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How To Write Your Common App Essay - Part 8 Of 8
15 September, 2017
In the last installment of our series, Noodle Pro Jamie Berger discusses Prompt 7 of the Common App essay: Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. Jamie has been a test prep, writing, and academic coach for 32 years. He has a BA from Columbia University, an MA from City College of New York, and an MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. *** Is the “Topic of your Choice” the Top
How To Write Your Common App Essay - Part 7 of 8
30 August, 2017
This week, Noodle Pro Travis Chamberlain [https://www.noodlepros.com/tutor/profile/M2VhNmQ5MjNmYjRmYjE] discusses Prompt 6 of the Common App essay: Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? Travis has been an SAT, ACT, and writing tutor for 15 years. He has a BA from UC Irvine, a Master of Science from LSE, and is working on a PhD at UC San Diego. *** Pro
Five Tips To Answer The Universal College Essay Prompt: Why Are You A Good Match?
29 August, 2017
The Universal College Essay Prompt: “Why Are You A Good Match?” appears on just about every college application. Below are some things to keep in mind while answering this question. *** Some of you will be making plans to visit colleges. Many of you will be doing web research on colleges and just about anyone applying to college will need to answer why they are a good match for a specific college. “Why are you a match?” college essay questions generally have a limited word or character coun
How To Write Your Common App Essay - Part 6 Of 8
23 August, 2017
This week, Noodle Pro Lisa Cornelio [https://www.noodlepros.com/tutor/profile/NThiY2JmNDE4NmI0YzE]discusses Prompt 5 of the Common App essay: Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. Lisa has been an essay editing and writing tutor for 26 years. She has a BA in English Literature from Princeton University. *** Almost any essay you write for the Common App will demonstrate some kind of personal gro
How To Write Your Common App Essay - Part 5 Of 8
16 August, 2017
This week, Noodle Pro Jennifer Rosen [https://www.noodlepros.com/tutor/profile/OTdkOGMxNWJiNDIyNDF] discusses Prompt 4 of the Common App essay: Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. Jennifer has been an SAT, ACT, and writing tutor for
Application Essay Dos And Don’ts From A College Advisor
11 August, 2017
As one admissions official put it, “The most important thing in the essay is not the ‘what,’ but the ‘why.’ We have the ‘what’ from your list of extracurriculars, scores, and awards. We now want to know the ‘why,’ the motivations that drive you.” *** Your essays can bring your application to life for admissions officers. Be aware of what to do and what to avoid when developing and writing your statements. Most students do not realize how manycollege essays [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/cat
How To Write Your Common App Essay - Part 4 Of 8
09 August, 2017
This week, Noodle Pro Kate Fisher [https://www.noodlepros.com/tutor/profile/ZTc5NTI0ZTFhOTFkYzJ] discusses Prompt 3 of the Common App essay: Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? Kate explains how students can amplify small, everyday moments in their lives to showcase something unique and strong about their character. Kate Fisher [https://www.noodlepros.com/tutor/profile/ZTc5NTI0ZTFhOTFkYzJ] is has been tutoring
How To Write Your Common App Essay - Part 3 Of 8
01 August, 2017
This week, Noodle Pro Jamie Berger [https://www.noodlepros.com/tutor/profile/ZTIxZTViNmViNjY0NmV] discusses Prompt 2 of the Common App essay, which he (affectionately) calls “the failure prompt”: The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? Jamie [https://www.noodlepros.com/tutor/profile/ZTIxZTViNmViNjY0NmV] has been a test p
"She Has Served As A Coach, Cheerleader, And Believer."
27 July, 2017
In this crazy fast paced life of NYC, it is a gift to have such a well-rounded good person in the mix helping my children. *** Noodle Pro Lisa Cornelio [https://www.noodlepros.com/tutor/profile/NThiY2JmNDE4NmI0YzE]has been tutoring for 26 years. She helped three siblings find their voice and better their writing skills. “Lisa is truly the professional’s professional in every way and has provided our family with smart and thoughtful support over the years. She’s worked closely with our three c
How To Write Your Common App Essay - Part 2 Of 8
26 July, 2017
This week, Noodle Pro Amanda Strader [https://www.noodlepros.com/tutor/profile/YTllMDg1MDYwODBiNzk] tackles Prompt 1 of the Common App essay: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Amanda has been an SAT, ACT, and writing tutor for 10 years. She has a BA from Berkeley and a Master of Music from New York University. Amanda says: “W
How To Write Your Common App Essay - Part 1 Of 8
18 July, 2017
First stop, the Common Application, which is accepted by most colleges and requires you to write a 650-word personal essay. You have six prompts to choose from and a wide open white space to fill up. Yes, whitespace is intimidating, but we are here to help. *** I’m Cara Sheffler [https://www.noodlepros.com/tutor/profile/YzI3NTBjN2I4ZjZlZjZ] , and I’ve been tutoring and working with students preparing for college for 12 years, after graduating from Princeton University in 2004. Here in New York
Why The “Why This College?” Question Matters — And How To Answer It
14 July, 2017
I’d bet that most applicants spend a fraction of the time answering this question that they spend on their other essays. But the answer to this question needs to be just as compelling as anything else you write. *** Anyone who’s applying to a selective college in the U.S. will likely be asked a seemingly simple question: Why do you want to attend this school? It may be phrased succinctly — “Why Brown?” to name one highly selective school — or as part of a more complicated question: “Which asp