Category Archives: For Seniors

College Essay 101 – The 40/60 Essay Rule: Story Time versus Instrospection

Your college admissions essay is not story time! Too many people treat stories as the most important part of their essays. This practice earns REJECTION LETTERS. Colleges are looking for people with drive and initiative, interpersonal skills, and diversity of thought (as compared with other applicants). Telling a story or set of stories is one … Continue reading College Essay 101 – The 40/60 Essay Rule: Story Time versus Instrospection

College Essay 101 – Show, Don’t Tell: Tips on How to Demonstrate Your Qualities without Bragging

  There is a fine line between a confident, capable applicant and an arrogant, self-absorbed applicant. You may find yourself faced with the problem that many qualified students face when crafting their college application essay: how to display positive attributes without boasting. The trick to solving this problem is demonstrating rather than proclaiming (i.e. showing, … Continue reading College Essay 101 – Show, Don’t Tell: Tips on How to Demonstrate Your Qualities without Bragging

College Essay 101 – A Great Essay Body

Once you have completed a rough outline of your work and composed an introduction with a working thesis, you are ready to begin drafting the bulk of your paper: the body. This should be comprised of several paragraphs, each presenting and supporting one main idea from your thesis. Here we have summarized the best and … Continue reading College Essay 101 – A Great Essay Body

College Essay 101 – Introduction to Writing Your Introduction

The introduction is the most important part of your college admissions essay. Your reader’s first impression can either make or break your application. A college admissions officer goes through over thirty applications per day and thousands per year. Therefore, admissions officers look for any reason to discontinue reading and move on to the next application. … Continue reading College Essay 101 – Introduction to Writing Your Introduction

College Essay 101 – Getting Your Outline In Line

Writing an outline is the best way to ensure that you have a clear, structured, and well- organized essay in which key information is accessible and easy for the admissions officer to pick out. Keep in mind that the average admissions officer reads over thirty submissions per day so you will want key information to … Continue reading College Essay 101 – Getting Your Outline In Line

Early Applications – When to show ’em and when to hold ’em

Looking for a way to boost admission odds without obligating yourself to attend?  The list below details some colleges with early action admission rates that provide a bump. On the other hand, if your student is still working hard on their first semester grades and one more shot at improving their test scores and the schools on … Continue reading Early Applications – When to show ’em and when to hold ’em

Funding College–Understanding Your Options

Hang around with a group of high school parents and you’re bound to hear them discussing college. Eventually, the conversation will turn to the topic of funding college. You’ll hear worried conversations about the rising cost to attend. Some will be concerned that they might not qualify for financial aid or that they haven’t saved … Continue reading Funding College–Understanding Your Options

Get to the Point! The College Essay

What is the Point of the College Application Essay? Much of the college application is quantitative, for example, your GPA and standardized tests scores. The application essay is the college’s effort to humanize the process and to add a qualitative element to their admissions decisions. They want to know something about the applicant, as a … Continue reading Get to the Point! The College Essay

Testing, Testing 123!

We all know that standardized test scores are an important element in college admissions decisions. So what is the secret to helping your teen manage the hype and pressure that surrounds these competitive exams? Like most things in life, if you are knowledgeable and make a plan, the process will be less stressful. Let’s get … Continue reading Testing, Testing 123!

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