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preparing for grad school, applying to grad school, succeeding in grad school, dissertation/thesis survival, after grad school.
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Preparing for Grad School
Getting into Grad School
Surviving Grad School
Thesis and Dissertation Survival
Life after Graduate School
Preparing for Graduate School: Picking an Appropriate Program
There are thousands of graduate programs and the choices can seem overwhelming. Rather than spending hours browsing graduate school websites, first identify what you want to get out of your graduat...
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Preparing for Graduate School:  Picking an Appropriate Program
Preparing for Graduate School: Explore a Variety of Subjects
Deciding to seek a graduate degree is a major commitment of time and money, and not everyone has a clear understanding of what he or she wants career-wise. Without a clear goal, going to graduate s...
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Preparing for Graduate School: Explore a Variety of Subjects
Diving Deeper into Limitations and Delimitations
If you are working on a thesis, dissertation, or other formal research project, chances are your advisor or committee will ask you to address the delimitations of your study. When faced with this r...
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Diving Deeper into Limitations and Delimitations
Funding Your MBA
You’ve made it now what about the costs? Before you commit to completing a MBA program you must make sure the cost is worth your time and money. The best way to look at the costs of a MBA is to loo...
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Funding Your MBA
GMAT Scores, How Important Are They?
What is the GMAT? GMAT is the Graduate Management Admissions Test and is constantly evaluated and validated by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). The GMAC makes sure that the test a...
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GMAT Scores, How Important Are They?
Online MBA or Not?
Once you have decided that an MBA is for you, then you can decide if an online degree is right for you. There are a lot of different factors that will determine if you should get an online MBA. The...
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Online MBA or Not?
Top 10 Tips for Choosing an MBA Program
So, you have decided to go for your MBA. Getting the right MBA is very important, but it has to be the right MBA for you. When applying to business schools aim as high as you dare, you might be sur...
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Top 10 Tips for Choosing an MBA Program
The Argument for Open Access
  Publishing as a graduate student is already hard enough: Steeling yourself for inevitable rejection, bolstering yourself to submit again, and, of course, deciding where to submit in the firs...
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The Argument for Open Access
Research Design 101: Research Methods for Students
Which of the many different types of research design is best for you? One thing that you will want to consider early in your dissertation process is the design of your research study. By the time y...
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Research Design 101: Research Methods for Students
Graduate Study and eBooks
Graduate school is all about making the most of the time and resources you have. One of those potential resources is eBooks. eBooks are usually evaluated for undergraduate use, but you have differe...
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Graduate Study and eBooks
Types of Academic Publishing
In academic publishing, there are several avenues available for publishing your work. Each avenue has particular qualities, expectations, and restraints that lend itself to a particular type of wor...
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Types of Academic Publishing
The Best Coffee for Graduate Students
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy a caffeine boost from coffee on a regular basis. And if you’re anything like the average graduate student, then coffee is almost a life source for you. Coffee ...
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The Best Coffee for Graduate Students
Low Pressure Ways for Grad Students to Network at Their Universities
People are constantly telling you it isn’t what you know, it’s who you know. However, you have come to realize that it is neither what you know, nor who you know; it’s both. Without connections, yo...
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Low Pressure Ways for Grad Students to Network at Their Universities
Grad Textbooks: Buy or Rent
Acquiring textbooks for grad school is a little different than when you were an undergraduate. Undergraduates take a wide array of “core” courses, so many of your required books were not pertinent...
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Grad Textbooks: Buy or Rent
Rewarding Yourself: A Gift from Someone Special
Staying-on-Schedule/rewarding-yourself-a-gift-from-someone-specialWith all the stress in graduate school, it is also important to reward yourself for your accomplishments and jobs well done. Withou...
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Rewarding Yourself: A Gift from Someone Special
5 Reasons You’ll Miss (But Really Won’t Miss) Academia
There are many reasons why people love life in academia. Some reasons why people love academia are highly subjective and based on individual circumstances and therefore cannot be enumerated. Other ...
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5 Reasons You’ll Miss (But Really Won’t Miss) Academia
Writing Your Dissertation Acknowledgement: Personal Gratitude
Most of your thesis or dissertation will contain technical, scientific, and heady language, but your dissertation acknowledgement will probably contain the exact opposite. Acknowledgements for pape...
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Writing Your Dissertation Acknowledgement: Personal Gratitude
Maintaining a Healthy Relationship with Yourself
Does support for graduate students exist?   Successful life as a graduate student depends on your ability to maintain balance between the various elements of your life, and often necessitates ...
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Maintaining a Healthy Relationship with Yourself
Government Student Loan Consolidation
As the value of higher education rises, so does the price. The only way that many students can afford higher education is through student loans. Having multiple student loans can mean high monthly ...
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Government Student Loan Consolidation
Tips for Balancing Work and Family
When graduate students think about balancing work and family, the first thing that comes to mind is often “Help!” In addition to academic relationships with professors, advisors, committees, and cl...
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Tips for Balancing Work and Family
Do NOT Sell Yourself Short! Retail Is NOT the Answer
While in graduate school, most students avoid questions about what they will do after grad school. Instead of planning for their professional futures after grad school, many graduate students bury ...
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Do NOT Sell Yourself Short!  Retail Is NOT the Answer