Tag Archives: Writing

Summer To-Do for Rising Juniors

Sophomore year is coming to a close. Students are thinking they are “half-way through” high school. While that may be true, when you  factor in that by August 1 of the following summer going into your senior year you’ll be ready to apply to college, students suddenly realize it’s time to LEAP forward with college selection. Whatever the grades are at the end of the junior year (and for most test scores – if you plan right!), that is what you’ll apply to college with and that list of colleges needs to be finalized before the senior year begins. To … Continue reading

5 Tips to an Outstanding College Application Essay

Learn, Brainstorm, Write, Revise & Polish. These are the steps in LEAP’s 5-step process to an essay that will make you stand out from the crowd of applicants vying for a spot at your dream school. Creating the optimal essay takes focus and time. August 1st will bring a flurry of activity with most applications becoming available, fall extra curriculars starting and don’t forget senior year starting. Keeping all of the balls in the air, while keeping grades up, requires room in your schedule that can be hard to find. One way to maximize your schedule and develop the best essay … Continue reading

What’s the “Write” Option?

Students who don’t like to write are often looking for outs when it comes to writing.  The ACT calling their writing or essay portion of the test “optional”, often feels like it’s ripe for opting OUT of the dreaded essay.  I caution students who are ready to take the easy way out. Round One Let’s take an actual LEAP student who took the ACT twice.  First round, the student earned an ACT composite of a 26 which is a good score.  The national average for ACT is a 21 and this student scored at the 84th percentile.  Furthermore, this student … Continue reading

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