Matlock’s college prep curriculum is designed to help the student prepare for, and achieve, the college placement they have determined to be part of their educational goals. Writing college entrance essays is just one small part of that preparation. Here are 8 useful tips to consider when preparing to write your college entrance essay:
• Find the uncrowded space in the room
Choose an essay idea that fits you well, and a topic that will mark you as unique and distinguish you from the hundreds of other essays that the Admissions Advisor will be reading.
• Don’t go broad with your topic.
By choosing a specific topic, you can write more in-depth about the topic, making it more likely that you will present an essay that no one else has written.
• Don’t use preset essay forms
A student who uses vague ruminations that are shoe-horned into a preset form will end up being interpreted in the same manner. A student who uses the cliché becomes the cliché. A preset form leads to a boring and generic
• Don’t choose offensive topics.
This seems pretty simple, but many students cross this line daily, thinking that an edgier approach to their essay will garner them some bravery points. Topics that may be considered offensive are anything involving religion or racism. Getting your admission officer riled up does your chance of acceptance no favors at all.
• Don’t let someone else choose your topic.
This needs to be “all you.” It helps to discuss the topic with others, once it is chosen, but let the process of determining the subject of your essay come from you. That originality will show through in the finished product.
• The Devil’s in the details are important.
Submitting an essay that contains grammatical issues or punctuation/spelling errors can cause admissions officials to read your essay with a skeptical eye. Even a few small errors can be enough to cause the reader to prejudge your essay before they’ve finished reading.
• Don’t be negative.
Avoid choosing negative topics, and avoid using negative ideas within your essay. The more positive your topic, the more enjoyable the essay will be for your admissions officer to read.
• Don’t be arrogant with your writing.
Admissions officers can smell arrogance from a mile away, and it will definitely work to your detriment in the admissions process. Inserting your personal opinion is perfectly acceptable, but support that opinion with facts,
and try to avoid sounding too unyielding in your opinions.