Writing can be a difficult, time-consuming process. The admissions process is also known to be a bit stressful which can make admissions essays seem particularly daunting. Luckily, there are some fantastic free tools to help you write powerful essays that will serve you well in the admissions and scholarship selection processes!
Grammarly is like having your own personal writing assistant that is available 24/7. Grammarly is a Google Chrome extension that will help you identify grammatical issues in your essays.
Check out this example:
Grammarly is great because spell check does not capture all of your mistakes! College admissions officers and scholarship committee members are interested in your skill as a writer. Grammarly can help you put your best foot forward.
Any admissions officer will tell you that the best essays are actually stories. “Show, don’t tell” should be your mantra as you write essays for scholarships and admissions. StoryBuilder is a platform that breaks down this storytelling process in a step-by-step way. The first 30 days of StorBuilder are free, giving you plenty of time to draft your admissions essay.
3. Google Docs
If you are like most students, you will probably apply to around 10 colleges–maybe a few more, maybe a few less. In addition to your main personal statement, this means that you may be writing essays for 10 colleges. Oh, and that doesn’t even count scholarship essays. This is a LOT of essays. Google Docs and Google Drive are great tools to stay organized and will help you keep everything in one place. Google Docs is also useful because you can invite your teacher, counselor, parent, or mentor to review your essay and provide in-line comments and suggestions!
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