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How to Write a Winning Personal Statement 3rd ed (How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School) Paperback – July 17, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-1560798552 ISBN-10: 1560798556 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School
  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Peterson's; 3 edition (July 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560798556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560798552
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a book of records, the writer didn't say much about it.
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I have researched a lot and the othe two decent books in the market are the Montauk's book and the ABC MBA advantage book.
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Real Essays for College and Grad School by Anne McKinney is another helpful book.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Like just about everyone else that would purchase this book, I bought it to try to get a sense of what the 'personal statement' is supposed to be all about for a graduate school application. It accomplishes its goal. However, I found it very repetitive. The book is divided into three sections. Section one is simply and introduction, section two contains sample essays. Section three contains interviews of Directors of Admissions of (mainly) MBA, Law and Medical Schools, although there is also one or two from other professional graduate programs. Section Two's essays was probably the most helpful as they helped me overcome my writer's block. Section Three said the same thing over and over again -
1. Dont's send "And that's why I want to go to Harvard..." essays to Yale.
2. Spell-check and edit thoroughly for readability and grammar
3. Follow the page-limits stated
4. Personalize it, be natural, make it interesting, and don't write the same generic essay for all schools or try to give the admissions people what you think they are looking for.
5. The essays are important and are read by at least three people evaluating the applications.
As noted above, I haven't given anything away - the most useful part of the book are the sample essays that illustrate these points. As I read them, I started the process of self-examination which is what the admissions people what to see you doing in this essay. In short, it helps get your creative 'juices' flowing to overcome the writer's block that inevitably accompanies the task of writing these things. I can't compare this to other books of the same variety, but I can say that I was satisfied with this book, and can't imagine that any other book could say something this one dosen't.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book seems to be most useful for MBA program essays. It lacks information about general graduate school essays, in particular the sciences and humanities. I was a bit disappointed that it focused so intently on business, law, and medical school essays while touting to be a book for graduate school as well.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By CAVEMAN on November 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
The two stars go in honor of the questions asked early in the book, which do suggest many useful things to include in your statement. Very quickly, however, the book takes a one-way street that only the extreme cases can follow. The example essays include people who have escaped the communist regime of Cuba, been haunted by the Russian KGB, lived in a car, and an Olympic Skier. If you do have an extreme tear-jerker for the academy, buy this book--but that is the only style of essay discussed. If you happen to be among the average applicants, though, and you trying to get an edge, this may not be the right place to look. I am applying to Public Health school, and found more useful info in a book on getting into Law schools. I would suggest checking out the Degree of Difference Series over this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
After struggling many days to write some decent admission essays, I was very happy I found this book, a well-conceived, easy-to-read, first-rate guide whose usefulness explains its popularity. The author is apparently a consultant who works with graduate applicants, and he brings a very pragmatic, non-theoretical approach to his numerous on--the-mark suggestions for effectively composing these important essays. (As an MBA applicant, I was really glad Stelzer addressed some of the unique challenges of the B--school essays,) The many examples of successful essays are varied and terrific, showing us both ordinary stories interestingly told and more inherently interesting stories presented in a way that maximizes their impact. The applicants come across as very real and likab1c, rather than just clich6-sprouting, run-of-the-mill candidates. The exceptional interviews (presented cleverly in a non-Q-&-A format) with more than two dozen admissions officials --from every top school you can imagine --provide excellent insights, specifics on what these men and women are looking for and, quite wonderfully, some useful information I never saw anywhere else. The interviews also give the reader a clear sense of the intelligence of the individuals deciding who gets in. Reading their comments and the author's, and having a large batch of "winning personal statements" to examine and study, gave me the knowledge and confidence to do a good job for myself. This book really helped me understand the path I needed to follow and opened my eyes to options I otherwise wouldn't have considered.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1998
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An excellent, broad-based resource no graduate applicant should miss. While clearly useful for individuals seeking admission to law, business and medical schools (which attract the largest numbers), the book lives up to its title by also providing a wealth of valuable information for those of us applying to other types of graduate programs. Included among the excellent essays, for instance, are examples from candidates for public administration, English and American literature, science, dentistry and geology. The author's advice, and that of a multitude of admissions officials, obviously applies to all applicants and offers exceptional direction.
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