Manoah Finston

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The French Tutor: Tips and Tricks for the French SAT Subject Test

Posted by Manoah Finston on 5/16/14 10:07 AM

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Tags: French, language learning

Summer Academics: Should You Study Abroad? Heck Yes!

Posted by Manoah Finston on 4/14/14 9:16 AM

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Tags: language learning, summer activities

The Language Tutor: Myths and Truth

Posted by Manoah Finston on 2/17/14 8:54 AM

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Tags: language learning, career advice

The Language Tutor: The Importance of Being Idiomatic

Posted by Manoah Finston on 12/25/13 8:12 AM

 

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Tags: French, language learning

The Language Tutor: Doubt Not the Dictionary

Posted by Manoah Finston on 11/27/13 7:22 AM

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Tags: language learning

College Admissions Guide: Scoring a Knockout in the Interview

Posted by Manoah Finston on 10/28/13 9:56 AM

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Tags: college admissions

College Admissions Guide: Managing Your Tone

Posted by Manoah Finston on 10/11/13 9:17 AM

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Tags: college admissions

College Admissions Guide: Writing Your Most Compelling Essay

Posted by Manoah Finston on 9/6/13 9:23 AM

 
Hello, dear readers! I’m going to switch gears a bit in today’s posting and give my in-depth analysis of SAT-II problems a breather. Instead, I will be talking about college admissions essays, and sharing with you some ways to help maintain perspective during the writing process. At first blush, the college admissions essay seems a very particular piece of writing—it is a hybrid form of personal narrative, argumentative prose, epic poem, and impassioned plea. And yet, the most polished and accomplished admissions essays do not read like the schizophrenic style sheet mentioned above; on the contrary, the best essays are simply engaging, well-crafted compositions that speak with conviction and authority.

In the space below, I will talk about a few dos and don’ts of college essay writing, but these will not be the standard, immediately executable dictates that so often circulate in admissions consulting—e.g., don’t hand in an essay with spelling errors, tailor your language to the specific school, etc. Instead, my tips are more abstract, perhaps even metaphysical pieces of advice to help guide you through the admissions process and beyond.

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Tags: college admissions

The Writing Wizard: Sound and Noise

Posted by Manoah Finston on 8/20/12 1:25 PM

Hello! I am the Writing Wizard, and I’m thrilled to be joining the Cambridge Coaching blog to discuss focusing tools, organizational skills, and editing tricks for better writing in academic and admissions contexts. 

In my first post, I want to talk about something that every writer, everywhere must confront: the blank page.  More specifically, I’m going to discuss some key steps that a good writer should take to prepare him/herself for the task of writing.  Whether you stare mindlessly at the blinking cursor or chew on your pencil while zoning out in front of your clean sheet of notebook paper, you know the feeling of that strange sense of inertia that precedes a first draft – you’re ready to write, you’ve got all your ideas laid out, but the words don’t come.  Now, I’m not talking about writer’s block – a separate scenario where you literally don’t know where to begin – but about another form of mental suspension: the state you’re in where you know exactly what you want to say, but you lose focus right when you should, ostensibly, be ready to roll.  Why does this happen, and what can be done about it?

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Tags: English, expository writing