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    Application Essay Writing
  Chapter 1: Essay Writing 101  
  Chapter 2: Tackling the Question  
  Chapter 3: Brainstorming a topic  
  Chapter 4: Structure and Outline  
  Chapter 5: Style and Tone  
  Chapter 6: Intro and Conclusion  
  Chapter 7: Editing and Revising  

Application Essay Writing 101
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The application is a lifeless thing--a few sheets of paper and a few numbers. The essay is the best way to breathe life into it. - Admissions Officer

Welcome to EssayEdge’s Admissions Essay writing course. After editing tens of thousands of admissions essays for applicants, we created the ultimate course for students seeking an extra edge in the ultra-competitive college and graduate school application process.

Enter the course by clicking a link below or to the left.

II. Lesson One: Tackling the Question - Start Here!

EssayEdge Extra: Who's reading my essay?

A. Question-specific strategies for college, business school, law  school, and medical school application essays

B. Samples of various types of questions with comments by admissions officers

III. Lesson Two: Brainstorming and Selecting an Essay Topic

EssayEdge Extra: One essay, multiple applications

A. Brainstorming worksheet

B. Selecting a Topic: Do's and don'ts with comments by experienced admissions officers

IV. Lesson Three: Structure and Outline

A. Descriptions and examples of five popular essay structures

B. Sample outline and essay

C. Strategies and examples of short essays

D. Templates, severe writer's block cure

V. Lesson Four: Style and Tone

EssayEdge Extra: Trimming the Fat - Reducing wordiness

EssayEdge Extra: Top 10 essay cliches

A. Sentence variety with exercise

B. Word choice: Common pitfalls

C. Transitions: Improving flow

D. Verbs: Active voice vs. Passive voice

1. Active or Passive? Verb quiz

2. Making sentences active voice, an exercise

VI. Lesson Five: Introductions and Conclusions

EssayEdge Extra: No Introduction??!!

A. Descriptions, examples, and critiques of nine popular styles of introduction

B. Conclusions: Do's and don'ts

VII. Lesson Six: Editing and Revising

EssayEdge Extra: To title or not to title

A. Paying attention to substance, structure, interest, and proofreading

B. Actual essay gaffes (funny)

C. Final steps

Veritas MBA Admissions Consulting. Veritas features former admissions officers at top 10 business schools to help you prepare your application.

From ESSAYS THAT WILL GET YOU INTO COLLEGE, by Amy Burnham, Daniel Kaufman, and Chris Dowhan.
Copyright 1998 by Dan Kaufman.  Reprinted by arrangement with Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

2. Tackling the Question