Posts Tagged ‘writing techniques’

Two Grad School Applicants Walk Into a Bar…

By - Sep 22, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

This might be a great opening line for a comedy night at a university student center, but can you use humor in a graduate school application essay? Should you even try? The answer is…maybe. If you have a funny bone, use it If you can use humor effectively,...

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How to Stay Within Essay Word Limits by Reducing Verbal Verbosity

By - Aug 16, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

Most applicants – whether applying to med school, law school, business school, or any other grad school or college program – need to deal with rigid character or word limits when writing their application essays or personal statements. You may start out thinking that you have...

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The Miraculous 15-Minute ROUGH, ROUGH Draft

By - Jul 16, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

Having trouble getting those first few words and sentences of your application essay up on your computer screen? Don’t fret – even the most accomplished novelists or famous journalists have a tough time getting started. Tempted to get up and do something – anything! – rather than...

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How to Project Professionalism & Positivity in Your Statement of Purpose

By - Nov 15, 06:30 AM   Comments [0]

In my previous post, I discussed the importance of maintaining an appropriate tone in your admissions essay, and provided tips for checking your tone, specifically for finding a confident tone and avoiding arrogance. Once again, “tone” refers to a writer’s attitude toward their subject (and their...

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Personal Statement Tip: Less is More

By - Oct 23, 06:30 AM   Comments [0]

Most of us have heard the saying “less is more,” but how many of us put it into practice when it counts? Your application essays are the perfect forum for reaping the benefits of this deceptively simple principle. What does “less is more” really mean? It’s the...

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Writing a Lead That Pops

By - Oct 12, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

How many times have you wandered through a bookstore, opening up a book to read the first few lines only to quickly close it again? How often have you read one of those free samples on your Kindle, only to decide after a paragraph that...

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Three MBA Application Poisons and Their Antidotes [Video]

By - Jan 9, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

You need to write impressive MBA application essays if you want to grab the attention of the admissions readers and snag a coveted interview invite (and then actually score a seat in the next class). But what should you write about? What shouldn’t you write...

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‘Twas the Night Before Deadlines: A Cautionary Tale of Cliches

By - Dec 24, 06:30 AM   Comments [0]

‘Twas the night before deadlines, and all through the world, Our consultants sat cramming, coffee brewing, brows furrowed; Though the essays were written with effort and care, There were still a few things that were cause for despair! The clichés! Oh, forsake! Terrible, were they – ...

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The Miraculous 15-Minute ROUGH, ROUGH Draft

By - Jul 31, 06:00 AM   Comments [0]

Having trouble getting those first few words and sentences of your application essay up on your computer screen? Don’t fret – even the most accomplished novelists or famous journalists have a tough time getting started. Tempted to get up and do something – anything! –...

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Using Anecdotes to Write Memorable MBA Essays

By - Jun 25, 16:36 PM   Comments [0]

Why does it matter if you write memorable MBA essays? Because the average top tier business school can read up to 40,000 essays in any given application season. THAT’S ALMOST 400 POUNDS OF ESSAYS. That’s as much as a TIGER. They read a TIGER’S worth of...

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