Get into Any College: Secrets of Harvard Students

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Getting into college has always been about showcasing your strengths while minimizing your weaknesses. Get into Any College presents an easy to follow, step-by-step strategy to marketing yourself to any college. Written by admission experts Gen and Kelly Tanabe and combining the experience and insights from graduates of America's top colleges, this book will help you:

Write an irresistible admission essay by describing your life in less words than are on the back of a cereal ...

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Overview

Getting into college has always been about showcasing your strengths while minimizing your weaknesses. Get into Any College presents an easy to follow, step-by-step strategy to marketing yourself to any college. Written by admission experts Gen and Kelly Tanabe and combining the experience and insights from graduates of America's top colleges, this book will help you:

Write an irresistible admission essay by describing your life in less words than are on the back of a cereal box. Plus, be inspired by 25 real essays that worked and a few that didn't.

Create a compelling college application by including the "right" information that will knock the admission officers out of their chairs and beg you to accept their offer.

Ace the SAT and ACT tests by discovering the truth about how these tests are used and what strategies will actually increase your scores.

Master the college interview by getting a sneak peek at the actual interview questions.

Bonus chapters just for parents on how to help prepare your 9th-12th grader for college and gain a competitive edge by starting early.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932662283
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 14 books including The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges, The Ultimate Scholarship Book, and How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Northern California.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Selective Colleges Really Want from Applicants 1

Getting Into Your Dream School

How this Book Is Superior to All Others: A Shameless (But True) Testimonial

A Sneak Preview to What's Inside

What Colleges Consider in Deciding Whom to Admit

How Colleges Make Their Decisions: Behind the Closed Doors of the Admissions Office

The Admissions Gamble and the Role of Luck

Who We Are and How We Will Help

Chapter 2 How to Pick the Perfect College For you 21

Your First Challenge: Deciding Where to Apply

The Neapolitan Ice Cream Approach to Picking the "Right" Colleges

Which School Has the Best Parties and Other Important Questions You Need to Ask

Applying Early … or Should I Sign My Life Away?

The Dreaded Deferment

Don't Worry About Money (Yet)

Chapter 3 Create a Compelling Admission Application 33

How to Write a Killer Application

Get Your Very Own Applications

Save Time With the Common Application

Get Ready to Be a Neat Freak-Even if You're Not

Your Online Personality

Beef up Your Extracurricular and Academic Life

Prioritize Your Activities

Leadership is Always Better Than Membership

Tastefully Bragging about Your Honors and Awards

When to Leave It Blank

Nip and Tuck in All the Right Places

Leave No Question Unanswered

Zap! Tips for Applying Online

Finally … Don't Forget to Sign

An Example Application That Worked

Chapter 4 How to Guarantee Excellent Evaluations 51

Find Someone to Brag About You

Start Early

How to Hunt Down the Best Recommenders

The Bonus Evaluation

Get Recommenders Who Can Write About the Intimate Details of Your Life

The Name Game: Bigger Isn't Always Better

A Warning About Numbers

Avoid Crunch Time

Do the Grunt Work for Your Recommenders

The Perfect Cover Letter

Be a Frequent Visitor to Your Recommenders

Make Your Recommenders Feel Warm and Fuzzy

Secret Fail-Safe Weapon for Excellent Evaluations

Chapter 5 How to Write an Irresistible Essay 67

The Essay: King of the Application

The Essay in the Eyes of the Admissions Officer

Typical Essay Questions

All Questions Can Be Answered Exactly the Same

Five Step Essay-Writing Workshop

Step 1 Brainstorm Topics

Step 2 Narrow the List of Possible Topics

Step 3 Razzle and Dazzle! Answer the Question Uniquely

Step 4 Write for Perfection: Rewrite, Edit, Rewrite and Edit Again, with Help from Editors

Step 5 Polish Your Essay

The Essay-Writing Absolute Don'ts

Totally Dumb Topics to Avoid

Specific Tips for Specific Questions

Next Up: The Magic of Recycling and Examples of the Good, Bad and Ugly … Essays that Is

Chapter 6 Recycle Your Essays when Applying to Many Colleges 103

Presto-Chango! Turn One Essay Into Two

The Common Application: The Easiest Way to Recycle

How to Answer Any Question With Only One Essay

Recycling in Action: A Case Study

How to Shorten a Long Essay

How to Build a Longer Essay

A Final Warning About Recycling

Chapter 7 Example Essays: The Good, Bad and Ugly 117

The College Essay in the Real World

Magnum Opuses: Essays that Opened College Doors

Seven Disastrous Essays That Spelled Rejection

A Final Note on the Essays That Bombed

Do You Have a Good Essay?

Chapter 8 The Secrets to Crushing the Interview 151

The Interview Nightmare

Secrets of the Interview

Make the Most of Your Sweaty Palms

Interviewers Are Real People Too

Don't Just Talk About You

Creative Digressions and Connecting: How to Become Bosom Buddies With Your Interviewers

Listen, Too

Your Interview Homework

Cheat Sheet of the Most Commonly Asked Questions

The "No-No" Topics

Know the World Around You

Is Religion a Taboo Topic?

No Snoozing Allowed

The Mock Interview

Leave the Halter Top and Short Shorts Behind

Nail Polish, Aspirin and Other Emergency Supplies

Show Time! Psyche Yourself Up for the Real Thing

Why Blowing It Is' Not Blowing It

Chapter 9 Critical Final Steps Before Submitting the Application 165

You Are Done! (Well Almost…)

Do a Once, Twice and Thrice Over

The Big Send-Off

Thank All of Your Helpers

Chapter 10 How to Ace the Sat and Act 169

How to Survive the SAT and ACT

Myth #1: Standardized tests make or break your chances.

Myth #2: You have to score in the top 90 percent to get into a selective college

Myth #3: There is nothing you can do to prepare for the tests

The Ingredients of the Alphabet Soup of Tests

The SAT

The PSAT

The SAT Subject Tests

The ACT

Duel of the Three-Letter Acronyms: The SAT vs. ACT

Advanced Placement Tests (APs)

International Baccalaureate Program

TOEFL, TWE and TSE

How to Increase Your Scores

How to Master English and Reading Tests

Number Hunching and Crunching: How to Be a Math Whiz

The Day Before the Big Event

Test Time Tips

A Timeline for Testing

A Second Chance

How to Deal With a Bombed Test

Chapter 11 How to win Free Cash for College 193

Money Is Everything

Financial Aid Mumbo Jumbo Explained

Money From Uncle Sam: Federal Financial Aid

All the Forms You Need to Fill Out

Tips for Filling Out the Forms

What Happens Next?

Scholarships: The Best Free Cash in the World

Map to the Financial Aid Jackpots

Strategies for Winning Scholarships

How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

Strategies to Get More Money

How to Write a Letter to Ask for More

Letter to Harvard

Get the Latest Scholarship Information

Chapter 12 Admissions for Special Groups 209

Special Considerations for Special Groups

Student Athletes

Transfer Students

International Students: Corning to America

Students With Disabilities

Home-Schooled Students

Chapter 13 Get Started Before Your Senior Year 221

Catch the Early Bird Worms

Everything an Underclassman Needs to Know About College Admissions (But Is Afraid to Ask)

Visit College Campuses

The Application? What's That?

Challenge Your Brain

Practice for and Take the Alphabet Soup of Tests

The Importance of Extracurricular Activities

Compete to Stand Out

Keep a Record of All Your Accomplishments

Kiss Up To Teachers, Employers and Advisors

Avoid Appliphobia by Previewing Applications

Chapter 14 Get Your Child Ready for College 231

The Difficult Role of Being a Parent

A Galloping Overview of the Admissions Process and How You Can Help

How to Pay for College Without Filing for Chapter 11

100 Percent Freedom for Your Child

Get an Early Start With Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors

Chapter 15 Decide which College to Enter 241

The Waiting Game

The Quality of Parties and Other Important Criteria for Making Your Final Decision

The Campus Visit: A Crash Course on College Life

Don't Wait for the Wait List

Your Last Letter to the Admissions Office

Appendix A Resources 247

Appendix B College Search Worksheet 249

Appendix C Evaluation/Recommendation Worksheet 252

Appendix D College Cost of Attendance Worksheet 255

Appendix E Financial Aid Worksheet 256

Index 257

About the Authors 260

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