Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Providing specific details, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
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- So take a look at these two descriptions.…Here's the first.…"I needed more books and movies…"from the library."…Now here's the second.…"I had read the last book in the…"Game of Thrones series, and pretty much…"memorized the dialog of the Dr. Who DVDs…"I borrowed last weekend."…What's the difference between these two?…Both present the same basic information,…but in the second sentence,…which comes from the sample essay in the exercise files,…it mentions specific details.…
Not just books,…but the last book in the Game of Thrones series.…Not just any movies, but Dr. Who DVDs.…Now, try substituting Twilight for Game of Thrones,…or The Bachelor for Dr. Who.…How does that change your image…of the person who wrote this essay?…Fiction writers use specific details…for indirect characterization,…like we talked about in our last movie,…with the example from The Scarlet Letter.…But in narrative writing, specific details also…help to add an element of truthfulness to writing.…
This can be really important…when you're trying to connect with an admissions reader…
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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