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How to Create a Graduate Portfolio


A graduate portfolio is a compilation of the knowledge and skills a student has obtained throughout his graduate academic career. In addition, the portfolio demonstrates the student's ability to integrate the knowledge learned and apply it to his field of interest. The process of developing a portfolio requires critical and analytical thinking and reflection on personal learning style. There are several different components required to create a graduate portfolio.

Create a title page at the beginning of your portfolio. Include you name, address, phone number and email address and the date of submission. Next, provide a table of contents listing each section of your portfolio and the corresponding page number. Include a letter of intent as the next component of the portfolio. This document describes the learning outcomes you will demonstrate in the portfolio and the areas of expertise that will be represented in the portfolio.

Insert a current copy of your resume in the portfolio. This document should summarize your academic accomplishments, awards, professional memberships, publications and work experience. After your resume, include unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Next, place a copy of the syllabus from each graduate class that pertains to the content of your portfolio.

Write a personal statement summarizing what you have discovered about your learning style and perception of your field of study throughout the academic process. The personal statement introduces you to the evaluators and demonstrates your understanding of the field you are entering.

Include examples of your field-specific work in the next section of your portfolio. The content of this section will vary based on your graduate program focus. For example, students studying the arts should submit several types of evidence of their artistic abilities -- paintings, photographs and drawings. Students in English programs should submit writing samples and different types of documents. Refer to the school-specific requirements for this section of your portfolio.

Include copies of job descriptions, certifications, licenses and evaluations that support information provided in your portfolio. List all sources that you used in your portfolio by including a bibliography at the end. Use the writing style that is required by your school for proper formatting.

About the Author

Aubrey Bailey has been writing health-related articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy and Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University at Buffalo, as well as a post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Utica College. Dr. Bailey is also a certified hand therapist.

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