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On this site, you will learn tips, advice and strategies to write your dreaded college application essays—and escape the misery of Essay Hell.

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“Funnily enough, I actually used this website to help guide a lot of my application essays, including this one. So I guess this would be the perfect opportunity to say thank you! I feel like my essays definitely strengthened my entire application.”

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2016
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Everything You Need to Know About the Four Most Common Applications
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Common Application Essays

Find help on choosing from the seven prompts for The Common Application, and crafting a “slice-of-life” essay that helps you stand out.

University of California Essays

University of California Essays

Brainstorm ideas and craft short essays for the eight new essay prompts for the University of California application.

Coalition for Access...Essays

This is a brand new application system: Find strategies for all five of the prompts to write the required personal statement essay.

ApplyTexas Essays (Most Texas Schools!)

Learn about the all-new prompts for the ApplyTexas application, and tips and advice on writing essays for Topic A, B and C.

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Do Parents Help or Hurt College Application Essays?

Helicopter Parents Aren’t All Bad (They Just Need to Know When to Drop In) I received an email from a mom recently inquiring about my tutoring services for her college-bound daughter. In her email, she included a story about their family history that she thought... read more

Want to Go To University of Texas? Get This Book!

The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to UT Admissions Get it FREE Now on Amazon! My friend, Kevin Martin, just published this guide, Your Ticket to the Forty Acres: The Unofficial Guide for UT Undergraduate Admissions, on Amazon (Kindle) to help students quickly figure... read more

Cultural Backgrounds Fuel Standout College App Essays

  Everyone Has a Cultural Background Yours Could Make an Awesome College App Essay Topic! I love working with students from all over the world. I’m always surprised, however, how many of these students overlook their rich backgrounds when brainstorming... read more

How To Give College Admissions Officials Essays They Want

Colleges Love Your Stories Especially Those That Seem Almost Ordinary!   I’ve read several news articles in recent weeks featuring college admissions officials sharing what they liked about college application essays they read over the last year. This... read more

3 Fixes for Cliche College Application Essay Topics

Should You Write About a Cliche Topic for Your College Application Essay? If you are just starting brainstorming ideas for your college application essays, one of the first pieces of advice you might stumble upon is to avoid “cliche” topics. I always warn... read more

Should You Gamble on Your College Application Essay?

Can a Risky College Application Essay Get You Into the Ivies? Maybe…   This time of year, a flurry of stories hit the national media about students who get into all the Ivy League schools (plus Stanford). The stories always include scrutiny and speculation... read more