Articles tagged with College Essays

How To Use The Holidays To Work On College Applications

How To Use The Holidays To Work On College Applications

While others are stuffing their mouths with food and watching football, you can schedule some time to work on your college applications.  Spending time during the holidays to make progress on your applications will give you a significant advantage in the spring.  You will be much less rushed and avoid the "last minute crunch" many applicants face. Below are some tips for working on your applications during the holidays, adapted from this New York Times article: 1. Plan, plan, plan If you know where you're trying to go, you're much more likely to get there.  Set specific goals for your applications that you want to accomplish ... Read More About How To Use The Holidays To Work On College Applications

How To Improve Your Writing Skills

How To Improve Your Writing Skills

Writing is one of the more interesting subjects to teach, it may not be the most difficult, but it is definitely different than teaching math or science. William G. Tierney and Stefani R. Relles, two professors, guest wrote an article in the Washington Post about teaching writing. Their main point is that teachers spend too much time addressing bad writing and not nearly enough time helping students improve. They see writing as a product and not a process, and that is the root of the problem. Together, they have created a program that seeks to effectively teach writing to college-bound students who have struggled with the subject. Most of t ... Read More About How To Improve Your Writing Skills

How To Apply To College With A Smartphone

How To Apply To College With A Smartphone

Applying to college is one of the most tedious processes any student will go through. So, to make it easier, the Common Application was created to be one standard application that works for a number of colleges. But, students still have to change their application or provide additional materials for most of the colleges that accept it. About 70% of schools require information beyond the application’s standard materials. The Common Application still saves high school students a tremendous amount of time, and it has become their saving grace from application tedium. And now, the Common Application has announced that it is making its pro ... Read More About How To Apply To College With A Smartphone

How To Avoid College Admissions Red Flags

How To Avoid College Admissions Red Flags

Imagine being a college admissions officer, and your job is to say no to 75 percent of the applications you see. You’re supposed to decline students, and when you accept students or give your approval, you must have a very good reason. When you decline a student, there are no questions asked. So, admissions officers’ jobs are easier when they decline students, and some are just looking for reasons to decline you. If you claim to volunteer for 100 hours of community service every week or your application is full of typos, you’re probably not going to make it to the next round. Avoid these following pitfalls to improve your ap ... Read More About How To Avoid College Admissions Red Flags

How Students Can Become National Bloggers

How Students Can Become National Bloggers

How cool would it be if you could start your college application essay with: “I’m a nationally published writer”? That is possible, and it would definitely wake up whoever is reading your application essay. The Huffington Post and the Patch (a network of over 800 hyper-local news sites), both owned by AOL, are currently recruiting bloggers (age minimum is 13). Right now, you can easily become a blogger and actually publish articles on the Patch’s website, which is read primarily by local audiences. The content provider has about 800 full-time writers, and it has asked all of them to recruit at least 10 writers each f ... Read More About How Students Can Become National Bloggers