Responsibilities of the New Grad Coordinator

cdl_fI understand that working as a graduate coordinator is no easy task. Being a coordinator for years now, I’ve had to hear and help solve a lot of issues which grad school students have been dealing with.

If you’re a new graduate coordinator, then you’ve come to the right place! As someone who has been honed in the field, allow me to give you a few task descriptions and tips which may give you an idea on what the job is all about:

  • Holding regular meetings regarding graduate management issues

Issues at hand are always present. As such, it is vital that a graduate coordinator holds meetings with the director to brainstorm on how to deal with concerns. This allows for efficiency within the department, preventing all sorts of hiccups in the future.

  • Providing support for graduate management

As a graduate coordinator, expect to grant support for the administrators of the graduate program. By that, I mean keep yourself close to subordinates and make sure that you’re always up to date with the numerous matters being handled by the department and the school as a whole.

  • Overseeing department level orientation for students

It is up to you to oversee trainees and their progress. But first of all, it’d be your responsibility to orient trainees in order to give them an overview on what the program entails, including the requirements to make it through, giving them the idea and the feel of what it’s like in grad school.

  • Verifying student status

How exactly is the student doing? It is the work of a graduate coordinator to monitor and verify the status of grad students, wherever they may be.

  • Performing duties assigned by the director

Subordination is a significant factor in being a graduate coordinator. But of course, you already knew that! You’d have to report directly to the program director, acting according to his or her requests. However, you also have to take initiative and not rely on the director all the time.

Are you ready for your first day as graduate coordinator? Then, good luck! I’m sure you’ll do fine.

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Sitting Down With a Graduate Coordinator

For anyone in grad school, it’s important to sit down with your graduate coordinator. Coordinators like me guide graduate students in order to further their goals as they go through every milestone in graduate school.

What exactly are the roles of a graduate coordinator? Why should any graduate student seek them in handling certain issues regarding their program and academe? Here are a few points which you may want to consider in order for you to understand why it’s essential to seek out a coordinator.

  • Graduate coordinators monitor students’ progress

From admission to enrollment and from compliance of rules and procedures to taking exams, graduate coordinators like me make sure that students fulfill every requirement, as well as guide them every step of the way, in case they encounter issues.

I’ve seen a lot of students who haven’t consulted me beforehand and this caused a lot of problems when it came to their academe. I always encourage them to seek my help and report to me regarding their progress so that I may direct them on how to go about things.

  • Graduate coordinators advise students

On that note, it is also my duty as graduate coordinator to inform and take note of their responsibilities. I certainly don’t want to see them run around the campus like headless chickens.

Making use of our experience and qualifications, we allow our students to be counseled in case they run into certain issues which may either be personal or academic related. From there, I’d be able to assess and solve whichever issue they’re experiencing.

  • Coordinators work closely with the admissions office

We coordinators handle the affairs with regards to getting a student into grad school in the first place. By that, we grant the admissions office information which students provide to us—as well as the requirements they’ve complied with.

The next time you run into issues with your program, don’t hesitate to come to people like me for help!

Taking a Break before Grad School

As a graduate coordinator, I’ve often faced many of those in grad school who are apparently bombarded with school work. They feel as if they’re burnt out.

What they fail to take into consideration is that they may take a break first if they truly want to! I’d like to state a few reasons as to why taking a break before actually entering grad school is important.

  1. You can evaluate your options

Finding yourself first is a significant factor before actually entering the grueling world of grad school. During your soul searching, you might realize that grad school isn’t for you, or that it isn’t time to enter grad school yet. Who knows—you might decide to head on down a different path.

  1. You might want to gain some experience first

Now, you wouldn’t exactly call working a good way to take a break. But then, who said taking a break is limited to going on vacation! There are certain trends nowadays with the job market and it’s essential that you know what they’re all about before trying to get a hold of a post-grad degree.

  1. You need to prepare

Like any soldier, you must arm yourself with ammunition or willpower before going into battle. And believe me—grad school is a battlefield where you’re impelled to fight for yourself, or else you’d be wasting time and resources. That is why it is absolutely valuable that you prep up for what to expect in whatever program you’re in.

  1. You need to save up

Face it: Graduate school is expensive. If your savings aren’t enough, you might be stuck halfway. Don’t put up with that—save up first, but not before assessing the cost of being in graduate school. By then, you won’t run into any more financial problems.

So why don’t you take a break before entering grad school first? You’re not in a hurry, so make use of the time you have!

Ways to Ace Grad School Entrance Exams

ExamIt’s only natural to get nervous about entering grad school, especially when there’s an entrance exam waiting for you. Being able to pass the exam requires a whole lot of effort. This is expected when you’re trying to take a step forward in your academic life.

So how exactly do you ace the dreaded exam? Allow me, as a graduate coordinator, to present a few tips for you and others who are off to take the entrance test after an interview!

  1. Review and study

This is rather obvious, to be honest—a no brainer, to put things bluntly. The thing is that some candidates just don’t take the time to study. This isn’t a high school or college entrance exam. You’re going to have to learn about more advanced concepts of what you have grasped during your college days.

  1. Prepare yourself for the unfamiliar

There are a lot of terms and definitions which you haven’t learned back in college. As such, advanced reading of given ideas would be best, as it is according to your initiative. You’re not being force fed to enter grad school; it is according to your choice that you try and enter. Hence, being able to take action and reading in advance is your best course.

  1. Finish the troublesome sections in the exam first

Want to be practical in answering exams? It is best that you handle the parts which you find difficult first and foremost, since your memory would be fresh early on. Later, answering questions will then be a breeze, since you’ll only be answering the easy ones.

  1. Mind your review materials

A lot of “reviewers” in the market aren’t that credible and would usually present made-up questions. Don’t waste your time and money getting such reviewers and studying whatever’s in them. Do some research before getting a hold of one.

  1. Put your mind at ease

Although you can’t help but be nervous about taking the entrance exam, just relax. Whenever you panic, you won’t be able to think straight and answer properly.

I hope I gave sound advice on how to handle grad school entrance exams. If you intend on entering grad school anytime soon, good luck! I wish you all the best.