Thursday, June 20, 2013

Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps: Crafting a Winning Personal Statement

For millions of students (and their parents), the college application process has become an extraordinarily competitive and highly stressful playing field - but beyond the grades and the standardized test, it's the personal essay section of the application that strike fear in the hearts off most students.

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Knowing that so much is riding on a memorable personal statement can make the process of writing one seem like an overwhelming task for a young college applicant, but veteran college essay coach Alan Gelb takes the intimidation out of the process. Gelb teaches students  to identify an engaging topic and use creative writing techniques to compose a vivid statement that will reflect their individuality, meet the new Common Application essay prompts, and capture the attention of any college admission dean.

A top-seller in the College Prep category, Gelb's Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps is widely valued for its streamlined techniques and solid advice. Tens of thousands of students, parents, counselors, and teachers have turned to the book for its clear explanation of what makes a personal essay shine, In fact, so many writing teachers use the book as a classroom resource that the author now features a free Teacher's Guide on his site to make the book even more teacher-friendly.

the essay is the one part of the process that provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to share who they are and what opportunity to share who they really are and what makes them special. With Gelb's step-by-step guidance, students come away with an original, authentic college application essay that only helps them to stand out in the admissions process, but also prepares them to write better papers throughout their academic career.

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Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps: Crafting a Winning Personal Statement is available July 2013.

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