Graduate School Prepping: It’s all about the timing

There are many resources out there about when to begin studying for exams to when to begin narrowing down your options. I’m concentrating on resources that give you a timeline based on your current situation/status.

  •  If you are in undergrad checkout sites that break down the checklist by semesters (i.e. what you should be doing during undergrad), like the one below

http://www.bw.edu/career/graduate-schools/Graduate_School_CHECKLIST_AND_TIMELINE.pdf

  •  Specific for international students—Happy Schools Blog has a 15 item checklist along with other tips and resources

http://www.happyschoolsblog.com/checklist-for-graduate-school-application/

  •  Idealist.org, Princeton Review & Dr. Ron Martin via U.S. News has a timeline that highlights what you should be doing during the next 12 months.

http://www.idealist.org/info/GradEducation/Resources/Preparing/Timeline

http://www.princetonreview.com/grad/application-timeline.aspx

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/graduate-school-road-map/2012/11/12/grad-school-application-checklist-12-months-out

And finally, because not everyone thinking about grad school is an undergrad, single, and/or working part-time …Expand the timeline! While the timelines above include the major details and important months for most programs, you should customize the timeline to fit YOU with your own individual schedule. This may come in the form of an excel sheet or a calendar on the wall that spreads over 12 + months.

Good luck!