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College Admission Essays For Dummies [NOOK Book]


Get the scoop on avoiding common essay pitfalls

How to write an "admit-clinching" college admission essay

A good essay can mean the difference between getting into your first-choice college . . . and settling for a safety school. Don’t worry! This friendly guide delivers just what you need to craft a ...

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College Admission Essays For Dummies

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Get the scoop on avoiding common essay pitfalls

How to write an "admit-clinching" college admission essay

A good essay can mean the difference between getting into your first-choice college . . . and settling for a safety school. Don’t worry! This friendly guide delivers just what you need to craft a memorable admission essay, including practical tips on tackling the most common essay topics and lots of inspiring examples.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118069820
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 920,245
  • File size: 27 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Geraldine Woods has taught high school English for more than 25 years and advises seniors every year on college admission essays. She is also the author of Research Papers For Dummies.
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Table of Contents


Part I: Putting Yourself on Paper.

Chapter 1: Becoming More Than a Statistic: What the Essay Does for You.

Chapter 2: Exploring the Subject of the Essay — Yourself.

Chapter 3: Writing for the Tired, the Poor (The Admissions Office).

Chapter 4: Keeping It Legal.

Part II: Getting Your Head Ready for Writing.

Chapter 5: Writing as Process, Not Product.

Chapter 6: Storming Your Brain: Idea Gathering Techniques.

Chapter 7: Building a Structure to Support Your Ideas.

Chapter 8: Putting It All In Order: Creating an Outline.

Part III: Writing the Rough Draft.

Chapter 9: Showing, Not Telling Your Story.

Chapter 10: Constructing Good Paragraphs.

Chapter 11: Leading with Your Best Shot.

Chapter 12: Going Out with a Bang: The Conclusion.

Chapter 13: Overcoming Writer’s Block.

Part IV: I’d Like to Finish before Retirement Age: The Final Draft.

Chapter 14: Making a List and Checking It Twice: Grammar and Spelling.

Chapter 15: Smoothing the Rough Edges: Polishing the Essay.

Chapter 16: Leaving a Good Impression.

Chapter 17: Final Answers: The Last Word on Format.

Part V: Analyzing Questions from Real Applications.

Chapter 18: Composing Essays Starring You.

Chapter 19: Describing Significant Strangers and Friends: Essays About Other People.

Chapter 20: Responding to Essay Questions in the Subject Areas.

Chapter 21: Getting the Most Out of Short Answers.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Myths About the College Essay.

Chapter 23: Ten Great Essays to Inspire You.

Chapter 24: Ten Absolute Musts for College Essays.

Appendix: Personal Inventory.


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