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The All-Important Personal Statement
The personal essay can make or break a student’s prospects for success. Thoroughly experienced and highly skilled, we tailor or services to meet our students’ needs, assisting with any or all aspects of the writing process.
- Organizing ideas
- Polishing grammar
- Editing final drafts
We know the elements that catch the eyes of college admissions officers and what topics and attitudes leave a neutral, even cold impression. Over the course of the last 20+ years, we have helped thousands of Seniors write winning college application essays.
How to write a compelling essay
A stand-out essay is often about a small thing, a seemingly ordinary incident or experience that captures a moment in time. For the most part, the surface topic merely provides an occasion for personal reflection, allowing students the opportunity to talk about themselves.
Most student have a wealth of untapped ideas or experiences, one or two of which can be crafted into an outstanding essay. We help students recognize their own best ideas, which they themselves might deem unworthy. And we take it from there.
Pay attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation. They matter. Essays must be mechanically sound, avoiding sentence fragments, run-ons and common verb and pronoun errors, among others. Higher level writing includes more sophisticated punctuation such as colons and semi colons as well as a facility with complex sentences along with a comfortable writing style.
The delivery is more important than the topic. There are bad topics around which you should carefully tread or maybe avoid altogether. Here are some to avoid:
- A hero in your life (This essay is about you)
- Humor (It’s very difficult to be funny in print)
- Death of a pet
- Religious or philosophical epiphanies
- Simple solutions to world problems
- Start early
- Show don’t tell because everybody loves a story
- Be genuine
- If you’re bored with your first sentence, the reader will be, too.
- Be unconventional but not weird
- Make sure if you’re including the name of the college in your essay, that you name the right school. The University of Michigan doesn’t want to know that you’ve always wanted to attend The University of Florida.
Experienced tutors train students in actual testing conditions.
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“ Thank you so much for helping my son pass his APUSH class. He had never passed a single test until he started tutoring; now he’s passing them all. Hoping for a 4 on the actual test. Thank you, Kathryn. ”
“ Working with Carole has been the best decision of my college process. As my parents brought home book after book of ACT AND SAT (yeah, both!) I was getting crazy worried and crazy stressed. Then a friend of my dad’s told us about you and that changed everything for me. Seriously I hope people read this and send their kids to you. ”
Jupiter HS Student
“After three months with you guys, I took my last ACT in February and blew it away. Got a 33. Decided not to try for a 34. I’m done but I’ll miss all of you. You are a fun bunch of tutors.”
Cardinal Newman Parent
“ My son got extended time for ACT and SAT thanks to Worth! I hadn’t known that such an accommodation even existed let alone apply for it. What a difference. Reading score went up the most from 21 to 33 and that’s the honest truth. Now I know why half of his school goes to you for tutoring. Thank you so much. ”