Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Polishing and publishing, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- The final phase of the writing process…is referred to as polishing.…At this stage your draft has gone through…the large-scale revision stage,…as well as the sentence level editing phase.…What remains is to make sure that each…and every letter, word, phrase, sentence…and paragraph in the essay is as close…to perfect as you can make it before…you submit it with your college application.…Give yourself a day or two before moving…from the editing into the polishing phase…of the process.…If you've just spent two or three hours staring…at your essay on a computer screen,…you're much less likely to catch any mistakes…because you're so used to seeing them.…
There's actually a scientific reason for this,…Tom Stafford, a lecturer in Psychology…and Cognitive Science at the University of Sheffield…in England, explains that because writing is such…a high level intellectual task, we're often unable…to see the trees for the forest, so to speak.…Because we know what we're trying to say,…our brains often automatically correct mistakes…
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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