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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
10 Genius Ways to Use Your Smartphone to Learn a Language
Can your phone help you learn a language? Absolutely! Check out these tips and ideas from Spanish tutor Joan B. and start exploring...   YouÂ’re addicted to your phone (join the club) and love everything it offers you -- access to friends, amazing deals through apps, and up-to-the-minute news. But did you know you can also use it to help you learn a language? It's true: your smartphone is one of the best tools you can use to strengthen your language skills -- especially when you
5 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction
Imagine transporting yourself into another time -- pretty cool right? This is exactly what readers get to do with the historical fiction genre. If you're interested in trying your hand at writing historical fiction, here are some tips for creating that immersive experience for your readers. 1. Define Your Time Period You may have an idea for the general era in which you want your story to take place, but that's not the same thing as a defined time period. For instance, the Middle Ages enco
Writing Strategies: How Can a Writing Tutor Help My Child?
If your child is struggling with writing or reading, you may be wondering if hiring a tutor will help. Here, St. Paul, MN teacher Marilyn G. shares what to expect from a tutor, and how you can continue helping your child along the way...   I have been tutoring students periodically throughout my career. I started as an academic tutor for high school home-bound students in a local school district. Since then I have worked with students from kindergarten through adult who have wante
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

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