Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide for Students and Families About College Selection, Essay Writing and High Stakes Testing
Are you stressed to the max when you:
- Tackle those daunting college applications?
- Try writing those mystifying application essays?
- Procrastinate studying for those nerve-wracking college admissions tests?
Read this friendly, step-by-step guide to:
- Decide on the right schools for you
- Find your unique voice to write a compelling application essay
- Score your best on high-stakes tests such as the ACT and SAT
- Develop a plan using worksheets
Get practical advice about interactions between students and their parents, counselors, teachers, college personnel and tutors. Discover the strategies that three experts use to help students and their families fit together the pieces of the college admissions process.
“Even though I like to write, I don’t always get myself to sit down and do it. But I do have methods—timers, rewards, sayings I’ve made up:
I’m smart enough to know I need to trick myself to get some things done, and I’m dumb enough to fall for my own tricks.”
For fifteen years, Debbie Merion has used writing prompts to help students write their best possible college essays. In her memoir, From the Period. To the Colon:, she uses the same prompts to get to the heart of her own story. Whether as a handwritten list of her third-grade ambitions for adulthood or her story about conquering her fear of dogs as an adult, writing felt good to Debbie from the age of eight.
In her Northeast Philly neighborhood in the ‘60s and ‘70s, persistence, grit, tenacity, and determination—whatever you call it—informed Debbie’s life, and those of her parents and grandparents. Debbie captures both this moment in time and her love of the written word through story and photos, making the past suddenly become present.
About the Author
Debbie Merion, MFA, MSW is a mother, the award-winning author of over 100 publications including Solving the College Admissions Puzzle, and the founder of EssayCoaching.com. She has helped thousands of students and authors learn the secrets for telling their story in a unique and appealing way. Debbie supposedly lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but can rarely be found there.