Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video How to use the exercise files and sample essays, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- Since it's impossible to anticipate the type of essay or supplement you'll be required to write, this course was designed to provide some general guidelines on how to write a strong college application essay. I've included exercise files for several of the movies. These exercises will allow you to practice some of the writing skills introduced in the movies and give you an opportunity to evaluate your effectiveness in mastering them. As with any writing task, personal style and preference make a single correct answer unlikely.
However, each exercise file comes with a key of possible responses, so you can see one potential way to edit a sentence or capture an idea. You'll also find several model essays included. I've written most of these samples myself. Other essays are used with permission of Dave Berry and College Confidential, a site that includes more information about essay writing and the entire admissions process. As your high school English teachers no doubt emphasized, plagiarism is a serious offense. An attempt to submit these sample essays, or portions of them with your own application, would result in serious consequences.
On a more positive note, it is my hope that the skills you build through watching this course will not only help you to write a stronger college application essay, but will also encourage you to become a stronger writer. The exercise files and the sample essays will help you to accomplish this goal.
- 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