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Mastering the Application Essay: Summer Tutoring for College Applicants

Many of the better colleges report that a well-written essay can be the determining factor when GPA and standardized test results are too close to call, but meeting the essay requirements can be an especially daunting part of the college application process. Even the best students find themselves staring at a blank screen wondering: "What do they want?", "What can I say?", "How do I start?"

A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education reminds us that "essay requirements are a crucial part of the admissions narrative." The majority of colleges rank the personal essays as having "considerate to moderate" importance in determining the success of an application and, the most recent figures from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, show a 12% rise in the number of colleges that assign a lot of importance to application essays.

When you add to this the fact that the 2013 Common Application has new essay prompts, new word-count requirements (250 min. to 650 max.), and new technology that restricts the number of words a students can upload to the "essay window", it becomes clear just how important a head start and the help of a qualified mentor can be in your child's bid for college acceptance.

As New York Times higher education reporter, Tanya Abrams, notes in her college admissions blog, The Choice, "Savvy juniors [soon to be seniors] know that the earlier a college applicant starts drafting his or her essay, the more prepared they are." We all know how busy students (and their parents) get in the fall when school is in full swing; this makes summertime the perfect time to get a jump on the process.

SERC offers one-on-one tutoring sessions with Dr. Karen Connolly-Lane, a college composition and literature teacher with over 20 years of experience helping students to produce clear and expressive writing. These sessions use brainstorming, drafting, and revision to help your child really "read" the essay question and understand the mission of the target school.

Your child will walk away from these sessions with a skillfully-written, submission-ready essay that can make the difference in his or her bid for college admission.

For more information about the Sarasota Educational Resource Center call (941) 924-2778.

Sarasota Educational Resource Center‎
2477 Stickney Point Road
Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 924-2778

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