We are backed by experience: both the years of guidance and the fact of having been admitted to and graduated from great universities have given us all the knowledge and now we share it with you. Having already chosen one or several programs to which to apply, you will have to build your admission portfolio; These are some of the common misconceptions candidates make for false myths.
1. Wait for the last rounds of application to have more time to prepare:
To begin with, many times waiting for the last round will surprise you for the worse. If you’ve really taken the time to do your research, you should already know that the last rounds are suggested for prospects residing at the college site.
Even if you think that you are buying time, in reality you complicate future procedures because you will be behind in immigration documents. Also, if time really is what worries you, it is not better to postpone until the last round, but to advance your preparation. If it is too late to do this, you can wait and apply for another semester.
In addition, you must know well the number of people who apply in each round to say which is the most convenient for you according to your preparation times.
2. Use the same teacher or supervisor as your colleague because they know that he will agree to give you the recommendation letter:
Sometimes you can feel self-conscious about asking someone for a recommendation letter because it’s scary that they will deny it. Avoid feeling like this, there are many who take it as a compliment that you choose them for such an important document. In the case of teachers, it is likely that they have already written one or more letters of recommendation before and if your boss is from a large company, she may have done so too.
If a colleague has asked a boss or teacher for a letter, refrain from asking for it yourself. In the first place, because if they compete for a place in the same program, that reference will be lost for both. Although it may seem easier because “you already have an idea of how to write it” or “you are going to agree to write it because you already did it to the other person”, it is not beneficial. When a “recommender” writes letters simultaneously, it is very likely that they are very similar and fall into the generic.
Look for a good letter even if it takes longer, it will help you make a better application.
3. Use the same CV as at work:
When you apply for a position, the only thing that interests them is to see other positions you have had and see if that experience is useful for the vacancy they have. Therefore, that resume is short and abounds little in your academic training and life anecdotes.
Also, if you don’t use the same CV for two positions, why would you use a work CV for a place in an educational institution? Some institutions have specific requirements and their guides are helpful. It is important to take care of the format as well as the content.
4. Take “crash courses” for the GRE / GMAT:
If you have reached this point, you are a good student and you know that no knowledge comes from one day to the next. The GRE and GMAT are standardized tests of basic knowledge, but that does not mean that it is easy to obtain an outstanding score.
Many of these courses excuse themselves by arguing that they teach you all the tricks to answer in less time and pass the test. We only have one trick: practice, practice, practice.
That’s right, knowing the content matters, studying matters, and knowing the format matters. Either way, you will not get the desired results if you have no notion of your strengths and weaknesses, and once you know what to attack, you need guidance and practice to get the best out of you.
5. Saturate the assay:
Unfortunately, critical thinking writing exercises are scarce in the educational system. This leaves many deficiencies in the use of language and argumentative ability, although they are qualities of the utmost importance.
On the one hand, the essay is important so that the admissions committee sees those skills that we already mentioned projected onto something concrete. Even if your graduate is going to do an MBA and you think you only need to be good at the administrative part, it is important that a master’s degree applicant has a good verbal performance to be able to communicate in jobs, research and with possible professional contacts.
Second, but not least, the essay is one of the most intimate and comprehensive documents in your application. In it, your voice is contained, the perspective you have of yourself, the anecdotes of life that reflect your qualities and your trajectory. This is already known by many and, therefore, they try to put as much information as possible into their writing because they think that this way those who read it will have “a more complete picture”.
Not so, such a rehearsal can seem disorganized and tedious. Decide what image you want to give and choose carefully what you want to tell, this will help to have a coherent and interesting writing that works in your favor and increases your chances of eligibility.