Applications for courses beginning Fall 2014 are done with and the new year beckons with promises of opportunities that will see many dreams realized and records broken. To all those hoping to make it to a program/school of their choice…..all the best!!
Planning the application process is the underline; no matter what level of study you are seeking to pursue, plan your way to it, put a method in the process and be as well informed as possible. Academics is one of the most vibrant dimensions of modern society and the effort that institutions are putting in to reinvent courses to keep up with the demands of economies and workplaces is unimaginably innovative. The result is that applicants have a sumptuous platter of courses to choose from; specializations have made way for super specializations and pedigreed subject courses have been furthered in their objectives by accommodating the vigor of interdisciplinary study. The class room is now a confluence of minds and talents, a meeting ground for inquiry which effortlessly opens new avenues and careers.
The first step is to plot the end goal of the plan and schedule the time for achieving it. So, if the objective is to start a program of study in the August/September of 2015, plot this and work towards it. The time from June 2014 to February 2015 should then be planned with the aim of achieving this goal.
Start by identifying the Tests that the application requires applicants to take. Broadly the time from June to October, and may be a little later – November- is best spent working on acquiring the skills for these tests. A robust 6- month preparation normally suffices as long as it is well planned, regular and objective oriented. Many students are natural with exams and are able to do these tests exceptionally well without professional help. Others however need guided grooming and must therefore look for the right places and trainers to help them grow up to the tests.
Once the preparation for the tests has taken off, get down to searching schools and programs. Meet people who can share with you their own experiences and understanding, broaden the scope of your effort so that you are able to deal with issue such as funds, work experience requirements and even grades by moving out of clichés and stereotypes. It is best to have a variety of schools across 2 or 3 countries on your list rather than a number in one country. Some of the most innocuous countries have become excellent and very rewarding destinations for academics. Explore them; their policies for student visas are more liberal, their programs very diversified and their cost affordable and often subsidized.
By end November, the test/s should be over with and the programs finalized. Good applications are time consuming and very exacting. So probably a whole month or so will go in getting the material for the applications in place – transcripts, recommendation letters, statement of purpose, essays and the financial papers. In particular attend to the essays and or the SOP diligently. Schools emphasize a great deal on these and use them as the window to look into your world.
Option has launched some exciting platforms for the coming year- the Junior SAT course this summer for 8th and 9th graders wanting to prepare early for the PSAT and the SAT, the weekend course for GRE, and some flexi programs for IELTS and TOEFL that allow students to join anyday and get the most out of the training.