Why does the college essay matter? What are admissions officers really looking for? And what are the Common App Essay prompts really asking you? It’s time to find out.
Follow our Uncommon Essay Approach to learn how to brainstorm, freewrite, sculpt and edit your way to college essay success. Also includes a guide to conquering those pesky supplemental essays.
The admissions process is admittedly stressful. How do you combat writer’s block, set realistic deadlines and draw meaningful lessons from real essay examples? Learn the skills you need to maintain your sanity on the way to the perfect final draft.
Get an introduction to the overall application process and learn how you can use the admissions essay to set yourself apart from other applicants.
Get to know the Common App essay prompts, including helpful tips and clues as to what these questions are really asking you.
Discover brainstorming tactics that will help you unearth your most compelling topics and put novel twists on classic subjects.
Learn how to get your raw ideas on the page before identifying the patterns and gems in your freewrites. It’s the first step to organizing your thoughts.
Prepare to craft a gripping narrative and learn how to fill it with meaningful details as you sculpt your freewrites into a story.
Refine your work to perfection with these essential techniques for editing, proofreading and polishing up your final essay.
Learn how to decode and systematically conquer the most common types of school-specific supplements and use these assignments to your greatest advantage.
Develop skills for managing your stress and time during the essay writing process so you can perform at your very best.
Examine stellar examples of admissions essays written by real students who secured admission at top-tier schools. You will learn how to use the work of past applicants to inform your own process while avoiding the comparison trap.
Digest all you’ve learned with a comprehensive recap that reinforces the most common tips and traps of college essay writing.
Learn the ins and outs of answering this year’s prompts on the less commonly used, but ever present, Coalition platform.
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