Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Essay Writing Tip #2: Be concise. Focus!

While you may want to show off your biggest and baddest SAT vocab words, you shouldn’t just use them because you know them. It’s important to be concise and clear, so if you can use five words instead of 10, you should. We want to read a nicely worded, well thought out essay with a clear focus and organized structure.

Don’t try to tell your entire life story (because let’s face it... one essay isn’t enough for 17 or 18 years), but instead think about how you can communicate one little slice of your life. Can you tell a story that will illustrate one aspect of your personality? Can you zoom in on an idea that you find compelling? Can you incorporate details that will be memorable to your reader? These are the aspects we’re looking for in your writing.

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