Tutor profile: Zoe V.
What should I write my college essay on?
The first thing to keep in mind when determining what to write your college essay about is that they essay section is meant to give students an opportunity to provide more personal information that has not already been covered in the application. Colleges and universities receive your grades, classes that you have taken, test scores, letters of recommendations, and activities/extracurriculars, so this essay should provide more information about you as a person. This could be an event or obstacle that has had an impact on your life, a topic that your are interested in, your proudest accomplishment, or even an area of growth that you have experienced. There are so many ways to go in terms of what you put in your essay, but most important is that you show off your writing skills in a way that lets colleges learn more about you personally.
Subject: Study Skills
How do I study for SAT?
Many students are often overwhelmed with how to approach college entrance exams like the SAT or ACT. My first recommendation for how to prepare for the SAT is to start early. If you are planning on applying for colleges in November, I would begin studying for the SAT the previous spring and summer. I often recommend that students allow for 2-3 months to study. Also keep in mind that if you have to re-take the SAT, you will may need even more time before the college application is due. Next, I would recommend taking a full-length practice test. Many students schools will require that they take the PSAT during their sophomore year in high school. If your school does offer this practice SAT, I highly recommend that students take it seriously and try as hard as they can on the test. This way, once a student receives their scores they know which sections they scored lower on; therefore, now know which sections to focus the most amount of time studying for. If a student's school does not offer the PSAT, there are multiple free practice tests available on the internet to take. Lastly, I recommend that students know what to expect on testing day. The SAT is a long test and it can be intimidating to sit for it. Do not cram for the exam the night before. Instead begin studying a couple of months in advanced. The night before the exam, take time to decompress and gather all of the paperwork and materials that you need to bring for exam day. Take the night to prepare mentally, emotionally, and physically so that you can walk into exam day as prepared as possible.
Subject: College Admissions
Why would I apply to a college Early Decision?
Most colleges stager their applications deadlines throughout the fall semester of students senior years, into their spring semesters. Each of these different deadlines have different pros and cons as to how it could assist a students application. These application decisions are known mainly as: Early Action (EA), Early Decision (ED), and Regular Decision. Early Action is sometimes broken down into EA I and EA II to denote two separate deadline dates, but both are still before the Regular Decision deadline. Applying Early Decision means that a student is submitting their application early in the admission cycle, typically in early November. This means that students who apply ED will hear earlier regarding their admission decision, typically in January or February. Early Decision is BINDING, meaning that if the student is accepted into this college they must attend. A student would benefit from applying ED if they are absolutely sure they will attend that college or university. Students are able to complete their application and hear back about acceptance earlier, which can also help to alleviate stress of waiting for a decision.
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