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Should You Earn a Graduate Degree Online?

Thu, 29 May 2014 05:58:07 +00002014-05-29T05:58:07Z

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Attend class while wearing pajamas, cup of coffee in hand, and cat in your lap or dog at your feet. Sounds good, right? Online learning has many advantages, but it's also hard work and not for everyone. Learn more about online learning, what online graduate classes are like, and how employers view graduate degrees earned online. Finally, learn how to spot diploma mills that sell fake degrees.




Does Appearance Count in Grad School?

Tue, 27 May 2014 06:32:00 +00002014-05-27T06:32:00Z

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Recently a graduate student posed the following question: "I noticed that there are some grad students in my department who dress up. Some could pass as professors. They're active in the department and work in the office, for example. They get a lot of opportunities. They look really different from the rest of us. Does appearance matter in graduate school? Or are these students just sucking up?"

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PhD or PsyD in Psychology? One Student's Choice

Thu, 22 May 2014 05:41:07 +00002014-05-22T05:41:07Z

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One of my former students  faced a wonderful, but very difficult, decision. She was awarded admission to 3 doctoral programs in psychology. She wondered where to go - and whether she should choose a PhD or PsyD. Identifying details have been changed, but this student's decision process -- and our conversation - may aid you in making decisions about which graduate program to attend.




Graduation Blues

Tue, 20 May 2014 06:30:32 +00002014-05-20T06:30:32Z

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Commencement ceremonies were held at most colleges and universities within the last week or two. Graduates often report feeling a mix of relief, happiness, and also some sadness.  Why?

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Seek Closure and Prepare for Next Semester

Thu, 15 May 2014 05:21:38 +00002014-05-15T05:21:38Z

Graduate students should end their semesters mindfully, by evaluating their performance in each class and gathering materials that will aid them in the future. Information gathering, evaluation, and fact checking is especially important for graduate students who teach. Graduate student instructors learn to teach by doing and most learning is through trial and error. Evaluation is a critical part of the learning process. At the end of the semester evaluate your progress as an instructor as well as your course's organization. Consider:

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Moving on After Rejection

Tue, 13 May 2014 06:31:12 +00002014-05-13T06:31:12Z

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Receiving a letter of rejection in response to your application to graduate school is disappointing to say the least. Anger, sorrow, and confusion are common responses. Accept these feelings as they're normal. Once you have wallowed a little bit turn your attention to feeling better and taking action. Recognize that rejection does not necessarily mean that you are unfit for graduate study. There are many reasons why applicants are rejected that have nothing to do with their credentials. Then consider your applications, your fit to each program, and what may have gone wrong. Finally, learn from this experience and determine specific changes that you can make to improve your application.

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Get Research Experience This Summer

Thu, 08 May 2014 05:37:47 +00002014-05-08T05:37:47Z

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Summer is just a few steps away. If you're planning on going to graduate school, whether applying this fall or next, you should take advantage of summer time as an opportunity to get some research experience. Its not too late to speak with your professors and get some leads on research opportunities. These opportunities likely will be unpaid but help you get experience and make contacts.




Intentional Delay: Productive Procrastination

Tue, 06 May 2014 05:00:42 +00002014-05-06T05:00:42Z

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We all work hard to manage our time well and avoid procrastination, putting tasks off until the last minute. However, intentionally delaying work can have benefits.





Should You Take the Psychology GRE Test?

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:29:31 +00002014-04-28T15:29:31Z

(image) The GRE General Test gets all the attention - and it should as it is required by all graduate programs. The GRE Subject Tests, however, receive less attention but sometimes are still a critical part of your application.  Is this true for psychology applicants? What is the GRE Psychology Exam and should you take it?

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Earn Your Graduate Degree in Your PJs

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:47:44 +00002014-04-28T09:47:44Z

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That's the allure of online graduate study.  I teach online courses and working from home, at your own page, coffee in hand, and in comfy clothes is a plus, but online learning is accompanied by a host of challenges.  Can you stay motivated and produce without a designated class time and in-person instructor?   Online graduate degree programs are not for everyone. Is an online master's or doctoral program  for you? What should you consider in selecting an online graduate program? What are warning signs of graduate programs to avoid?

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