高中前的課外活動對升學有用嗎?

Little boy celebrates his golden trophy and showing victory sign hand gesture

這題之前在臉書版上有問,我在這邊用Common app為例子,深入點回答。

第一要先講的就是,我不贊成做任何事情都要以對升學有沒有用處來做衡量,我相信問這個問題的家長也沒有這個意思。所以我這篇純粹是解釋課外活動在大學申請書上面的格式,而不是課外活動對孩子成長的正面意義Continue reading

Common app essay writing tips

The last article we discusses about some tips on writing a personal statement. This article will focus on writing the essay for the common app. Just a quick reminder, you pick one out of the five topics provided by Common App with word count between 250 to 650 words. Before you start writing, there is something to keep in mind.

  • Write about what’s NOT on your application already.
  • Read the prompts carefully to identify all the components you need to answer.
  • Make you spend majority of your writing on the component that tells the most of “you”
  • Stay within the word limit and make sure to have someone proofread your essay.

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Common apps 作文秘訣

上一篇是講到寫自傳的一些要訣,這一篇會專住在申請Common app所需要寫的作文上。Common app的作文是5個題目中挑一題寫,字數是250-650之間

在講解每一題知前,要先說明一些基本原則:

  • 要強調自己申請書所看不到的點
  • 仔細讀題目,看一題裡面有幾個階段需要回
  • 在要回的點裡面,哪一點是讓學校更加認識你這個人的
  • 字數限制,文法無誤

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Common App

今天要講到的是涵蓋超過六百家大學,包括常春藤跟許多有名的私校,的大學申請系統:Common app. Common App 如其名,是共通(Common)的申請書 (Application).在還沒有Common app之前,每申請一間學校,就需要再重新填一次自己的個人資料,然後分別寄到各個學校去。不難想像,很有可能有人把申請書寄錯學校吧。Common app這項網路服務,可以省掉學生們很多時間跟降低出錯的機會,也減輕不少壓力。 Continue reading