it to a research question and then the broader perspective of once you get that research question what do you do with it what is the process going forward so I wanted to start with this brief clip I’m gonna have to close this window and open another one this is Pete Holmes he was a comedian many years ago I mean he still is a comedian but the clip I’m going to show you is from Conan many years ago and I think it’s a great way to start off because he is I think. Learn what you need to know when doing argumentative essay at Edusson.
But one of the things that we that students tend to do sometimes with research topics is to grab the topic that they think is easiest and then run for google and google it madly and pick sources that just support their point of view but Pete Holmes kind of has his own ideas about how reliant we’ve become on Google and what this is done to us as a culture so I think it’s kind of a fun place to start from so I’m going to play the last couple minutes of this clip and then we can go on from there the joke is doing it as long as I can that’s so I have an i telephone I have an I telephone thank you which means I have Google on my phone I’m guessing a lot of you do have Google on my phone now that’s ruining our lives I don’t know if you’ve noticed it’s ruining life because we know everything but we’re not a lick smarter for it we just know you don’t know something wait two seconds you will know having Google on your phone is like having a drunk know-it-all in your pocket there’s no time for mystery or wonder you’re just like how do they make glass and you know but the time between not knowing and knowing is so brief that knowing feels exactly like not knowing.
So life is meaningless I’ve literally been in bed in the morning alone just like where’s Tom Petty from I feel nothing is there was no time to not know listen to me there was a time and I don’t mean to get all Andy Rooney Anya but there was a time that if you didn’t know where Tom Petty was from you just didn’t know and you felt that yearning and that deficit in your being and you’d go around and ask actual people impregnated with wonder and then they’d go and ask people until one fateful day you see a girl wearing a Heartbreakers t-shirt you rush up to her and you’re like hey where’s Tom Petty from and she tells you Florida and a wave of endorphins and pleasure and meaning would wash over you and you felt something and that’s how you met your wife do you understand your wedding song was refugee.
Coming back to your essay draft on another day can be very very very important and help your writing that’s another reason why it’s good not to procrastinate because this will allow you more time to really process and think through how to do this successfully so after you’re able to really edit maybe you’re happy with where it is and you’re looking for some outside feedback I really recommend you ask someone that you trust for their advice this can be your guidance counselor your college counselor this could be a teacher that knows you well this could be certainly something that you ask a family friend or a mentor of some kind but just make sure that the words that end up coming out of your essay are yours either your words.
These are your ideas and you’re getting outside feedback to really tell you if what you want to be conveyed is being conveyed to an outside reader okay so getting that outside advice is very very important and very crucial and so just remember this is your story and having other people’s advice can help you to tweak to maybe pinpoint those little problems those little errors and diminish them but at the end of the day this is your essay and I think the more people see it the more outside perspective you get the better you can mold it into something that’s going to come across very well with your application materials okay so then these are some questions that I recommend asking yourself after you have completed a draft or maybe you’ve gotten to the end and you you’re feeling pretty good about your end result so the first main question is do you have a strong SI thesis right so within the first few sentences your essay topic and or the direction of where you’re going with your essay should be clear.
So this is something that I should know when I’m in that first paragraph I should know exactly what you’re writing about I should know exactly what prompt you’re coming from avoid using extreme or general statements so starting off with something like I mentioned my saying something like my mother is the greatest human being to ever walk the planet alright that’s could be true not to say it’s not um I’m sure that she is a lovely person um but the point with your essays you don’t want to just say extreme or general statements you want to show it with your words don’t tell it you want to show it you want us to visualize it you want us to feel why she is the best person in the world okay so visualizing your story is very important we’re going to talk about that a little more in just a moment and then the second piece is does your conclusions summarize and wrap up your ideas so your main idea should seem crystal clear to me by the end by the time I finish your essay they should be like wow okay I get it.
Today I’m going to be telling you about the three most common types of essay questions you’ll see on college applications.
The common app requires at least one essay out of the five predetermined essay prompts which you can find ahead of time on their website.
However the majority of schools require supplemental essays on top of the one that’s required on the common app. The essay prompts for the common app and the other supplemental essays usually follow into one of the following categories, one common prompt is the tell us about yourself essay.
These types of essays are required because the admissions office wants to get to know you better beyond the limitations of your application. It gives you a chance to reveal something about yourself beyond just your academics.
The second is the why us question. Schools don’t use this one to boost their own ego so don’t use it as an opportunity to suck up to the admissions office. Use it to tell them more about why you want to attend their school and how it can contribute to your life goals.
The last one is the creative essay. This essay question is very common among the top schools. These questions are purposefully undirected and open ended to find out more about your personality. Although these are the three most common types of essay prompts there’re plenty of other random ones out there as well.