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How to Write a Winning College Application Essay, Revised 4th Edition 4th Rev ed. Edition

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When there are kids out there reading How to Write a Winning College Application Essay and taking author Michael James Mason's College Essay Workshop, you can hardly afford to be left behind. Mason's method requires a lot of hard work, but, as he says in his introduction, "There is no shortcut to writing an essay you are proud to send to the colleges of your choice." Mason recommends putting aside two hours a night for two weeks straight to accomplish this onerous task, which in the long run isn't much of a hardship, considering the possible payoff. During those two weeks, you will come upon your best subject matter by exploring 26 different aspects of yourself. "You don't have to be a star scholar or a superhero to write a great application essay," Mason says. "You just have to show on paper that you know some things about yourself and that your life has meaning and perspective." Mason knows what admissions officers are looking for, and he knows what they dread (he happens to be married to one). This terrific book also includes insightful chapters on the SAT II: Writing Test, financial-aid essays, and graduate-school application essays. --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: How to Write a Winning College Application Essay
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 4th Rev ed. edition (May 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761524266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761524267
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This best part of this book is that it has a large section (50+ pages) on how to gather the raw material on your life that can help you find the material for your essay. If you have no idea who your hero is or what adversity you've overcome, this will help you find your story and the supporting antecdotes that make your essay stand out. Mason also gives very specific instructions on how to write a good essay. This would be a good book for someone who wants some guidance turning ideas into a workable essay. It also has short chapters in writing essays for the SAT II English test, graduate school admissions and scholarship essays.
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Of the many books on college that I've brought home for my offspring to look at, _How to Write a Winning College Application Essay_ is the first that my daughter read.

The book is well organized and has interesting topics. My favorite was the chapter of essays gone wrong, and the intelligent discussion of what went wrong with them. My daughter spent hours on the writing exercises--though she hates her writing about herself--and I think they helped her. The tone of this book is helpful, not the least bit condescending, as it points out errors of content, style and tone that can hurt the applicant's chances.
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I liked the things other reviewers said and liked what I saw skimming thru this book. Fortunately, our high school does a wonderful job working with their students on getting a good essay prepared in a timely and orderly manner. With all the high school support, my daughter didn't feel the need to use this book. Glad to have it as a resource though. The essay's not quite done yet!
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This book is very helpful in forming a coherent, persuasive and meaningful application statement. Michael Mason was my senior AP English teacher, and speaking with him in person is even more beneficial! If possible take one of his writing workshops, he is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. If you can't find a workshop to take, at least pick up the book!
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As college planning/funding counselors, we've been using this book for some time as a component of our services. We hold a summer "Boot Camp" during July and August for our newly-minted seniors. Half of the 2.5 hour session is devoted to discussing the do's and don'ts of essay writing. How to Write a Winning College Application Essay is the only book we have all our students purchase before attending the boot camp. We've created a Workbook that walks the student through this essay writing book in order for the student to utilize the book to its maximum. When a student sends to us a preliminary copy of what is to be their near-final draft of an essay we can discern immediately whether or not they've read the book. The best essays are provided by those that have read the book!! Complete College Funding Solutions, Torrance CA.
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"How to Write a Winning College Application Essay" is a great source to reference when sitting down to write your own college application essay! If you are looking for fresh ideas or topics to crafting your personal statement, this book is the guide you want to follow. It offers advice, tips, and counsel to choosing your personal statement tops and phrasing it in such a way that your essay stands out from all the rest. A site providing the accepted essays and applications from all of the top universities, AdmitSee.com, is a wonderful academic arena to frequent when looking for inspiration and advice!
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You can never have too much advice when writing those college application essays. I was a terrible writer and had no confidence in my writing skills. This book provided concrete, step-by-step advice on discussions, examples, guidelines, analysis, and more. Also, I found it helpful to read real college essays on Admitsee.com to get a better sense of what kinds of essays are successful in getting into college.
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I bought this last year whern my daughter was applying to college. Since she had her heart set on a very selective school, she wanted to be able to craft an articulate essay. This book is helpful in showing you what are the elements of both good and bad essays. You don't have to take every hint- you do need to find your own voice after all; but instead of pulling your hair out over where to begin, you can read some advice, sleep on it, then begin your own masterpiece essay. And good luck to you!

PS- she did get in to her top choice early decision.
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