For the more than 2 million students applying to colleges and universities, the task of essay writing can be a dreadful experience. Whether applying for admission or scholarships, many students find this part of the application process to be the most stressful and daunting part of their senior year. Try using these simple storytelling techniques to ensure you are showcasing what sets you apart from other applicants.
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(Family Features) For the more than 2 million students applying to colleges and universities, the task of essay writing can be a dreadful experience.
Whether applying for admission or scholarships, many students find this part of the application process to be the most stressful and daunting part of their senior year. Often without understanding how to approach the essay, students struggle with staring at a blank page and finding a compelling topic.
However, according to Howard Reichman, president of EssayDog, an easy-to-use, cloud-based platform that helps students write winning college application essays, "a college application essay is really just a story - a story colleges want to hear about you."
"Every good story, from a blockbuster movie to a novel from your high school English class to your favorite show, has four critical elements that make it fascinating and reveal inner depth about its characters," Reichman said. "That's exactly what you want your college application essays to do: show the real you beyond the test scores and GPA."
According to Reichman, every good story has these four essential elements:
Whether students use an online tool like EssayDog, which gets students started quickly by asking them to write just one sentence about each of these four parts, or they tackle the task of essay writing on their own, the next step is to round out the narrative by filling in details that let the applicant's true character shine through.
The essays that resonate most with college admissions departments typically convey a student's intangibles or "the Four Ps," specifically:
More than anything, procrastination and stress are often students' worst enemies when they sit down to begin the essay-writing process. "If you feel you are wasting time, switching topics or disagreeing with your parents, teachers or college counselors about the direction your essays are taking, try going back to these simple storytelling techniques to ensure you are showcasing what sets you apart from other applicants with similar grades and scores," Reichman said. Visit essaydog.com or find EssayDog on Facebook and Twitter to find more tips for confidently writing standout college essays.
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The summer months can provide plenty of opportunities to keep a child’s mind sharp even outside of school. To help your child avoid any loss of knowledge this summer, try any of these 6 tips, including enrolling in a summer camp, going on a family vacation, heading to the library, reading as a family, writing in a journal or taking time out for nature.
10 Tips to Stop the Summer Slide
(Family Features) Learning shouldn’t stop just because school is out. In fact, stepping too far away from the books can result in a learning loss. However, research has shown that encouraging kids to read just six books, or 20 minutes a day, over the summer can help prevent the summer slide.
The key is finding ways to make reading fun, combining education and entertainment for an activity kids can truly enjoy, said Kate DiCamillo, a two-time Newbery Medal Award-winning author and the 2016 Collaborative Summer Library Program National Summer Reading Champion.
“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty, but rather as a gift that emphasizes the fun of opening a new book and celebrating the satisfaction that comes from reading another story,” said DiCamillo, who is also the 2016-17 Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program literary partner.
Summer schedules can get busy, but with a little creativity it’s actually quite easy to fit in those 20 minutes a day, even when you have other activities planned.
The sooner you start a habit of reading every day, the better your child will be prepared when school – and the annual BOOK IT! Program – kicks off again. The program, available to kindergarten through sixth-grade students, runs from October through March each year and motivates students to read by rewarding them for their reading accomplishments with recognition and pizza. Learn more about the program and find more summer reading tips and activities at bookitprogram.com.
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