Graduate School


Find advice about graduate school, from choosing the right program for you to paying off your student loans. Ask questions, respond to answers from the Noodle community, and read expert opinions and thoughts on how to navigate your grad school experience.

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  • Tips to Prepare for and Ace the USMLE Step 3

    The last exam on the way to becoming a licensed physician, the USMLE Step 3 tests knowledge essential to practicing medicine without supervision. Here are expert tips and strategies for passing this two-day trial.

  • All the Basics About the USMLE Step 3

    The USMLE Step 3 is the final licensing exam in the demanding path to becoming a doctor. Learn more about this portion of the test from Noodle Expert Dr. Suzanne Miller.

  • The Downfall of Law School? What Current Enrollment Trends Mean

    Both applications and attendance are down at law schools across the country. What are the implications for students interested in the law? Here’s Noodle Expert Keith Scheuer’s take on the future of the profession.

  • Law School: It Isn’t Just for Aspiring Lawyers

    Every year after passing the bar, thousands of law school grads enter politics, finance, consulting, education, and criminal justice. Here to walk you through the data is attorney and Noodle Expert Keith Scheuer.

  • 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Apply to Law School

    Law school is rigorous. You’ll have to read, write, argue, think on your feet, and read some more. The first step, though, is deciding whether it’s right for you. Learn from attorney and Noodle Expert Keith Scheuer what questions you should ask yourself before applying to law school.

  • How to Switch Careers from Liberal Arts to Science in 14 Steps

    Changing fields can be difficult, especially if you’ve already invested a lot of time, money, and energy in your liberal arts career. Learn some useful tips for transitioning from a humanities-based education to the sciences from Noodle Expert and writer-turned-nutritionist Kendra Whitmire.

  • When Students Are Teachers, Who Benefits?

    Graduate students straddle the line between student and employee, and they don’t always receive standard employee benefits like health care, dental insurance, and parental leave — and that is why they are starting to unionize.

  • 5 Things to Know if Your College Instructor Is a Grad Student

    It’s not rare for grad students to teach college classes, and while you should still expect a great class, here are a few things to remember from a Noodle Expert who’s been on both sides of the lectern.

  • A Chemist’s Guide to Choosing a Doctoral Program

    Undergrads often think of graduate school as an extension of college, which it isn’t. Check out these tips from Ph.D. candidate and Noodle Expert Kevin Nihill about research, faculty, and program size in doctoral programs in the sciences.

  • Tips for Writing a Thesis in the Humanities

    Writing a senior thesis, honors thesis, or master’s thesis in the humanities can be an overwhelming undertaking. Here to help you through the harrowing process of research, writing, revision, and more writing is English teacher and Noodle Expert Corey Arnold.

  • So You Want to Study Biomedical Engineering? [Opinion]

    As a niche within a large and diverse field, biomedical engineering can be exciting for students interested in medicine, science, and math. But this type of coursework and training has its drawbacks, too. Noodle Expert and professional biomedical engineer Eric Nguyen will walk you through his field of study and job search.

  • Tips to Prepare for and Ace the USMLE Step 2 CK

    As students prepare for a rewarding career in medicine, they must clear several hurdles: the USMLE series. Strong preparation and and a strategic plan for test day will allow you face the Step 2 CK exam confidently and successfully.

  • Why Narrative Medicine May be the Discipline to Watch in 2015

    Patients and providers alike lament how difficult it sometimes is to understand what kind of care a person needs. Learn how the new field of narrative medicine may help health care providers sharpen these important skills.

  • Study Abroad Programs for Graduate Students

    You may not have considered studying abroad as a graduate student, but there are opportunities in many fields. Whether you’re an aspiring doctor, lawyer, businessperson, or scholar, there are exciting (and perhaps unexpected) education options abroad.

  • A Compendium of Top NAPLEX Preparation Resources

    After getting through a pharmacy graduate program, students must clear one final hurdle: the NAPLEX. Learn from Noodle Expert Don Osborne about the best study resources to help you prepare for this challenging exam.