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Helping Students Apply for Graduate School

Helping Students Apply for Graduate School

This lesson plan contains an outline of how one can instruct students on how to apply to graduate school.  Students must learn about five key aspects or components:  undergraduate GPA, GRE (or other standardized test) scores, personal statement, letters of reference/recommendation, and internship/research experience.  It is recommended that advisers or other instructors of this plan utilize their instituion's resources for proper...

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Lindsay Annelin
Lindsay Annelin (Teacher (K-12))
9 years ago

I like that this particular lesson focuses on a goal-oriented topic.  Most kids will need to know how to apply for graduate school and this lesson plan focuses on just that.  I appreciate how it incorporates technology and can be more meaningful for kids to use.  This topic relates to students' lives and also is a user-friendly format. 

Kids will be able to navigate through the Prezi in a way that makes sense to the individual.  It is also a wonderful way for students to be able to resolve questions that they have about applying for graduate school.  I feel that this is a well-written lesson plan with a clear direction in mind.  It asks that students interact with materials and one another, which covers the social aspect of the lesson and also alleviates some of the pressure that comes along with such an overwhelming experience such as applying to grad school.

I like how this lesson involves a step by step process of how to apply to graduate school, which can be such a chore to many.  However, when integrating technology, it becomes more of an exciting experience and many questions will be answered.

Technical Remarks:

There are no issues and I think using Prezi and Google Docs is a wonderful way to integrate technology

Time spent reviewing site: 20
Jennifer Esch
Jennifer Esch (Teacher (K-12))
9 years ago

Regarding ease of use; I appreciate that this lesson plan opens right up into a published Google Doc, making it easy to view and/or print.  Since it is suggested that the user incorporate resources specific to their university, it might have been nice to have a version that is easier to download, copy or modify, but this is a somewhat minor issue.

I like that the lesson plan includes a variety of instructional methods and teaches a very applicable skill (applying to graduate school), albeit a very specific and somewhat limited one.  Each section of the lesson plan is clear and to the point, making the overall lesson plan easy to follow and understand.  I like the use of a Prezi to convey information, as students will be able to work at their own pace and can reference each section as much or as little as they need to.  The samples and checklist/template included in the Prezi will help students understand each point and give them a starting point for their next step(s).  I also appreciate the interaction with an academic advisor that is written into the lesson plan; I think students often do not know who to turn to for information, so it’s nice to give them a resource.


I would have appreciated a more specific method regarding how the lesson will be implemented.  It is unclear to me if it is expected that students will approach an advisor, if the advisor will send the Prezi to all of his/her students, introduce the Prezi at a meeting/presentation, etc.  I think there are a variety of methods that would work well with this lesson plan; perhaps a list of suggested methods of implementation is all that is necessary, as institutions would be customizing the lesson plan to their own resources anyway.

Technical Remarks:

I did not encounter any technical difficulties with this resource.

It seems the final product of this lesson plan would have good integration of technology that will hold student interest.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes