Head’s up: I haven’t been posting recently since school just started. I’m not on hiatus, just unplugging from the online world a little. :)

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Ah yes, the elusive Common App Essay, or Personal Statement. The formatting is crucial to the piece, so I made this a photo post rather than a standard ask response. Hopefully that’s not too inconvenient for anyone.

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Anonymous said: I'm having a hard time writing my personal statement. What are some tips you have on how to write a good personal statement? Thanks!

thewritingcafe:

My Tips:

  • Write many, many drafts. Write them on different topics. Rewrite the same drafts several times.
  • Have people read them. Take them to school counselors, advisers, and staff members who are on scholarship committees, even if you’re not applying for their scholarship.
  • Show that you have passion for whatever you plan on doing.
  • Don’t actually use the word “passion”.
  • Don’t use purple prose.
  • No one cares about your beloved high school teacher who inspired you to do blah blah blah. Everyone has heard this story. Whoever reads your essay will roll their eyes because they’ve probably read hundreds more like it. Write about something specific to you.
  • For you English/Literature majors: No one cares if you’ve been reading/writing since you were a kid. That’s true for pretty much every English/Lit major.
  • Keep it short. If they give you a maximum of one thousand words, that does not mean they want to read one thousand words. Keep it around one page or less.
  • Don’t use quotes from other people. This is all about you, not what someone else said.
  • Don’t put all of your achievements in a list.
  • I’ve heard at least three college professors complain about essays that start with “in modern society today” or “in our society today” or “in the world we live in today”. They’re cliche and they’re redundant. Of course modern society is today. That’s why it’s modern.
  • Make sure whatever you write about is relevant to the question for the personal statement or relevant to your reason for applying to whatever you’re applying to.
  • Show that you have long term goals and that whatever you’re applying for now will help you in the future.
  • Stick to one topic.
  • Back up your claims. Anyone can say they are ambitious. You have to show that you are ambitious for it to hold any weight in a personal statement.
  • Whenever you mention an academic or extracurricular achievement, talk about how it has helped you and how it is relevant. Winning a major spelling bee is irrelevant if you’re applying for nursing school unless you’re able to use that fact to show that you have excellent memory, which is valuable in many fields.
  • Don’t try to be funny.
  • Talk about what you hope to learn.

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merpldom:

So I’ve seen this post going around in link form, which isn’t super useful to anyone who wants to read it, so I put it up in photo form. Useful for anyone who doesn’t have xkit. :3 Definitely like and reblog the OP, but if it shows up as a link, this helps. :3

I fixed the link for the OP so it works now :)

NEED THIS IN MY LIFE RN!!! THANK YOU TUMBLR!

I suck at cover letters so this is fab

I SUCK at cover letters. This is a gift from the gods, THANK YOU

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A Masterlist of AP Review Books

apstudying:

apstudying:

Let’s face it — AP tests are a challenge. Sometimes, we students find ourselves facing incompetent teachers, insufficient classes, etc. etc. that do not prepare us for these exams at all. However, having a review book may be your golden ticket to the grade you desire. 

Here is a list of most frequently recommended and highly useful AP review books for each subject! 

 

AP US History: Princeton Review or REA

AP Chemistry – Princeton Review (very popular review book for chem)

AP Psychology – Barron’s Review or Princeton

AP Physics – Barron’s Review

AP Statistics - Barron’s Review (a favorite amongst most stats teachers)

AP U.S Gov – Princeton Review

AP Economics – Barron’s or Princeton Review 

AP Environmental Science – Smartypants Guide to Environmental Science or Awesome Guide to Environmental Science 

AP Calculus – Arco or Princeton 

Literature – Barron’s Review or REA

Art History – The Annotated Mona Lisa or Barron’s (Personally, I believe Barron’s is far more useful)

AP Biology – Cliffs or Barron’s

AP English Language – Cliffs 

AP World History – Barron’s and 5 Steps to a 5

AP European History – Modern European History Book, REA Crashcourse, or Barron’s

AP U.S History – REA or Amsco

AP Human Geography – Barron’s

AP Comparative Government: Ethel Woods

AP Computer Science - Be Prepared for the AP Computer Science Exam in Java

Overall, I would say Barron’s is my go-to in the case that my nearby book store doesn’t have the review book I want. REA is the holy mother of all AP history tests, and Princeton is unbelievably helpful for AP Chem. Notice how Kaplan is not on this list; many of my fellow 5 scorers on AP exams do NOT recommend Kaplan. It is better to read the textbook than use Kaplan!

[This information was compiled through hours of slogging through AP discussion forums and through the helpful input of AP teachers and AP test masters.]

Tip: It’s a good idea to buy your AP Review book at the start of school so you can follow along in your class to retain more information. Good luck pals!

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What you really want to know about the college selection and admissions process.

A really good blog with many visits to/reviews of LACs and northeastern colleges.

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The Ivy League: If They Were Hogwarts Houses

college-advice:

Two years ago (goes to show old this blog is), I posed the question to my (very small) group of followers — which Ivy Leagues represented the Hogwarts school houses most accurately?

I thought the answers would be the more interesting part, but I actually found some of the comments to be more hilarious. They’re posted after the jump.

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Sorry this is really old, but I think Harvard is half Slytherin and half Gryffindor. I totally agree with Yale and Cornell as Ravenclaw and  Hufflepuff respectively.

universityofsassachusetts:

My RA asked if I had any burning questions so I asked “do books really burn at 451 degrees fahrenheit?” and i hope she gets that i was trying to incorporate both my love of puns and dystopian novels and doesn’t think i’m a total creep that wants an actual answer

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I don’t know about you guys but I am psyched to get an education, woo. This year is a hella important year for me because if I don’t finish this school year with five As then I am a dead man walking, you get me? So this started off as a collection to help me get those fabulous As but I thought, what the hell? I’ll share this perfection with everyone else because sharing is caring. Anyways, down to the nitty gritty

001. CALEDONIA’S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE
advice for college
how to survive in college
how to survive freshmen year of high school
college packing list
alternative to buying expensive textbooks
dorm room survival
free online college courses
002. WRITE LIKE A FUCKING ANGEL
the ultimate guide to writing
how to write good
how to write an essay
how to write a good essay
the five paragraph essay
deadly sins checklist
formatting your paper
tips on getting started
seven tips to become a better writer (stephen king)
four ways to have confidence in your writing
seven ways to speed up your writing
five ways to add sparkle to your writing
how to finish what you started: a five step plan for writers
thirty-one ways to find inspiration for your writing
tips for dealing with writer’s block
003. READING ISN’T ONLY FOR NERDS AND FANGIRLS
how to take care of your books
how to read shakespeare
no fear shakespeare  (i found this incredibly useful when studying macbeth!)
one hundred most read books
how to read difficult books
how to read faster
books made into movies
books made into tv shows
350+ free ebooks
004. STUDY MOTHER FUCKER
studying tips
studying techniques
how to pull an all-night and still have a successful exam result
how to get motivated to study
tips to help you concentrate
time management tips
chrome site blocker
005. LEARNING SHIT
solve any maths equations: 1, 2.
when your teacher says not to use wikipedia (an alternative)
square root calculator, cube root calculator
for when you can’t do your homework
chemical equation balancer (what got me through chemistry last year)
cliffnotes, sparknotes
college courses
how to: multiply big numbers
crash courses (youtube)
teaches you everything
006. PRESENTING YOUR BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL WORK AY
free powerpoint (prezi)
free powerpoint presentations on anything
help with presentations
007. USEFUL WEBSITES BECAUSE THE INTERNET IS A WONDERFUL PLACE /SOMETIMES/
TED (basically gods gift)
challenge your brain
feed the hungry and up your vocabulary game
free online textbooks
final grade calculator
a whole page dedicated to studying and organising
008. MUSIC TO CALM DOWN UR SCHOOL DAY BLUES YO
a really chill playist
coffee shop blues
coffee shop sounds
calm nature sounds
concentration/focus playlist
relaxation is key
four hours of classical music
playlists to listen to: xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx.
009. ALL THIS STUDYING??? YOU NEED A BREAK, MY FRIEND.
watch a cute ass dog lick your screen
one hundred thousand stars
movies masterpost
foreign movies
gay movies
lesbian movies you should definitely watch
broadway musicals
LGBT+ books
download free books
read any book
the best masterpost ever if you’re bored
010. TIPS FOR SCHOOL N STUFF BCUS I WANTED TEN BITS
try your best. not everyone can get all As, and getting all As does not make you better than everyone else. just do the best you can and be the best person you can be.
don’t sleep in class! i know it seems so so tempting but slept my way through geography last year and i got a C in my exam instead of the expected A so…
Don’t tick off your teacher, follow the rules to an extent, get to class on time, respect your classmates and teachers. you know, just be a decent person.
be positive!!! and not just for the first week or so, keep the positivity going throughout the whole school year. if you don’t believe in yourself then why should anyone else?
"you can do it, wildcat, i believe in u" — something troy bolton said one time probably definitely

caledoniarps:

I don’t know about you guys but I am psyched to get an education, woo. This year is a hella important year for me because if I don’t finish this school year with five As then I am a dead man walking, you get me? So this started off as a collection to help me get those fabulous As but I thought, what the hell? I’ll share this perfection with everyone else because sharing is caring. Anyways, down to the nitty gritty

001. CALEDONIA’S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE

002. WRITE LIKE A FUCKING ANGEL

003. READING ISN’T ONLY FOR NERDS AND FANGIRLS

004. STUDY MOTHER FUCKER

005. LEARNING SHIT

006. PRESENTING YOUR BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL WORK AY

007. USEFUL WEBSITES BECAUSE THE INTERNET IS A WONDERFUL PLACE /SOMETIMES/

008. MUSIC TO CALM DOWN UR SCHOOL DAY BLUES YO

009. ALL THIS STUDYING??? YOU NEED A BREAK, MY FRIEND.

010. TIPS FOR SCHOOL N STUFF BCUS I WANTED TEN BITS

  • try your best. not everyone can get all As, and getting all As does not make you better than everyone else. just do the best you can and be the best person you can be.
  • don’t sleep in class! i know it seems so so tempting but slept my way through geography last year and i got a C in my exam instead of the expected A so…
  • Don’t tick off your teacher, follow the rules to an extent, get to class on time, respect your classmates and teachers. you know, just be a decent person.
  • be positive!!! and not just for the first week or so, keep the positivity going throughout the whole school year. if you don’t believe in yourself then why should anyone else?
  • "you can do it, wildcat, i believe in u" — something troy bolton said one time probably definitely

(via freezingmybrainsoff)