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Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps: Crafting a Winning Personal Statement

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Writing a memorable personal statement can seem like an overwhelming project for a young college applicant, but college essay coach Alan Gelb's holistic strategy and reassuring voice takes out the intimidation factor. Students will identify an engaging topic and use creative writing techniques to compose a vivid statement that will reflect their individuality. A much-neede ...more
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Published November 3rd 2010 by Ten Speed Press (first published March 1st 2008)
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Sep 28, 2009 Chanell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ok, first off i am not the preferred audience for this book. i'm not in high school and am applying to grad school. but checked it out in hopes that it would help with articulation & improvement of my overall writing. one great takeaway: killing your babies - letting go of a draft if it isn't working.this saved me hours of forcing idea on the page that didn't want to be there. the book also helped me identify problematic grammar areas and focus on being authentic. but otherwise, i skimmed th ...more
Julie EVHS
I would give this book a 3.5 star.
I didn't find this book as helpful as the other book (On Writing the College Application Essay by Harry Bauld) I read. I think the most important/useful tip from this book is that it tells you to focus and find the main idea.Your essay should be super elaborated about multiple details; instead it should focus on one theme/idea. Gelb states that it's okay for the first draft to be long, because when you revise, you're supposed to find the main idea on your first
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Diana's rating: 5 stars

I just skimmed this book and immediately brought it son was struggling to polish up his essay and just reading the first and last chapter brought him to an aha moment. So I can't say you need all 10 steps, but certainly read the first chapter about narrative, and the last chapter with a few examples of essays from draft to final edit.
Which is about all a busy senior has time for. And definitely don't dangle a participle in your essay like I ju
Beth Cain
I read this book as research for a writing workshop. I found the content very entertaining, but when I went to compile materials, I found that just flipping through "College Admission Essays for Dummies" yielded more helpful information. There was one very helpful section that listed common mistakes, such as misusing lose/loose, their/there, etc. I honestly didn't know that 'alright' is not a word!
Jun 28, 2010 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not the preferred audience either, but Gelb stresses the pitfalls of writing that I can relate. Procrastination, fear of failure, parsimony of keywords. I will be reading through this - I'm sure I can pick up handy tips here and there.

Ok, so I finished this. I liked how it was written in a personable manner. Also, I liked that Gelb taught us how to write in succint sentences, removing repetitions and other unsightly sentence constructions.

It is useful as a basic writing guide.
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Feb 13, 2013 Brandon O'Neill rated it really liked it
Very good read as a tutor, teacher and one who gets frustrated with the writing I see kids do. Granted, this is higher level writing, but some things don't change at any level. The author also has a website I'd like to check out -
May 05, 2011 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful. I plan on using this book to write my essays.
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Extremely useful book! It really has helped me with crafting a nice college essay!
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