The Common Application Essay for 2017-2018: What’s Changed

The 2017-2018 college admissions journey has officially begun, and with it comes several changes to The Common Application essay prompts. Although the maximum word count still holds at 650, you will find two new prompts and three revised prompts from last year. The key to essay success is still creating engaging, error-free writing infused with…

Student and Recent Graduate Resume Strategies

High school and college students and recent graduates often find themselves challenged when composing their first resume, whether for employment, internship, academic, or program application purposes. However, the simple strategies outlined below can help you independently write your own winning resume with confidence and ease. Despite similarities with regular resumes in format and structure—as well…

The New SAT: The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section

(This is the second of two articles about the new SAT. Part one, “The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional,” was featured in our September, 2016, blog.) In our last blog, “The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional,” we provided detailed information on the essay portion of the newly-designed SAT, as well as…

The New SAT: The Optional Essay Isn’t Optional

(This is the first of two articles about the new SAT. Part two, “The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section,” will follow next month, so be sure to check back.) In March, 2016, the College Board released a newly designed SAT. One major change that comes with the new SAT is an optional essay. Before this…

The Common Application Essay for 2016-2017: What’s New

  Good news for future college applicants: The Common Application now allows completed 2015-2016 application information to roll over to the 2016-2017 application, including the essay. Students can also familiarize themselves with the application from 9th grade forward, making the process more user-friendly and less intimidating and stressful by the time senior year “crunch time”…

Quick and Easy Writing Improvements

Whether you are writing for personal or professional purposes, these simple improvements will perk up your presentation. When your writing is precise, polished, and to the point, your message will be better delivered and received. The following pointers will improve your business content, blog posts, resumes, bios, and academic writing. As you will see, most…

How to Avoid Plagiarism: An Overview on Citations for Students and All Writers

What Is Plagiarism? Plagiarism occurs when a writer copies another author’s work or fails to credit the author by citing the original source. Citing (referencing or crediting) a source of information documents and provides readers with information on the original author and publication. Any research or writing directly quoted, paraphrased, or referred to, aside from…

The Common Application Essay Changes and Admission Essay Tips

With the onset of fall and back-to-school comes the start of the stressful college admissions process for incoming high school seniors. However, the process can become much less stressful when you know what to expect and are in control. Rather than letting the application essay and other written responses worry you, think of them as…

Student and Recent Graduate Resumes: What to Highlight

Student and recent graduate resumes follow the same basic format as regular resumes (header, top summary, sections, and bullet lists of highlights under each category). The same as any resume, the purpose of a student or recent graduate resume is to present the applicant ahead of the competition as a dedicated, well-rounded, accomplished, innovative, and…

The 3 Steps of Successful Writing: Prewriting, Writing & Rewriting

Do you know how to make the task of writing more manageable by following the 3 steps of successful writing? Do you prewrite, write, and rewrite so your writing is the best it can be? The process of writing is no easy feat. Whether the writing is for academic or professional ambitions, writers of all…

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