The application is
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The essay is the best way to breathe life into it. - Admissions Officer
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II. Lesson One: Tackling
the Question - Start Here!
Extra: Who's reading my essay?
Question-specific strategies for college, business school, law
school, and medical school application essays
Samples of various types of questions with comments by admissions
III. Lesson Two: Brainstorming
and Selecting an Essay Topic
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
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
Lesson Four: Style and Tone
Extra: Trimming the Fat - Reducing
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
1. Active or Passive? Verb quiz
2. Making sentences
active voice, an exercise
VI. Lesson Five: Introductions and Conclusions
Extra: No Introduction??!!
examples, and critiques of nine popular styles of introduction
B. Conclusions: Do's and don'ts
VII. Lesson Six: Editing and Revising
Extra: To title or not to title
A. Paying attention to substance, structure,
interest, and proofreading
B. Actual essay gaffes (funny)
C. Final steps
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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.