Consulting Services: Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost? 

 A 30 minute appointment  costs 45 USD (US Dollars).

What method of payment can I use?

 A detailed invoice will be emailed to you. Payment must be made prior to the scheduled appointment and be paid via PayPal to Proto Press Publications at the following email address: protopress@yahoo.com

 How many appointments will I need to book?  

In our experience a 30 minute appointment is often enough. A preliminary profile will have been created to obtain basic information from you prior to the appointment. Questions related to your career objectives, grades, past experience etc. will be asked to build an accurate profile and to prepare personalized advice that is best suited to your situation.

What means of communication do you use for your services?

At the moment, we prefer to use Skype or phone. Your phone number or Skype address will be used to contact you.

Why are you offering consulting services?

The most popular questions I get from readers of this blog deal with students reaching out for advice on what career paths they should take and whether grad school is the best option for them. To address these questions properly, I need to get a genuine understanding of each students goals, grades, research experience and long term plans. None of which can be easily assessed with a one or two-line reply.

It is for this reason that I have decided to launch a consulting service with the aim of providing personalized career advice. I may be able to help you avoid wasting hundreds of dollars on applications that are otherwise doomed to be rejected.

Who can benefit from this service?

Anyone interested in pursuing grad school can benefit from this service. This applies not only to Psychology degrees, but applications to almost any field of study. If you are in your first or second year of your undergraduate program, we can go over the things that you can do between now and the time you are eventually applying to graduate school to greatly improve your chances of getting in. If you are further along in your undergrad program and have less time to prepare before your graduate school applications, there are different strategies and tactics you can employ to make up for lost time. Masters students pursuing a Ph.D can also benefit from a consulting session. Even if you are unsure whether grad school is right for you, we can figure out together what your options are and make a plan for the upcoming months.

I am applying to a program in the U.S. Can you help me? 

Yes, I can. Although I reside in Canada, I did a post-doc in New Mexico in 1992 and I can tell you that applying to grad schools in Canada and in the U.S are the same.

How do I go about to set up an appointment?

Send us an email at protopress@mygraduateschool.com or fill out our pre-consult form using the following password: consult2017#mgs and my blog administrator- Sarah Brown Tesolin – will contact you to schedule an appointment within 48 hours.

When are you available?

I am in the process of keeping certain times of day and evenings on specific days of the week and weekends open for consulting appointments. I will do my best to accommodate your schedule.

Do Concordia Students have access to this service?

For students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Concordia University (Montreal), I do not charge any fee for academic advising and consulting services. Please make an appointment by email at david.mumby@concordia.ca (this is only available to students currently enrolled at Concordia University).