College admissions guru Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz details six important points to remember when writing a college essay:
- Write as if you are talking to the reader.
- Offer readers a story.
- Use the first person.
- Show, don’t tell. Be specific, descriptive and offer plenty of details.
- Avoid generalities, clichés and philosophical or psychological babble.
- Make sure that your essay is free of spelling, grammatical mistakes and improper use of words.
To which, we would add number 7: Start thinking about what you want to say now, rather than the night or even week before sending in the application. Jot down your central idea of your essay and supporting ideas. Look at them on paper, finding new things to add, what to change, what to take out, and how to say it in your unique voice. Go back frequently and make revisions, each time improving what you want to say and how you write it. As you revise the draft and its thoughts, you’ll start to see exactly what you want to say and how best to say it in your own voice.
June 3, 2014
Duke researchers have found a new type of neuron in the adult brain that is capable of telling stem cells to make more new neurons. Though the experiments are in their early stages, the finding opens the tantalizing possibility that the brain may be able to repair itself from within.
For those who understand the importance of reading, a new study should sound alarm bells coast-to-coast. Teenagers are reading fewer books, magazines and newspapers these days. Compiling seven studies and surveys conducted by private and public groups on adolescent reading habits, Common Sense Media of San Francisco reports teenagers today are significantly less likely to enjoy reading for pleasure than those of previous generations. Reporter Sharon Noguchi of The San Jose Mercury News covered the story and links to the report.
Math educator Dr. Edward Burger, president of Southwest University in Texas, makes an excellent point about learning mathematics:
By thinking through math, I mean understanding the material in a very deep way so that the student can appreciate and (ideally) discover connections between seemingly disparate ideas. Discovering relationships and patterns is not only at the heart of mathematical discovery but also the requisite trait to innovate and create in any space — from big business to the fine arts, from sports to technology, from politics to education.
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