Increasing my acceptance chances

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SOUKRAT
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Hi and happy new year to all of you

I am currently working as a junior mechanical engineer since March 2019 and I want to pursue a master degree after having 2-3 years of work experience, I would like to prepare my self from now to increase my acceptance since I would like to study abroad.

I know what program will apply to, what subjects I will study what are the admission tests needed ( TOEFL -may be GRE).
the program which is different than my job role and responsibilities will be something related to energy conversion/turbomachinery.

my question is how to use my time from now appropriately to increase my acceptance?
I was thinking about different activities but I do not know the best one, please consider those activities but not limited to them:

1- to start studying the first courses of grad school as a self-study and reading some papers related to the topic of study
2- to review and catch what I missed out in the undergraduate subjects.
3- to start studying for the admission tests ( TOEFL and so on ) from now.

Thanks to you in advance.
 

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Choppy
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For what it's worth there is a difference between increasing the probability of admission into a graduate program and increasing your ability to do well once you're in. It's not that the two aren't correlated, but self-study of prior undergraduate work or reading up on graduate coursework are in and of themselves, unlikely to influence your probability of admission. They will certainly help you once you're in. The problem, in terms of ranking candidates, is that there is no way to objectively use that (self-study) to stratify you against other candidates.

I can't speak with too much authority on what engineering master's programs typically look for, but certainly high marks on admissions exams will help you. You might try contacting the programs that you're interested in and seeing what they typically look for in the students they admit.
 
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SOUKRAT
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I am thankful to you for explaining to me the difference between increasing the probability of getting in and increasing the efficiency when I get in.
 

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