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How to Write a College Essay

selamie:

For many of you, it’s college application season, and you might be feeling a little pressure….

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Or at least, I felt a ton of it this time last year. Writing essays was really hard, because I wanted to talk about things that mattered to me, but at the same time I had a hard time separating myself from my emotions to make sure I still wrote a well-written essay. And the format of college essays are really different, which means we haven’t really had a lot of practice writing like that in English class. You’re not trying to convince anyone of Hemingway’s metaphors in The Old Man and the Sea, you’re trying to convince someone sitting at the desk of a college admissions office that you’re cool enough to go to their school. Sometimes I felt everything was very unfair in that respect, and I would feel like we were all being rather unfairly judged. 

During my application process, I wrote a ton of application essays for a ton of different things. I applied to seven schools and wrote completely different supplements for all of them, and in addition to the common app, I had to go through all the essays for MIT’s application, which was separate and had different questions. In addition to all that, I wrote a lot of scholarship essays which were all mostly different from my college essays—and I applied for a lot of scholarships. The Gates-Millenium scholarship had ten essays alone. 

What I’m trying to say is, I have spent way too much time in my life doing this, and I didn’t want all that I’d learned to go to waste. It’s a pity to think I spent all that time and effort and I’d only use it once myself. That’s why I applied for a job as an admissions essay editor, and why I critiqued the essays for a friend of a friend the other day. As part of my first critique of another person’s essays, I noticed a bunch of general tips that might be helpful to everyone, so I took those and compiled them into a nice, neat format to share with you all :) 

I hope this helps! All the tips for college essay writing I’ve realized so far are below~

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like-granger
like-granger:

Hey there guys! This is the second in my University series on my lifestyle blog, which you can view here!
This is a detailed post about the types of note taking, with helpful links to Harvard Law and Cornell University’s archival resources on how to take good notes.
Following that are techniques on idea condensation and color coding for the following types of classes:
Foreign Language
English
Math
Science/Elective
History
This post is helpful to people of all educational levels, and it should really get you going as we all approach our fall Semesters and Quarters, when note taking can get you really overwhelmed as to where to start! Thinking of changing your technique all together? Maybe just slightly altering your own system? This post should help you accomplish that! You can view it right here! All links open in a new window.
Best of luck to all you bunnies this coming year! Follow me for more of this to come!
Let’s kick some ass this year, dudes.

like-granger:

Hey there guys! This is the second in my University series on my lifestyle blog, which you can view here!

This is a detailed post about the types of note taking, with helpful links to Harvard Law and Cornell University’s archival resources on how to take good notes.

Following that are techniques on idea condensation and color coding for the following types of classes:

  • Foreign Language
  • English
  • Math
  • Science/Elective
  • History

This post is helpful to people of all educational levels, and it should really get you going as we all approach our fall Semesters and Quarters, when note taking can get you really overwhelmed as to where to start! Thinking of changing your technique all together? Maybe just slightly altering your own system? This post should help you accomplish that! You can view it right here! All links open in a new window.

Best of luck to all you bunnies this coming year! Follow me for more of this to come!

Let’s kick some ass this year, dudes.

anappblraday
anappblraday:

As it’s getting closer and closer, I thought I would put together a masterpost of all things academics to help us tumblr people survive the school year. Here we go!
Math:
Plane Geometry cheat sheet 
General math help to learn almost anything (THIS WILL SAVE YOUR GRADE TBH)
Trigonometry Cheat Sheet For Dummies (2)
Algebra 2 Help (I wish I could give y’all my teacher too because he was the greatest but this will do)
This guy translates math to English
Solve any math problem
Cheat sheet for every mathematical thing ever 
Fancy online calculator 
English/Writing:
Don’t wanna read the book? (2) (3) (You should, but) 
Crash Course Literature
Write a kickass essay with 1/2 the stress
Grammar checker for Chrome
Get rewarded with pictures of kittens when you write (Pro tip: if kittens don’t tickle your fancy, add: /?search=whatever kind of picture you want (ex: /?search=rabbit) for pictures of whatever you choose.)
The Ultimate Writing Masterpost (IT HAS EVERYTHING)
Word Hippo
Alternative to MS word (2) 
Everything you will ever need to do with writing 
Having trouble with Shakespeare?
Write like Hemingway
Plan an Essay in Five Minutes
Pinterest Writing Boards
Proofreading Marks
Citation Maker
Science:
Crash Course Biology, Ecology, Physcology + Chemistry
Guy translates Chemistry to English
Anatomy  + Chrome App
History:
Crash Course US  + World (2) History
Everything about History
Newspapers  (Shoutout to my Honors World History Teacher for sharing that one with me. You can also read newspapers in other languages on there, so: cool.)
History Study Guides
All the history
Political parties and their beliefs
Languages:
Memrise
Duolingo
My personal language tag
101 languages
My languages
Conjugations
Practice reading in different languages + use Wikipedia to do this by changing the language on the homepage
2000+ Most Common Words, Translated
Tips from Luca Lampariello
Productivity:
Coffee shop sounds
Rainy sounds
Nature sounds
Block distracting websites for 45 minutes at a time
To do list Chrome app for procrastinators
To do list app 2 (3) (4)
That’s it for now! I will update as the year goes on!

anappblraday:

As it’s getting closer and closer, I thought I would put together a masterpost of all things academics to help us tumblr people survive the school year. Here we go!

Math:

Plane Geometry cheat sheet 

General math help to learn almost anything (THIS WILL SAVE YOUR GRADE TBH)

Trigonometry Cheat Sheet For Dummies (2)

Algebra 2 Help (I wish I could give y’all my teacher too because he was the greatest but this will do)

This guy translates math to English

Solve any math problem

Cheat sheet for every mathematical thing ever 

Fancy online calculator 

English/Writing:

Don’t wanna read the book? (2) (3) (You should, but) 

Crash Course Literature

Write a kickass essay with 1/2 the stress

Grammar checker for Chrome

Get rewarded with pictures of kittens when you write (Pro tip: if kittens don’t tickle your fancy, add: /?search=whatever kind of picture you want (ex: /?search=rabbit) for pictures of whatever you choose.)

The Ultimate Writing Masterpost (IT HAS EVERYTHING)

Word Hippo

Alternative to MS word (2

Everything you will ever need to do with writing 

Having trouble with Shakespeare?

Write like Hemingway

Plan an Essay in Five Minutes

Pinterest Writing Boards

Proofreading Marks

Citation Maker

Science:

Crash Course BiologyEcology, Physcology + Chemistry

Guy translates Chemistry to English

Anatomy  + Chrome App

History:

Crash Course US  + World (2) History

Everything about History

Newspapers  (Shoutout to my Honors World History Teacher for sharing that one with me. You can also read newspapers in other languages on there, so: cool.)

History Study Guides

All the history

Political parties and their beliefs

Languages:

Memrise

Duolingo

My personal language tag

101 languages

My languages

Conjugations

Practice reading in different languages + use Wikipedia to do this by changing the language on the homepage

2000+ Most Common Words, Translated

Tips from Luca Lampariello

Productivity:

Coffee shop sounds

Rainy sounds

Nature sounds

Block distracting websites for 45 minutes at a time

To do list Chrome app for procrastinators

To do list app 2 (3) (4)

That’s it for now! I will update as the year goes on!