lovefash67

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Can anyone recommend personal statement editing services that can review my personal statement?
 

PsychScience

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Can anyone recommend personal statement editing services that can review my personal statement?
I used 3 sources (1) my undergrad mentor, (2) a close friend who happened to also be a writing consultant, and (3) another friend who had been admitted to a clinical psych PhD program in the year prior.

I've also heard of people using their university career center/or writing center.

I've heard good things about http://www.psychologyprep.com/
I find it a little sketchy that they don't actually list the individuals who provide the service? Seems like something you would want to be upfront about?
 

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I used 3 sources (1) my undergrad mentor, (2) a close friend who happened to also be a writing consultant, and (3) another friend who had been admitted to a clinical psych PhD program in the year prior.

I've also heard of people using their university career center/or writing center.

I find it a little sketchy that they don't actually list the individuals who provide the service? Seems like something you would want to be upfront about?
I'm sure we have all used our personal connections to help us prepare. The challenges of using the sources you listed are that they are people who are doing you a favor. Meaning that at some point, you can't really keep asking them for more help.

And I'm a little baffled why you would think not providing names is sketchy. The website says that you get your first consultation free of charge. If you don't like the individual providing the service, move along. Nothing lost, with something potentially meaningful gained.
On this note, I was curious to see what other companies do. Like if you are studying for your EPPP. AATBS offers "Expert Phone Consultation" to help EPPP prep (http://www.aatbs.com/materialinfo.asp?license=1&lcnum=1&id=46). No names are listed. Academic Review offers their most popular 4 day review package, and no instructor names are listed. https://www.academicreview.com/Psychology/Training-Events
 

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I'm sure we have all used our personal connections to help us prepare. The challenges of using the sources you listed are that they are people who are doing you a favor. Meaning that at some point, you can't really keep asking them for more help.

And I'm a little baffled why you would think not providing names is sketchy. The website says that you get your first consultation free of charge. If you don't like the individual providing the service, move along. Nothing lost, with something potentially meaningful gained.
On this note, I was curious to see what other companies do. Like if you are studying for your EPPP. AATBS offers "Expert Phone Consultation" to help EPPP prep (http://www.aatbs.com/materialinfo.asp?license=1&lcnum=1&id=46). No names are listed. Academic Review offers their most popular 4 day review package, and no instructor names are listed. https://www.academicreview.com/Psychology/Training-Events
When I applied, everyone who wrote me letters asked for my ps. Without solicitation, they all provided edits and feedback on it. Use a service if you want, but don't be afraid to ask for "favors."
 
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lovefash67

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I used 3 sources (1) my undergrad mentor, (2) a close friend who happened to also be a writing consultant, and (3) another friend who had been admitted to a clinical psych PhD program in the year prior.

I've also heard of people using their university career center/or writing center.



I find it a little sketchy that they don't actually list the individuals who provide the service? Seems like something you would want to be upfront about?
For me my friends are not in the psychology world or english/writing. I will probably ask the doctors that I do research for to look at it. I am also interested in talking to Brian there is a lot of people on this sight that mention his name
 

PsychScience

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I'm sure we have all used our personal connections to help us prepare. The challenges of using the sources you listed are that they are people who are doing you a favor. Meaning that at some point, you can't really keep asking them for more help.

And I'm a little baffled why you would think not providing names is sketchy. The website says that you get your first consultation free of charge. If you don't like the individual providing the service, move along. Nothing lost, with something potentially meaningful gained.
On this note, I was curious to see what other companies do. Like if you are studying for your EPPP. AATBS offers "Expert Phone Consultation" to help EPPP prep (http://www.aatbs.com/materialinfo.asp?license=1&lcnum=1&id=46). No names are listed. Academic Review offers their most popular 4 day review package, and no instructor names are listed. https://www.academicreview.com/Psychology/Training-Events

The companies that you listed help you prepare for the exam, which is slightly different than finding someone who helps you personally prepare your application to a professional school program. When hiring a consulting company to help with your application, you are hiring the individual who is doing the job. It just seems strange to me that you would not list your staff along with their credentials. Even if you look at another test company who offers application consultation for medical school, they still list their credentials (https://www.kaptest.com/mcat/medical-school/medical-school-admissions-consulting-packages). A quick google search of graduate school consultation services also pulls up individual consultants, who again, list their credentials.

I'm not knocking the company- or the quality of their work. I honestly don't know enough about it to evaluate it one way or another. That's why I would think it would be in the company's best interest to provide information, and as I stated, be up front about it. I think that would be how you get initial "buy in" that you are reputable and provide a worthwhile service. As you said, you can call, and if you don't like the service, move along, but I think providing complete and thorough information would benefit both parties and save everyone a little time.

For me my friends are not in the psychology world or english/writing. I will probably ask the doctors that I do research for to look at it. I am also interested in talking to Brian there is a lot of people on this sight that mention his name
I recognize that I actually was quite lucky to have friends who could be of assistance to me in the process. Definitely ask the doctors you do research with, or other people who served as a mentor. I'm not opposed to using an external service, but as someone mentioned above, don't be afraid to ask for favors from the people you know. Remember, if they are writing your letter of reference or have served as your mentor in the past they have already invested time into helping you be successful. A consultation service can be useful, but can also be a financial burden for some, so don't be afraid to tap into the resources you already have available to you.

I am not sure who Brian is, but I don't spend much time consistently on here; I typically peek-in and comment in bursts. So maybe he or someone who knows who he is can jump in.

Best of luck to you!