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Body

Writing a Great Body

Once you have completed a rough outline of your work and composed an introduction with a working thesis, you are ready to begin drafting the bulk of your paper: the...

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Thesis

Developing Your Thesis

The thesis is the most integral component of your introductory paragraph, your essay, and your entire application. It can be comprised of one or occasionally two sentences and is typically...

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Introduction

Writing Your Introduction

The introduction is the most important part of your college admissions essay. Your reader’s first impression can either make or break your application. A college admissions officer goes through over...

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Outline

How to Prepare an Outline

Getting Your Outline in Line Writing an outline is the best way to ensure that you have a clear, structured, and well-organized essay in which key information is accessible and easy...

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Support

How to Include Supporting Evidence

The best way to support your point is through the use of supporting evidence. This enables you to “show” your best attributes rather than “tell” (i.e. brag). Supporting evidence can...

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show

Essay Rules: Show, Don’t Tell

Weaving In Stories and Evidence Throughout Your Essay Demonstrating Your Qualities without Bragging There is a fine line between a confident, capable applicant and an arrogant, self-absorbed applicant. You may find yourself...

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The thesis is the most integral component of your introductory paragraph, your essay, and your entire graduate school application.

The Key to Great Writing: Revision

Even the greatest writers often go through several drafts before finally being satisfied with their work. Similarly, college application essays should go through multiple edits and revisits. You should not...

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Decoding the Prompt

Before beginning to outline your essay in response to a prompt, you must figure out what the prompt is really asking. There are two components to a prompt: the surface...

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