Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Revising, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
- What's the difference between revising an essay,…editing it, and proofreading it?…Although many people assume that all three of these terms…essentially mean the same thing,…they're actually three separate phases…in the writing process, each with a specific goal in mind.…So we'll be taking a look at each…of these three steps separately.…Let's talk about revising first.…In the timeline of the writing process,…revision comes after the drafting and writing step.…It deals with large scale holistic aspects of the essay,…structure and organization, thesis and evidence.…
In argument papers, the revision process involves…a careful evaluation of the paper's claim…and how effectively the writer defends it.…Once you've drafted your response,…give it some time to breathe.…Return to it in a day or so…and look back over what you've written.…Be kind and non-judgmental.…See if what you wrote makes sense.…Ask yourself big picture questions.…Did I answer the prompt given?…Is my thesis clear?…Does the organizational structure I chose…
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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