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How to Tell if You Have a Good GRE Score
Do You Have a Good GRE Score? GRE Verbal and Quantitative Score Percentiles
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
I've Got a Low GPA: Should I Bother Applying to...
Will a low GPA wreck your grad school admissions chances?
Graduate School Admissions Exams: GRE, MCAT,...
Thinking about graduate study? Which admissions test will you need to take?
How Much Does Medical School Cost?
What to expect to pay to earn a medical degree.
7 Steps to Writing a Student's Recommendation...
Student ask you to write a recommendation letter? Should you? What info should you request from the student?
What's a PhD?
The PhD, defined. Graduate School.
What does it take to earn a master's degree?
How to earn a master's degree. Graduate School.
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?
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.
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.
What an Effective Grad School Recommendation...
An effective recommendation is detailed, like this example
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.
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
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.
Should You Go to Graduate School?
Is graduate school right for you?
8 Characteristics of Effective Grad School...
Writing a letter of recommendation isn't easy. Effective letters of recommendation have these 8 characteristics in common.
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.
Say Yes! Sample Email Accepting Admission to a...
How to accept an offer of admission to a graduate program: Sample email/letter
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?
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.
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 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.
Is Medical School Right for You?
Should you apply to medical school? Is a career as a doctor for you?
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.
What Is a Master of Social Work Degree (MSW)?
Definition of MSW. Graduate School.
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?
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?
How to Write the Graduate Admissions Essay
Your admissions essay can make or break your grad school application. Plan it well.
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's a Doctoral Candidate or ABD?
What is a doctoral candidate? What does it mean to be ABD?
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?
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.
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
Get Your Semester off to a Good Start
Start the semester off on the right foot by following these 3 tips
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.
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.
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.
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?
What is a Master's Degree?
What is a master's degree? Graduate School.
Requesting a Grad School Recommendation from...
Is your personal therapist or psychologist a good source for a recommendation letter to graduate school? What about if you’re applying to psychology doctoral programs?
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.
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.
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.
What Is a Doctoral - PhD - Dissertation?
What is a doctoral dissertation?
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 Grad School Recommendation Letters
A student approaches you for a letter of recommendation. What do you do?
26 Common Questions for Graduate School...
Prepare for your grad school interview by considering this list of common questions.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Where do Lawyers Work?
Where do you find lawyers? Graduate School.
What is a Recommendation Letter?
Letter of recommendation for graduate school - brief definition.
3 Tips for Success in Grad School
Graduate school is way different from college. Pay attention to these three tips and you will start graduate school on the right foot and set yourself up for long term success.
Common Questions About Graduate Admissions Essays
How should you approach writing the graduate admissions essay? Answers to common questions.
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's the FAFSA?
It's the first step to getting any kind of financial aid for grad school.
What characteristics do you need to become a...
What characteristics do you need to become a successful (and happy) teacher?
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?
Social Work or Counseling? Which Degree Should...
Trying to decide whether to pursue a MSW or Masters in Counseling?
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.
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.
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?
What Classes Will You Take in Medical School?
Coursework that you can expect to take as a medical student in the US.
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.
What to Expect on the First Day of Class: Grad...
Professors approach the first day of class in different ways. What can you expect?
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?
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.
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 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.
Top 4 GRE Test Prep Books
Prepping for the Graduate Record Exam? Try these GRE Test Prep books.
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?
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.
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.
Timeline for Applying to Law School
Plan to apply to law school? Follow this timeline to make the application process smoother.
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?
What is an Associate Professor?
The associate professor: Defined
Should You Guess on the GRE?
If I don't know the answer, should I guess?
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.
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.
Work Through Your Own Baggage to Write a Good...
Some grad students and new faculty find writing recommendation letters challenging because letter writers must work though their own baggage.
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?
Questions to Ask During a Graduate Admissions...
The graduate school admissions committee is interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them.
Top Masters of Social Work (MSW) Programs
These programs are consistently rated among the top social work programs in the US.
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.
Start Early for a Successful Law School...
Plan ahead if you'd like to apply to law school because it takes time to amass experiences needed for a stellar application.
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..
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.
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.
What You Need to Know About Applying to and...
What you need to know to gain admission to medical school.
Know what's due for class? Check the syllabus
The first thing most professors do is distribute the course syllabus. Here's why and what to expect
Frequently Asked Questions About Letters of...
Letters are a critical, but not well understood, part of your graduate school application. If you're like most applicants, you have questions about seeking letters of recommendation. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions.
How to Prepare for the GRE
The Graduate Record Exam evokes fear in the hearts of most graduate students. This overview will help you overcome your fear and prepare well.
Should You Cancel Your GRE Score?
What can I do if I think I bombed the GRE?
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.
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.
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.
What Can You Do About Poor GRE Scores?
Receiving a GRE score that you're unhappy with can make you wonder if graduate school is for you. Here's what you can do.
What to Expect on Your Grad School Interview -...
What can you expect during the graduate admissions interview?
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
About Masters and Doctoral Comps
One of the biggest milestones of graduate study is passing your comps. What are comprehensive exams?
The Dos and Don'ts of Graduate School...
What to do (and not to do) on your graduate school admissions interview.
What is the Medical College Application Service...
Unlike applying to grad school, applying to med school entails completing just one application: The AMCAS.
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.
What to Do When You are Accepted to Grad School
Accepted to graduate school? Congratulations! Here's what to do next.
Is a PsyD for You?
Many debate the relative merits of the psychology PhD and PsyD. Is a PsyD a good choice?
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.
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.
How to Make a Good Impression on Professors
Relationships with faculty are critical to success in graduate school. The initial relationship is often formed in class. How do you make a good impression in class?
What is Medical School Really Like? What to...
What can you expect in medical school?
Understanding Your GRE Scores
How do I understand the new GRE scores?
Types of Education Loans for Graduate Study
Graduate school is expensive. What are the different kinds of loans that you can receive?
Nontraditional Students: 3 Tips for Grad School...
Thinking about grad school at age 40? Beyond? How do you get recommendation letters?
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?
Use a Project Planner to Get That Paper Done on...
Writing papers and other large projects can overwhelm even the best of students. Most time management experts agree that the best way to tackle a large project is to break it into its component tasks. Here's how.
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.
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?
Keep a Research Log to Kick Start Your Research
How do you find great ideas? A research log can help you sort out your ideas and get started on research for your dissertation.
What is a Transcript?
Transcript, defined. 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.
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?
The Med School Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)...
Think you know what to expect in a medical school admissions interview? The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) may surprise you.
Is Graduate School Really Worth the Cost?
Is grad school make financial sense?
What Is the Occupational Outlook Handbook?
What is the Occupational Outlook Handbook?
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?
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.
Can You Mix Grad School and Work?
Should you work while in grad school? There isn't an easy answer.
Types of Medical School Interviews
Got an invitation to interview for medical school? Learn about the various interview approaches and be prepared.
What is Law School Like?
What can you expect during the first year of law school>
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 the GRE?
What is the GRE? Graduate School.
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.
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 an Assistantship?
Assistantship, defined. Graduate School.
Week-by-Week Academic Planner
A big part of success in college and graduate school relies on your ability to organize yourself and effectively manage your time. Enter the weekly planner.

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