Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing appropriate words, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
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- Think of a conversation you might have…with a friend walking to class.…Now think of how that conversation might change if…your high school principal were to join in the conversation.…What would be different?…We adjust our tone and word choice automatically…when we speak to different audiences.…We should do the same thing when we write.…Never is this more important than…in a college application essay.…In order to achieve your purpose of convincing…the college admissions officer of your value,…you need to create a tone that encourages connection.…
You want your reader to like you…and want to get to know you better.…One strategy you can use is to envision your reader…and to write as if you were recounting a story to him.…So aim for a Conversational Tone.…Use contractions and words and phrases…that you might use when speaking to someone in person.…This is a very different tone from Academic writing.…which should be much more formal…and use more sophisticated language.…Let's take a look at what…this looks like in the sample essay.…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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