Tips and Tricks to Get Into Graduate School

  • March 18, 2011
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The trend of going for a degree after the undergraduate degree program ends is becoming uncommon. Most of the students prefer to get employment first and then work before they even think about a graduate degree.

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The admission procedure for graduate school is very tedious and students tend to feel that they won’t get admission. This may be true in some cases, as the graduate school may refuse your admission, which is compounded by the fact that they take a long time to decide.

 

For those of you who are going to apply for graduate school, here are some tips and tricks that will help you get admission:

Start Early

Since you know that it is going to be a long road, why not leave earlier. Students who start earlier than others have a better chance of getting  into graduate school as their applications will be the first to be received, and hence will get a chance for admission earlier than others.

Since the application requires a number of things with it, it is better that you start at least a few months in advance so that you have the necessary documents and other paperwork that you may need.

Grades

The graduate school will most likely require that you take a standardized exam. Getting a high score on the standardized exam will boost your credentials and it is imperative that you get a good grade so that you can get admission in your preferred graduate school. It can be said that without a high score on the standardized exam, the doors of the best graduate schools will remain closed to you.

Set Yourself Apart

You have to stand out in the crowd. You may have very good grades, but so will hundreds or thousands of other applicants who apply to the same graduate school as you. So what can you do to make your own unique impression? You can work on side projects.

Doing a research project or working on an individual venture gives a favorable impression and looks good on the application. Showing that you are willing to do other projects apart from studying shows that you can balance studies and other activities and this will lend a lot of credibility to you.

Recommendations

Get as many recommendation letters as you can. No matter what anyone tells you, nothing works like recommendations from other people. It is always better to have others praising you and acknowledging your skills.

The recommendations are given a lot of weight, especially if written by your teachers. It gives you a great chance to get into graduate school.

Revision

As you continue working on your application, it is imperative that you constantly review it and check it for errors. Any grammatical errors, whether big or small, will ruin your chances of getting into the graduate school. It is better to have it checked by someone else too, possibly someone who knows about graduate school applications.

Whether or not you get into a graduate school is going to be decided by the administration. You must do your best to improve your chances.

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