How to write the concluding paragraph in a graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)

Typically the closing paragraph in a graduate school statement of purpose (SOP) explains why the applicant believes the program they’re applying to is a good fit for their research interests and future goals. I would recommend that you research the program, university, and city for any unique advantages offered. Below is a list of suggestionsContinue reading “How to write the concluding paragraph in a graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)”

How to prepare for graduate school

Below is a list of items that you may want to think about before applying to grad school or after you’ve been accepted into grad school. Get in contact with former or current students in your program and ask them about their experiences Read online forums about your new city, campus life, cultural events, etc.Continue reading “How to prepare for graduate school”

How to write about your future career goals in your graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)

Although writing about your future career goals may not be a mandatory part of your graduate school statement of purpose (SOP), graduate school admission committees still find this information relevant and meaningful. For instance, they learn not only about your motivations, but also your future aspirations dovetail with what the program offers or can offer.Continue reading “How to write about your future career goals in your graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)”

How to write about your research interests in your graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)

Below I’ve created a list of points that may help you when writing about your past or current research interests, as well as the research topics you wish to pursue in graduate school. Past or current research: The full title of your research paper(s) The grade you received (if you’re proud of your grade) TheContinue reading “How to write about your research interests in your graduate school statement of purpose (SOP)”

How to narrow your graduate school choices

Frequently, prospective graduate school applicants have to choose from dozens of graduate school programs. As a result, it may be difficult to narrow your choices to your top 15, 10, 5, or however many applications you can afford, time- and energy-wise. So, I’ve created a list of categories I used to narrow my graduate schoolContinue reading “How to narrow your graduate school choices”

How Long Should a Graduate School Statement of Purpose (SOP) be?

Many prospective graduate school students fret over the length of their statement of purpose (SOP). Sometimes, graduate programs do not have specific guidelines for how long an applicant’s SOP should be. Information about the SOP is commonly found on the grad program’s website, such as on the applicant information page, the FAQ, or in aContinue reading “How Long Should a Graduate School Statement of Purpose (SOP) be?”

How to Talk About Yourself in Your Graduate School Statement of Purpose (SOP)

In this post, I will talk about the ways in which you can describe yourself in your graduate school statement of purpose without sounding desperate, over-confident, or awkward. It’s a difficult line to walk, but it’s an important skill to develop early if you plan on remaining in academia. After all, if you want toContinue reading “How to Talk About Yourself in Your Graduate School Statement of Purpose (SOP)”

How to Address Bad Grades and Other Unfavourable Circumstances in your Grad School Statement of Purpose (SOP)

For a variety of reasons, you might have “bad” grades, absences, and other unfavourable circumstances on your transcript and other parts of your graduate school application. Without good reasoning, these unhappy circumstances may hinder your chances of getting into grad school due to its extremely competitive nature. Addressing these issues in your graduate school statementContinue reading “How to Address Bad Grades and Other Unfavourable Circumstances in your Grad School Statement of Purpose (SOP)”

In-Text Citations and Bibliographies in Academic Papers

Hey folks, this time around we’re discussing how to write in-text citations and bibliographies in academic papers. I’m going to talk about style guides,  formats for different types of manuscripts, in-text citations, and bibliographies.  TL;DR: Purdue OWL is my best friend when it comes to writing in-text citations and bibliographies. Style Guides Multiple style guidesContinue reading “In-Text Citations and Bibliographies in Academic Papers”

14 Tips to Revise Your Academic Paper

Over the last few weeks, I’ve covered how to structure and style academic papers, as well as how to write in-text citations and bibliographies in academic papers. This week, I’m covering how to revise or proofread your academic paper. I have 14 tips to offer you from my own writing and editing experience.  TIP 1:Continue reading “14 Tips to Revise Your Academic Paper”

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