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How The Voice is Like Grad School Admissions

October 16, 2014 by

How is The Voice like grad school admissions?

Watching the final audition rounds on NBC’s singing competition The Voice got me thinking about grad school admissions and higher education.

That’s right, because belting out a tune that gets you that coveted four-chair turn on The Voice is not so different from putting together a graduate school application that elicits similar enthusiastic responses from admissions officers. Those contestants on The Voice who had the coaches fighting over them had a lot in common, and many of them were the same qualities that make you a competitive graduate school applicant.

Don’t we all want admissions committees fighting over us?

Here is your checklist for a competitive application that will make you the talk of higher education.

Create an admissions officer’s dream application

Just about every successful singer on The Voice has an absolutely clear (and usually memorable) answer to the following … Read full post

Q&A: How to Succeed in Grad School

October 8, 2014 by

In our Q&A with Kaplan’s Jeff Rogers, find out how he unlocked the good life by parlaying his love of video games—along with his acquired knack for research—into a first-class grad school education at the University of California, Berkeley, and a rewarding career in faculty management and test-taking expertise.

Kaplan Test Prep (KTP): Tell us about yourself, Jeff. What do you currently do; where did you go to grad school; what advanced degree did you earn?

Jeff Rogers (JR): I’m a senior faculty manager at Kaplan, which means that my job is to help Kaplan teachers encourage students to achieve their admission goals and boost their grad school exams scores.

Like Tom Cruise said in Risky Business, “I deal in human fulfillment.” But I mean that in the most academically-minded way, with an unwavering focus on how students can achieve their full potential on the GRE.

The master’s degree … Read full post

How to Get Into Grad School: Answering the Personal Statement Question

October 7, 2014 by

There are a few things you need in order to get into most masters programs (although there is a lot of variety in graduate school applications):

Need to know how to get into grad school? Think about your entire application package. The personal statement is actually one of the biggest hurdles for a lot of people in the grad school application process, not least because they are not sure who to turn to for personal statement help.  Today, we’ll address one of the most common mistakes prospective students make when writing their personal statement: answering the wrong question.

The Wrong Question: “Why I Want To Go To Grad School”

If you thought the grad school personal statement is actually a “Why I Want to Go to Grad School” essay, you are not alone. It ranks up there with … Read full post

What’s the Biggest Graduate School Application Killer?

October 6, 2014 by

Our 2014 survey of over 150 top graduate schools across the United States busts a myth that exists among some prospective students that the GRE doesn’t matter “that much” in the admissions process. In fact, the opposite is true. According to the survey, 41% of graduate schools say that a low GRE score is the biggest “application killer,” far outdistancing a low undergraduate GPA at 27%. Poor letters of recommendation is the biggest roadblock selected by 18% of graduate schools, while 8% say poorly written personal essays are. Only 6% say a lack of relevant work experience is the biggest application killer.

“What we sometimes hear from our students is that, while they know scoring well on the GRE is an important part of the admissions process, it’s not nearly as critical as other pieces of the application such as undergraduate transcripts, so our survey results may come as a … Read full post

Financial Benefits of Grad School

September 29, 2014 by

By Ashley Lee on August 14, 2013

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Some of you are wondering why any student would go to graduate school after already investing so much time and money in an undergraduate degree. There are various reasons. Some people need a grad degree for their career or profession. Others simply feel tremendous passion for a line of work—a genuine interest in learning so enormous that the thought of going beyond a four-year degree makes the heart flutter and the love of education soar just thinking about it. It does for me.

Sure, grad school means more paperwork, homework, and dollar bills, not to mention more things to add to your Ultimate Life Goals list (Check out this grad school application checklist). But if you know where your … Read full post

6 Healthy Study Drinks That Are Better Than Coffee

September 25, 2014 by

By Megan Weyrauch on September 5, 2013

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We’ve all been known to hit the coffee while studying

“I want a large Americano with two extra shots of espresso.”

I stare listlessly back at this customer, letting him know he just requested for his drink to contain twice the normal contained amount of espresso.

“Oh,” he adds, “better make it three extra shots then.”

As a barista, I encounter students from early morning until midnight who need some form of caffeine to help them get through just a few more hours of studying. I am not kidding when I say I have people order extra shots of espresso or larger sizes for that extra kick. The customer I described above wanted his large Americano to have … Read full post

Grad School: The First Year

September 10, 2014 by

By Megan Weyrauch on October 22, 2013

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Where will you go after you earn your graduation cap?

Many students go to graduate school. What is the first year of grad school like? I spoke with two graduate students to get a picture of year one.

The students

Brooke Felts is a second year graduate student. She was a political science major and history minor at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Felts is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from the Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. She said she has a research interest in reproductive healthcare policy.

Felts described Denison as a small, residential liberal arts college.

“It was common to have classes with ten or less students and get … Read full post

Is a Graduate Degree Right for You?

September 9, 2014 by

Maybe you’re doubting your career path and starting to think that going back to grad school can help you break into a new field. Or maybe you’re still earning your bachelor’s and wondering if a graduate degree is the natural next step. The decision to pursue your master’s or doctorate is a personal one that depends on your personal goals, motivations, financial situation, and timeline.

Why grad school?

There are always compelling reasons—personally and financially—to go to grad school, whether you’re thinking of earning a master’s or a doctorate. Here are some things you can look forward to as the holder of an advanced degree:

  • Increased knowledge: When you are passionate about a particular topic or industry, your work life can be more fulfilling and rewarding. Expertise also leads to engagement.
  • Employment stability: A Bureau of Labor Statistics study found that in 2013 the unemployment rate for people
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Why You Should Consider Becoming a Physician Assistant

August 21, 2014 by

The demand for physician assistants

With the baby boomers approaching their golden years and the Affordable Care Act now in full effect, the need for health professionals has never been greater. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physician assistant (PA) positions are expected to grow by 38% between 2012 and 2022, greatly outpacing the projected average growth of other health careers. This is great news for patients, who will have expanded access to primary care, but also for students seeking to enter a rewarding health profession without committing to the time and cost of medical school.

A physician assistant by any other name…

Don’t let the “assistant” in physician assistant fool you. PAs are not fetching coffee while doctors do the heavy lifting. These days, physician assistants can take a patient’s medical history, formulate a treatment plan, and even assist in surgery. Working under the supervision of doctors, … Read full post

Your Best GRE Score: Creating A Scale for Success

August 12, 2014 by

What’s a good GRE score?  What’s the average GRE score?  What’s a great GRE score?

These are all important questions– and they are ones that we hear from students contemplating the GRE exam all the time.  The crazy thing about the GRE, however, is that people considering all different kinds of  advanced degrees have to take this test, so a simple chart with a dot on it for the average score isn’t enough information for you to figure out your GRE prep study plan: the definition of a “good score” can vary drastically from program to program.  Long before you eyeball a test date and plan your application strategy around your official score release date, you need to dig into some GRE score research.

Before setting your score goals, you need to contact the graduate programs you are planning to apply to and ask what those programs specifically … Read full post


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