By: Michael Noltemeyer, North Star Editing
Writing an application is like being trapped in a choose-your-own-adventure story that someone else is reading: your fate lies in the hands of your audience.
Problem is, most applicants don’t understand what their audience wants.
I don’t make that claim lightly. Over the last ten years, I’ve read literally thousands of personal statements and statements of purpose and everything in between.
That’s why I’m confident when I say you’re probably making at least one of these three mistakes I see on almost every essay that comes my way.
Consider these figures from 2017:
Competition for Ivy League spots is so fierce that Harvard, Yale, and Stanford could each rescind their offers of admission to every student they have already accepted, choose another freshman class of the same size, and suffer no statistical drop-off.
In fact, they could probably do that...
Would you agree that if you could increase your reading speed, it would help you immensely on whichever standardized test you're taking?
Of course it would.
Reading faster will help you on reading comprehension questions, obviously. It will also help you with your overall time management. Timing issues are one of the top concerns my students have when they first come to me, and reading faster is one of the strategies for improving that.
And even after test day, think about how useful it would be in graduate school to be able to get through the countless pages of text you're expect to read in less time -- and still understand what you're reading!
Fortunately, there are a handful of easy-to-learn techniques that will enable you to increase your reading speed without losing comprehension -- and we're going to teach them to you in a free webinar we're hosting on Tuesday, February 5th, at 1:00pm Eastern Time U.S. (10am PST).
Lock in your spot NOW so that you...
You've no doubt heard the adage that "practice makes perfect." But that's not necessarily true. I prefer the legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi's variation that goes, "Perfect practice makes perfect."
You see, how you practice and prepare for your exam matters. I want to shed some light on that for you so that you're able to maximize your study time. In fact, if you internalize and take action on the three tips I'm going to share with you, you'll be able to get more right answers on test day without having to put in a lot of extra hours. Time is valuable, so why spend more of it preparing for your exam than absolutely necessary?
Okay, let's dive in.
Consider the following two hypothetical students studying for their respective exams.
Candidate A: Studies for 100 hours.
Candidate B: Studies for 80 hours.
Which student do you think is likely to get a higher score?
It's a trick question. On the surface, it seems like Candidate A is the obvious...