Ask Kate: Must I Submit Transcripts

If I spend two semesters as an exchange student in an university and apply to grad school, how bad would it be to apply without submitting the transcript of my period there?   I am an exchange EECS major at UC Berkeley. On my first semester I didn’t had very good grades, mostly because I … Read more

Beating the Test Stress

Standardized tests get a bad rap. Students get stressed, parents get stressed and then students feel their parents’ stress and wig out some more. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Albert Ellis, author of How To Stubbornly Refuse To Make Yourself Miserable About Anything-yes, Anything and critically acclaimed psychotherapist explains how we create … Read more

Need to Learn a Foreign Language?

Foreign Language: learning resources As a complement to my top 3 resources for Non-Native Speakers of English, the following resources can help Native English Speakers learn a foreign language at a higher level. If you are applying to a program that requires proficiency in multiple languages (here’s looking at you INSEAD!) or you want to … Read more

Top 3 Resources to Improve English for Non-native Speakers

Here are some resources to aid your writing and speaking skills particularly if you are not a native American English speaker. If you have recommendations, please add them in the comments below. The first few are resources that are uniformly robust and are useful to my former students. These are not resources for total beginners. … Read more

Ask Kate Response: The Interview and Your Standing

You have received an invitation from admissions for an interview. What does that mean for your chances of being admitted? Kate explains in this video what an interview means in relation to your standing with the school. She also explains why they interview. If you would like to ask Kate a question regarding grad school … Read more

Ask Kate Response: Interview – Resume Presentation Walk-Through

In the interview you are going to be asked about your resume. Kate offers advice on the different ways to present the information to the interviewer along with some advice on what not to do. If you would like to ask Kate a question regarding college or grad school admissions, choosing a major/career, and/or test … Read more

Ask Kate Response: Admissions Interviews

The admission interview is just one part of a larger process for evaluating candidates.  In this video Kate explains how the interview fits in to the overall process. If you would like to ask Kate a question regarding college or grad school admissions, choosing a major/career, and/or test preparation, you may submit your questions here. Prepwise YouTube … Read more