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Get the scoop on avoiding common essay pitfalls

How to write an "admit-clinching" college admission essay

A good essay can mean the difference between getting into your first-choice college . . . and settling for a safety school. Don’t worry! This friendly guide delivers just what you need to craft a memorable admission essay, including practical tips on tackling the most common essay topics and lots of inspiring examples.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
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  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

Geraldine Woods has taught high school English for more than 25 years and advises seniors every year on college admission essays. She is also the author of Research Papers For Dummies.
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764554824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764554827
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geraldine Woods has taught and tutored every level of English from 5th grade through AP for nearly four decades. She blogs on language and grammar at www.grammarianinthecity.com. She's the author of more than 40 books, including numerous books published by Wiley: English Grammar For Dummies, English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, Research Papers For Dummies, College Admissions Essays For Dummies, SAT I For Dummies, AP English Literature and Composition For Dummies, AP English Language and Composition For Dummies, and Punctuation: Simplified and Applied. She loves her family, the Yankees, New York City, and Chinese food.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By reidmc on January 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've read three books on this subject and skimmed another half-dozen. This would be my top choice as it has a lot of solid information and it's organized to allow students to find answers to specific questions. Benefits from absorbing this material will spill over into other writing situations, too.
However, the main reasons for my recommendation are style and relevance. It's a book that will actually engage a student. Ms. Woods is funny and succinct, and her examples and tips are on point and clear. Subheads, boxes, bullets and icons are used effectively to organize and spotlight content.
The most common book recommendation on this topic is Harry Bauld's On Writing the College Application Essay. That book has got good stuff in it too, but will be more appealing to a parent than to a high schooler. If your student is truly interested and engaged in this subject get both books. If getting him or her to look at one book on the subject will be a major achievement make it the Woods book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Wehman on November 24, 2007
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This is an amazing book - if you're seeking undergraduate admittance.

I tried to use this book while applying to MBA programs, but to be honest, it just didn't cut it. It's a great book if you're seeking to write better essays in school, high school included, but it just doesn't cover the basics of a business school essay.

Very entertaining author.
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By NuclearJulian on October 26, 2011
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This is probably one of the best guide to write a solid admission essay. It devotes more than 300 pages in writing an effective essay. It is very well organized and developed. It explains what the admission officers expect from the applicant.

This book starts providing different strategies to start to write the essay; no matter if you are the kind of person that like to plan ahead or the person that like to do everything in the last minute, this books has from a long-range to a short-range plans. She gives a wide range of ideas to gather information and keep the integrity for your admission essay.

The strongest advise of this book is how to have a good structure of your essay, beginning from the pertinent and relevant details. such as constructing good paragraphs to how to build a strong conclusion. She stress the importance of having impeccable grammar and style in your essay and she provides some tips to achieve this.

Bottom line: If you are looking a reference book with concise and vast information about the topic, this is your book. she is not only an authority in this topic, but also she is hilarious! you will laugh out laud, and people will think you are crazy for laughing at book for college admission essays.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Wayne Cooper on April 23, 2009
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I've read several of these books (I teach writing), and this one is second to none. I used to assume the "Dummies" series was written BY as well as FOR dummies, but this one comes from an author who's sharp as can be. Some of the jokes use up more space than they're worth, but they're probably mandatory for the series, and in any event the book is fast-paced, highly practical, and just plain accurate. Overall it's excellent. (I seldom write reviews -- only when I consider a book either excellent or worthless; and this one is definitely in the former category.)
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By Kat on June 9, 2015
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This is a good tool to use when high school students need inspiration or advice for starting their college admission essays! It offers stylistic perspectives and more to kick start your personal statement essays. I found the site AdmitSee.com to offer even more guidance and essay examples from students who've been accepted to the top universities. Check it out for more info!
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This book was helpful in giving some college essay samples but I felt it lacked personalization because college application isn't just about the essay but a combination of many things. I found the website AdmitSee.com much more helpful. You can buy a student's profile and then access EVERYTHING that went into the application file--not just the essay. I'd recommend visiting that site before buying this book--at the very least, you should browse essay intros for free on the AdmitSee Essays Tab.
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