A Closer Look at US College Rankings

Surely when applying to a college or graduate program, students find themselves reading the U.S. News & World Report Rankings. Especially for students attending Ivy-League feeder high schools, their  preoccupation […]

You Got Rejected. So what’s next?

You got rejected from that Ivy League school. Congratulations! Join the rest of the world.   At 5 PM on March 31, 2017, top US colleges released their admissions results. […]

Harvard Graduates: Where Do They Go?

If you meet a Harvard student and ask him what he plans to do after graduation, he’ll likely shrug haughtily and say, “I don’t know, but I’ll figure it out.” […]

AP Exams: It’s That Time of Year Again

As the number of international students taking AP (Advanced Placement) exams has been increasing exponentially in recent years, many parents and students have come to view the AP exams as […]

Types of College Application Essays

Though some schools (e.g., Wake Forest, UChicago, Brown) will have their own bizarre essay prompts, most college essays can be grouped into a type, the most common being: The Personal […]

Stylistic Tips: What to Avoid

Wordiness and repetition. More often than not, students can cut at least a quarter of their essays and lose no meaningful content. Avoid repetition, fluff, and verbal fillers—there is no […]

Tackling the Common App: Prompt 2

PROMPT #2: The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what […]

Tackling the Common App: Prompt 5

Prompt #5: Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. It is rare that one event […]

Tackling the Common App: Prompt 3

Prompt #3: Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? This prompt is very broad, […]

Supplemental Essays: An Important Experience

Evaluate an important experience and its impact on you. If you are ever asked to “evaluate” anything, your response must involve critical thinking and analysis. Summarization of the experience is […]

Supplemental Essays: An Important Person

Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence. Whoever you choose to write about, be sure to examine how and why they influenced […]

Supplemental Essays: An Important Issue

Discuss an important local, national, or international issue and its importance to you. Again, this is not the place to superficially summarize. To discuss means to think critically about a […]

Supplemental Essays: Diversity

Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to […]

Essay Topics to Avoid

Your heroism. If you saved someone in a swimming pool and that experience really changed you, okay, write about it. Just make sure the essay does not come off as […]

The Complete Guide to Academic Writing

Writing is never easy. Our guide will teach you how to independently produce the highest-quality paper. Although we cannot guarantee an “A” on every assignment, we can guarantee drastic improvements […]

Common Logical Fallacies You Need To Be Aware Of

Ad hominem- When the arguer attacks his opponent rather than the argument (for example: He’s so dumb; you should never believe anything he says). Appeal to ignorance- Appealing to ignorance […]