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Writing a University Application – Step 3: Writing a Perfect Essay in 10 Steps

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Blog, English guru | Comments Off

Writing a University Application – Step 3: Writing a Perfect Essay in 10 Steps

In this series, we give you our expert tips on writing a university application essay, based on our years of work editing and proofreading admissions essays. In parts 1 and 2, we told you all that you need to know about preparing for a university application essay, which we feel is the most important thing. If you have gone through all of of the preparation covered in steps 1 and 2, you should be ready to move to the next step: writing your university application essay. Begin with a strong opener. If possible, try to use something catchy and also direct, but if you can’t be catchy, be...

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Writing a University Application – Step 2: Getting Ready to Write

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Blog, English guru | Comments Off

Writing a University Application – Step 2: Getting Ready to Write

After following our guidelines for planning your university application essay in step 1, you are ready to start writing. Start by looking carefully at the guidelines and prompt that you have been given. Even if this is the tenth university application essay that you have written and all of the topics seem to be the same, read carefully and think about what the question is really asking. Why are you being asked this question? What does answering it say about you as a potential student? Some prompts just tell you to write a statement about yourself, while some might be very specific, asking...

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Writing a University Application – Step 1: Preparation

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Blog, English guru | Comments Off

Writing a University Application – Step 1: Preparation

Writing a university application essay, whether a general personal statement or a response to a prompt, can be difficult. It can also decide where and how you will spend the next years of your life. While it’s a great idea to have your university application essays edited professionally, they are documents that you must begin creating by yourself. We edit hundreds of essays each year and have a lot of experience with what separates a good essay from a bad one. Here, we give you our expert tips on writing great university application essays that will help you get into your dream...

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Adjectives that Start with “R”

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in English guru | Comments Off

Our list of adjectives that start with “r” for writers experiencing blocks, game players, alliteration enthusiasts, and anyone else who needs adjectives starting with “r”: rabid, racial, rackety, racy, radial, radiant, radical, radioactive, radionic, raffish, raftered, ragged, rainless, rainy, rakish, rambunctious, rampant, rancorous, random, rangy, rank, rankest, rapid, rapt, rare, rarer, rash, raspberry, raspy, ratable, rateable, rational, rationalist, rationalistic, ratty, raucous, ravenous, raw, rawboned, reactionary, readable, ready, real, realer, realest,...

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Etc. Usage – How to Use Etc. Correctly

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in English guru | Comments Off

Etc. Usage – How to Use Etc. Correctly

Confused about etc. usage? Here’s what’s important. Et cetera is a Latin phrase that means “and others.” It is mostly used in the short form “etc.” “Etc.” is used to shorten a list. When there are many things to say, and the reader or listener will already understand what they are, “etc.” can be used to make the list shorter. The most important thing to remember about “etc.” usage is that “etc.” should only be used to make things easier for the reader. For a list that could be long and would waste the reader’s time, it is a good idea. Good: Green...

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Job Applications: Seven Extra Tips for Success

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Blog, English guru | Comments Off

Job Applications: Seven Extra Tips for Success

In our last posts, we discussed the difference between a cover letter and CV and what should go in each, and showed you how to write the perfect cover letter and CV. Here, we present 7 easy tips that will make all the difference to your job application. 1)      Revise, revise, revise: After you finish writing your CV and cover letter, read through them again and fix things. Then, do it again, and again, and again. Keep reading and editing until you can’t think of any way to make them better. This should take you only a half hour or so, and while it might be boring, it will help you get...

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