College Application Essay Mistakes to Avoid!

With October comes another month of college applications as students finish early decision and early action applications and select additional colleges of interest to round out their list. Most of the application process is straightforward, requiring students to check boxes, enter numbers, and present snippets of background information. When it comes to application essays, though,…

Answer the Question and Prove It!

Whether the written response has high stakes (such as a college application or SAT/ACT essay) or is part of an ordinary school task (such as an open-ended question or literature-based prompt), there is one common mistake students make that has a straightforward solution: Answer all parts of the question and provide proof! A successful response…

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…

Help with the College Admission Application Essay: Part 2, Effective College Application Essay Writing Tips

(This is the second of two articles about writing effective college admission application essays. Part one, “Help with the College Admission Application Essay: The New Common Application for College Admission,” was a blog post dated 9-27-13. ) The “Effective College Application Essay Writing Tips” below offer assistance with writing responses to all types of college…

Help with the College Admission Application Essay: Part 1, The New Common Application for College Admissions

(This is the first of two articles about writing effective college admission application essays. Part two, “Effective College Application Essay Writing Tips,” will follow soon, so be sure to check back in October.) What Is The Common Application? The Common Application, started in the 1970s, is a not-for-profit organization that strives to “promote equity, access,…

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