Last week we presented our free session, “Write Your Way to College Admissions” at the Huntington Woods Public Library. A great group of parents and students joined us for a lively discussion about SAT and ACT writing tests and college essays.
Here are a few of our top tips:
- An ACT or SAT essay is as much a thinking and organizing test as it is a writing test. Take time to plan your arguments and outline your essay before diving in.
- When you write an SAT or ACT essay, the readers don’t care which side of the argument you choose; just pick a side, argue it well, and be sure to include a counter-argument.
- Everyone has a writing voice. Your voice is unique and personal and all yours. Let it shine through in your college application essays.
- Parents should be careful not to “help” too much with college essays. As admissions officers tell us again and again, students, write in your own words, in your own voice. The Wow Method is designed to help students do just that. Parents, let your children bounce ideas off you and engage you as they see fit, but don’t get too involved.
To join the conversation, come see us at the Novi Public Library next week, Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. The session is free and open to everyone – parents, students, teachers and friends. For more information, contact us. We hope to see you there!