Essays That Will Get You Into College

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Barron's Educational Series, 2009 - Education - 178 pages
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FOUR STEPS TO SUCCESS--
  • Assess your reading audience and determine what they're looking for
  • Avoid topics and ideas they've seen too many times
  • Gather your material and identify your theme
  • Write your first draft, and then revise and edit it until it's perfect

    Read the model essays in this book and get ideas and direction for the winning essay that you too can write. Each was written by a successful Ivy League college applicant. Many essays come with critical comments that point out their strengths and weaknesses. You'll also find practical advice from student who have been accepted by several of the nation's most competitive college--what they did right, how many rewrites they needed, where they looked for outside help, and much more. Open this book and get started on your rewarding journey to the college of your choice.

    The authors of this book work for IvyEssays, and Internet-based company that offers editing and consulting services to prospective college and graduate school students.
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    Contents

    Preparation
    1
    Assess Your Audience
    3
    Profile of an Admissions Committee
    4
    How Important Are the Essays Anyway?
    5
    What Are They Looking For?
    6
    What They Are Tired of Finding
    17
    Get Feedback
    18
    Gather Your Material
    20
    Essays About Social Issues and Current Affairs
    72
    Essays That Target the School
    73
    Essays About International Experience
    76
    The Essay
    79
    At Last Write
    81
    Creating an Outline
    82
    Structured Does Not Mean Stiff
    83
    Paragraphs
    87

    Start Your Engines
    21
    Assess Yourself
    22
    A Note for Everyone Tearing Their Hair Out
    27
    Special Advice for Transfer Students
    30
    Strategy
    33
    Choose Your Weapons
    35
    Find Your Focus
    36
    Dual Interests
    39
    Your Personal Points
    43
    Working with Sets of Essays
    44
    Plan Your Attack
    58
    A Note About ShortcutsUse Caution
    59
    Essays About Goals
    62
    Essays About Role Models and Influence
    64
    Essays About Achievements
    66
    Essays About Hobbies and Interests
    69
    Essays About Your Favorite
    71
    Transitions
    88
    Sentence Length
    90
    Leading the Way
    92
    Closing Your Case
    95
    Take a Break
    96
    Make It Perfect
    97
    Proofread
    100
    Read It Out Loud
    101
    Essays Graded and Ranked
    105
    The Top Ten
    107
    Mixed Reviews
    132
    Essays That Worked and How They Could Have Been Even Better
    142
    Grab Bag
    163
    Essay Index
    169
    Interviewing the Interviewers
    172
    Index
    177
    Copyright

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    Dan Kaufman and his staff of assistants produce Ivy Essays, a website focused to help students gain admission to college and graduate schools. Their operation is located in Boston.

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