How to Write the Perfect College Essay–Tell a Good Story

At the heart of every college essay is a good story. Everyone loves a good story, but what are the elements that make it good. Reflecting on these elements can help you improve your essay and thus your chances of acceptance at your top choice university.

How to Write The Perfect College Essay–Consider Your Audience

Any writer has to consider the audience for whom they are writing. Your college essay is no different. Think long and hard about how the admissions officer will approach the process of reading your personal statement. And then prepare to give that person a whiz-bang piece of prose.

The Cardinal Rule for Writing a Perfect College Essay

What’s the most important rule for writing the perfect college essay for your college application? Check out Mark’s “cardinal rule”. And find out what a “cardinal rule” is, too boot!

How to Write the Perfect College Essay for the Common Application–Transition to Adulthood

Mark’s final post in a series on essays explore the prompt in which students are asked to recount an incident that marks their transition from childhood to adulthood.

How to Write the Perfect College Essay for the Common Application–A Place or Environment

The new college essay prompts for the Common Application are much more narrow than they have been in the past. However, some of the questions are new takes on questions that have sometimes appeared on various essay supplements. Thus it’s hard to say that these new prompts are all that “new.” We’ve been looking at […]

How to Write the Perfect College Essay for the Common Application–Beliefs and Ideas

Mark continues his examination of the Common Application college essay prompts. This one focuses on the “belief or idea” prompt.

How to Write the Perfect College Essay for the Common Application–Writing About Failure

One of the new Common Application prompts asks you to recount a time in which you failed. This essay requires that you show both humility and maturity.

How To Write A Perfect College Essay for the Common Application–Your Background Story

Essay Writing! This first in a series of posts on the Common Application essay prompts focuses on how to answer the prompt about how your background or story has shaped your identity.

How To Write A College Essay

The presentation of this video is meant to make you giggle. But the advice it contains is pretty darned good. If you need help with your college essay, you might want to work with a professional…to help you avoid becoming a “forest-enabling loser.”   Mark Montgomery Educational Consultant and College Essay Editor