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College Essay Tips: Make the Most of Your Summer!

Sure this doesn't look so fun...BUT it will pay off!

The summer provides a good opportunity for students to get a head start on their college applications and essays. Some colleges have already begun posting applications for the 2010-2011 application season, and many more will do so as the summer goes on. Our friends at College Essay Organizer (CEO) are constantly updating their extensive database of college essay requirements, so that students can get started with their essays as soon as possible. Here’s why starting applications over the summer is the way to go:

  • The college essay is generally thought to be the most time-consuming and overwhelming aspect of college applications. Get it over with!
  • Writing an essay is a multi-step process—a really good essay is typically brainstormed, outlined, drafted, edited, proofread, and finalized. Working on it gradually over the summer gives you time to really work through all these stages. 
  • When school, homework, and after-school activities start up again, and it comes time to apply to your colleges, you’ll be WAY more carefree having already completed the most dreaded part of applications.

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Getting started on essays and applications early will make the college application season far less overwhelming.

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More importantly, the essay is a significant component of any application, giving admissions officers an opportunity to look beyond the numbers and allowing students to put a personal stamp on applications. But writing an impeccable college essay is a process that requires a lot of time, preparation, and effort. The Vocab Videos team encourages you to get ahead of the game by working on applications and essays over the summer before the hectic school season starts up again.

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SAT Preparation: Staying Focused during the Holidays

It’s easy to get distracted during the holiday season, but doing what you can to stay focused will make your return to the realities of school and SAT preparation that much easier. Enjoy your time off, but make the most of it. Here are a few suggestions for staying on top of your SAT prep game during the upcoming winter break:

  • Get Your Rest: This may not have been what you thought our first recommendation would be, but catching up on some probably much-needed rest is essential to a healthy body and brain! Get some of the sleep that you missed out on when you were up late studying for that last test or writing that final paper your teachers tried to squeeze in before break.  Once well-rested, you’ll be re-focused, revitalized, and ready to set your mind to the task at hand.
  • Do Manageable Tasks: We know Christmas break likely isn’t the time you’ll want to spend hours reviewing your SAT manual or writing college essays, but there are ways to use your time wisely without overdoing it. Read the newspaper to learn new words and grasp the general idea behind stories. Watch Vocab Videos to learn crucial SAT vocabulary. Take 25 minutes to do a practice SAT math section. They’re simple, painless tasks you can do to stay on top of your SAT game.   
  • Finishing Touches on College Applications: With most college application deadlines right around the corner, you’re probably looking forward to getting applications off to colleges and out of your hands. But make sure that you’re sending off your best quality work. Don’t skip out on the finishing touches. Make any necessary adjustments to polish up your college essay, go over your activities resume to make sure you’ve mentioned all of your community involvement, and review applications one last time to make sure you’ve included everything.

Please ENJOY YOUR BREAK, but stay motivated with relatively simple (but important!) tasks to keep on top of the college admissions process.

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