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The gap year is a powerful tool for fostering maturity in students applying to college.

Some people love the “gap year” idea (a year without formal schooling between high school and college).  Others say, “Nose to the grindstone! Get it done!” Fortunately for our daughter Alison, who raced through high school in three years and then needed a breather, the concept of taking a gap year before college became popular […]

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April 1, 2015. Today the Common Application  (commonapp.org) released the college application essay questions for 2015. With these questions in hand, high school juniors can now start working on their essays.  You only need to write about one of the five questions.  Which will you select?  What are you going to talk about? The essay […]

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Oct 16, 2014. In my seventh year speaking in the St Clair County KnowHow2Go Ask an Expert Series, I presented “Seven Secrets for Writing a Standout College Application Essay.”  The first secret concerns how to smash writer’s block: sledgehammer optional. If you don’t have a sledgehammer, what is the best way to smash writer’s block? […]

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Sept 30, 2014.  Sitting in front of me these days—in my office and on Skype—are high school seniors and their parents who sometimes look worried, stressed or befuddled about the process of writing a strong college application essay. They want to know, “What should I say?” Last week my efforts to help these folks received […]

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For years I’ve been wrestling with this question:  What is the quickest, clearest way to describe what colleges want to learn about a student in his or her college application essay? Some words seem to encapsulate the answer: Passion…voice…experiences…initiative This is what University of Michigan says in their “Tips for Writing a Great Essay” Be […]

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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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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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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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May 13, 2013 Top College Application Stories in the News: May 13, 2013 News about your application for college and your college essay. Late Applicant?  200 Colleges Still Accepting Applications Advice from a College Dean of Admissions on Selecting High School Courses College Search App for High School Juniors College Essay Topics for the Common […]

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April 10, 2013.  Recently, Essay Coaching received an email from Mitchell Fielder, asking if we would  feature a blog he had written about online alternatives.  Not only has he done a great job summarizing some of the major issues in online education today, but he has also hit on a very popular topic.  Online college […]

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