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…

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,…

Tips For Great College Admission Essay Writing

College Admission Essays: Ease the Anxiety with These Pointers Perhaps the most stressful part of the nerve-racking college admissions process proves to be the college application essay. Once students due diligent research on universities and decide upon their top school choices, most of the admissions process simply involves gathering paperwork and filling in blanks. Although…

Does Texting Cause Poor Writing Skills?

Texting and Poor Writing Skills: No Reason to LOL Although today’s students spend more time writing than past generations did both in and out of school, texting lingo, abbreviations, symbols, and emoticons are rapidly pervading–and eroding–formal writing. The unfortunate result is a lack of professional, appropriate communication and presentation, which down the road can lead to…

Avoid Plagiarism & Use Proper Citations

Plagiarism and Proper Citations Plagiarism occurs when a writer uses the thoughts, ideas, information, direct quotations, or exact wording of another author without properly crediting the source. In the world of academics, plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and can result in a failing grade or even expulsion.  With the advancement of technology and Internet use…

Helpful Hints for Starting Research Papers

Helpful Hints for Starting Research Papers So, you have to sit down and conquer a research paper, a daunting task for almost any student, regardless of age or focus of study. Here are some helpful hints to keep you on the right track, saving time and aggravation along the way.  I use these tips with…

Getting Kids to Write

How to Encourage Kids to Write The parents of the students I tutor often ask how they can encourage their children to write.  I tell them to do what I do during their lessons: Keep writing fresh and fun! Let kids pick their own favorite genres, whether it be creating short stories, poetry, or plays…

The Newbery Award for Children’s Writing

Good writers often read good literature.  For kids, reading quality books that model strong writing styles, figurative language, and creativity can help with writing tasks of their own.   The skillfully-crafted writing they read will translate into their own writing endeavors over time, resulting in improved personal and academic writing.  In turn, when children improve…

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