The elephant, of course, is Strunk and White’s which I have, sacrilegiously, left out of my recommendations above. Perhaps the best thing about is the fabulous prose with which it is written; like everything else that E. White (who was the primary author) ever wrote, it can inspire and improve any writer, simply through the example it sets.
It was brief enough that he could read it, get it, and then utilize it for his essays in short order. All acceptances so far (6 schools with 8 still to go) and multiple merit financial aid awards that I attribute, at least in part, to the strength of the essay he managed to write.
Besides being an easy to follow, step-by-step guide, Ethan Sawyer injects the right amount of humor to make the essay writing process fun and rewarding.
Ethan is inspirational and College Essay Essentials is a must have for any student (or counselor) who is looking to be inspired to write a successful college admissions essay.”– gonzo14, Amazon Customer“College Essay Essentials is a close to a "magic bullet" that students are going to find to help them produce meaningful and powerful college essays.
would be worth reading just for Lamott’s elegant, moving, and often-hilarious prose.
But the advice she offers is just as fantastic as the style with which it’s delivered.
Is there a step-by-step process for writing the essay? After all, the college process is as much about getting to "know thyself" as it is about getting into and going to college! The step by step approach was instrumental in helping him figure out how to structure his essay and what sorts of topics might lend themselves to an effective essay.
Following the advice in the book will not just produce thoughtful writing, but if done right, will allow the students to really get to know themselves on a deeper level. Mc Meekan"I read about 10 different books on writing essays for college applications to help prepare my son for his senior year. I had my son read it (the only one I had him read) and he grudgingly agreed to work through the process that Ethan lays out in the book.
This advice, Pinker explains, is far too simplistic.
The passive tense actually allows the writer “to direct the reader’s gaze, like a cinematographer” does when she’s deciding what to place in and out of focus.