You've chosen your essay topics, drafted an outline, and begun working on what you hope will become a masterpiece of a college essay. Now all you need to do is make sure that the ideas jumbled in your head translate into clear, cohesive, and brilliant writing once the pen hits the paper (or your fingers tap the keyboard).

These resources will provide you with professional writing and editing tips that will help you polish your pearls of wisdom into exquisite, compelling prose. You'll convince any college adcom member that you've got great ideas AND that you know how to express them!

College Essay Writing


  1. 5 Fatal Flaws, a free guide
  2. Focus on Fit, a podcast episode
  3. Stand Out! A Critical Goal for Your Application, a podcast episode
  4. Do's and Don'ts
  5. What is an Accomplishment?
  6. Generic-itis Prevention [Warning: If Untreated, Can Cause Rejection]
  7. How to Get Started on Your Personal Statement with One Easy Technique
  8. Three Tips to Jump Start Your Personal Statement
  9. The Miraculous 15-Minute ROUGH, ROUGH Draft
  10. First Drafts of Personal Statements: Let Yourself Go
  11. What 3 Essential Ingredients Must You Include in Your Statement of Purpose?
  12. Writing Tip: Understanding the Fine Line Between Confidence and Arrogance
  13. How to Project Professionalism & Positivity in Your Statement of Purpose
  14. The Art of an Opening Line
  15. How to Wow College Application Readers: Beyond Tests Scores and GPA
  16. 6 Tips for Getting Started on Your Application Essays
  17. 5 Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  18. 4 More Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  19. Writing a Lead that Pops
  20. Why Use an Admissions Consultant?
  21. Writing Techniques From a Pro
  22. 10 Tips for Better Essay Writing
  23. Personal Statement Tip: Less is More
  24. Application Essay Tip: The Devil is in the Details
  25. 4 Tips for Writing about Last Minute Extracurricular Activities
  26. How to Give Your Application as Much Weight as Possible
  27. The Importance of Obstacles in Your Application Essays
  28. Resourceful Essay Recycling
  29. Where’s the Poetry? The Secret Ingredient in Your Graduate Application Essays
  30. 4 Application Strategy Tips: Stand Out AND Fit In
  31. 3 Tips for Highlighting Your Strengths in Your Application Essays
  32. 5 Ways to Optimize Your Online Presence Before Submitting Applications
  33. “I’m Smart, Really I Am!” How to Prove Character Traits in Essays
  34. How to Add Detail to Your Social Enterprise/Community Service Goals
  35. 4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future
  36. What Should I Write About? Making a Difference
  37. Bring Your Personal Statement to Life With Vivid, Active Verbs
  38. Athletic Appeal in Admissions
  39. 5-Step Checklist Before Submitting Your Applications
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