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5 Tips for Avoiding College Essay Writer’s Block This December

5 Tips for Avoiding College Essay Writer’s Block This December

While December is often cited as the “most wonderful time of the year,” for 12th graders staring down college application deadlines, that isn’t always the case—especially if you still have a lot of work to do on your college essays. If you’re still working hard on those essays deep into December, chances are you’ve run into some combination of writer’s block, procrastination, and just plain old thinking you have a lot more time than you really do. Whatever your reasoning, here are five tips for avoiding college essay writer’s block this December.  (10th and 11th graders, don’t close t ... Read More About 5 Tips for Avoiding College Essay Writer’s Block This December

6 Tips for Accepting and Giving Constructive Criticism

6 Tips for Accepting and Giving Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism can often feel uncomfortable, vulnerable, and even unproductive. It can seem like a roadblock to completing a project or your overall work. However, if framed correctly, constructive criticism can be one of the most helpful ways to move forward in your work, and can also be an opportunity to support your peers. When accepting constructive criticism, it’s key to be open to feedback and willing to create a plan of action based off of it. If you’re asked to give constructive criticism, it’s important to be specific—and kind—with your input and to tailor your feedback to the correct context.&nbs ... Read More About 6 Tips for Accepting and Giving Constructive Criticism

How to Write a Great College Essay

How to Write a Great College Essay

Your college admissions essay is a key component of your college application. Unlike standardized test scores and grades, your essay gives your application a more human element. The power of a well-crafted college essay is not to be discounted, so use it to let your personality and background shine through. Here’s how to write a great college essay: To write a great college essay, begin with brainstorming Before drafting any portion of your essay, commit your ideas to paper. Jot down all the topics that come to mind for a potential essay—even those that may seem a bit outlandish.  Next, let some time pass (at least 24 hours ... Read More About How to Write a Great College Essay

3 Easy (and Educational) Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

3 Easy (and Educational) Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

The Thanksgiving holiday provides a special opportunity to encourage student reflection on all the things they’re thankful for, and craft projects are an excellent medium for children to make the most of this season. There are many easy—yet educational—Thanksgiving crafts for kids, including composing thankfulness poems, creating menus for a Thanksgiving meal, and designing gratitude cards. Keep reading to learn three easy (and educational) Thanksgiving crafts for kids. 1. Write a thankfulness poem Ask your child to write and illustrate a thankfulness poem, detailing what they’re grateful for this Thanksgiving. This T ... Read More About 3 Easy (and Educational) Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

What Every College Student Should Know About Citations

What Every College Student Should Know About Citations

Regardless of your course of study, an inevitable aspect of your college studies will involve composing papers and essays. In order to successfully compose these essays, it’s key to properly cite your sources. However, this involves more than simply giving credit where credit is due. It’s about joining an academic conversation that you, a student, are as much a part of as these established scholars. As a college student, it’s important to understand citation styles, note the varying types of citations, and learn how to use citations throughout the entirety of the writing process. Looking to gain a better understanding of cit ... Read More About What Every College Student Should Know About Citations

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