Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers Leave Readers Confused!

A modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that adds detail to, clarifies, or changes meaning in a sentence. Modifiers infuse writing with description and life. To work effectively, modifiers must be placed properly in a sentence. If the noun is separated from and doesn’t appear next to the modifier, the error is a misplaced…

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…

FAFSA Funds Are First Come, First Serve: Finish Your Application Essay Now!

Did you know?… Now is the ideal time to submit your upcoming college freshman’s FAFSA form, as funds are considered on a first come, first serve basis. Many people are unaware of this. Is your student finished completing his or her admission application and essay? If not and you are both feeling stressed by last-minute…

The Common Application: Part 2, General Application Information

(This is the second of two articles about The Common Application for college admissions. Part one, “Essay Prompts,” was featured in our October blog.) In our October blog, “The Common Application, Part One: The Essay Prompts,” we provided detailed information on the essay portion of the application. Although our expertise lies in assisting students with…

The Common Application: Part 1, Essay Prompts

(This is the first of two articles about The Common Application for college admissions. Part two, “Application Information,” will follow, so be sure to check back.) The college admissions process can prove to be one of the most stressful times in life, especially when students are applying to multiple schools that each has its own…

Changes in K-12 Standardized Student Assessments, Part 2: The New SAT Will Premiere in Spring, 2016

(“The New SAT Will Premiere in Spring, 2016” is the second of two articles about changes in standardized test student assessments for elementary through high school students. Part one, “PARCC Test Will Replace the NJ ASK in the 2014-2015 School Year,” was a blog post dated 3-31-14.) Why Is the SAT Changing? The SAT, a…

Changes in K-12 Standardized Student Assessments: Part 1, PARCC Test Will Replace NJ ASK in Spring, 2015

(This is the first of two articles about changes in standardized tests/ student assessments for elementary through high school students, including the PARCC and SAT tests. Part two, “The New SAT Will Premiere in Spring, 2016,” will follow in April, so be sure to check back.) What is the PARCC Test? The Partnership for Assessment…

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