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  1. I will apply for top 10~100 stat Ph.D. programs. They do not require a subject score but I heard that it would be helpful. A problem is that my GRE math score is not good...just above the 50th percentile... Should I report my GRE subject score? I concern that it would hurt my chance instead.
  2. AliceS13

    Taking the GRE early

    I am currently a Junior attending Florida Institute of Technology for their Forensic Psychology program. I also have a Pre-Law minor and the CAST certificate for child advocacy. I am studying abroad in the spring, so i was advised to take the GRE before i went so that i would have time in the summer before my senior year to re-take it if possible. Due to some confusion about who was paying for it (my parents or me) i now have two dates scheduled for the GRE. I will be taking it October 22nd and November 30th. I took a GRE review course offered by Kaplan over the summer and made HUGE improvements in my practice tests, but that course has since ended. I still have the review books and everything for it but i am wondering if anyone has tips for studying in the weeks before my testing date? The best i did on a practice test was 97th percentile in Verbal and 37th percentile in Quant i would LOVE to have above 50th percentile in quant since my verbal has been so high.
  3. Zaheersboi

    Debating options

    Hello all, I've gotten myself into a bit of a bind, and I could use some advice. My name is Patrick. I'm a 23-year-old, underemployed, miserable gas station attendant. I graduated with distinction in history and archaeology from the University of Virginia in 2017. I barely remember how I got to this point, but I know I'm unhappy with how things have turned out. Following several months of post-graduation unemployment, during which time I had lived as a homeless freegan in Maine, I took a job as a history teacher at a shamelessly fraudulent for-profit private school chain called Fusion Academy in Washington, DC. I survived for a few months, but couldn't stand its toxic work environment and resigned in disgust. I then fled my parents' house in Fairfax, VA, for the cornfields of Urbana-Champaign, IL, armed with nothing but a couple thousand dollars in savings and the vague, tentative plan of establishing Illinois residency for in-state tuition purposes before matriculating into their Library and Information Science masters program. In the meantime, needing to pay rent and unable to find meaningful employment with my BA, I have found myself cleaning up vomit at a Circle K a block from my apartment. Here's the thing. I'm having trouble figuring out what exactly my options are for grad school, now that I'm here. For the longest time, I had wanted to pursue a PhD in history, but fulfilling that dream seemed like an increasingly remote possibility when one considers the collapse of my undergraduate honors thesis for mental health reasons, my distaste for teaching, and the larger employment crisis in academia. Failing that, a Masters in LIS seemed like a logical alternative, given my well-documented bibliophilia(/-mania?). That's why I'm in Illinois now, after all. As I learn more, though, I'm pretty sure I could get into the LIS masters at UIUC, the top-ranked in its field in North America, without breaking much of a sweat. They don't even require the GRE. Part of me wonders if getting the LIS rather than a PhD amounts to selling myself short. Part of me wonders if it makes more sense to sell out and get an MBA like all the bootlicking quasi-fascist turdnuggets I went to undergrad with. I earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.78 overall. I don't know my major GPA, but I suppose I could calculate it if pressed. I scored 169 V, 155 Q, and 5.5 AW on the GRE. I'm pretty sure I have (had?) killer recommendation letters, as I held prestigious research assistant positions during undergrad and won a competitive undergraduate research grant to support that thesis I didn't end up finishing for mental health reasons. But my work history since graduation is spotty. Like I said, several months of unemployment, during which time I lived as a homeless freegan in Maine, followed by my stint at Fusion, followed by several more months of unemployment, followed by Circle K. There's a ton of additional complicating factors. I'm happy to answer any questions readers might have. At the moment, I just need guidance from someone who understands the graduate admissions process.
  4. slptobe!

    GRE Super Score?

    Hi everyone! I've looked at previous questions about this, but I'm still not sure of anything definitive. I took my first GRE about a week ago, knowing I would probably take it twice. The first time I got a 149 V 151 Q 4.5 AW. I know that I want to try to raise my score, but if I do worse on one section on my second test but better on another for the first test, do schools super score? I've read that CSDCAS might super score, but I was just curious if anyone had any further answers or insight. Thanks!
  5. As a student ( international at that) I had enough concerns and queries keeping me up all night. A friend recommended a book - Donald Ascher's, Graduate Admission Essays. This book encompasses every bit of information a student applying to graduate, professional or doctoral programs require. It furnishes details on what to study and why. By making us question our interests , it helps abate confusion. A detailed section on financing you education and several links to scholarships have been provided. Formats and samples of LORs and SOPs make the bulk of the book. You can gain information on how to write your personal statement and make it unique, insightful and power packed! Just make it a point to write down the answers to every question he asks. Also, dont skip chapters .Make notes and go through the book once thoroughly before proceeding for a detailed second read. Inputs about graduate level examinations amd University selection are also provided in the book. P.S: This book is definitely worth the investment. I applied to 7 MPH programs and was accepted by all of them. Infact 4 of them were in the top 10 ( including Hopkins at 1). I'm sure there are people who accomplished better without this book, but for those in need of some extra boost, do check out the link above!
  6. Hello all! I usually am pretty passive when it comes to this site, but I am really in need of some input from anyone I can get it from. I am planning to apply (second round) for PhD Clinical Psych programs this fall and am really trying to decide if a) I should retake my GRE and b) if I have a chance of getting in. Some background information about me is that I am currently getting an MS in Clinical Psychology and am in a fully funded program. I have done a practicum with Arkansas Children's Hospital that was 4 months long, another 4 months at Head Start, and will currently be in a practicum setting for a year with St. Louis University in their Neurology and Psychiatry department. I have done two independent research projects (presented both), am currently working on research with a faculty member in my program (will be doing a poster presentation), and am starting on my thesis (plan to propose before applications are due). I also have a 4.0 from my BA in Psychology and currently a 4.0 in my MS. My GRE scores aren't stellar (154V, 152Q, and 5.5AW), but I feel like I have a lot of other things going for me. I also was an undergrad teaching assistant for stats and am now a MS teaching assistant for cognitive assessment. I feel like I will have some good letters of recommendation and plan to really work on my SOPs. Any input y'all can give me? Thanks!
  7. ahsaasbajaj

    Shall I retake GRE? Plz Help

    My GRE scores are:- 168 Quant (94 percentile) 153 Verbal (61 percentile) 4.5 AWA (82 percentile) I consider my profile to be decent overall and am targeting top 15 universities for MS in Computer Science. I have B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering with very high GPA (Institute Rank 2) and applying for Fall 2019. I am confident to reproduce similar scores in Quant and AWA with marginal improvement in Verbal. What is the best way to proceed ?
  8. There seem to be a lot of threads asking the same thing popping up lately and I figured it might make sense to make an overall guide thread and then those who feel their answers still haven’t been adequately answered can post below for an idea of what their chances are. Here is a brief rundown of factors affecting your likelihood of getting into top-tier and well respected programs. If you fall below par in any one of these factors you can bump it up by being stellar in one of the others. I'll add to this if others point out other things I've left out. School requirements: Your first stop should be the school admissions website – this will tell you what prerequisites you need, give you an idea of GRE and GPA requirements and what work experience is expected (if any) GPA: From what I’ve seen/read over the years any GPA over 3.4 and you should be competitive. That’s not to say if your GPA is lower than 3.4 you’ll have no chance, but if you have a GPA above 3.4 you should be in good shape. GRE score: GRE scores seem to be most important for schools with demanding quantitative programs and for securing the top financial aid. Most schools will state the average GRE scores for their incoming classes on their website – use these to see how competitive you are. By and large you should be competitive if you score over 650 on verbal and quantitative and over 4.0 on the AWA. For the top schools over 700 seems to be closer to the mark. Work experience: For most programs it will be expected that you have at least 1-2 years of relevant experience in your field. This can be lowered a little if you have other pseudo-relevant work experience (management in the for-profit sector etc.) but you should have shown some level of professional interest in the area you hope to study at grad school. Applicants coming straight out of undergrad may find it very hard to get into the programs aimed more at junior/mid-career professionals such as Johns Hopkins SAIS and Princeton’s WWS. Language skills: For a lot of programs being able to speak a second language is a must, while for others it is just a very good selling point. If you can show experience working in a foreign language this will show adaptability and will endear schools looking to enrol a diverse group of applicants. Quantitative requirements: A lot of schools will want you to show experience in micro/macroeconomics and some maths/statistics courses. You can fullfil these through undergrad classes or by taking courses at a community college/diploma program. Overseas experience (work, study and teaching): Work overseas and study abroad are also viewed extremely favourably by admissions committees and if you have taught English abroad, worked in the Peace Corps or otherwise gained experience living in a developing country this will really strengthen your application. It also shows you to be a go-getter, and that you can bring this outside experience to grad school study. Statement of Purpose: This is where it all comes together. This is your chance to impress the admission committee and show how your personal 'arc' has brought you to this point - being the perfect addition to their grad school. This more than any other part of your application will determine how admit committees view you as an applicant and it's also one of the only application variables that's completely under your control. Having a cohesive narrative that brings together life experience, past academic history and professional experience is a must. It also gives you a great chance to showcase your writing style - so make sure no grammar/spelling mistakes make it into your final revision. Great list of SOP pitfalls If your profile matches at least 3 or 4 of the criteria listed above then you are competitive to apply to an MPA/MPP/IR program. What is most important about any grad school application is showing fit – that is how your profile matches the speciality of that school and its program. If you can’t articulate compelling reasons why you are a good match for them and vice versa, question whether you should be applying to that program. A note on applying to top schools: It is worth noting that nobody here can tell you what your chances of getting into a top program (Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown etc.) because getting into a top program requires a certain amount of luck as well as a great profile. Some people get offers from Harvard with a 2.9 GPA, but also happen to have singlehandedly retaken an allied command post in the Korengal valley. It’s down to who reads your application and what they happen to be looking for with the current application cycle. Spend time improving the elements of your application that you can (GRE, work experience, languages) and don’t waste time freaking out about the things you can’t change (GPA). If you’ve read all of the above and really still can’t tell if your application is competitive, post your profile below.
  9. Hey everyone! I wrote a little thing about my journey through my 20s, getting through graduate school, and now dealing with my hefty amount of student loans. Views and shares help me win. So Read away! Thank you! https://www.studentloanplanner.com/speech-language-pathologist-helping-others/
  10. Hi, I am a Senior Year undergrad studying B. Engg in Information Technology. I am planning to do Masters by thesis in Computer Science from a good university in the USA, preferably FALL 2019. I have given the GRE and my scores are Q - 161 , V - 152 and AWA - 3.5. My CGPA is currently 7.47/ 10.0 (uptill 6th semester) and my SGPAs' from first sem to sixth sem are 8.33, 8.08, 6.92, 7.23, 7.16, 7.19 on a scale of 10.0. Also, my grades in key subjects like Operating Systems, Computer Networks, Probability and Random process, Discrete Mathematics, Compiler Construction, Theory of Automata are usually either C or D and occasionally B. What are my chances of getting into some of the decent colleges for MS in CS like Stony Brook, Rutgers NB, UMASS Amherst, University of Maryland, Texas A&M Collegestation etc ? Would I be able to get into a respectable grad program in any public research university with good placements and engaging programs? TLDR: My CGPA - 7.47/10.0 and SGPA dropped from 8.33 to a low of 6.92 due to poor health and stabilised around 7.2 by end of 6th sem. Poor grades in important subjects. Chances of getting into colleges like UMASS Amherst, Ohio State University, Rutgers NB, Stony Brook etc. PS: Giving my TOEFL on sep 15 and Thanks in Advance!
  11. Andromeda3921

    'Am I competitive? ' thread (Sociology)

    I went through the hugely popular 'Am I competitive'? Thread in Government Affairs and was wondering if it made sense to create an overall thread in this forum as well. I only noticed three very specific threads on here (linking the one I found to be slightly more general). Hopefully, I get answers and others who are asking themselves the same/similar questions get on here and find answers as well! Program: PhD in Sociology Schools Applying To: Columbia University, University of Chicago, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, National University of Singapore, University of California - Berkeley, London School of Economics, Sciences Po Long-listed Schools: Harvard University, University of California - Los Angeles, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Amsterdam, New York University, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina, University of Texas -Austin, Brown University, Duke University, Boston University, John's Hopkins University, Northwestern University, University of California - Irvine, University of California - San Diego, University of Maryland Interests: Urban sociology - Qualitative Transportation, Identities, Spatiality, Heritage ; Comparative Sociology; Applied Sociology; International Development; South Asia; Public Policy Expectations from Programmes: Program: Interdisciplinary, Allowing students to choose courses across departments, emphasis/known for applied approach Resources: Ongoing projects with vibrant research space, Access to funding, Encouraging collaborations, Good enough brand to ensure employment on completion of programme, preferably located in an urban area to aid fieldwork.  Graduate Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India Graduate Major/Degree: MA in Development Studies (Integrated Course, no undergraduate degree granted separately) Graduate GPA: 7.99/10 Undergraduate Minor: Operations Research GRE: V 168/ Q 156 / AW 4.5 TOEFL: 113 (iBT) Age: 25 Languages: English & Tamil - Fluent ; German - A2 completed, B1 in progress ; Hindi - Working Knowledge Work Experience: (2 years research experience currently, 3 years professional experience by Fall 2019) > 1.4 years at Indian Center of International policy think-tank : Spearheaded research project on on-going urban policy scheme in India > Currently freelancing as urban research consultant for local organization apart from volunteering with organizations dealing in gender and mental health advocacy > Multiple research internships as student > Policy report & newspaper OpEds published > Presented in multiple International conferences since undergraduate days SoP: Not begun yet, but will focus on specific research I hope to do (along lines of a proposal) LORs: 1 from Masters supervisor (senior Indian Urbanist and extremely well known internationally for seminal work on Urban informality) ; 1 from Professor during Masters degree (rising Anthropologist in India, knows me well personally) Can obtain 1 from previous boss (Head of Research at International policy think-tank, Member of PM's Economic Advisory Council in India) - however, would be one year since I quit the job. Concerns: 1. Low Graduate GPA 2. No academic/journal publications yet 3. Applied to Northwestern, NYU, U.Penn & U.Minnesota for Sociology PhD for Fall 2018 and got rejected by 3. U.Minn placed me on the Waitlist, but did not convert to an admit Would really love feedback if I am competitive for the range of schools I plan to apply to. I am posting early only to gain an understanding of what I can fix for the next round of applications.
  12. My area of study is bioinformatics, but I think my question is broadly applicable. I noted that some grad programs have gone GRE-optional, e.g. Harvard BIG, UCSF BI, and UMich CCMB. Some programs like UPenn BGS seem to have gone test blind. Are universities that follow this path just trying to get a wider applicant pool? If so, what's driving this? Do they just want their program to appear more competitive, or are they trying to get a more diverse pool of admitted students? How do test optional programs view students who don't submit GRE scores? It seems odd to me that a program like Harvard BIG makes the GRE optional but strongly recommends that you submit scores. I'd be interested to see what proportion of admitted students didn't submit GRE scores. When I applied to undergrad programs, I applied to three programs that didn't require SAT/ACT scores and was admitted to all without sending in test scores. I'm wondering how much of a gamble not sending in GRE scores to grad programs would be.
  13. Scandals are useful because they focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position. (I don't know why some are bolded and some arent but heres my response) I think the argument presented above is too much of a blanketed statement in too many ways to hold true. The statement requires us to make an assumption: either the “scandal” is completely related to the problem at hand, or the “scandal” is not related to the problem at hand. The statement is also assuming, if the scandal were related to the problem, that the public would accurately make the connection of said scandal being a direct cause of said problem without any influence from a speaker or reformer. If the reader is assuming that the scandal is not at all related to to the problem at hand, then the scandal would be further distracting from the problem that said reformer or speaker is trying to hone in on. The scandal would have no benefit to a reform. If the reader is assuming that the scandal is related to the problem at hand, then one also has to ask if the general population is connecting “the problem” with the scandal. For example, if the scandal is that border patrol agents are separating families who are illegally crossing the United States border, then we have to ask ourselves if that focuses the public’s attention on a border security problem or an acquisition of citizenship problem. If the scandal is that a high-schooler brought a gun to school and killed students, then we have to ask ourselves if that focuses our attention on a gun control problem or a mental health awareness problem. While the scandal would fuel a conversation, the type of conversation is unpredictable and would cause a fray in the population’s opinion of what problem caused the scandal. The term “problem” is too blanketed to make an accurate opinion on the argument at hand, because the “problem” is up to the individual that is interpreting the scandal. It is far too difficult to predict how a population will interpret a scandal and which “problem” the attention will be focused on. The words “scandal” and “argument” are extremely dependent on the situation at hand. Furthermore, a speaker or reformer could possibly assist the public’s focus by telling them what lead to the scandal - identifying the problem - and how to fix it.
  14. Hello! I am currently a Research Investigator working for a reputed Institute in South India. The project is a panel survey funded by the Government and World Bank and we work with a reputed University in the USA who are our research partners. I moved into this field after working as a Business Journalist for over year in Delhi where I have published work, both written and in video. So I have two years of work experience in these respective fields. I'm part of a fellowship that works towards public policy solutions in India as well. I studied my bachelors in Economics and then a PG diploma in Journalism. I've done certificate courses from Trinity Guildhall and London School of Economics and have obtained high scores. I have a ton of social work with Red Cross, AIESEC, Teach for India etc. I am currently teaching underprivileged children English. Right now, I plan on applying for the MPA course in America and other development Policy courses too. However, my CGPA is 6.7/10 from undergrad and 78% from my PG diploma course. I took my GRE last year and scored a mere 304. Do I even stand a chance at getting admission? Im looking to apply to Columbia, NYU, UT-LBJ, Chicago University, Gerogetown, Duke Standford, LSE and IDS. Please suggest more universities that I can look at and stand a chance to get in. Any kind of help would do!!
  15. jake1321

    GRE retake question

    Hi, I recently look my GRE and received a 310: 157 V and 153 Q, AWA I am estimating between a 4 -5. I am planning on applying to clinical psychology programs in two years. I am unsure whether or not it is worth it to take the GRE again considering I seem to be at the cutoff, although at the low end for most clinical programs. I have 3 years of undergrad research experience and served as research coordinator my last year. I have two current publications, one of which I have first authorship on, poster presentations, and potentially another first authorship manuscript. I also have one year experience post bac as an RA with an IVY league clinical lab and recently accepted another 2 year clinical neuropsych RA position that could lead to publications in my areas of interest. I also have a very strong extra curriculars and volunteer experience. My undergrad GPA was a 3.44 and major GPA of 3.9. I was wondering if I should focus more on publications and clinical involvement with my current position or is my GRE not competitive enough. I am open to hearing any input you have for me. Thank you.
  16. People's behavior is largely determined by forces not of their own making. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. People invetibaly are shaped by external circumstances, as is also said by psychologists. You see every day how one automatically becomes rowdy and energetic at a football stadium, clearly influenced by the thousands of foot-thumping football fans cheering for their teams. On the other hand, one acquires an air of civility when attending a ball or a royal event. These examples clearly show how one is a slave to one’s surroundings. If we look at children and see how they develop, it is often seen that the offspring of educated, white-collar workers, whether they are scientists, businessmen or engineers, will inevitably turn out to be responsible and thoughtful citizens. A child surrounded by logical, thoughtful parents, who focus on building positive traits, will be inclined to exercise his or her mind. On the other hand, if you look at the children of working class people or those from broken families, you will see a distinct pattern emerging, wherein the child will not be too keen on going to school or that he does not value relationships. Why would he when he has never seen his parents valuing theirs. No wonder psychologists emphasise the importance of providing a positive, encouraging environment for children. Our surroundings influence us in myriad ways. Not just individuals but whole societies are impacted by forces not of their own making. For instance, if you live in a fair, free and just society, you would be more prone to treating men and women fairly, but if you have grown up in a patriarchal society, you would tend to sideline women. You would not think twice before judging a woman on what she wears or what she eats, drinks or who she goes out with, a thing for which you would be scorned in the West. Further, it is often seen that people in violent areas, where there is little respect for the law, tend to be less civil than those living in more respectable places. However, one cannot totally assume that this argument is infallible. Clearly, you can do a lot to regulate your behaviour. History is replete with examples of men who have fought against the odds and the circumstances to change the world. Nelson Mandela lived in a country afflicted with aparthied, but he chose to battle this ideology, inspired by the works of nonviolent and fair-minded leaders like Mahatma Gandhi. Even then, it is clear how forces beyond our control heavily influence our behavior. If we recognise this and work towards correcting this bias of ours, we can definitely become better human beings.
  17. The following appeared in an article written by Dr. Karp, an anthropologist. “Twenty years ago, Dr. Field, a noted anthropologist, visited the island of Tertia and concluded from his observations that children in Tertia were reared by an entire village rather than by their own biological parents. However, my recent interviews with children living in the group of islands that includes Tertia show that these children spend much more time talking about their biological parents than about other adults in the village. This research of mine proves that Dr. Field’s conclusion about Tertain village culture is invalid and thus the observation-centered approach to studying cultures is invalid as well. The interview-centered method that my team of graduate students is currently using in Tertia will establish a much more accurate understanding of child-rearing traditions there and in other island cultures.” Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strenghten the argument. Anthropologist Dr. Karp says that Dr. Field’s conclusion about Tertian village culture is invalid and so is the observation-centered approach to studying cultures. This argument is flawed as it contains causal, analogical and statistical errors, which once corrected will unravel the argument, thereby proving that its assumptions and implications are incorrect. Firstly, Dr. Karp after interviewing some children living in a group of islands that include Tertia finds that the children spoke more about their parents than other adults in the village. This he says proves that Dr. Field’s conclusion that children in Tertia were reared by an entire village rather than by their own biological parents is invalid. Dr. Karp hereby commits a causal error. Just because children spoke more about their biological parents than other adults in the village doesn’t mean they weren’t parented by the whole village. Dr. Karp provides little explanation as to how he reached this particular conclusion. Had he provided more information on who spent how much time on raising the children, his argument would have been stronger. Secondly, Dr. Karp commits the analogical error, saying that since he proved Dr. Field’s conclusion about the village wrong, he has proved the observation-centered approach to studying cultures wrong. This statement does not hold water. The observation-centered approach must be broad-based and could have been used correctly by several anthropologists in the past. In order to make such a strong statement, Dr. Karp should have provided more data and explained how he thinks this approach is wrong, typically taking a systematic approach and studying the technique closely, such as its methodoly. Lastly, Dr. Karp doesn’t say anything about the size of the sample of interviews his team has collected. If the size is too small or not representative enough of the whole village, his findings will prove to be incorrect. Further, the methodology used by his team of graduate students has not been discussed; it could be possible that they asked the wrong questions to the children, not asking them more about the time they spent with their biological parents. This shows that there are plenty of gaps in the argument, which if rectified will illustrate that Dr. Karp’s argument lacks substance and hence is flawed. As pointed out, these errors are serious, which if not corrected can result in one making wrong conclusions. Until and unless, Dr. Karp systematically provides considerably more information, we cannot make any statement about whether or not Dr. Field’s conclusion about children in Tertia being raised by the entire village is false.
  18. The best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. The prompt says that the best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones. Now many might say that to spare the rod is to spoil the child, but the fact is that positive reinforcement can result in remarkable improvement in a student. This essay will discuss why the best way to teach is to praise positive actions and give examples in support of this claim. In education, as we all know, if you keep criticizing the student and not praise his or her achievements, it can lead to discouragement and in extreme cases, can cause the student to lose interest in studies. This has been proven time and time again. Therefore, in the developed world, there is heavy emphasis on positive reinforcement and building children’s confidence as in formative years, a negative or traumatic school experience can be detrimental to a person’s mental health. On the other hand, the developing world still seems to be stuck in the past, with teachers sticking to old hectoring tactics even resorting to beating when the child has made mistakes. They believe that if children are complimented for their achievements, they will complacent or that they will become arrogant. One can only witness how detrimental it has been to the developing world’s progress. Moreover, it is evident how the West has implemented this positive reinforcement in the field of sports to its advantage; it is arguably producing the best sportsmen in the world. A coach would typically focus on what the athletes are doing well and help them build on these successes. Most athletes are taught the power of visualisation, wherein they would imagine how well they would play in the game before it begins, thereby helping them get into a positive state of mind and alleviate stress and anxiety. Even in performance art, the teacher would often stress on the artistes’ strengths, accentuating them in order to get the best out of them. For instance, while casting, directors or casting directors would only choose those actors for a particular role, who can naturally play it, as in they will only cast a serious man in a serious role or an artful person in a cunning role. This being said, one can understand how totally ignoring negative actions can be disastrous. So one needs to be cautious in not totally ignoring negative actions, how else will a person learn from his or her mistakes. But at the same time it is a common mistake to lay all the focus on rectifying faults insead of building on strengths or positive actions. Thus as we can see how positive reinforcement can help people realize their potential, the best way, indeed, is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones as much as one can.
  19. Hello, My question is for anyone who has been accepted to media related PhD programs. I'm looking to apply for Communications/media studies programs and wanted to know for those who have been accepted to these programs what type of background did you have: - what was your GRE score? - past college GPA's - did you have any publication experience? - did you have and related work experience in the field of communications/media studies/film? - what school were you accepted to and what did they offer full funding?
  20. Hi! I am retaking the GRE because I got a low AWA score and I hope to bring it up. I got good scores on Verbal and Quant so I am not focusing on those sections. I am worried that I may go down in those sections because I haven't been looking at them. Will most SLP grad schools take into account my highest scores on Verbal and Quant? Or will it hurt me if my scores drop when I retake it? Thank you!
  21. These are my first attempt in analytical writing of issue and argument task. Your judgement will be much appreciated. I am a non-native English speaker. Thanks in advance. Issue Task ---------------------- "Scandals are useful because they focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could." --------------------- --------------------- Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position. ---------------------- ---------------------- Scandal means humiliation of a person or group of persons in society. Using scandal to deal with a problem means negative approach for a positive result. In order to make aware of the ignored problems, scandals are definitely useful. People are often tired of the same boring speech they hear about some problems and how the caretakers of the society will solve them. But in society some obstacles can not be addressed as easily as others. In those cases scandals remind us the full extent of those problems. For example in a city with highly dense population like Dhaka, pointing out the poor transportation system will not have much effect on the general population normally. Even though public buses are not any closer to standardization -with broken window glasses, rusty body and drug addicted bus drivers with no driver liscense -they are the main form of everyday transportation for the city residents. So if someone were to say that these damaged buses should be grounded because they pose a threat to people's safety, nobody will take him/her seriously. But an unaexpected road accident where two college students died recently made people think again about their regular means of transportation. So it was a big scandal for the Bangladesh Road and Transportation Authority. It showed us the unwillingliness of BRTA staffs about properly doing their job -maintaining road safety and forced them to take job seriously. Another rising problem for our society is abuse of technology. Technology is a blessing to the mankind. But some recent scandaleous phenomenons taught us that it could also be dangerous. Teenagers and childrens -when they are supposed to socialize in real life -are often found to spend enormous amount of their time in front of smartphones, in a virtual society lacking physical and proper mental contact. This affects their growth into fully developed human being with strong mentality. When scandals orienting techonology like, cyber bullying, pornography etc. come into light people relize the problems that are being ignored. Even though in many cases scandals points out the problems and make way for solutions ,in most cases they have the desired negative effect . Now-a-days it's said that negative publicity is the best publicity. People make the wrong persons as their idol. Some kid that badmouths on youtube, pranks that harms the people they are played on, underage girls capitalizing on sexuality instead of beauty -these are making wrong persons popular. So even though scandals can be useful in some cases, often the plays their natural harmful effect. Scandal is a useful tool that can be utilized properly for the good of humanity. But when utilizing scandal we have to make sure there are certain restrictions on place using scandals so that they can not produce new problems instead of clearing the old ones. ----------------------------- ---------------------------- ---------------------------- Argument Task ---------------------------- The following is a recommendation from the Board of Directors of Monarch Books. "We recommend that Monarch Books open a café in its store. Monarch, having been in business at the same location for more than twenty years, has a large customer base because it is known for its wide selection of books on all subjects. Clearly, opening the café would attract more customers. Space could be made for the café by discontinuing the children's book section, which will probably become less popular given that the most recent national census indicated a significant decline in the percentage of the population under age ten. Opening a café will allow Monarch to attract more customers and better compete with Regal Books, which recently opened its own café." ---------------------------------- --------------------------------- Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation -------------------------------- ------------------------------- The recommendation regarding opening a cafe in Monarch Books own store primarily depends on the fact that Regal Books recently opened its own cafe and succeded in attracting more customers. There are many answered questions that will prove that opening a cafe is not the single solution for Monarch Books. The first question to be considered is whether opening a cafe was the real reason behind Regal Books success in attracting more customers. They could have made discount offers for new customers and old. Also they could offer a referral program where bringing in new customer will give the old ones better rates. The recommendation fails to answer if Regal Books widened their book categories or if they renovated their store environment to make it more customer friendly. These facts could not be clarified by the Board of Directors. The recommendation also assumed that opening a cafe is the sure reason for attracting more customers. People comes to book store to buy books, not for having a coffee and snacks. While sipping in a one time coffee cup could be beneficial for the customers while hovering over their book choices but it is generally not necessary. Also the recommendation believes a census which predicts that teenagers will read less than before, so they want to discard of the children section. But clearly this will reduce a significant amount of their customers as the census could not show any statistical data that says that children will not read in the future. Finally the recommendation forgot to mention whether is it the location of the business that restricts the flow of new customers. May be the Regal Books have new roads built near it which gives it better access to people. Changing the position could be beneficial to have more customers, which the Boad of Directors need to consider. As it stands that the facts that shape the recommendation for opening a cafe because it made Regal Books success or children will read less is not sufficient for Monarch Books.
  22. Which university should I apply to for masters admissions - Please find below my profile - Interest - MS in CS in AI/ML/HCI or MS+PhD program Open to both universities in USA, Canada and Europe as well. GRE Score - 318 (166Q 152V 4.0 AWA ) TOEFL Score - 105 (Reading- 23 Speaking- 27 Listening- 27 Writing- 28) Bachelors - CS 69.12% with no back ever 1 tech internship in startup- 2 projects 1 international research internship at Washington state university (visiting research scholar) - 2 projects Job - AI field (startup) - will be having one more project 3 projects in ML as an undergrad 1 final year project relevant to both AI and networking nanodegree in advanced machine learning good extra - curriculars 3 very strong LORs or 2 very strong LORs and 1 good LOR including one LOR from a US university(WSU) prof. Very strong SOP Thanks in advance for your help.
  23. Christabel Ajaero

    Eligibility in securing admission

    Hello everyone, Good day. please is it a must to sit for the Graduate record Examination( GRE) in securing an admission with a college in America for a Masters Program? Thanks.
  24. Loqi

    What are my chances?

    Hi everyone, I am an intending Phd candidate, I have a second class honours(upper division) in Agricultural economics, I have a Master degree in Agricultural Economics (Mphil), I have a masters in Agricultural policy and development (Distinction), i have some few years experience; as an intern in a research institute in my country, a contract staff in a government ministry of environment and forestry; and some years as a class instructor. I also have three papers that i have submitted for publication. I have some awards and fantastic recommendations. I would like you all to advice me on the following: Does my profile qualify me for a PhD in either Applied Economics or Political Economics? What are my chances if I want to do this PhD program(s) in the US and or Canada?, What chances do I have to qualify for a scholarship or tuition waiver? I am presently preparing for my GRE.
  25. I went on the ETS website to sign up for the English Lit subject test in October but could only find available test dates in April. Do the testing centers really fill up this fast? I had no idea this was an issue 😕 Unfortunately ETS's customer service is closed until Monday, so it'd be great to get an answer on here, if anyone knows! Thanks in advance!

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