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Tips for essay writing?

Asked Homestead, Florida

I'm currently a sophomore attending a public virtual school. Though I still have two more years of school, I want to improve my writing skills. How can I make my essays stand out? What do colleges look for in my essays? #school #college #essay #writing

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Molly’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

Hi Gabriela,  every college admissions officer may look for something different but I would recommend the following:

  1. Start the essay with a personal story about why you want to join the school, why you're interested in the major, or something related to why you are applying.
  2. Detail out the rest of the topics of your essay in the next paragraph (in other words, "Tell them what you're going to tell them").  For example, "There are 3 reasons I am applying for admission to your college - X, Y, and Z".  Then in the next 3 paragraphs you will detail X, Y, and Z.
  3. Conclude the essay revisiting, at a high level, the three reasons you are applying. (In other words, "Tell them what you told them").

Pay very close attention to your wording, your spelling, and your punctuation.  It may seem small, but errors here can make you look unprepared or like you didn't put enough care into the essay. 

I also recommend you have a few friends and/or family members review your essay and provide feedback.  Fresh eyes can do a world of good.

Good luck!

Erik’s Answer

Hi Gabriela,

I think it's great that you want to work to improve your writing. I think one of the best ways to improve your writing skills is actually by reading (news articles, novels, the classics, etc.). Through exposure to different types of writing styles, you will be able to compare and contrast the relevant writing methods for your actual assignments. I think another great way to improve writing is by asking for feedback. Even the best writers have room to improve! I would solicit advice from your teachers, your parents, your friends, etc. I think practicing different types of writing styles both inside and outside of your school curriculum will be very beneficial to you moving ahead to college. Good luck.

Brien’s Answer

Do it at least a week in advance that way you have days to re-read and go over your essay line by line to make sure it is the best it can be.

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