Danielle D.

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How to Address Weak Areas of your College Application

Posted by Danielle D. on 6/5/17 6:44 PM

Although it may feel like you have to have the perfect application to get into college, with acceptance rates at one top-tier school dropping below five percent, there is no perfect formula for being accepted to college. Your goal instead should be to present any “problem areas”—a dip in your GPA, lower test scores than you wanted, or other high school hiccups—in the best possible light. Sometimes, this means putting your problem front and center by writing about it in your Common Application essay as an example of your ability to learn from challenges, while in other situations you might ask your counselor or recommenders to address the issue in their letters. Rather than hiding your problems and hoping for the best, you should have a proactive plan for demonstrating that you can hold yourself accountable for mistakes and learn from them in the future.

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Tags: college admissions

4 Key Tricks for Brainstorming Your College List

Posted by Danielle D. on 5/10/17 6:01 PM

If you’re a rising high school senior looking toward college application season, one of your most important first steps is putting together a list of colleges you want to apply to. This list will help you plan college visits and make a schedule of application deadlines; it’s also an important time to check in about which schools’ admissions criteria match your test scores, grades, and activities. However, with more than 3,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States alone, the college search can be a little overwhelming, and it can be difficult to think beyond big-name schools or the colleges where all your high school classmates go. Here are four creative tricks for brainstorming outside the box when it comes to making your college list.

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Tags: college admissions

The Best Ways to Prepare for an Essay Exam

Posted by Danielle D. on 5/20/16 9:00 AM

College students are often intimidated by essay exams, a common final exam format for courses in the humanities and social sciences. Because the exam itself provides so little structure for your answers, it can feel impossible to get all of your thoughts on paper in an organized way without running out of time. As someone who has graded a lot of college students’ exams, I’ve realized that students most often lose points because they don’t realize that an exam essay is a specific genre of writing that you can practice in advance, even if you don’t know the exact questions you’ll be answering. By developing a strategy for success in writing exam essays, you’ll be able to make sure that the material you worked hard all semester to learn shows up in your answers on the day of the test.

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Tags: study skills, English, expository writing