctoral candidate? What does it mean to be ABD?
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?
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
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?
Applying to Medical School? Follow this...
Timing is everything when it comes to successfully applying to medical school.
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.
What Is a Doctoral - PhD - Dissertation?
What is a doctoral dissertation?
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.
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?
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.
What Is a Master of Social Work Degree (MSW)?
Definition of MSW. Graduate School.
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?
Is Medical School Right for You?
Should you apply to medical school? Is a career as a doctor 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?
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 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.
What Is a Social Worker?
What doe social workers do? Graduate 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.
How to Write Grad School Recommendation Letters
A student approaches you for a letter of recommendation. What do you do?
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.
How to Get Certified and Start Teaching
How do I get certified to teach?
Social Work or Counseling? Which Degree Should...
Trying to decide whether to pursue a MSW or Masters in Counseling?
Top 4 GRE Test Prep Books
Prepping for the Graduate Record Exam? Try these GRE Test Prep books.
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?
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 Classes Will You Take in Medical School?
Coursework that you can expect to take as a medical student in the US.
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.
Should You Go to Graduate School?
Is graduate school right for you?
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?
My Prof Told Me to Write My Own Recommendation...
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Trouble Starting Your Graduate Admissions...
Don't know how to begin your graduate admissions essay? Here are some ideas to break through writer's block.
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.
What is a Master's Degree?
What is a master's degree? Graduate School.
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?
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.
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?
Expect Grad Students to Interview You During...
Most graduate school applicants don't realize that grad students take part in admissions interviews.
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?
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.
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.
All About Masters and Doctoral Comprehensive...
One of the biggest milestones of graduate study is passing your comps. What are comprehensive exams?
Should I Seek the MSW, PhD, or DSW for a Career...
How do I become a social worker? Is an MSW, DSW, or PhD needed for a career in social work?
How Grad School Committees Evaluate Applications
Graduate programs receive dozens - and some receive hundreds - of applications and many are from students with stellar qualifications.
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?
What's the FAFSA?
It's the first step to getting any kind of financial aid for grad school.
Get Your Semester off to a Good Start
Start the semester off on the right foot by following these 3 tips
What Not to Include on Your CV
You may know what goes into an effective CV, but do you know what to leave out?
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.
Timeline for Applying to Law School
Plan to apply to law school? Follow this timeline to make the application process smoother.
What is an Associate Professor?
The associate professor: Defined
About the Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree
The MSW degree prepares graduates for careers in therapy, policy, and administration.
Why You Need Different Study Skills for Grad...
Graduate school is very different from college. It requires a different skill set.
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?
What You Need to Know About Applying to and...
What you need to know to gain admission to medical school.
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.
Questions to Expect During an Academic Job...
Be prepared for your academic job interview with answers to these questions.
What characteristics do you need to become a...
What characteristics do you need to become a successful (and happy) teacher?
How to Have a Successful Graduate Admissions...
Don't underestimate the importance of the graduate admissions interview. Prepare.
What to do When Your Grad School Recommendation...
What happens if the all important grad school recommendation letter doesn't arrive?
What is a Master's Degree (MA and MS)?
What is an M.A. and an M.S.? Graduate School.
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
What to Know about Yourself Before You Write...
Ask yourself these questions to help you plan and organize your admissions essay.
Ask Informed Questions During Your Graduate...
Don't ask dumb questions during your graduate admissions interview. Do your homework and ask well informed questions.
What Is the Occupational Outlook Handbook?
What is the Occupational Outlook Handbook?
Should You Take a GRE Review 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?
Graduate Admissions Essay Dos and Don'ts
Writing an effective graduate admissions essay is about following rules. Here are basic rules, the dos and don'ts, of writing admissions essays.
Top Masters of Social Work (MSW) Programs
These programs are consistently rated among the top social work programs in the US.
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.
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.
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.
How a Teaching Assistantship Works: Learn to...
A teaching assistantship can help you pay your way through grad school.
How to Ask Your Professor for Help
At some point in college or grad school you'll have to ask for help. How do you ask a professor for help?
Is Graduate School Really Worth the Cost?
Is grad school make financial sense?
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?
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.
Graduate School Application: Possible Outcomes
What can you expect when all is said and done, after applications are submitted and interviews (if any) have been completed? There are three responses you can receive.
Should You Email Professors at Potential Grad...
Is it a good idea to contact faculty at the programs to which you are applying? How do you?
What admissions essay questions and topics can...
Graduate admissions committees want to know specific things about you, your competencies, and your goals.
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.
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
Types of Medical School Interviews
Got an invitation to interview for medical school? Learn about the various interview approaches and be prepared.
Full-Text Articles for Your Research
Online database and text-searching resources can help you find what you need to write that paper.
What is Law School Like?
What can you expect during the first year of law school>
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.
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
What to Do When You are Accepted to Grad School
Accepted to graduate school? Congratulations! Here's what to do next.
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?
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?
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.
Handle Your Holiday Stress
Feeling stressed out this holiday season? Here's what you can do about it.
What is Medical School Really Like? What to...
What can you expect in medical school?
How to Read Academic Texts Quicker and with...
Ever read an assignment and remember nothing even a few minutes later? Try these strategies to improve your reading skills.
Who should I ask to write my recommendation...
Your questions about letters of recommendation for graduate study answered. Who should you ask for a recommendation letter?
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 Common Admissions Essay Mistakes
Common errors that can stop your graduate school application in its tracks.
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.
Is a PsyD for You?
Many debate the relative merits of the psychology PhD and PsyD. Is a PsyD a good choice?
How to Write a Statement of Teaching Philosophy
If you're applying for a faculty position, be prepared to send a statement of teaching philosophy to explain your views of pedagogy and what you do in the classroom.
How to Choose Between Two Graduate Programs
What should you do it you are faced with the unexpected (but delightful) decision of choosing among two or more graduate programs?
Ask Questions Before, During, and After Your...
If you have questions before, during, or after the interview, don't be afraid to ask them.
About the Law School Admission Test
What is the LSAT and how do you take it? If you're planning on law school, you can't avoid taking the LSAT.
What Do Teachers Do?
What Do Teachers Do? Graduate School.
Graduate School Admissions Essay, Defined
The admissions essay, a critical component of your grad school application, is defined here.
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.
Should You Guess on the GRE?
If I don't know the answer, should I guess?
The Fun Doesn't End with Med School: About...
Medical training doesn't end with graduation from medical school. The next step is residency.
What is a Transcript?
Transcript, defined. Graduate School.
How Much Time Should I Give My Prof to Write My...
How much time does my recommender need to write a good letter of recommendation for my graduate school application?
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