Writing essays are challenging for so many people. Many students struggle with finding an interest topic, building strong content, formatting their essay, using correct grammar/spelling, and the list goes on. So how do you take the “drama” out of writing? Here are three basic steps to writing a good essay.
1) Brainstorm – Think of your experiences, challenges, and outstanding moments in your life for interesting topics. It is much easier to write about you or something related to you that allows you to draw from your personal self.
2) Draft your essay – Write your essay using three basic parts: introduction, body, and conclusion. Be sure to have at least three facts or points that you can write to support the message or theme of your essay.
3) Edit and finalize – Take a break from your essay before finalizing. This means you need to provide enough time for this also..especially if you are working on a deadline! Reread and edit your essay as needed. Have an English teacher or guidance counselor proof your essay and give you tips. Now, you are all set to finalize!
Be competitive in your academics just as many of you are with your sport activities. Just as in the “sports world” you attend practice and get help from your coaches to win a game—-be sure to study, take practice exams, and get the help you need to obtain your best SAT score. Your SAT score is extremely important to what acceptance offers and scholarships you receive from colleges and universities. Visit www.collegeboard.com to get practice questions, study guides, and to register for the SAT. Here are the upcoming registration deadlines and testing dates. Be sure to get signed up!
- September 21st (late registration deadline) – October 1 Test Date
- October 7th (registration deadline) – November 5 Test Date
For most of you, school has started again and the memories of the summer will soon be a faded memory. The routine of doing homework, class assignments, group projects, and studying for tests/exams start are all over again. I encourage you to stay focused and keep your mind on you future goals. Hard work really does pay off!
If you are in highschool and dream of going to college, start preparing now! Talk with your guidance counselor or advisor and explore your interests that might suit you for a possible career. Don’t forget that there are many resources available on the internet also. Register with The College Board at www.collegeboard.com to help you start your college planning. Take time to visit colleges in your area so that you begin understanding “college life”! It is never too early; so start planning now!