Letters of Recommendation – Who, How, and When to Ask

During the application process for grad school nothing stresses people out more than the issue of asking for letters of recommendation. Well, OK, maybe the GRE/GMAT/LSAT is more stressful, or the statement of purpose, or what schools to apply to…

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TOTW: Keep it Brief – Email Script for Getting Experience

Tip of the Week (TOTW): Whether you are already in your graduate program, or organizing information to get into that top program, the ‘Tip of the Week’ is designed to help make you work more efficiently. This week: How to…

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Tip of the week: Making citations easier

Tip of the Week (TOTW): Whether you are already in your graduate program, or organizing information to get into that top program, the ‘Tip of the Week’ is designed to help make you work more efficiently. This week: Citation Management…

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Truth Substitute (TM)

In my last post I noted that you should not use your statement of purpose to highlight that you are interested in the basics of the field. If you are applying to med school don’t take up valuable page space…

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Is This Going to Be on the Test?

You know professors hate it when you ask them this right? I had one professor in grad school who told me that his least favorite question was, “How many pages is this thesis supposed to be?” I think he told…

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Can you Ctrl+H?

Quick question…. In your statement of purpose, if you were to ‘find and replace’ (Ctrl+H) the university’s name, say, “University of XYZ”, with another university you are applying to “University of ABC”, would it still make sense? If your answer…

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You Are Not a Number

Your GPA? GRE? GMAT? MCAT? LSAT? OK – it’s true to some degree, you are a number. Top graduate programs do often care about the numbers. Many faculty members of top programs think that these numbers may be their best…

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Your Low Ceiling is the Cause of Your Neck Cramps

Here is one of the most understandable and simultaneously strange experiences I have as a professor. A student comes to my office to discuss grad school options and, after a long conversation, they say something like … “well, I’d love…

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Safety Schools – Don’t Do It

Let me be blunt: Do Not Have a Safety School for Grad School. Why? Because you might get in. Do you want to get in to the lower echelon of your field? In almost all cases the answer is ‘No.’…

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How to choose a grad school path. (Hint: don’t ask your professors)

Do you ever wonder why people on shows like ‘The Bachelor’ fall in love with someone they only recently met? I mean, 25 women or men actually fall in love on this show, and to just one (imperfect) person. How…

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