***FREE download of one of my successful Harvard essays: https://ivyadvise.com/p/welcome
Writing the perfect essay is like drawing the perfect circle. Meaning that no matter what you do you'll always end up with a zero? No, meaning it's impossible, but with the right tools, you can get pretty darn close.
You guys requested it, so I thought I'd share some of my best tips and tricks for writing essays. I've been writing essays for almost two decades now, so this video is a long one. Strap yourself in and get ready, 'cause this is about to be a ride.
Also, the first essay format I give you comes from my French education on writing essays (i.e. start with a question, develop your ideas, answer the question, open essay up to new question).
The second essay format I give you comes from my American education on writing essays (i.e. state a thesis, argue your thesis, restate your thesis).
I'm partial to the French way of writing essays, because I think it makes more sense for life (i.e. you have a question you want to answer, you try to answer it, when you do you move on...). However, the American way of writing essays can be helpful for trying to argue a point. Write the way that you think will best suit you in your given circumstance!
More Info on American Academic Essay Formatting: http://www.bucks.edu/media/bcccmedialibrary/pdf/FiveParagraphEssayOutlineJuly08_000.pdf
Link to Successful Harvard Application Essay: https://youtu.be/S-b6rl7bl90
Outline for My Harvard Essay:
Paragraph 1 -
**Introduces question: Am I an oxymoron?
**Introduces context: I am a product of my environment (unsaid: I am about to explain my environment).
Paragraph 2 -
**Develops idea of life as a contradiction: Contrast siblings' age with mine, contrast exposure to maturity with childish enthusiasm.
Paragraph 3 -
**Develops idea of life as a contradiction: The gap between the contrasts seems to close as I get older, but a different gap emerges--that between my normal school life and my art classes.
Paragraph 4 -
**Develops idea of life as a contradiction: Art class is my exploration of another side of life.
Paragraph 5 -
**Develops idea of life as a contradiction: This "other side of life" has inspired me create simply for my own pleasure. This mindset has seeped into other areas of my life.
Paragraph 6 -
**Develops idea of life as a contradiction: A dream of mine is to create a charter school--this dream stemmed from my exposure to academic life. Seemingly unrelated, art nonetheless has been crucial in helping me understand how to make that dream a reality.
Paragraph 7 -
**Summarizes essay: "My world consists of math books and track meets, it's the wonders of a painting class and the parenting of siblings..."
**Answers question: Some might think my life is an oxymoron, I call it balanced.
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I used that example of one of your essays. It was extremely helpful and so was this video. School is hard especially with these essays, but you helped me out in every way. Got an A+ on the assignment, thank you so much and keep it up. GJ YesReneau. Congrats on 186k btw
so what happens to me is that i'll write an outline, and then in the middle of a body paragraph, when i've already made my point, i'll realize that another short point could be related. i incorporate it in the same paragraph and THEN realize there are more side points to make. by the time that happens, my mind gets so foggy and convoluted that i don't know what to do at that point. even when i go back to read it, i can't read it clearly because of how dazed i am. so that's my issue.
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Hi! I'm an Indian student and I got rejected from Harvard (i had applied through the early action program). I am now scared to apply to other universities Cuz Im not sure what went wrong in my application to Harvard. My SAT score was average (1530) and I can't improve that now. But can you help me by reading my essay and telling me what went wrong? I really thought it was a good essay, I tried to be as honest as possible. If you help me here, i would be really grateful. Thanks ♥
Hi Yesreneau! I love watching all of your videos! I am currently in the 9th grade writing a few essays for my application into the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (a high school that starts sophomore year). I am looking at this school for the math opportunities and I am far from a stellar writer. The essays have to be between 300 to 500 words (SUPER short), and since they are so short I am having trouble trying to organize my thoughts?
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tell me about yourself...not your stupid essays please(great I feel like patting you on the back for going to school?? its amazing!!!!). So, hi! my name is Eric and I'm a Christian and a Conservative living in Romania(which is ironical because Romania has no right wing- they literally just elected the Socialist Party- so we are all screwed)
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I have not attended school in years and now I am getting ready to start college. However, I been very concerned with how I am going to do on the essays. This is very helpful. My teachers never explained writing essays the way you do. Very intelligent!
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I like the way you presented the video lol, but my teacher would be pulling his grey hairs.
Essay styles are vastly different, but depending on the teacher, you need to adapt well on that aspect to achieve the grade.
However, here's my technique on argumentative essay:
Contextualization with a 1-2 sentence thesis to go along with it. Body paragraphs should strongly support the thesis, and not detour from it. Conclusion is restate the thesis, and tie everything back together into one full meaning.
Normal essay: what you said lol
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