Whether you are writing a Personal Statement, Letter of Intent, Biographical Sketch, or other type of application for a graduate program, professional school, fellowship/scholarship/award, or employment opportunity, CaPS can assist you.
Before taking advantage of the resources below, we strongly recommend you write the first draft on your own, according to the specifications provided by the institution or organization. Your style of writing in the letter is a reflection of your character and personality, and you would not want that tainted by following a textbook format.
Once you have given your letter a first attempt (and there will be many to follow), take advantage of the following resources to ensure it is at its best upon submission.
To have your personal statements reviewed, please make an appointment: 514-398-3304.
Sample Personal Statements / Graduate School Essays
Personal Statement Books (Available in the McGill Library):
Personal Statement Books (Available at CaPS):
- How to write the perfect personal statement (4th ed.)
- Graduate admission essays: Write your way into the graduate school of your choice (3rd ed.)
- Grad's guide to graduate admissions essays: Examples from real students who got into top schools
- Real essays for college and grad school
Sample Personal Statements (Websites):
Graduate School Research Statement (Websites):
Graduate School Interviews
Consult the following websites for pre-selection interview questions and answers.
- Professional and Graduate School Interview Questions (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)
A list of sample questions including, personal characteristics, academic experiences, extracurricular activities, weaknesses, goals, leadership skills, field specific questions as well as questions applicants might ask an interviewer.
- Graduate School Interviews for All Programs (Salisbury University)
What graduate schools look for, tips for interview, and links to health professional graduate school interviewing information.
- Graduate School Interview (Wartburg College)
Pre-interview suggestions and typical interview questions.
Please note that CaPS and McGill do not endorse any particular websites/services; the listing is for your information only.
McGill Writing Centre Tutorial Service
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The McGill Writing Centre Tutorial Service provides writing support for all students at both the downtown and Macdonald campuses. Our tutors will work with you at any stage of the writing process, from outlining to final revision, providing guidance on how to:
- organize your ideas
- express yourself clearly
- make convincing arguments
- reach the right audience
- identify and eliminate common grammatical errors
Please note that the Tutorial Service is not a drop-off proofreading and editing service. Accordingly, tutors will not “correct” your draft assignments. Rather, tutors will model structurally and grammatically coherent sentences and paragraphs with a view to empowering you to learn how to write clear, concise, and engaging prose.
Consult the information on this page on how to book and prepare for your appointment, as well as for the tutorial service's cancellation policy. We look forward to working with you!
WHICH TUTOR IS ON WHEN
NOTE: The schedules below were accurate at the time of posting. From time to time tutors’ schedules may change. There is therefore no guarantee that the tutor named in the schedule will in fact be tutoring on the days and times posted.
Please note drop-in sessions are times when students may see a tutor without a reservation.
Available during the Fall and Winter terms
WINTER 2018 schedule
Monday, January 8th
Friday, March 30th
Saturday, March 31st
Monday, April 2nd
Friday, April 27th
For further information about the Tutorial Service, please contact the Coordinator at mwctutorial [at] mcgill.ca.