Articles tagged with College Essays

4 Reasons to Start Your College Essay This Week

4 Reasons to Start Your College Essay This Week

When it comes to writing your college essay, it can be tempting to fall into the trap of procrastination. It’s easy to push essay composition to the back of your mind—until, before you know it, your time is running out. As the fall semester quickly approaches, there’s no better time to begin your essay than this week. Reasons to start your college essay this week include maximizing your free time, allowing for a lengthened feedback window, and preventing future stress. College admissions deadlines will approach quickly—don’t let them sneak up on you. Keep reading to learn four reasons to start your college essay ... Read More About 4 Reasons to Start Your College Essay This Week

Intangibles are the New Perfect SAT Score

Intangibles are the New Perfect SAT Score

The following is a guest post written by Application Authority, a college application branding company that helps students differentiate themselves from thousands of other applicants. A perfect SAT score has been considered the Holy Grail of college admissions for years. And for good reason—the SAT and the ACT have been used for decades by schools to predict candidates’ potential for higher education success independent of other accomplishments. But if you have been losing sleep over achieving the ideal 1600 or 36-point score, we suggest you get some rest and consider changing your focus. These tests are flawed The ACT and the S ... Read More About Intangibles are the New Perfect SAT Score

4 Ways to Find Application Essay Writing Inspiration

4 Ways to Find Application Essay Writing Inspiration

The following is a guest post written by Anna Carapellotti of Admissionado, a premier college admissions consulting company focused on helping students get into their dream schools. Summer is almost over, and though you probably had good intentions, maybe you’re not as far along on your college essays as you had hoped. Chances are, you’re not alone. It’s easy to spend days, or weeks even, staring at the blank page (i.e. computer screen). With just a few weeks of summer vacation left (for some of you, anyway!), we decided to put together a few tips to help you find application writing inspiration before the school year ramps ... Read More About 4 Ways to Find Application Essay Writing Inspiration

Ask an Admissions Expert: Drusilla Dee Blackman

Ask an Admissions Expert: Drusilla Dee Blackman

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Drusilla Dee Blackman has had a long and varied career in the field of college admissions. She is the former Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid for Columbia University, as well as the former Dean of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard University’s School of Arts and Sciences. She has a B.S. from Brown University and an M.A. in psychology from Yale. She is the founder of The Ivy Dean. How far ahead of time should a student begin working on his or her college application? Dee: It is never too early to beg ... Read More About Ask an Admissions Expert: Drusilla Dee Blackman

Which Style Guide Should I Use?

Which Style Guide Should I Use?

Whether you’re submitting your first essay for publication in an academic journal or facing the discriminating red pen of your professor, it is important to know which style guide to follow when writing. Consistency and attention to detail is the name of the game. While there are dozens of specialized style guides available, here is an introduction to three of the most commonly used style guides in academia and professional works. If your class is in the social sciences, use American Psychological Association (APA) Style Follow APA guidelines if your field of study falls within the disciplines of psychology, education, or other social ... Read More About Which Style Guide Should I Use?

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