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Nadira Berman

Three Tips For Editing Your College Essay

Putting the finishing touches on those college essays? Read on for some useful tips.


Read your essay aloud

Reading your essay aloud is one of the best ways to find any mistakes you may not have noticed. You’ll also get a better sense of how you’ll come off to an outside reader. This method will allow you to fix any wording that doesn’t sound quite right.


Have a stranger edit it

Well maybe not a stranger… But pick someone you don’t know too well, like a first grade teacher or family friend. They’ll be able to tell you how the essay portrays you, from the perspective of someone with little context about your background. So again, you’ll get a sense of how you come off to an outside reader. It’s useful to get some different perspectives, rather than just those of your parents and college counselor.


Take a break

Don’t like your essay? Feeling stuck? Don’t panic. Take a break for a week and come back to it. You’ll see it from a new perspective. Once your mind is clearer, you’ll likely be able to think of new ways to answer the prompt.


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About Nadira Berman

As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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