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April 12, 2014.  The latest Issue of the Atlantic Monthly shows a boy on the cover wearing a pillow strapped around him, and features a story called “Stop Helping Your Kids With Their Homework.” The article tells about Broken Compass, a book that attempts to answer the question, “how can parents best help their kids [...]

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March 23, 2014.  “Which essay prompt should I pick from the Common Application?” is one of the most frequent questions I hear as an Essay Coach. Here is my answer.  Choose the prompt that: You are attracted to Seems interesting to write about Prompts some ideas (brainstorm!) Tells a story that shows something positive and [...]

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March 16, 2014.  This week the SAT made numerous changes, including making the SAT essay optional, mirroring the ACT policy. Essay Coaching has always helped students, teachers and parents understand the important differences and similarities between the ACT/SAT test essays and college application essays. What do these SAT essay changes mean for students and parents [...]

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February 18, 2014.   Scholarship Listings 1  Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest Description Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the [...]

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Jan. 30, 2014.  If you’re suffering from limited economic opportunities, a college diploma remains your most reliable means of emerging from such stagnation. According to Pew Research, the average adult with a bachelor’s degree earns a total of $1.42 million over the course of his or her lifetime career, compared with a mere $770,000 for [...]

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Writing and editing are the yin and yang of producing an essay.  First you write. Then you cut, add, juggle sentences, clarify, make words more specific. Edit #1  Get Your Message Across •Make sure your essay answers the entire question •Ask yourself, “What does the reader learn about me from this?” •Be willing to revise [...]

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November 14, 2013.  If you already have an essay draft, how can you improve it? Try this simple and new technique that we developed to help students see clearly how to strengthen their essays.  Before you start to look at grammar, spelling, and paragraph structure, make sure that your writing shows some of your best [...]

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Sept. 26, 2013.  Essay Coaching continues a blitz of presentations and appointments with students.  The goal is to help keep the stress down to a low simmer as the application season heats up. Characteristics of a Great College Application Essay –Shows connections – between your own thoughts and feelings and what you’ve experienced –Shows passion [...]

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May 22, 2013.  This week Essay Coaching is honored to have Kayli Stollak as our guest blogger.  Kayli graduated from NYU Tisch in 2009, and has been doing great things ever since.  Besides pursuing her dream an author and television screenwriter, she has raised the funds for eight students to attend college in Africa through [...]

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  1. U.S. News and World Report Education section – Ratings and articles
  2. The Choice – New York Times Blog – High quality college news
  3. Collegeboard – SAT testing information and much more. Separate sections for students, parents and professionals.
  4. The ACT - ACT information
  5. The Common Application – One application for hundreds of schools
  6. National Association for College Admission Counseling
  7. College Answer – Created by SallieMae, the nation’s leading provider of student loans
  8. Federal Student Aid FAFSA – Get started applying for financial aid
  9. College Bound Network – Includes trade schools too. 3 million visitors a month.
  10. College View – Check out the student blogs and questions for college visits in the application process section

And Two Bonus Sites

  1. College Confidential – “Get the College Vibe,” “Ask the Dean,” huge discussion boards
  2. Grand Valley State University Accountability Report 2009 – Compare Michigan public colleges

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