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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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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 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?
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.
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.
How Much Does Medical School Cost?
What to expect to pay to earn a medical degree.
I've Got a Low GPA: Should I Bother Applying to...
Will a low GPA wreck your grad school admissions chances?
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 does it take to earn a master's degree?
How to earn a master's degree. Graduate 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 Does a Social Worker Do?
What does a career in social work entail?
What an Effective Grad School Recommendation...
An effective recommendation is detailed, like this example
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.
Graduate Admissions 101: How to get into grad...
What you need to know about the application process so you can get into grad school.
Graduate School Admissions Exams: GRE, MCAT,...
Thinking about graduate study? Which admissions test will you need to take?
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 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.
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?
What do Grad Schools Look for in Applicants?
Graduate school admissions committees look for specific qualities in applicants. So what is an ideal graduate school applicant?
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Top 4 GRE Test Prep Books
Prepping for the Graduate Record Exam? Try these GRE Test Prep books.
Applying to Medical School? Follow this...
Timing is everything when it comes to successfully applying to medical school.
26 Common Questions for Graduate School...
Prepare for your grad school interview by considering this list of common questions.
What Is the Difference Between Allopathic and...
There are two basic types of medical training: allopathic and osteopathic. How do they differ?
Common Questions About Graduate Admissions Essays
How should you approach writing the graduate admissions essay? Answers to common questions.
Social Work or Counseling? Which Degree Should...
Trying to decide whether to pursue a MSW or Masters in Counseling?
What's a Doctoral Candidate or ABD?
What is a doctoral candidate? What does it mean to be ABD?
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?
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.
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?
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?
How to Write the Graduate Admissions Essay
Your admissions essay can make or break your grad school application. Plan it well.
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
All About Masters and Doctoral Comprehensive...
One of the biggest milestones of graduate study is passing your comps. What are comprehensive exams?
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.
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 Get Certified and Start Teaching
How do I get certified to teach?
Say Yes! Sample Email Accepting Admission to a...
How to accept an offer of admission to a graduate program: Sample email/letter
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 to Expect on Your Grad School Interview -...
What can you expect during the graduate admissions interview?
7 Common Admissions Essay Mistakes
Common errors that can stop your graduate school application in its tracks.
Top Masters of Social Work (MSW) Programs
These programs are consistently rated among the top social work programs in the US.
Questions to Ask During a Graduate Admissions...
The graduate school admissions committee is interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them.
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.
What Not to Include on Your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
You may know what goes into an effective CV, but do you know what to leave out?
My Prof Told Me to Write My Own Recommendation...
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What Is a Social Worker?
What doe social workers do? Graduate School.
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 a Recommendation Letter?
Letter of recommendation for graduate school - brief definition.
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.
What is a Master's Degree?
What is a master's degree? Graduate School.
Is Medical School Right for You?
Should you apply to medical school? Is a career as a doctor for you?
What Is a Master of Social Work Degree (MSW)?
Definition of MSW . 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?
Why You Need Different Study Skills for Grad...
Graduate school is very different from college. It requires a different skill set.
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.
Timeline for Applying to Law School
Plan to apply to law school? Follow this timeline to make the application process smoother.
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 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.
The Dos and Don'ts of Graduate School...
What to do (and not to do) on your graduate school admissions interview.
Thank Profs Who Write Your Recommendation Letters
Thanking those who write letters of recommendation on your behalf is not just good manners, it's solid professional advice.
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?
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 Is a Doctoral - PhD - Dissertation?
What is a doctoral dissertation?
MSW Application Guide
Prepare successful applications to MSW programs.
What Classes Will You Take in Medical School?
Coursework that you can expect to take as a medical student in the US.
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
MSW, PhD, DSW: Which one is for you?
How do I become a social worker? Is an MSW, DSW, or PhD needed for a career in social work?
7 Tips for GRE Prep
Prepare for the exam that can determine your grad school fate with these 7 tips for the Graduate Record Exam.
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 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.
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?
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.
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?
Is Graduate School Really Worth the Cost?
Is grad school make financial sense?
Are Master's Programs Ranked?
There are lots of rankings for doctoral programs. Are master's programs ranked?
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?
What admissions essay questions and topics can...
Graduate admissions committees want to know specific things about you, your competencies, and your goals.
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 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.
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.
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.
Tips for the GRE Verbal Section
What does the GRE Verbal Section entail? Tips to prepare.
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
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?
Should You Go to Graduate School?
Is graduate school right for you?
Graduate School Papers and You
Most graduate courses require students to write term papers. Plan well because papers are not just about getting a good grade. Papers are your opportunity to advance your own scholarly work and receive guidance to enhance your competence.
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?
3 Factors to Consider as You Choose a Graduate...
Choosing a grad school? Pay attention to these aspects of each program.
Should I Guess on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
If I don't know the answer, should I guess?
What is an Associate Professor?
The associate professor: Defined
Keep a Research Log to Kick Start Your Research
Research is critical to your success in graduate school. But just how do you do get started? Where do great research ideas come from? A research log can help you sort out your ideas and get started on research for your dissertation.
Graduate School Admissions Essay, Defined
The admissions essay, a critical component of your grad school application, is defined here.
Best Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Prep...
If you’re taking the MCAT plan to put your study time in. Use your time and resources wisely by consulting guides.
Handle Your Holiday Stress
Feeling stressed out this holiday season? Here's what you can do about it.
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?
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 to Know about Yourself Before You Write...
Ask yourself these questions to help you plan and organize your admissions essay.
Tips for Writing Your First (or 50th) Syllabus
Pay attention to these finer points in your syllabus and you'll encounter fewer problems this semester.
What characteristics do you need to become a...
What characteristics do you need to become a successful (and happy) teacher?
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.
What You Need to Know About Applying to and...
What you need to know to gain admission to medical school.
How to Write Grad School Recommendation Letters
A student approaches you for a letter of recommendation. What do you do?
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 Do Teachers Do?
What Do Teachers Do? Graduate School.
Intentional Delay: When Pausing, Waiting Can...
Procrastination gets a bad rap. Sometimes it's a good idea to put off a task
How a Teaching Assistantship Works: Learn to...
A teaching assistantship can help you pay your way through grad school.
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.
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 to Expect in Med School
What can you expect in medical 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.
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?
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.
Stop Procrastinating to Complete Your...
Don't let the dissertation get you down. Learn how to stop procrastinating and finish it now!
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?
Graduate Advisor Reality Check: Ideal vs. Real
What can you expect from your graduate advisor? Advice? Friendship? Guidance? Establish realistic expectations to get what you need from your advisor.
Understanding Your GRE Scores
How do I understand the new GRE scores?
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.
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.
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.
Can You Mix Grad School and Work?
Should you work while in grad school? There isn't an easy answer.
What is a Transcript?
Transcript, defined. Graduate School.
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.
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.
Three Tips for New Graduate Students
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.
Getting Married in Academia: Should You Change...
Many graduate students who get married wonder whether to change their name. Should you?
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.
Nontraditional Students: 3 Tips for Grad School...
Thinking about grad school at age 40? Beyond? How do you get recommendation letters?
Why do you have to write an essay to apply to...
The graduate admissions essay is simply another hurdle to get into grad school. Understand its purpose in order to write an effective essay and gain admission to graduate 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.
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.
Don't Share too Much with the Admissions...
Many applicants share too much in their personal statements.
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?
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's the FAFSA?
It's the first step to getting any kind of financial aid for grad school.
What is Law School Like?
What can you expect during the first year of law school>
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.
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