Graduate Study in Psychology: Your Guide to Success

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In Graduate Study in Psychology: Your Guide to Success author Tara Kuther takes the reader step-by-step through the graduate admissions process. She begins with posing the question of whether graduate school is right for everyone and the differences between pursuing a master's degree or a doctoral degree. The following chapters contain information regarding what graduate school is like, how to evaluate and choose the right graduate program for you, and what graduate schools are looking for in an applicant. Kuther also addresses how to improve an applicant's chances of getting selected for graduate school by improving credentials and obtaining research and applied experience during college. This book offers advice on how to seek financial aid to fund graduate education and a timetable for complying with admission application requirements. There are chapters that detail how to study for the Graduate Record Exam, how to write an admissions essay, how to prepare for interviews, and how to ask for letters of recommendation. Each chapter concludes with tips from graduate students about each challenge encountered. Graduate Study in Psychology closes with an appendix of resources and recommended readings and websites to help the reader at each stage of choosing, applying to, and succeeding in graduate school.

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Tara L. Kuther is Professor of Psychology at Western Connecticut State University where she has taught courses in child, adolescent, and adult development since 1996. She earned her BA in Psychology from Western Connecticut State University and her MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology at Fordham University. Dr. Kuther s research on moral development, social cognition, and risks to adolescent development has appeared in journals such as "Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Early Adolescence, Addictive Behaviors, "and the" American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. "Dr. Kuther is particularly interested in promoting undergraduate and graduate students professional development and has authored over a dozen books intended to help students navigate the challenges of pursing undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology.

Dr Kuther is Fellow of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 2). Her interest in promoting excellence in college teaching has influenced her scholarly and professional activities. Dr. Kuther s work examining ethical issues that arise in higher education and methods of sensitizing students to ethical issues has appeared in journals such as "Teaching of Psychology, College Teaching, "and" Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. "Currently the chair of the Society for Research in Child Development Teaching Committee, Dr. Kuther has also been active in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology as Executive Committee member, chair of the Task Force on Instructional Research Awards, and chair of the Long Range Planning Committee.

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