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The 4 Most Common Admissions Essay Topics (and How to Approach Them)

The 4 Most Common Admissions Essay Topics (and How to Approach Them)

Are you getting your college applications ready? In most cases, you'll need a copy of your transcript, letters of recommendation, and the often-dreaded admissions essay. To make the process a little easier, read on as Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some of the most common admissions essay topics you might run into...   College admissions essays act as the human element in the otherwise statistic-driven admissions process. Where test scores and GPAs could easily be evaluate … Read More

The 4 Most Common Admissions Essay Topics (and How to Approach Them)
Are you getting your college applications ready? In most cases, you'll need a copy of your transcript, letters of recommendation, and the often-dreaded admissions essay. To make the process a little easier, read on as Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some of the most common admissions essay topics you might run into...   College admissions essays act as the human element in the otherwise statistic-driven admissions process. Where test scores and GPAs could easily be evaluate
16 Unexpected Things International Students Face
Here on the TakeLessons Blog, we've explored the best cities to visit in Spain, taken a foodie tour of Korea, and even learned about fun festivals like Germany's Oktoberfest. But what about the unique experiences international exchange students have when they come here to the US? You might be surprised to hear the things that baffle everyone else. Curious? We were too, so when we came across an article over on the StudentUniverse blog sharing these revelations from an international exc
Remembering Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
On Wednesday morning, 86-year-old writer and American icon Maya Angelou passed away. Angelou was a memoirist and poet who grew up in the Jim Crow South and survived childhood sexual abuse. She overcame these hardships with incredible strength of spirit, and went on to lead a creative and fulfilling life, leaving behind a legacy of joyful, empowering work. Angelou is most known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which has become required reading for many high school
Literature Study Guides: Supplements NOT Substitutes!
Think you can skip the book and go straight to the literature study guides or CliffsNotes? Not so fast! Check out tutor Matthew H.'s advice here...   Many high school and college students will use some form of literature study guides during their schooling. These can be really useful tools when implemented appropriately. Unfortunately, too many people view them as a way to avoid doing the assignment rather than as a way to understand the material better. First of all, letÂ’s dis
The Secret Method for Learning Any Language: Rhythm
Interested in learning a new language quickly? Want it to be fun? You've come to the right place! In this article, you'll read about a simple yet little-known method for making any language easier to learn...   It takes a long time to learn a new language. You can spend over 250 hours studying a language and only reach minimum proficiency. Some of the more complex languages, like Japanese and Arabic, can require twice as much studying compared to, say Spanish or French. If you don'

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