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The women's guide to surviving graduate school
Rittner, Barbara.
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Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications, [1997]

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xii, 155 pages ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
In the beginning: should you go to graduate school -- Taking the plunge -- The application process -- To be in or not to be in -- Paying for it -- Getting a running start -- Learning your way around -- Settling in -- The syllabus as a learning contract -- The road to "A" work -- Swimming rather than sinking.
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LB2371.4 .R58 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-College Entrance

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Written by women for women, this book provides practical information and advice on graduate schools in the United States and Canada. Basic information is provided for each graduate school about selection, applications and acceptance processes, likely cost and funding sources. The authors also provide valuable advice on how to determine the best methods for planning a course of study and selecting programmes.

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Rittner and Trudeau provide a useful practical guide that is rich in the nuts and bolts of getting started and surviving in graduate school. Important factors such as a detailed description of the application process, the primacy of the library in one's life as a graduate student, and the intense time demands of graduate student life are covered well. More expanded information on budgets and less information on syllabi might have been desirable. Although seeking to be inclusive of all graduate school experiences, the book is more appropriate for women entering master's programs rather than those going into doctoral programs; the many idiosyncratic aspects of full-time study in doctoral programs are not captured or addressed. This reviewer also noticed a slight slant toward women who go to graduate school immediately after taking their undergraduate degree. Despite numerous references to adult student issues, concerns such as children and spouses are not discussed much. The authors do succeed in being succinct and clear in their narrative, making the information in the book readable and accessible. This book adds to the existing set of graduate life guides by providing a focus on issues of particular concern to women. N. E. Sacks; Holyoke Community College

Table of Contents

In the Beginning
Should You Go to Graduate School
Taking the Plunge
The Application Process
To Be In or Not To Be In
Paying For It
Getting a Running Start
Learning Your Way Around
Settling In
The First Week
The Syllabus as a Learning Contract
The Road to 'A' Work
Swimming Rather than Sinking