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1 What is the difference between undergraduate and graduate course ? Main differences between graduate and undergraduate school: Many more seminar-type courses, especially at the advanced level More papers, projects, presentations, but fewer tests More researched-oriented Increased specialization - narrowing of subject matter studied Much more independent work - self-discipline a necessity Less short-term feedback about how you're doing academically Increased pressure to maintain high grades - generally B or higher Increased competition from talented students

2 Reasons to go to Graduate School Not So Good" reasons: – You cant get a good job with a B.S. or B.A. degree because the field is overcrowded – You are afraid of the present labor market and want to avoid looking for a job – You dont know what you want for a career and maybe graduate school will help you decide – You feel pressure to go, even though you have little interest now "Good" reasons: – You have career goals that make graduate school necessary – You want to learn and discover more in a specialty area – You can get a better job in your field with a graduate degree

3 Questions to Ask Yourself What would I like to be doing in five to ten years? Will graduate study help me get there? Do I need an advanced degree to get the job I want? Will a graduate degree allow greater and faster advancement? What are the advantages of going to graduate school immediately? What are the advantages of waiting a few years before going? How will a graduate degree affect my salary?

4 Are you coming here for money ?

5 More Questions to Ask Yourself What are the most important things to consider in making my decision to attend graduate school? When should I begin my graduate work? What graduate degree should I pursue? What specialty areas do I have the most interest? What amount and type of financial support will I need? Where should I consider going to graduate school?

6 Course Grade is not everything Getting strict A in course work does not guarantee your graduation – Need to write thesis and do your thesis defense presentation How much you have learnt is more important than what grade you have earned. Graduate school is a good place to build up your career connections. In Ph.D., you are not only learning knowledge, but you are also creating knowledge.

7 Undergraduate vs. Graduate School: A Professor's Perspective detail/undergrad-vs-grad-64 detail/undergrad-vs-grad-64

8 Q: Do you prepare differently for graduate students than you do for undergrads? If so, how? A: Yes, I do prepare differently. Graduate students are held to a higher caliber than undergraduate students. Graduate students are expected to have better research skills and more in-depth and applied knowledge. However, graduate students may have other responsibilities, and that is a consideration most professors take into account.

9 Q: What are your expectations of your grad students in contrast to those for your undergrads? A: Graduate students are expected to provide insight and relevant experiences to classroom content. Graduate students should already have the relevant background experiences necessary for further exploration for research and insightful classroom discussions.

10 Q: Characterize as best you can the student/teacher relationship in graduate school and how it differs from the undergrad relationship A: At the undergraduate level, the teacher needs to guide students to become better researchers and to think more critically regarding various issues. At the graduate level, I almost see the teacher more as a sounding board for affirmation or guidance in issues regarding the graduate program.

11 Q: What would you tell graduate students they need to do in order to prepare for graduate school? A: Students need to work hard! They need to be prepared to juggle many life issues at once and be able to focus on the work in graduate school. They need to be willing to be a class contributor and continue in the area of research.

12 Q: What can graduate students expect when beginning a program? A: When beginning a program, students should expect to feel overwhelmed. Once the student gets used to juggling work, life responsibilities and graduate school, it will become easier. My best advice is to develop a schedule and develop a time management plan. By sticking to a time management plan, the student will feel less overwhelmed and be better able to handle the new responsibilities of graduate school.

13 Q: Why would you encourage people to attend graduate school? A: I feel that all education is important. Education is power, and the more knowledge students have regarding their area of study, the better people skills, social skills and research skills they will have.

14 Q: How do you try to meet the flexibility needs of your grad students? A: I try to understand that students have various schedules, strengths and needs. Every student has different learning styles and needs. I try to take each student's situation into account and realize that what one student needs, another may not.

15 Q: How have you seen your graduate students (particularly adults) balance school, work and life? A: I must say my adult learners seem to do very well with balancing the many issues they have going on, such as school, life and work. Not to say that my other students don't do well, it's just that the adult learners seem to be able to keep up with little or no foreseen problems.


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