Some tips for writing a great cover letter

If you’re a student, running out of classroom, student loan, and scholarship time, you’re going to begin the inevitable search for work. And for most white collar or college-level positions (although increasingly blue collar jobs, too) you’re going to need a couple of key documents. Last week, we talked about …

Some differences between CVs and résumés

In my last post, I distinguished between different aspects of business and academic writing, and I’m going to continue that theme this week by mentioning some differences between the CV and the résumé. Define your terms A French word meaning “summary”, the résumé is probably what you think it is: …

Writing for Coursework vs. Writing for Business

Think back to your days as a Trigonometry or Calculus student. Do you recall ever thinking to yourself, “When will I ever use this?” I do. It’d be my most common refrain for skipping the most difficult practice problems or getting a slightly lower grade than I might’ve normally felt …

Make some time for pleasure reading this term

Returning to your studies this winter, you might find it easy to slip into a routine. You head to class, socialize throughout the day, have dinner, study, hit the hay. But it’s a schedule like this drives some of the concern that pleasure reading is an endangered activity among university …

A Guide for Grad School Personal Statements

Along with GRE studying, which I discussed in a recent post, prospective graduate students will be wrapping up their application dossiers with a personal statement. These can be nerve wracking to write: applicants are balancing length requirements, worries about sounding generic, and an above-all need to be informative about one’s …

GRE Research Summary

For anyone considering graduate school in the US, your last chance to take the GRE is approaching quickly—and in some cases, may already have passed! The Graduate Record Examination is ia test required for admission in nearly all US graduate programs, but questions about its efficacy have been the subject …

Staying Ahead this Semester

A funny thing about New Year’s resolutions is how much they sound like our platitudes at the beginning of new school semesters. Tell me whether you’ve heard any of these, or said them yourself, before. “This term, I’m going to write actual drafts of my papers.” “I promise: no all-nighters …

Tips on Writing an Essay

The first thing you have to do when you are writing an essay is research the topic you are writing about. It is important to build on the ideas of other academics, and by studying the opinions and statements of experts in a particular field you can formulate more complicated …