How to Write an Expressive Essay for Common App Prompt 5

This is your chance to share a story about becoming an adult. This “coming of age” essay focuses on one key accomplishment or event that caused you to become more mature, or to be seen as an adult in the eyes of others. Here is the Common Application Prompt 5: “Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to […]

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How to Write an Essay for Common App Prompt 4

This is your opportunity to present your problem solving skills and your ability to plan and take action. Here, you will focus on explaining your critical thinking process from start to finish. Here is the Common Application Prompt 4: “Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma–anything that is […]

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How to Write an Effective Essay for Common App Prompt 3

This is your chance to share a story about your ability to take action by challenging a belief or idea. The most important part of this essay is to explain the ACTIONS you took and to reflect on the results of your actions. Here is the Common Application Prompt 3: “Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to […]

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How to Write your Essay for Common App Prompt 2

This is your opportunity to share your problem-solving abilities as well as your resilience. Your future institution is eager to learn how you react to setbacks and challenges. Here is the Common Application Prompt 2: “The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you […]

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How to Write a Personal Statement

You’re finally a senior! (or will be one soon!) While everyone will tell you this is the time of your life, you’re also probably too overwhelmed with the dreaded college application process to enjoy your newly minted status as big man on campus. The pressure is on to craft a memorable, concise, knock-your-socks-off personal statement to go along with your college application. Depending on the […]

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Essay Writing: To Entertain, to Inform, or To Persuade

When you were taught how to write an essay, you were told that you need to keep in mind all of the rules for punctuation, grammar, and spelling.. Following the basic essay format (introduction/body paragraphs)/conclusion) is a given as well.  However, there is one more skill that should be covered: audience and purpose. While the two terms differ a bit in definition, together they create […]

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