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College Night Online: Write a “Wow!” College Application Essay Debbie Merion, MSW, MFA Essay Coaching www.essaycoaching.com 734 646 5985 firstname.lastname@example.org www.collegeadmissionsadvisors.com 2© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
When? • Start summer after junior year • Start thinking, talking, writing notes now • Most schools release applications ~ Aug. 1 • Early action- nonbinding U of Michigan Nov. 1 • Early decision – binding bitsy.spinics.net/1065 • Apply to choice # 1 first • Most deadlines in December; research to find if applying earlier is gives you better odds 4© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
Common App Essay Prompts: 1. Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 2. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? 3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? 4. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? 5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. 5© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
How College Admissions Essays are Evaluated 1. Does the essay tell you something about the student? What did you learn? 2. Did you hear the student’s voice? 3. What qualities or talents does the student reveal? 4. Do you get a sense of the student as a person? 5. Will this student fit in? Graduate? Contribute? 6. Have they done an effective job of telling their story? 7. Are the grammar, spelling, and punctuation correct? 6© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
Write a Winning Essay • Pick a topic you want to write about; tell a true story about you who you are • Best topics: taking initiative, leadership, passions, working toward dreams, influences • Write notes, a draft, then edit to create a story no one else can write. Use details like names. • Include 50% actions and 50 % reflections. • Ask others: What did you learn about me? 7© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
College Night Online: Write a “Wow!” College Application Essay Debbie Merion, MSW, MFA Essay Coaching www.essaycoaching.com 734 646 5985 email@example.com www.collegeadmissionsadvisors.com 8© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
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College Night Online: Navigating the College Admissions Test Mess Geraldine Markel, PhD Managing Your Mind Coaching & Seminars 734 761 6498 firstname.lastname@example.org www.collegeadmissionsadvisors.com www.studytipaday.com/blog 10© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
• College admissions tests are long and difficult. • College admissions are more competitive. • Students have less time and energy to prepare, but feel pressured to take different tests, multiple times. • Students need support, not nagging. • 850 colleges don’t require ACT or SAT. 11© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
How do I Improve My Score? • Learn vocabulary and content from courses. • Do puzzles and games that enhance math, vocabulary, reading and writing skills. • Read newspapers and magazines to increase rate and comprehension. • Start early! Learn about and prepare for the PLAN & PSAT. • Decide which test is best for you. 12© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
How do I Deal with Test Stress? I think it’s stress • Give yourself a pep talk. • Visualize the times you’ve been successful. • Use calming techniques before studying and test taking. • Take at least one full-length practice test. • Take frequent, short breaks during the test. • Ensure adequate sleep (at least 8 hours). 13© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
Develop a Plan • Get motivated to attain a peak performance. • Develop a study schedule and find resources. • Gain confidence through competence; get tutors, work with teachers, and review with other students. • Schedule frequent short, study sessions over two or three months. • Review previous tests and use summer months to work on challenges. 14© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
College Night Online: Navigating the College Admissions Test Mess Geraldine Markel, PhD Managing Your Mind Coaching & Seminars 734 761 6498 email@example.com www.collegeadmissionsadvisors.com www.studytipaday.com/blog 15© 2014 CollegeAdmissionsAdvisors.com
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