Friday, November 26, 2010

College Prep Basics: Books to Help You Choose a College and Write the Essay

For college seniors this might not be the most wonderful time of the year.. instead, it might be called the most stressful time of the year. So we hope that our college and career section will help to ease things a bit with guides to both picking the perfect colleges for you, and how to write your application essays. 

 Prospective college students and their parents have been relying on Loren Pope's expertise since 1995, when he published the first edition of this indispensable guide. This new edition profiles 41 colleges -- all of which outdo the Ivies and research universities in producing performers, not only among A students but also among those who get Bs and Cs.




 High school students who get average grades and don't ace the SAT or ACT discover that an exceptional college education is by no means beyond their reach with this guide. Along with information on what to look for in a college and what colleges look for in their students besides grades, this college reference provides details on more than 150 colleges that make it a point to help students who have not achieved a stellar GPA and includes information on whether colleges feature extra tutoring, help from professors, and distance-learning programs. Advice on the application process emphasizes the schools that look beyond GPA to the extracurricular activities and community involvement at which many average students excel.

 As a graduate of Harvard and Stanford, a consultant for a top admissions consulting firm, and the former admissions director for Teach for America, Katie Malachuk has a wealth of expert advice to share with all academic applicants. Yet her most valuable asset is the wisdom she has gleaned as an instructor at one of the nation's top yoga schools. Blending her practical savvy with her keen spiritual insight, she illuminates an inviting new path in "You're Accepted."

 Writing a memorable personal statement can seem like an overwhelming project for a young college applicant, but college essay coach Alan Gelbs holistic strategy and reassuring voice takes out the intimidation factor. Students will identify an engaging topic and use creative writing techniques to compose a vivid statement that will reflect their individuality. A much-needed supplement to other college entrance guides, this useful handbook will help students win over the admissions dean, while preparing them to write better papers once theyve been accepted.

 The college admissions process is overwhelming, and counselor appointments can be few and far between at some schools. That's why The Princeton Review got more than 200 top college counselors to share their secrets about getting that crucial acceptance letter. I need to know about applying Early Action or Early Decision? Where do I find scholarships, and how do I get them?What do college admissions officers really want to see on an application?

Write Your College Essay in Less Than a Day 
Strategies from a noted educational consultant on how to ease the pressure, ace the essay, and gain admission into your top-choice school. Getting into college has become fiercely competitive, which makes the personal-essay part of the application process even more important–and stressful. But stop worrying In Write Your College Essay in Less Than a Day, Elizabeth Wissner-Gross–a top educational strategist in this area who counsels students at schools across the country–breaks down the harrowing ordeal of essay writing into manageable steps, leaving you with a fresh, polished, stand-out piece that admissions officers will love to read.   

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