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July 14, 2014  Now is the time when many students entering 12th grade are starting to think about writing their college application essays. Of course, there are an equal or perhaps larger number of students entering 12th grade who are thinking about not writing their college essays. This blog posting is for all of you. [...]

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May 19, 2014.  Essay Coaching has compiled a helpful list of scholarships for students seeking funds for college.  The scholarships in the list below have deadlines in May and June of 2014. In addition, there is information at the end of this blog on a terrific federal government internship, which has a deadline of July [...]

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June 7, 2014 Posting update with review of the Red Cross Speed-Coaching: “Awesome,” “fulfilling,” “uplifting,” “rejuvenating,” and “eye opening” were words used by the American Red Cross management in Ann Arbor to describe the Fast Track Coaching they received on June 6, 2014 by five members of the Ann Arbor Coach Café.  Fast Track Coaching—also [...]

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May 12, 2014 Here is a frequently asked question: How can I honestly reveal an imperfection in a college application essay but also write an essay that prompts a college admissions officer to say,  “She (He) will be an awesome student here.” A May 9, 2014 New York Times story by Ron Lieber called “Four [...]

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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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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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