Tag: personal statement

Get FREE College Essay Crash Course

By Kim Lifton
Wow Writing Workshop 

Juniors, we know you’re super busy right now, staying involved in school and extracurricular activities, keeping up your grades, thinking about your college lists and prepping for standardized tests. Have you thought about your college essay yet?

college essay www.https//wowwritingworkshop.com/free-crash-course/
Get our College Essay Crash Course FREE

While you plan for life beyond high school, it’s important to start thinking about the final phase of the journey to college, which is just around the corner. In a few months, you will begin applying to college in earnest. Will you be ready?

Good grades and test scores aren’t enough to land a spot at a top college, but a standout college essay can send your application to the top of the pile. We’d like to teach you how to write a college essay for the Common App.

Our Gift to You: College essay crash Course, the COmmon App

For a brief time, we’re giving away our  College Essay Crash Course, the Common App,  a 1-hour video workshop taught by our senior writing coach, Joe Kane. You’ll get instructions to simplify the college essay writing process, plus the confidence you’ll need to write genuine, meaningful college essays that will get attention where it matters most — inside the admissions office.

A Peek Inside the College essay Crash Course

Joe will walk you through Wow’s unique, step-by-step method to help find your personal writing voice, understand the Common App college essay prompts, brainstorm ideas, and gather all the details you’ll need to write a meaningful personal statement in your own words and your own voice. As he moves through the writing process, he’ll pause for a few brief writing activities; by the time you’re finished, you’ll be well on your way to an effective college essay.

college essay Crash Course Highlights

With the College Essay Crash Course, you will learn:

  • How to find a great topic
  • What colleges want in a college essay
  • What mistakes to avoid
  • What your writing voice sounds like
  • How to write your story

Get the College Essay Crash Course now and watch it at your convenience. It’s free!

Kim Lifton can get a story out of anyone writing an effective college application essay
Wow President Kim Lifton

Kim Lifton, named one of 10 LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Education, 2018 , is President of Wow Writing Workshop,  a strategic communication company staffed by experts who understand the writing process inside and out. Since 2009, Wow has been leading the industry with our unique approach to communicating any message effectively. Click the Wow Method to find out how we help students write college application essays, grad school personal statements and resumes that get results. We also help business and nonprofit leaders create better blogs, manage social media, develop websites and create other communication materials.  If it involves words, Wow can help. High school juniors, don’t forget to sign up for your free College Essay Crash Course.  You can sign up now, and and watch it at your convenience. 

6 Tips for Mastering Common App Essay

By Kim Lifton

This blog about tips to master the Common App Essay was published on Aug. 1 on the Washington Post site, StudentAdvisor.com.

The new Common Application went live Aug. 1, and you might be worried about your personal statement. The good news? Everything you need to know about how to respond to the Common App essay is included in the instructions:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. (The application won’t accept a response shorter than 250 words.) Read more

So You Think You Can't Write?

Last week, after we praised a student for a well-written essay, he looked surprised and said it was the first time anyone had complimented his writing. He did not know  he could write such a gorgeous story about finishing a challenging hike in the mountains with a group of rugged teens while he was violently ill.

He did it. And the final draft was exceptional. The first few sentences drew us in:

I had hiked 45 miles in three days with a 60-pound pack, and I was physically exhausted. I woke up on the fourth morning, and I wasn’t sure if I could do it again. My shoulders were throbbing, like somebody was punching me repeatedly.

He went on to tell a heart-wrenching story with vivid details that  showed determination and strong will. He didn’t give up; he made the best of a bad situation. What might a college admissions committee get out of it? This student takes risks, finishes what he starts, will get his work done no matter what – and without excuses. He is ready for college and will give it 100 percent.

Why did he think he couldn’t write?  He knew what happened, and he knew why it mattered. He just didn’t know how to put all the pieces together. Our process taught him how.

We work with many high school seniors who claim they don’t like writing or who say they are not very good at it. We ask them,  “Can you think?” They all say yes.

We tell them, “If you can think, you can write,” but we don’t leave it at that. We take our students through a tried-and-true process that teaches them – step by step – how to develop an idea, brainstorm, free write for details, revise, edit and add the “wow factor” so it can stand out from the crowd.

Like most of our students, the boy with the hiking story was ready for this writing task. He just needed a process to get it done. That’s what the Wow Method is all about. Most people can recognize a great story; we know how to help students tell those stories in their own voices and in their own words.

Ready to tell your story? Join us for a drop-in session this Sunday, October 9, 1-4 p.m., 30150 Telegraph Road, Suite 120 in Bingham Farms. Everyone is welcome.