Tips for finding Msc/PhD supervisor


Tips for finding a supervisor

Hi There, I will advice you give this article an ultimate attention on the tips for finding a supervisor.

In my previous post, I gave a broad overview of the key details during postgraduate transition. Today, we will be digging deeper into how to communicate your first email I called “letter of interest”

So, Let’s dive in without wasting much of time.

“You and your supervisor will be working closely together. Invest time at the beginning of the relationship and make a good first impression.

Before you start

Do your research. You should know:

  1. What program you want to take? Sometimes your field of study may have a different name at the university.
  2. What are the admission requirements for your chosen program? Remember some programs may have higher than the minimum admission requirement. Some programs may require additional documentation such as a GRE. Check what is required for your program.
  3. What area of research do you want to pursue? Are there professors doing research in the area of interest to you?
  4. You should identify one or two professors who are doing research in an area closely related to what you are interested in.


The more specific you can be in your first email the better success you will have. You should:

  • Read the Professors webpage;
  • Check out any online publications that are available and read them;
  • Calculate you current grade-point average;

Writing Tips

Professors get dozens of emails from potential students. If you want to get your email noticed, you must give the professor the information they need, quickly, clearly and professionally.

  • The professor is not your friend or colleague. Use proper titles – Dr. Smith;
  • Keep your email short, just three paragraphs, no more than 250 words;
  • Use complete sentences;
  • Use spell check.

Key Parts

Introduce yourself: Tell the professor in two or three sentences who you are. State your degree level and your research area. Give a clear statement indicating that you meet the admission requirements which includes your grade point average and, if required, your English proficiency test results. If you do not have proof of English proficiency, state when you plan to take the IELTS or TOEFL test.


Dear Dr. Smith,
My name is XX XX and I am from the University of XX. I am in my final year of a masters in Biology with focus on plant breeding research. My GPA is 86% and my TOEFL iBT is 100.

Make a connection and provide reasons to be considered: Use specific references to make a connection between the work that you have been doing and the research projects that the professor is working on. Important points to include:

  • Papers, journal articles, either published, accepted or submitted.
  • Conference papers given;
  • Scholarships won

My current research project for my master’s program is in canola breeding for fungus disease resistance and I have just submitted a co-authored article which was accepted by XXX. I have attached a brief research interest statement with more details. I was reading about recent work in genetically modified wheat on the website and it looks very interesting. I am interested in building upon my master’s experience and expanding my research into related areas. I have attached a copy of my C.V. for your review.

State your request; tell the professor what you are looking for.

I wish to begin a PhD program in XX in September 2016 and would be very interested in working under your supervision. I would appreciate if you could review the attached documents and let me know what the possibilities might be”. (—-source).

So, with the aforementioned tips, I believe you are head up to the personal assignments you need to do. In addition to this post, I will be hosting a webinar via Skype for a live demonstration of the search tips. I will also be giving away valuable information on different kind of letters Professors  might  require you to write-what each means and how to approach them.

In addition, I will be answering questions on admission requirements like test scores, communication etiquettes. how to communicate your interests and  commencement dates.

To be part of the webinar, kindly shoot me an email at ( so I can send you a direct invitation with my Skype ID or simply follow the blog using a valid email address so as to get  notified of future posts.

Thanks for your time and see you on the webinar.


Paul Ojo                                                                                                                                   (Founder: WhatNextMentors)

PS! My  sincere apology to those who might have subscribed to this blog for business updates on Affiliate Marketing. I am working on partitioning info posting to specially focus on the subject . Thanks for your understanding.


Traffic sources: Focusing on organic traffics (free traffics)

Hi Everyone,

I wanna welcome you to the fourth module of the info training on Affiliate Marketing. Today, we are gona strike a deal on how to get free traffic  sources to your affiliate offer (s).

Before we begin, let me quickly take you through some proven affiliate programs out there;

1. Clickbank  : Clickbank sells digital products. Learn more about choosing a niche and growing audience here; (Pls, watch the videos and get back to me with your niche)

Choose your niche  

Grow your audience

2. Another one is VJZoo

It’s easy and FREE to be a Seller or Affiliate on JVZoo!  One account allows you to be a Seller, an Affiliate or both.  JVZoo offers powerful, easy to use, industry-leading features all in one place that empowers all of our users to connect and succeed online.

3. A very good digital marketing program that also offers affiliate opportunity to earn as you learn is Legendary Marketer (I will share more about this later).

Okay! Now you have an idea of a few affiliate programs.

Let’s talk about traffic sources


Free traffic is mostly generated through social media or search engine optimization. That is generating organic traffic through optimizing your blog, content or website for search engines (as in, making your blogs, or websites visible to search engine). This way, your content can have a good standing on search engine results pages hence have traffic from the search engine directed to your site. Let’s demonstrate this, search for any keyword on Google –the optimized pages are the first few ones on the list. That means, if you blog regularly on a subject, Google will rank your blog more than thousand other blogs

Free traffic can also be generated through social media by linking your site to social media platforms and building great profiles. The people visiting and interacting with you through these profiles can then visit your site for more details or make actual purchases. Free traffic can also be generated through article and video marketing, among other strategies.

Having given you an idea of free traffic sources, a friend who I learned this strategy from joins groups on Facebook related to making money online, affiliate programs, business opportunities, etc. Sometimes he joins specific groups

You can search for and find groups by clicking on the “Groups” menu link in your Facebook account, and then use the search function in Facebook to search for the type of groups you want to explore for joining… Again, for this strategy, they could be anything related to making money online, business opportunities, working from home, affiliate marketing or opportunities like Super Affiliate Network, etc

Once he’s joined different groups, then he looks for people who are really serious about making money, but who may be frustrated or not having the results they really want yet,

How do I know these people?


On face book, someone can post an obviously fake earning evidence and you will see hundreds and hundreds of people asking “how” in the comment box.

Then, he just sends a Friend request to those people (as many as you can, I will suggest like 10-15 per time). After the person accepts the Friend request, he starts a chat conversation with them using Facebook’s live chat too. Now this is the trick, remember, your system is working, which means you are confident about it. Great! this works if you are working with affiliate referrals like Legendary marketer, start a good conversation about the group issues (like, when the person joins, if he/she has made money in his business, ask if the fake evidence coukld be real, point to why you think its fake, ask what business the fellow does, provide value by asking questions about how the person can make more money, ask if they have heard about the business you wanna introduce, If a “no” then, share your own business and obviously with your link).

Another strategy is by having a blogpage that has your entire affiliate banners (I use this site ( This site has 5 affiliate programs. Talk to me onb how to have a website like this, IT’S A FREE SET UP. (of course, you will pay for domain name but the set up is 100% FREE

That takes us to another strategy. By promoting a free product/website, chances are that people are gonna click on your affiliate banners. By blogging like I am doing and making reference to this site in your texts, people are gonna click it.

Now, If you already have few sales to develop a sale structure as discussed previously, you can post on groups about how you have 5 streams of income via one door, one website on FREE SET-UP

You can use this website on your social media profiles.

Let’s dig more, go to and search for related blogs or YouTube videos (like affiliate marketing blogs, look for updated ones with lots of comment, first read the blog post  or watch the video to understand the content, write your own comment, add value to the post and diplomatically make reference to your website. You might need to devise a means to share your website something, like, www.wage2wealth. com, wage2wealthdotcom. Whoever clicks it might wanna correct it on his/her browser. This is important because YouTube does not allow sharing links).  You can also shorten your url using tinyurl. Remember, my ultimate goal is have people visit my webiste.

One  more way to also get free traffic is by joining a non-related group to online money making on Facebook. This might be a group you are passionate about (like your professional/other business group) and all you have to do is to add value to members and make more friends so you will eventually talk to them about your business. See sample below, I belong to a group on facebook and I just commented on a post only to receive bunch of connection request.


So, not to take much of your time, you can chat me up directly via whatsapp of the niche you have chosen and how you want  to develop your free traffic strategy. I will be taken extra time to guilde people on the specific affiliate program they chose to join and that is where we are gonna heavily use some of these hacks. Write me about your niche and we can start discussing how to sign  up, how to invest and their payment system.

Remember our next modules

Module 5

Social media profiling, blogpage and website optimizations.

Module 6

Story sells: Members interaction and storytelling via Skype possibly.

Module 7

Sharing business ideas

Kindly share your thoughts and ideas in the comment tab below or via the Whatsapp group and If you read this article through a friend, U can join the group using the link


PAUL OJO (CEO, Wage2Wealth, Founder, WhatNextMentors)




Are You a Procrastinator? These 5 Research-Backed Tips Could Change That

“Procrastination is a serious issue. And, if you’re like me, a daily struggle.

It makes you poorer, unhealthier, and unhappier. It shoots stress levels through the roof. It causes companies to lose valuable income and the gross national product of nations suffer. Professor Piers Steel says “the U.S. gross national product would probably rise by $50 billion if the icon and sound that notifies people of new e-mail suddenly disappears.”

I wouldn’t disagree.

As an associate professor of industrial psychology at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, Steel conducted a 10-year research project on this phenomenon. He reported his findings in the American Psychological Association journal.

He says the amount of chronic procrastinators in the US has risen to 26 percent. Comparatively, it was just five percent in 1978. He made this observation in 2007, so one can only guess where that number is today.

What, then, is responsible for the rise? TVs in every room, online videos, web browsing, social media networking, cell phones, video games, iPods, iPhones, you name it.

Even though procrastination existed long before scientific advancements, technology has really done us in.

And the workplace is not spared as e-mail, the Internet and games are just a click away, making procrastination as easy as pie.

So, what can be done? How can we overcome the habit of putting things off until much later? Scientific research has uncovered the following solutions:

1. Make a commitment contract.

This basically requires that you pre-commit to your goals and set a costly deadline.

Let’s say that you want to create a new sales process in your organization. You go ahead and inform your colleagues of your plan and tell them exactly when you want to execute. You then set a punishment for not meeting the deadline.

A study by Ariely Dan (Professor of Behavioral Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Wertenbroch Klaus (Professor of Marketing at INSEAD) backs this up. It says setting self-imposed deadlines improve task performance.

This reminds me of StickK, the app that promises to help you achieve life, business, health, and career goals. Created by behavioral economists at Yale University, the free goal-setting platform influences behavior change through loss aversion and accountability. It requires that people sign contracts: if they fail in their goals, it costs them money.

2. Set macro goals and micro quotas.

This simply means you should set audacious goals and come up with tiny steps to achieving them.

Steel says self-knowledge is required to make this work. “Self-knowledge,” he says, “might include knowing that the goal is large and then breaking it down into easier, step-by-step tasks in order to succeed.”

Most writers, myself included, talk about committing to a daily quota. Entrepreneur and author, Nathan Barry writes 1,000 words every day, and best-selling author, Jeff Goins wakes up to write at 5am daily.

This is a habit that can perhaps be adopted across the board in the workplace. It sets expectations (for both employer and employee), it provides a stable working rhythm, instills discipline, and gives a workable roadmap for achieving organizational goals. 

3. Always hit the ground running.

In Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Mason Currey profiles the daily rituals and habits of 161 artists (ranging from comedians to filmmakers).

113 out of the group got to work within two hours of waking. They worked first thing in the morning while the late-rising ones began work as one of their first activities of the day (whether in the afternoon or night). This, obviously, helps to avoid paralysis by analysis.

It is worth considering as Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. has revealed that our willpower and energy dissipates as the day wears on.

4. Regulate your mood and emotions.

In a ground-breaking research, published in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality in 2000, Timothy A Pychyl, Ph.D. pointed out the important role the human mood and emotions can play in procrastination. He says procrastination is not just a time-management problem.

“Emotional regulation, to me, is the real story around procrastination, because to the extent that I can deal with my emotions, I can stay on task,” says Pychyl, a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada).

Even though we live in a society considered impulsive, Pychyl believes we can attain emotional control to beat procrastination.

Whatever solution you decide to go with, it’s obvious that putting off until tomorrow what you can do today is costlier than you care to admit.

What tricks do you use to stay on task? Please share in the comments below. ”