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Applying to Graduate School: Narrowing Your List

April 9, 2015 by

You’re applying to graduate school because you have a particular academic passion: It’s a subject you want to explore it, immerse yourself in, and get to know on a deeper level. However, you may also feel overwhelmed and confused in deciding on which graduate program is right for you—there are so many out there from which to choose.

Behind door number one, you discover an open-ended program that can be tailored to suit your research interests. Behind door number two is a highly competitive and specialized program that only accepts five to ten graduate candidates per year. Door number three reveals a university in a beautiful location with a large graduate student population. So, how do you narrow down these choices? What should you be looking for in applying to graduate school? What do you really want out of the next few years of higher education? What graduate programs are … Read full post

How to Make a Career Change to 10 Top Jobs

January 2, 2015 by

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By Jonathan Shatz

During my five-year stint in Kaplan University’s admission’s office, I had the privilege of watching many career-changing professionals successfully reimagine their lives. Looking back, I realize that the key to their career change successes often involved an educational one-two punch that involved earning a degree or credit-bearing certificate as well as professional-training credentials for today’s top jobs.

The benefit of earning for-credit certificates is that they can be applied toward an advanced degree later on should you ever decide to pursue a master’s or a doctoral degree in support of your career. Kaplan University’s current 50/50/50 grant offer makes a wide range of both for-credit certificates and advanced degree programs more affordable than ever before, all of which … Read full post

Dance with GRE Reading Comprehension Practice – The Explanation

December 26, 2014 by

GRE Reading Comprehension Inference questions are often higher level difficulty questions because they ask you to analyze what you’ve read in a passage in order to find unstated conclusions. This requires strategic reading, paraphrasing, and critical thinking skills.

The question we gave you to try on the blog earlier this week is an inference question, so you are looking for a statement that is implied and supported by the passage, but not explicitly stated.

The GRE Reading Comprehension Practice Question

The earliest histories of the Russian ballet were written in the 18th century by European tourists to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Many of these travelers were drawn from their native Paris, Berlin, or London to see the highly touted Russian ballet companies with their own eyes. These ballet enthusiasts marveled at the strength and elegance of the performers of the great ballet companies of Russia. By the 1840s, Russian prima … Read full post

GRE Reading Comprehension Practice

December 24, 2014 by

Have any of you seen the Nutcracker ballet this year? I got to see it live, and I also watched the beautiful Baryshnikov version that I’ve loved since I was a girl. I’ve always been a ballet devotee – the skill and elegance, the physical strength and endurance, the beautiful music and costumes – they’re all captivating. My very favorite thing about ballet is…

Who am I kidding? I’m just trying to get you on board with this GRE Reading Comprehension practice question because you need the practice. Everyone does. What’s the connection between ballet and GRE Reading Comprehension? Read on and find out.

GRE Reading Comprehension Practice Question

The earliest histories of the Russian ballet were written in the 18th century by European tourists to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Many of these travelers were drawn from their native Paris, Berlin, or London to see the highly touted Russian ballet … Read full post

Hot New Career Path: Industrial-Organizational Psychology

December 5, 2014 by

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Industrial and organizational psychology is the science of workplace behavior. It involves applying psychological principals to the workplace to increase employee satisfaction and to organize businesses for optimal productivity. If your job requires you to manage employees, or you want a job that does, studying industrial-organizational psychology can help. From business to sales to health care, understanding what motivates both your employees and your clients will make you a valuable asset to any organization.

Here are the basic facts you need to know about industrial-organizational psychology.
What is it?

Industrial-organizational psychology revolves around studying workplace behavior and organization. As the name indicates, it is the merging of two, inter-related psychological fields. On the industrial side, I-O psychologists apply their expertise to … Read full post

5 Tips for Studying for the GRE

December 1, 2014 by

If you’re getting ready to apply to grad school by studying for the GRE, you know that some days are easier than others. As you’re working through piles of application documents and memorizing Pythagorean triples, it helps to remember you’re not alone on this journey.

It also helps to get tips from the experts so that you are studying for the GRE with a plan and staying motivated on your path. Here are five tips from Kaplan to help you along the way:

1. Don’t feel intimidated.

You already know that the GRE is a high-stakes test and that your score may determine which school you’re admitted to, how much scholarship money you’ll receive, or whether you’ll land a competitive fellowship or TA position.

It’s natural to feel some fear, but remember that the GRE doesn’t test or determine your intelligence. It’s a skills-based test, which means that, with hard … Read full post

Midlife Career Change: 5 Tips to Finding Your Purpose

November 26, 2014 by

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For many adults, the thought of changing careers can be overwhelming. Even if you lost a job or you’re  just feeling the need for a change, you may not be thrilled with the idea of starting over. Family and financial responsibilities often leave adults feeling less idealistic than college kids and sometimes with a twinge of guilt at the thought of disrupting a stable career to find a new one that makes you happier. However,your hesitations don’t have to hold you back from making a career change that makes you feel more passionate and purposeful.

Changing your career can be a positive step forward because you’ll naturally rise farther and faster when you’re doing something fulfilling. That’s not to say you … Read full post

5 In-Demand Jobs for Book Lovers

November 25, 2014 by

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For book lovers, putting down an engaging book can be a challenge. That engagement and passion for reading can translate into a career in fields that value your literary penchant.

  • Strong language skills and a love for stories lend well to many fast-growing careers.
  • Book lovers are good at making inferences and identifying patterns, an ability that can help organizations create new approaches to problems.
  • Bookworms can synthesize what’s important from a barrage of information, a skill that helps employees independently manage multiple priorities.

Careers as editors, authors, or librarians are obvious choices for book lovers, but your skills are also well suited to more unique in-demand jobs. These five in-demand jobs are perfect for book lovers, and many are growing … Read full post

Can You Answer This GRE Practice Problem in 30 Seconds?

November 12, 2014 by

Earlier this week, we posted a GRE practice problem on Facebook and asked you all to give it a try. Here it is again:

Quantity A The length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle with the legs of lengths 20 and 15

Quantity B  The length of the diagonal of a rectangle with a length of 24 and a width of 7

A – Quantity A is greater.

B – Quantity B is greater.

C – The two quantities are equal.

D – The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

Many of you answered correctly (nice work!), and some of you told us that you used the Pythagorean Theorem to solve. Now, what if I told you that you should be able to answer a question like this on the GRE in 30 seconds or less (and without the Pythagorean Theorem!), allowing you to bank valuable time … Read full post

Grad School Profile: Columbia University

November 7, 2014 by

Located in exciting Manhattan, this Ivy League university offers an exciting and social atmosphere for all of its students. Continuously high rankings for multiple graduate programs have made Columbia University’s grad school one of the top rated in the nation and the world.

The Breakdown: Facts and Figures

  • 13,942 enrolled in graduate and professional schools
  • Columbia University is well known for its journalism and English programs
  • Tuition is around $40,000 for graduate students
  • Recent graduates averaged around $50,000 per year salaries
  • 93% of students can expect to be employed within one year of graduation
  • Many graduates go into journalism, working with companies like the Wall Street Journal
  • Prospective students need around a 3.5 GPA and about a 160 on each section of the GRE

Campus Culture

The campus at Columbia University is diverse, both in its student body makeup and its surrounding environment. Unlike many other schools in the big … Read full post

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