I applied late in the graduate admissions process, so I didn't want to spend too much money. If you want to save costs, get the best bargain books. They provide step-by-step information on how to write personal statements, contact professors for letters of recommendation, and much more.
I would recommend the following books below:
- Get Into Graduate School: A Strategic Approach for Master's and Doctoral Candidates
- Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.
- Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type
- Pass Key to the GRE Test (Barron's Pass Key to the GRE)
I also like personality assessment tests. These tools reveal several potential careers that best fit your values. You can use the results to search graduate and professional programs. They only serve as guides; you must pick which field truly matches your interests.