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Product Details

  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Proto Press Publications (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968217346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968217344
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graduate school application can be a foreboding task. Many undergraduate students are unfamiliar with the review procedures and selection criteria that are used by the various graduate schools. Consequently, students often fail to present their applications in a manner that will make them most attractive to their chosen school. It is imperative that applicants prepare themselves by becoming familiar with the requirements and expectations of their chosen school. This is a task that students should undertake as early in their undergraduate career as possible.

In order to avoid the frustration of rejection, any undergraduate applicant should do three things: 1) Consult with an Academic Advisor at the undergraduate institution (as early as possible). 2) Find out as much as possible about the available graduate programs in your chosen field of study, and consult with potential graduate supervisors in the appropriate graduate schools. 3) Read "Graduate School : Winning Strategies for Getting in With or Without Excellent Grades".

This book is an excellent orientation to the process of graduate school application. Dr. Mumby provides a very clear and easy-to-read analysis of what you should know when you select a program, how you should prepare an application for that program, and how you should follow up that application in an appropriate and timely fashion. This book will make the application process less daunting, and will help students overcome some of the pitfalls that may otherwise handicap their application. Dr. Mumby also makes some specific recommendations that will enhance students' applications. These suggestions range from finer points of style, to major tasks such as involvement in graduate-style academic activities at the undergraduate level. The book is a must-read for anyone considering application to graduate school. Undergraduate Advisors will also find that it is a useful tool in their academic advising activities with prospective graduate students.
--Darragh P. Devine, Ph.D. University of Florida

I have read the excerpts... The parts I read have a lot of very useful information in it that will help prospective students understand the process. This is a good thing, that will indirectly also help supervisors looking for students
--Norman White, Ph.D. McGill University

This book made a significant contribution in helping me maximize the impact of each of the components required toward creating an effective application package. Mumby s writing style is very personable, easy to understand and offers a thorough account of the practical steps needed to convey your unique qualifications in the best possible light, thus creating a more favorable impact on a schools selection committee. As a member of such admissions committees himself, Mumby offers invaluable insights concerning what they are looking for when assessing a students application.

The sections of the book I most benefited from were on how to go about obtaining quality letters of recommendation, the importance of cultivating pre-application contact with prospective supervisors, and writing a personal statement that stands out from the crowd. What was also especially useful was a step-by-step timetable plan that gives you the big picture of what needs to be done and by when. I d often refer back to it to make sure I wasn t forgetting some of the crucial details the book recommends.

Following this books suggestions means in some cases doing prep work way in advance of application time, but if you read the book early enough you ll be well prepared to do those things that can make a huge difference in the depth, scope and quality of your presenting materials. In my experience, implementing this books recommendations required a substantial amount of effort and time, but with so much riding on the outcome, I found it well worth the extra care taken.

If you desire to create a presentation that sets you apart from the typical applicant, thereby greatly improving your chances of getting accepted into grad school, then I most heartily recommend this book.
--Lorne Ouellet, MA, Counselling, McGill University

About the Author

Dave G. Mumby, Ph.D. obtained his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University and a member of the Center for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology (CSBN) Dr. Mumby supervises graduate students and has served on graduate admissions committees at Concordia University. He is also an academic advisor for the Psychology Department and holds frequent workshops on graduate school and the application process. Dr. Mumby s research area includes the functional neuroanatomy of memory systems, and cognitive impairments in a rat model of transient global cerebral ischemia.

More About the Author

I supervise graduate students and serve on graduate admissions committees at Concordia University in Montreal, Qc. I also am an academic advisor for the Psychology Department and hold frequent workshops on graduate school and the application process. Something that I hate having to do as part of my job is denying certain students entrance into our graduate programs. Many wishful applicants are rejected each year. I often consider that many of these rejected students are probably well-suited for graduate school but may never find out because their applications were unable to convince me that they truly have what it takes. I feel sorry for these students, but there is nothing I can do about their inability to sell themselves.

Occasionally, one comes across applicants who do an exceptional job of demonstrating that they possess attributes necessary for success in graduate school and in a related career afterwards. Those are the applicants who are accepted. You should be one of those applicants, and there is no reason why you can't be if you are willing to make appropriate use of the information and advice in this book.

Whether you are in your freshman or senior year, the time to begin planning for your graduate-school application is now. Don't wait until you are in your final semester of your senior year to begin taking the steps outlined in this book. Some of the recommended steps take a good deal of time to implement. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to improve your chances of getting into graduate school. Conversely, the sooner you begin, the easier it will be. But don't panic if you discover that you do not have enough time to take advantage of all of the strategies described in this book. There are a great many things that you can do "at the last minute" to improve your chances.

If you have weak grades and no notable and relevant accomplishments, then you might decide after reading this book that you don't have a realistic chance of getting into graduate school this year no matter what you do. Consider it a blessing that you figured this out before you wasted your time and money, and experienced much anguish. If you are serious about getting into graduate school, then you have plenty of time to take advantage of the advice in this book and prepare for application next year.

For more information on applying to graduate school and advice from me and other experts, I strongly recommend that you check out this web site: http://MyGraduateSchool.com



Customer Reviews

I felt like I wasted my money purchasing this book.
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This book, while very helpful and packed with information is mostly for the undergraduate interested in pursuing an advanced degree.
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You can increase your admission chance through this book.
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous Frugal Consumer on August 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I felt like I wasted my money purchasing this book. In general, it was mostly just common sense for anyone who is really serious about applying to graduate school - ie talk to professors, talk to grad students, research the programs you are interested in. Basically, it said that if you do not have excellent grades, you need to have other areas of strength. Obviously.

I did find some parts of the book to be quite humorous. It was published in 1997 and talked about using the internet to research schools as a novelty. It just shows that the internet is in use much more than it was when the book was published.

Additionally, the book was too long (and too expensive for its quantity and quality). The information could have been summarized in 20 pages max.

I really wish I had not purchased this book, but at least Amazon allowed me to return it and get my money back.

If you are looking for a book about applying to graduate school, I suggest looking elsewhere.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2004
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If you're someone who doesn't have the prescribed 3.25 or above, someone who is just eeking by the minimum requirements for most grad. schools, than this book is a must-have. For me the biggest struggle in applying was coming up with enough courage and drive to just do it without procrastinating or rationalizing that I could continue to wait or that my very average GPA made even applying not worth my time.
Sure this book has some common-sense advice but even in this advice there are at least a few tidbits/different perspectives that will have you looking at the whole process anew, feeling prepared and above all else, CONFIDENT. Good luck.
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61 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1998
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Graduate school application can be a foreboding task. Many undergraduate students are unfamiliar with the review procedures and selection criteria that are used by the various graduate schools. Consequently, students often fail to present their applications in a manner that will make them most attractive to their chosen school. It is imperative that applicants prepare themselves by becoming familiar with the requirements and expectations of their chosen school. This is a task that students should undertake as early in their undergraduate career as possible.
In order to avoid the frustration of rejection, any undergraduate applicant should do three things: 1) Consult with an Academic Advisor at the undergraduate institution (as early as possible). 2) Find out as much as possible about the available graduate programs in your chosen field of study, and consult with potential graduate supervisors in the appropriate graduate schools. 3) Read "Graduate School : Winning Strategies for Getting in With or Without Excellent Grades".
This book is an excellent orientation to the process of graduate school application. Dr. Mumby provides a very clear and easy-to-read analysis of what you should know when you select a program, how you should prepare an application for that program, and how you should follow up that application in an appropriate and timely fashion. This book will make the application process less daunting, and will help students overcome some of the pitfalls that may otherwise handicap their application. Dr. Mumby also makes some specific recommendations that will enhance students' applications. These suggestions range from finer points of style, to major tasks such as involvement in graduate-style academic activities at the undergraduate level.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1999
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The book offers the prospective grad student a straightforward guide to the admissions process. From researching the right graduate program, preparing for standardized admissions tests (GRE, LSAT, etc.), to writing a personal statement and obtaining letters of recommendation, Dr. Mumby helps demystify the process, breaking it down into easy and well defined steps.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason Armour on January 6, 2006
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I purchased this book and a few others on the topic and this was by far the most useful. The main reason was because it not only gave countless tips on what is important and what is not, but it was the only book that actually explained WHY certain things are important. It really changed my perception of how the process of getting into graduate school works, and this was something that the other books did not do. I think the other review that says this book is all about common sense is completely off the mark. (The other reviews I can agree with). The great thing about this book is that it deals with stuff that is NOT common sense...things that most people would never guess about the way students get accepted into grad school. Unlike the other books, this one has a small format and is full of text on every page...overall, it contains more information and useful advice than most of the other books that have lots of extra junk and large margins to make the book seem bigger and like a better value. It also has a good index, and although the website list in the appendix is outdated, it still gives a good idea of what types of useful websites you can find out there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By shopping scientist on June 29, 2007
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This book was a wonderful tool during my Grad School application process. It was a quick read and provided a wide range of tips and Do's/Don't that aren't mentioned at all on free online sites or a majority of the other reference books to help your chance of getting into Grad School. There are quite a few college students who spent most of their free time drinking beer rather than coffee at the library. And, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but if being a social butterfly or a bad test-taker has prevented you from the Summa Cum Laude crowd, this book is pretty honest in letting you know which schools you have a chance of being accepted to and those that will most likely immediately reject you. Even if you do have a 4.0 and were Student Body President, this book will provide you great insider tips as well. Applying to Grad School is 100 times more complicated than the Undergraduate application process. Even if you don't buy this particular book, DO buy at least one book that offers application tips. It will prove to be a wise investment.
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