When we help our students reflect and focus up front, the rest of the process moves much more smoothly. They come to this process full of ideas about topics, with little consideration of the essay’s purpose or why they are writing one (or twelve).
All too often, students look for activities that might lead to stories, and they waste a lot of time talking about their experiences and their accomplishments.
Action verbs are your best friend: use them to tell a story that engages the reader.
Focus on actions that show how you learned, changed, or grew.
Connect two related ideas into a compound sentence or start with the relative clause instead of the main one.
The key is to avoid a long string of sentences that are all structured identically.
Despite what you might believe, writing is not the most challenging part of the essay.
The tough part for students comes at the beginning, when they consider what matters to them – and why. You can help your son or daughter reflect by encouraging them to explore how they exhibit their most significant traits or characteristics.
A number of UK institutions are on the Common Application, but many more are only available through UCAS, the primary application used in the UK.
This time of year, every year, many high school students and their parents start to get nervous.