Rather than just presenting readers with a pile of essays that got other students into the "universities of their dreams," Sawyer takes students step-by-step through the process of developing ideas, organizing information and writing a compelling and effective essay.
This guide is a bit of a "choose your own adventure" which allows for students to write multiple essays while finding their voice and story.
You can also become a better writer almost involuntarily, just by observing the world, living your life to the fullest, and reading everything you can put your hands on.
You can also use a free app like Grammarly to avoid embarrassing grammar and spelling mistakes in your essay.
If you or your child need help with structure, time management, mechanics, and ideas then I highly recommend this book.
I took off a star because I didn't feel like many of the essays Sawyer presented were "all that." This book in conjunction with Toor's "Write Your Way In" would offer a guaranteed one-two punch.
Students can place themselves into 1 of 4 categories and each category has a slightly different approach to the essay.
This system can be reused with a different category creating a different essay which can be useful for students who are applying to multiple schools with differing requirements.
The author uses an unorthodox approach, claiming that breaking essays down into different formats is unnecessary.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a persuasive or a narrative essay – the difference is not in how you write, but rather in how you build your case.