Tips for Writing Successful Essays

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Customized essay assistance including, understanding the prompt, creating a workable thesis statement and conclusion, proofreading and content review. Check out these eight tips about writing exceptional college application and scholarship essays:

Get started by brainstorming

Creating a thesis statement for your essay can be the hardest part of the process. Begin by brainstorming about your personality traits and defining your strengths. Once you have identified your best attributes, condense those ideas into three strong adjectives and then write two or three sentences that give examples, from your personal experiences, that support those adjectives. From there it becomes an exercise in creating an interesting narrative all about you!

Let your first draft flow

After you’ve gathered your notes, create an outline to organize your essay and decide where you want examples to appear. Now you’re ready to write your first draft. Don’t worry about making it perfect. Just get your ideas flowing and your thoughts down on paper. You’ll fix mistakes and improve the writing in later drafts.

Develop three essay parts

Introduction: One paragraph that introduces your essay.

Body: Several paragraphs explaining the main idea with examples.

Conclusion: One paragraph that summarizes and ends the essay.

Be specific
Give your essay focus by figuring out how the question relates to your personal qualities and then taking a specific angle. Make sure everything you write supports that viewpoint.

Find a creative angle
Katherine, a college freshman, had to describe why she would make a good Reed College student for that school’s essay. “I am a huge fan of Beat Generation writers, and many of the West Coast Beat writers attended Reed,” she says. “So I related my love for writing and the Beats to why I would be a great fit for the school.”

Be honest
The essay question might ask you about your best quality, an experience that shaped you or the reason you want to attend a certain college. Don’t be tempted to write what you think the admission officers want to hear; answer the question honestly. Your essay reveals something important about you that your grades and test scores can’t—your personality. It can give admission officers a sense of who you are, as well as showcasing your writing skills.

Get feedback
Show your draft to family, friends or teachers. Ask if it makes sense and sounds like you. Consider their feedback and make changes, but keep your voice. High school senior Dana warns, “Make sure the essay is in your own voice. If at some point you read over your essay and you hear your mother’s voice, something is wrong.”

Proofread and make corrections
Read your essay over carefully to check for typos and spelling and grammar errors. It’s best to ask someone who hasn’t seen it yet to take a look as well. They’re likely to see mistakes you won’t catch.




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