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The course consists of the following lectures and related materials:



Pick a Topic

Establish a Tone

Create a Theme

The Issue of Time

Show, Don't Tell

Literary Devices and Techniques

Other Advice

Sample Essays


Writing a college application essay doesn't need to be hard or take a long time. Over the years, I've discovered that there are four essential elements to consider if you want to write an excellent college essay. I call them ...

The Four T's: Topic, Tone, Theme, and Time

Topic: Pick a topic or tell a story that represents who you are.

Tone: Convey your authentic voice when telling your story.

Theme: Express what you learned from the experience.

Time: Depict the details from one moment in your life that accounts for your worldview.


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