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I have finally reviewed Paul's book, Great Application Essays for Business School and it is by far the best I have seen so far out there. Fantastic!!!

I have moved Montauk's book to the end of the list :)

(Funny story, I was reading it on a LAX - SEA flight and ended up meeting a guy in his 50's. He turned out to be a Partner at Deloitte and his son was applying to HBS this year. This book was the conversation starter - small and funny world. Very interesting and smart guy. He went to non-Ivy school for undergrad and his MBA, and it is interesting that he really wanted his son to go to a top school. (Undergrad was Wharton). We talked for 1.5 hours about everything until the point when both of us had to pull out laptops and start catching up on email.
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Just ordered Bodine's book! Thanks for the review.
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Just ordered Bodine's book! Thanks for the review.



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Have you ever read "Perfect Phrases for Business School Acceptance" by Bodine?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/007159 ... 0071598200

Is it good?
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Have you ever read "Perfect Phrases for Business School Acceptance" by Bodine?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/007159 ... 0071598200

Is it good?


I've had it for a few months now but I have not read/reviewed it. :oops: (not home this weekend, so can't do it)
If you are interested in using the book and would not mind posting a review, I can ship you a copy, just PM your shipping address...
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Have you ever read "Perfect Phrases for Business School Acceptance" by Bodine?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/007159 ... 0071598200

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I've had it for a few months now but I have not read/reviewed it. :oops: (not home this weekend, so can't do it)
If you are interested in using the book and would not mind posting a review, I can ship you a copy, just PM your shipping address...

I don't think I'm qualified to give a review because I'm still in the process of getting into an MBA school. I don't know what advice in what books are good.

I did skim through it a little bit in the bookstore and I found it to be good. It kinda give you an idea of how the sentences are written, assuming those are real sentences used in accepted applicant essays.

I don't think there's a lot of book that talks about actual sentences like this out there so I don't know if it's actually positive or negative to read something to this detail.
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New post 06 Sep 2010, 03:21
I'm reading "Your MBA Game Plan" at the moment, and am about half way through. It gives some pretty nice detailed advice. However, the section about the GMAT is extremely biased and inaccurate at parts (I'm better at picking out mistakes concerning the GMAT because I have more expertise in this area) making me question the validity of the advice they give in other areas.
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I found Avi Gordon’s MBA Admissions Strategy to be very useful. It clearly explains the need to have a theme/message underlying all aspects of your application, and it categorises the pool of possible essay titles well. Good emphasis was also put on the planning process which helps you understand your own profile and makes essay writing much smoother. I guess none of that is groundbreaking, but I liked his style nonetheless. Without it, my app would have been a mish mash of unrelated anecdotes.


hmm...just clicked on the Amazon link and something is fishy with the reviews. Does anyone else have a review of this book?
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I found Avi Gordon’s MBA Admissions Strategy to be very useful. It clearly explains the need to have a theme/message underlying all aspects of your application, and it categorises the pool of possible essay titles well. Good emphasis was also put on the planning process which helps you understand your own profile and makes essay writing much smoother. I guess none of that is groundbreaking, but I liked his style nonetheless. Without it, my app would have been a mish mash of unrelated anecdotes.


hmm...just clicked on the Amazon link and something is fishy with the reviews. Does anyone else have a review of this book?



I have the book and actually spent about 2-3 hrs reading/browsing through it. I usually like to go through a book twice before I publish my comments, since sometimes I get the wrong impression the first time, but here are my thoughts after the first go. It definitely has some interesting sections/insights. The 19 reviews flawless 5 out of 5 stars are a bit on the positive side but I don't think they are too far off:

Consists of 4 parts:
1. Admissions strategy (approx 45 pages)
2. Profile building tools and techniques (approx approx 30 pages)
3. Essays reviewed and recommendations given for each question type (why mba, why now, how will this program help you, how to tie all of them together, approx 50 pages)
4. Writing and style guide (grammar, style, etc) (approx 35 pages)

The Good & Valuable:
1. Overview of the reward system of AdCom's (what are their key drivers)
2. Applicant Attributes that satisfy/excite/appeal to AdComs
3. Some of the diagrams that show how to overlay the multiple dimensions/attributes/rewards/etc

* Section for international applicants
* Section about the fit
* Section on what happens after the application is submitted
* Suggestions to either pursue a theme application (everything hindges on one theme) or a Profile build-up essay (you build up your profile essay by essay)
* Some good writing tips (useful for some)

Some Food for Thought:
- I felt it was a bit too technical and tried to categorize everything. For example, the whole book is built on lists: 4 attribute dimensions, 22 applicant attributes AdComs are looking for, reward system for admissions officer, etc and this is only in the first 15 pages of the book

- 10 Question archetypes: (it is a list again :) ) the book attempts to give a mini-strategy for each question type and how to address them. It is a bit simplistic but not bad at all. The book does not just leave you there, however, it shows you how to tie it all together and write a coherent story (emphasize 2 of the 22 attributes in one, 3 in the other, etc to paint a complete picture)

I did not find the bio of Mr. Gordon in the book and not sure about his background, but the book felt a bit as though written by an engineer or a person with a technical background who tried to define/categorize/simplify every element of MBA admissions. I think there is quite a bit of value in that yet at the same time it may feel that the author has gone a bit too far in creating a step-by-step manual of admissions essay writing. If you are confused by other books - this may be the exact thing you need.

I would be curious if anyone else had any feedback. As I said, I went through the book only once so far.
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Hi bb.
There is a newer edition of "Great Applications for Business School"
Check this out: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/007174 ... 0071746552

[Out Of Topic] Anyway.. I'm still confused, should I get into MBA school or not? Would you like to give me some advice on my 1st thread? Any thoughts will be highly appreciated!

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Hi bb.
There is a newer edition of "Great Applications for Business School"
Check this out: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/007174 ... 0071746552

[Out Of Topic] Anyway.. I'm still confused, should I get into MBA school or not? Would you like to give me some advice on my 1st thread? Any thoughts will be highly appreciated!

Thanks,
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By the way, Paul Bodine's Great Applications for Business School Book just came out - I got one of the first copies from Amazon. Will review soon.
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Paul Bodine's "Perfect Phrases" book is also excellent, and it has helped me the most. It shows you structure and what to address. The organization of the book is top-notch. Each of the typical essays is broken down into its parts (intro, why mba1, why us, why now, etc), and commentary/numerous examples are provided for each section.

Honorable mention is Alex Chu's book...solid advice which covers everything from application strategy to post-mba careers. It is from a point of hindsight. It covers what you would figure out 10 years after getting your MBA.

Richard Montuak(sp?) is ok and a good starting point. It is outdated though.
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Just finished going through Paul Bodine's 2nd edition of Great Applications for Business Schools and the new edition is even better than the first one!

it includes 22 new essays (fresh), plus updated figures and stats, new essay questions, and also a section on Waitlisting (how to get out of it that is) and Interviewing. The WL covers the WL strategy and also provides a case study following 2 applicants (Ross and Booth).

The whole book has been updated and still is the best out there.
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I think the sample essays can actually harm your application. Once you read a successful essay there is a certain urge to just do the same thing. But you do not have the whole story and maybe they got in in spite of something written in an essay, not because of it. I find the books that are just full of essays distracting and know that they can be misleading. If you use them, use with caution.
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I just completed my GMAT journed and, while preparing for TOEFL, also doing school research.

I found Alex Chu's book 'MBA Field Guide' to be very practical and useful, indeed the field guide to the school selection and application and !Important! after graduation process.

The books comes as PDF, which is another plus for crazy travellers like me (I simply cannot afford travelling with 10 kg of paper books or printed materials)
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2 cents about Avi Gordon's 'MBA admission strategy' book
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- excellent overview of the admission process
- it's important he starts with description of tools and techniques to extract your own stories, goals, value, failures etc - all the valuable material needed for high-quality essays
- great breakdown of typical essay questions, their true meaning and traps

CON
- too few practical examples! Sometimes it's hard to understand what Avi means or how to implement his idea in practice
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Well, since this thread is not particularly about books dealing with MBA applications, I wanted to know if anyone has had a chance to go through the book titled "Case Studies and Cocktails" by Carrie Shuchart and Chris Ryan? I got a reference for this book from the recently held webinar (on GC) which was hosted by the authors...

Although the amazon reviews are decent, just wanted to cross-check if anyone on GC has any feedback on this particular book...
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Well, since this thread is not particularly about books dealing with MBA applications, I wanted to know if anyone has had a chance to go through the book titled "Case Studies and Cocktails" by Carrie Shuchart and Chris Ryan? I got a reference for this book from the recently held webinar (on GC) which was hosted by the authors...

Although the amazon reviews are decent, just wanted to cross-check if anyone on GC has any feedback on this particular book...



See my review on Amazon - I think it is a steal for the price!
http://www.amazon.com/review/R2Z7BIXW54 ... ive=390957
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