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Product Details

  • Series: Ultimate Grad School Survival Guide
  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Peterson's; 1st edition (September 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560795808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560795803
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Despite its pleasant tone and occasional bits of helpful information, this book is far too basic to be of much use to anyone. It tries to cover an incredible amount of territory -- Finding the Right University (Ch. 1) all the way to Your Thesis/Dissertation (Ch. 8) and Getting a Job (Ch. 10) -- in barely 200 pages. Simple is not better in this case. Anyone above a college sophomore should read Robert Peters' "Getting What You Came For" instead.
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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Gregory McMahan VINE VOICE on April 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Spanish have a colorful saying, `Antes de te cases, mira lo que haces', which literally means- before getting married, look at what you are doing. Figuratively speaking, this expression is a Latin version of our own cautionary admonition- look before you leap.
Ms. Mitchell's The Ultimate Graduate School Survival Guide offers thoughtful advice to those motivated students interested in critically evaluating the decision to pursue and attain an advanced degree. The book is excellent and extremely valuable because it forces the prospective grad student to focus on the most important things before, during and after taking the grad school plunge. The book elaborates on the right way and the wrong way to approach prospective schools, choose which school to attend, play the graduate school game, and navigate the treacherous, shark-infested waters of academe. It also offers useful, practical advice on grant and proposal writing, publications, and time management. Additionally, the author has included a bibliography full of useful books to help grad students achieve their degree goals.
Many students do not realize that by deciding to attend graduate school, they often lose control over their own fate, as your advisers dictate both your course of study and the possible career choices in academe and the professional workplace- long after you have left the ivory tower. Although I balk at the book's wholehearted endorsement of conformity to the prevailing regime and using sycophancy at every opportunity in the face of tyrannical faculty, this book provides the real deal, the inside story on the realities of graduate training. The book covers everything important, and tries to provide helpful hints and suggestions geared to successful navigation of the capricious politics in the ivory tower.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1997
Format: Paperback
Disclaimer: I am the author's husband (they don't have a separate comments option for us--but be advised I have a vested interest here.)

The point of this book is to help you be a more successful grad student in the arts and sciences.

Being a grad student is not like a regular job: no one gives you a list of what's expected of you and what you can do to attain your goals. Instead, you have to figure it out along the way, learning little bits from your professors, other students and your own mistakes.

This book shortcuts that process. Most of the information in the book comes from the real-world, first-hand experiences of hundreds of regular grad students (including Lesli). Lesli combined their horror stories and success tips with advice from experts in financial aid, publishing, admin, etc. to create a pretty clear picture of what separates the successful grad students from the not-so- successful ones.

The book distills all this experience to help you understand the processes and issues at the very beginning. You'll be able to identify your goals, create a plan to reach them, get started early and avoid costly mistakes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2000
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I got this book when I was a senior in college and thinking about grad school. I didn't know what to expect and the book offered a great overview. I really liked the quotes from other grad students, too. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who's trying to make a decision about grad school and wants the inside track.
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