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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2012
I have seen several books on personal statement, but this is definitely the best. Divided by topics, it lists and explains the key points to be discussed. Instead of pre-packaged formulas, as some other book does, this one suggests examples and situations in order to stimulate the reader to reflect on his own situation and experience and to tell about it with confidence. This approach is very useful to help you writing write an original ps, which reflects your identity and experience, distinguishing from the others. The authors also indicate which university each personal statement has been written and presented to: this helps to understand what is particularly important for every medical school. I would certainly recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2010
I wasn't sure what to make of the book when I first ordered it but I've just read through the first 37 pages and it makes writing a personal statement feel like your hand is being held with comfort the entire way through the process! It lays out the expected structure and gives a wealth of examples of what would constitute as well written lines. Don't forget that the book also has over 100 personal statements which previous applicants have successfully used to get into medschool, as well as listing which universities each personal statement was successful with! Overall you couldn't possibly ask for anything more from a personal statement book for medicine. This is all you'll ever need :)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2013
Using this book to write my personal statement has been invaluable, full of advice, successful personal statements and thorough analysis of them has helped me write a personal statement good enough to help me secure an interview at Kings!!! Definitely recommend this book to all individuals (students/graduates) who are looking to apply for Medicine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2011
Very helpful both in content and layout, gives examples of past successful previous statements, bullet-points on structure, advice on content.

I recommend this to anyone applying to medical school be it in 2011, 2012 or onward, the advice is still relevant. Just keep in mind the examples are to help you develop your own unique statement, not to take ideas from the existing ones, any plagiarism will ruin your application most likely, be it intentional of subconscious.
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on 16 March 2011
I bought this book to help me with my personal statement for medical school. The vast amounts of personal statements you can read really help but can sometime mislead you as you try to write something similar to what you have read which is not the point of the personal statement. However it really helped to see the level of other applicants and the people you are competing with. I recommend buying this a year before so you have time to catch up on service work and other things to include in your personal statement and make you stand out. It helps in pointing out what to avoid when writing your personal statement as well. Despite not applying to medical school after all it helped in writing a law personal statement as well. After all medicine is probably the toughest course to apply to and making any personal statement on the same level as those seen in the book is only an advantage! Highly recommended!
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on 1 August 2014
When I sat down to write my personal statement I had on idea where to start, and the task felt unbelievably daunting. This book takes you through the entire process, in a simple step-by-step manner, which is very easy to follow. It isn't a recipe for a cookie-cutter personal statement, which would just be thrown on the pile with everyone elses - instead, it allows you to reflect on your experiences and suggests ways to include them.
It has lots of examples, which covers both undergraduate and graduate entry personal statement, and points of the best parts of each.

This book takes you from blind panic, all the way through to a finished piece, and was definitely one of the major factors in my getting in to medical school
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2010
This book describes well the approach that one should take to write a medical personal statement. And the addition of 100 sample statements from real successful applicants really give it authority. It was interesting to see how statements from candidates successful at Sheffield differed significantly from those who applied to Cambridge and, as such, it gives a good idea of the type of competition one might face when applying at different unis. This is a good book which should give a lot of people a happy ending!
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on 18 February 2014
I felt like some of the advice in this book was a bit outdated, and non-specific. It didn't really delve into detail about the PS different medical schools like. For example, a PS for Cambridge should typically be more academic, than one for somewhere like Manchester which should be a bit more about communication/empathy etc.

But the examples in this book are golden for helping you to write your own. Sometimes I'd just hit mental blocks when writing mine, but reading though some examples in here was really helpful. Don't get discouraged though! Most of the examples in here are exceptional!

This is a must-have for any medic!
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on 26 February 2011
This book was definately a big help for me when writing my personal statement. Coming from a small comprehesive school and the only one to apply to medicine in a couple of years i wasn't offered much help from teachers.

It provides information on how to set out your personal statement and how to start the daunting task. It then gives you loades of examples to read through and get ideas from about particular topics.

It obviosly helped me write a good statement aswell as i got interviews at 3/4 places i applied to.

I would definately reccomend to anyone writing a personal statement for any medical schools.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2013
This book has insightful tips and real examples towards writing an excellent and well-rounded personal statement. A keeper. Recommend to anyone that needs inspiration and a guide.
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