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Study in the USA: Getting Ready for Graduate Study in the USA (Preparing a Study Plan)

Our speakers are from the American International Education Foundation (AIEF), and Tim is the admissions coordinator for CSU, Chico.

Study in the USA: Getting Ready for Graduate Study in the USA (Preparing a Study Plan)
Friday, December 10 2004 (2:30 PM - 4:30 PM)

Please note: Portions of this transcript have been edited for clarity

Host: (Moon Chen):

Hi, this is Moon Chen from AIEF. I am very pleased to be chatting with you through the web today. I do hope I will be of helpful to your inquiries.

 

Host: (Alice Chow)

Good afternoon everybody. Please ask any question related to study plan on your mind.

 

Host: (Tim Phelps):

My name is Tim, I am the admissions coordinator for CSU, Chico. I'm here to answer any questions anyone might have about our university.

 

 


Start of Chat


 

Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
請問一下如果要出國大約多久以前要開始準備?
A
理想的時間是一年半之前,因為要加上準備考托福及GRE及GMAT。 (2004-12-10 14:34)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
I really have no idea about the study plan, can you try to explain what i should prepare?
A
The basics are financial backing, an interest in an area of study. TOEFL scores and GRE or entrance exams for the desired program. (2004-12-10 14:36)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
Could you identify the differences between biography and study plan?
A
Generally speaking, study plan includes personal background, work experience, motivation and purpose of study, and lastly the career plan afterwards. Regarding the biography, just state about the family background, education and work experience. (2004-12-10 14:40)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
請問現在考托福,那之後新制上來還會要求我們再考一次嗎?
A
All scores will be valid for two years. We will honor old scores. (2004-12-10 14:41)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
讀書計劃的基本寫作格式?
A
There is no set standard. Each university has its own requirements that I would recommend checking online. (2004-12-10 14:43)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
讀書計畫是指對要做的研究的讀書計畫嗎?
A
在開始寫讀書計畫前要先上學校的網站了解學校指定的內容為何, 要根據學校指定的要點來撰寫。 有些學校沒有指定要點的話,則要包括: 1. 你申請這個學校的科系動機為何; 2. 你之前在學校的優異表現; 3. 你的特色; 4. 讀完研究所之後的計畫; 5. 要說服學校你會比其他學生對學校有更多貢獻。 (2004-12-10 14:44)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
I had trouble writing my personal statement. I have done my job, and give it to my English Composition teacher, who said "You need to remember, though, that the reader is reading it looking to see how their program and you will go together. Remember to link your paragraphs to that idea". Because I adopted the strategy that I mentioned the reason why I'd like to study their programs in the conclusion as a climax, I wonder whether I need to rewrite. Would you please help me? Thank you.
A
Your letter format sounds perfect. the reason you write it is to stress why you fit into that program, its sounds as if you have done so. (2004-12-10 14:45)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
什麼是讀書計劃?
A
Study plan is aimed to tell the school why you choose the school and what you plan to study. It is very important to the success of school application. Moreover, study plan is only application document that gives the applicant the opportunity to show their strengths, potential and leadership. It is no exaggeration that study plan plays the final key to open the door of the school after you passed the gate of admission in the first stage. (2004-12-10 14:45)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
要怎樣才能知道各校的成績要求?
A
要上學校的網站找,很多學校甚至會將去年所錄取同學的平均分數列出。 (2004-12-10 14:47)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
如果現在才準備考試,來得及申請MBA嗎?
A
要看你何時能考完。有些學校的截止日期在三月以後,有的可接受先提出申請再後補成績。所以要看情況而定。 (2004-12-10 14:50)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
申請比較偏重實務的課程,寫讀書計劃時有何不同?
A
The admissions office has limited involvement with the study plans as these go directly to faculty. (2004-12-10 14:50)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
申請國外學的學校的時間大約是在幾月份?
A
Application deadlines vary from school to school. The earliest deadline is December and the latest is July next year. There are exceptions. Take vetenarary schools for example, the application deadline is October 1 mostly if not all. Thus, it all depends. You have to decide what schools you want to apply and find out what are the application deadlines the schools set. (2004-12-10 14:51)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
請問讀書計劃怎樣寫較好?
A
一定要先清楚學校的要求,如果寫出來的內容不符學校的要求〈字數,篇幅長短,要點,行距等〉則只會有反效果。 (2004-12-10 14:53)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
請問從什麼地方可以看出各校的發展特點?
A
Find out who they are accredited by their graduation rate, their fees. (2004-12-10 14:53)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
那讀書計劃要比較著重描述日後對實務還是學術的表現?
A
前面兩段主要著重在申請人的動機及大學時期的表現,個人的特點,最後一段則著重在日後的計畫及生涯規劃。 (2004-12-10 14:56)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
秋季班和春季班有何不同?
A
Most schools admit for fall though only for the most competetive programs, so i think you would have more choices in the fall. (2004-12-10 14:56)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
想問一下,唸MBA要唸到不錯的學校最少要工作幾年呢?
A
Work experience is very important if you want to apply to top MBA schools. Take UC Berkeley for instance, a minimum of 2 years of work experience is required. But most MBA schools don't require work experience, nevertheless, work experiences are recommended. To be elaborate, the school will accept your application even you don't have work experience, but the school recommends that you better have work experience. In UC Berkeley case, if you don't have work experience of 2 years in minimum, you are not allowed to apply. (2004-12-10 14:57)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
一年可能會花多少錢?
A
不一定,要看學校在那裡?如果在東西兩岸及中西部學費及生活費會比南部及中南的學校貴。一般私立學校也會比州立大學貴.如果對某個學校有興趣可直接上學校網站看它列出的學費及預估生活費。 (2004-12-10 15:00)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
請問在校擔任的助理職可以算在工作表現範圍內嗎?
A
Yes! (2004-12-10 15:00)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
Which part of our info should be divided in to study plan, and which part should be put into biography?
A
A study plan should be focused on your education and your goals within the program. your biography can list all of your training and experience. (2004-12-10 15:01)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
有哪些可信的建議網站是我們可以參考的?
A
I would go to google. I would put in us university statement of purposes. (2004-12-10 15:04)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
Is working experience helpful in applying for TESOL program?
A
Well, it depends on your personal qualifications. If you are excellent on GPA, test scores and other outstanding performance, you may get into top schools, say top 20, you may most likely get financial aid. Starting from this year local bank in Taiwan and the Ministry of Education began to offer student loans at lowest interest. You may borrow up to 2 million New Taiwan dollars for studying abroad on program leading to master degree. (2004-12-10 15:05)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
我想修有關教育方面的課程,出國需要具備些什麼?
A
They are going to differ drastically from school to school. Requirements are very different depending on your chosen program and school. (2004-12-10 15:07)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
How many pages of a study plan is proper?
A
Usually no more than two to three pages. For a study plan - you want to make your point quickly. (2004-12-10 15:08)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
If I have about 2-3 years working experience, what weight should I allocate between the school time and the working achievement?
A
As far as work experience, one does not outweigh the other. One does not outweigh the other, nothing replaces the mandatory degreeand doing well in it. (2004-12-10 15:12)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
經濟問題是最困擾我的,有沒有任何獎學金的資訊可以提供呢??
A
一般來說,理工生物類及電腦等學科會比其他學科有較多的獎學金機會。 (2004-12-10 15:13)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
國際關係要唸不錯的學校成績最起碼要多少呢?
A
It varies from school to school. Generally speaking, your GPA should exceed 3.5 while your test scores, TOEFL at least 250 and GRE, at least V500 and Q750. There are other factors affecting the results of your application to top IR schools. School GPA and test scores are the only fundamental factors. (2004-12-10 15:13)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
讀書計劃、履歷、自傳有何差別?而且有的學校只要求其中一到兩個?那要怎麼把沒要求的部份內容寫到別的裡面?
A
讀書計劃=study plan or personal statement or autobiography,,履歷表=resume,並非每個學校要求的都一樣,所以申請前要先看清楚個別要求。如果學校沒要求就不要包括進去。 (2004-12-10 15:16)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
最後一段著重在日後的計畫及生涯規劃,那日後計劃要偏重實務還是學術?
A
要看你申請的是那一種課程。如果是像MBA這種實務課程,則著重在畢業後要從事的行業。如果是研究課程,則著重在之後要進行研究的領域。 (2004-12-10 15:19)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
我之前有參觀過美國留學展,關於教育研究所大多是需要工作經驗是嗎?那是正式的工作經驗嗎(正式教師)?
A
Well, just try to get higher scores on TOEFL and GRE/GMAT. Work experience and outstanding performance in activities, such as community service, can make up for your unsatisfactory school record. (2004-12-10 15:20)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
我將會先出國唸語言學校?日後申請學校有什麼需要注意的?
A
如果你去的是大學附設的語言學校,則可在完成最高級的語言課程後直接申請該校的研究所。如果要申請別校的研究所,則要先問清楚是否認可別校的語言課程修畢證書,不然的話學校可能會要求你考托福。 (2004-12-10 15:25)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
請問如何將在校之中文獎狀加入申請當中幫自己加分呢?
A
I would recommend putting that information in. It can ony make you look better. (2004-12-10 15:27)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
如果獎狀證書中的英文名字不統一可以嗎?是個人的姓名拼音不同和護照不一樣。
A
如果是你個人的姓名拚音不同,則要附件說明一下是因為有不同的拚音方式,通常學校都會了解。 (2004-12-10 15:28)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
我想到洛杉磯念電影製片管理,這類課程在當地多嗎?有什麼學校可以推薦?
A
University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles are ranked No1 and No.2 respectively in film/cinema programs in the United States. But it is very difficult to get in. Well, you may try if you think your personal qualifications are excellent indeed. (2004-12-10 15:29)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
獎狀是中文的怎麼辦?學校沒有發英文的,謝謝回覆。
A
I suggest you get a professional translation of the awards or translate it yourself and include the honor in your biography. (2004-12-10 15:32)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
工作三年的工作經驗可以做為日後申請學校強調的重點嗎?
A
如果是申請MBA則會有加分作用, 如果是別的領域則不一定。 (2004-12-10 15:33)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
工作經驗在讀書計劃或履歷中要如何寫?
A
In study plan, you should firstly state about your personal background, and then your work experience, and lastly your motivation and purpose of your study. While in your resume, the format runs first ly education, then work experience, followed by honors & awards, publications, extracucurricular activities...etc. Study plan is an essay while resume is a form. They are not quite the same. (2004-12-10 15:34)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
在學校網站中從哪裡可以分辨該學校哪一方面比較有名?該系所比較偏重理論還是實務?從哪裡看?
A
這很難說,一般可從該系的規模可直接看該系的宗旨、老師研究的方向及畢業生所從事的方向得知一二。 (2004-12-10 15:37)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
如何進一步了解一個學校的特色?因為網站上逛很久,每間學校強調的特質好像不會差太多。那是不是一定要找到校友才能比較清楚該校的特色呢?
A
這是個很好的方法,也可直接問該系系主任。 (2004-12-10 15:39)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
南加大是著重實務嗎?除了南加大之外還有什麼學校不錯?
A
Yes, USC does mostly practical things. Have you ever heard about George Lucas? He created the Star Wars movies. He's from USC. University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) is another top school in Los Angeles. UCLA is ranked No. 2 in film/cinema programs in the United States. For your information, New York University is the No. 3 . (2004-12-10 15:39)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
如果在學校沒有什麼機會有優異的表現,要怎麼補其不足呢?
A
Sell yourself well in your study plan, do well on entrance exams. Be open to many different schools. (2004-12-10 15:39)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
最後一段寫到未來目標時,可以寫未來想在當地找什麼工作嗎?還是最好寫回國效力,找工作貢獻自己國家之類!或是繼續往學術發展?
A
都可以,但重點是要有明確的方向。 (2004-12-10 15:40)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
每間學校有自己要求的內容,會寫清楚格式和內容嗎?
A
Right. You should follow the school instruction accordingly. (2004-12-10 15:42)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
我計劃去唸LA的州立大學北嶺分校的語言學校。這間學校的語言學校在LA其它學校的研究所會承認他的修畢證書嗎?
A
如果你已經確定之後要申請的學校則可先確認較好。 (2004-12-10 15:43)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
如果是申請電影製片管理這類的課呢?工作經驗有加分效果嗎?
A
要視你的工作經驗在那個專業,如果你的工作經驗可以有相關性則會有加分作用。 (2004-12-10 15:47)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
請問如果我希望申請的科系和我大學的主修沒有關係,我的study plan應該要如何寫呢?
A
You must explain why you want to shift your field in your study plan and try to convince the school what you are doing is justified. (2004-12-10 15:48)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
請問秋季班好申請還是春季班好申請?
A
It is the same. I have heard some said Spring semester/term is easier to apply. No. it is not. (2004-12-10 15:52)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
寫履歷或讀書計劃等內容時如果學校沒有要求的固定格式時,我可以自由發揮嗎?闢如我曾經用新聞稿格式寫過?這樣會不會弄巧成拙ㄚ?
A
履歷表一般的格式是不會變的。但是讀書計畫是可以自由發揮只要不偏離學校要了解你個人的重點的話,不過也要考慮你申請的是那個科系,有些科系會比較喜歡看到不同的創意之作。 (2004-12-10 15:52)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
讀書計劃有沒有時效性呢?寫好需要密封嗎?
A
No, it does not have any time limit. You don't have to seal it, just leave it open. But if your study plan is traced to many years ago, you should have new materials to write about now. You should revise it. Right? (2004-12-10 15:55)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
申請比較偏重實務的課程,寫讀書計劃時有何不同?如有不同,這種讀書計劃的基本寫作格式?
A
不同之處在於陳述的方向,但基本的寫作格式則相同。 (2004-12-10 15:55)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
我想到美國洛杉磯念電影製片管理,這類的課一般是比較偏重實務,對嗎?
A
Yes, they are. (2004-12-10 15:57)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
申請學校前最後一份工作的title會影響到評審人員的判斷嗎?有沒有什麼樣的工作內容或是性質是比較受到審查資料的人所青睞的呢?
A
Work experiences related to what field you are applying are more attractive to the admission committee. Don't worry about the title of your last job before you are going to apply to US schools. It does not make difference. (2004-12-10 16:03)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
請問如果我大學主修英文研究所想念商管會不會很難銜接的上?
A
但是如果有工作經驗會有更大的幫助。 (2004-12-10 16:04)
 
Host: (Tim Phelps)
Q
請問讀書計畫寫得好對申請獎學金有沒有幫助?
A
I would say grades and tst socres are more important in getting scholarships. (2004-12-10 16:05)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
請問春季班入學會不會造成生活上適應的問題比秋季班多?
A
No, it does not make any difference. (2004-12-10 16:05)
 
Host: (Alice Chow)
Q
陳述的方向?基本的寫作格式?可以舉個例子嗎?
A
你可以上英文網站找到有關寫作的例子及指導,你也可以到各資料中心找到參考書。 (2004-12-10 16:09)
 
Host: (Moon Chen)
Q
剛剛有人問到申請學校前的最後一份工作?我想請問學校可以接受申請前多久沒有工作呢?我的最後一份工作是一季大約三個月,是做一個綜藝節目,而這個節目今年有得金鐘獎最佳綜藝節目,我申請時可以提嗎?因為我只做一季就因為做節目的過程中使自己更加確定要繼續唸書。
A
Congratulation. Of course, you must emphases that you won the Golden Horse Award and tell the school the award is equavalent to Oscar Awards. It is a big plus to your personal qualification. It is important to highlight what you have gained from the experience. (2004-12-10 16:09)


End of Chat


 

 

Host: (Moon Chen)

I hope what I have answered to all the inquiries have been helpful to you. Have a nice day and good luck to your application.

 

Host: (Alice Chow)

很高興有這個機會在線上回答各位的問題, 如果各位有進一步的需要請聯絡美國教育基金會(02)27058840或上網www.aief.org.tw查詢我們的服務項目. 謝謝大家.

 

Host: (Tim Phelps)

Thank you for attending and inquiring. It has been a pleasure. I would like to invite all of you to visit our homepage at www.csuchico.edu if you have any questions or would like to see what further requiremnts may be needed for admission. Have a great day.