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College Admission Essay: Tips To Make Your College Application A Success

Updated on August 29, 2013
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Can you imagine your future being determined by a 500-word essay? Well, that’s how it is when applying to a college. Although there are other factors to worry about a college admission essay can make or break your future. This is the essay that you should try to perfect.

If essay writing is not your strength don’t worry. Everything you need to know about writing an essay you already know.

Organize your content

Admission essays allow the college or university to know more about you. However, it is not an autobiography or a resume. Depending on the essay question or topic, you have a focus on a particular aspect of your life.

To say that content is paramount is an understatement. Remember that you only have 500 words to show who you are. As such, generic and vague is not something you want. Instead, incorporate substance and meaning. Infuse your college admission essay with facts and opinions. Furthermore, it is essential that you highlight personality, values and views. So don’t rush into writing your essay. Every word must be placed chosen and placed in the right place.

Learn from others

College application is made simpler with all the tools available. Moreover, learning how to write an essay for admission to college becomes easier with the Internet. You can effortlessly search for college admission essay examples even get essay topics. Of course these college application essays are just guides.

Look into the style, the content and even the structure to learn how to write an essay that will get you into college. Remember that admission to college requires knowledge and skills. So use every tool to expand and deepen what you already know.

Another important advice is to listen to others who have gone through the task of writing a college admission essay. Your parents, brother, sister, relatives and friends can offer valuable insights about college application essays. Likewise, your teachers and professors can point you to the right direction.

So start talking to people about their college admission experiences. More importantly, learn from them!

Simple tips to improve your essay

  • Use F7 and Shift + F7 in MS Word to improve your work
  • Use free online grammar and spelling checkers
  • Have some read it and comment on your work

The truth is, writing a college entrance essay is just like other essay writing tasks. However, the stakes may be a bit different. You have what it takes to write exemplary work. Writing an essay for college admission is easy if you remain faithful to what you have learned in school.

Make your grammar teacher proud

Your essay’s grammar and language will be scrutinized. So make your elementary language teacher proud. Pay attention to your sentence structure. Although active voice is recommended, there will be times when you need to use passive voice to emphasize certain parts of your sentence. Therefore plan every sentence like your future depends on it – actually it does. Be wary of your grammar, spelling, punctuation marks even the words that you will use. Of course there’s no need to impress by using highfalutin words. In fact, when used improperly it might be counterproductive.

Check, check and check some more

Also, proofread your work and when you’re done, go over it again. Ask someone else to read it and comment on your work. This way, you get different points of views. Use free online proofreading sites to check your essay. Check for grammar issues, readability and even spelling errors. College admission essays are important so exhaust all means to avoid mistakes.


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