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College Application tips

TimeSept. 19, 2012

from:Allen, Myra

to:All Students

A few tips on the College application process

•Form an application assembly line. Since you have limited time, it's critical to be efficient. Spread out all of your applications for the colleges and group together the common pieces. For example, almost all colleges have a page where you need to list your grades, test scores and extracurricular activities. Most colleges ask for your honors and awards as well as require admission essays. By focusing on completing each group of papers together, you'll save yourself a lot of time by not having to repeatedly look for the same information.

•Don't skip proofreading. With deadlines looming it can be easy to skip proofreading your application. Yet, careless mistakes that range from simple errors in grammar to actually misspelling the name of the college detract from an otherwise strong application. An even better idea is to have someone else look at your application.

•Recycling is not only for aluminum cans. Since each college requires one to three essays, you can save yourself a lot of time by recycling some of your essays. By editing the introduction and conclusion you can change the focus of your essay so that it can answer another college's question. While recycling is a good idea, it is very important to have someone else read your essay to make sure that it actually answers the question.