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  1. 1. EducationUSA can help you every step along the way. 5 Steps to U.S. Study 1.Research Your Options 2.Finance Your Studies 3.Complete Your Application 4.Apply for Your Student Visa 5.Prepare for Your Departure
  2. 2. Every little piece counts. And every university is different. The “Application Package” for the U.S. • Application Fee and Form – Your answers to questions and lists. • Statement of Purpose and other Essays • 2-3 Recommendation Letters • Official Academic Records/Transcripts • Exams (SAT/ACT, GRE, GMAT) Scores sent from testing agency. • TOEFL iBT (or IELTS) Results sent from testing agency. • Writing Samples, Research Papers, Portfolio, Other • Curriculum Vitae or Resume • Financial Aid Form and Documents as Proof • Interview
  3. 3. The Importance of the Personal Essay U.S. colleges and universities look at application packages holistically. The personal essay(s)/statement are the one place for tr ue student voice. This is the where your achievements, goals, unique cont ributions, and character all come together.
  4. 4. The Importance of the Personal Essay For Undergraduate programs, the personal statement shows your personality and how well you fit the college or university as a whole. For Graduate programs, the statement of purpose expresses why you wish to follow a certain course of study and what your primary goals are in applying for that particular degree and department. • Present any past experience in the relative field. • Explain the triggering point to make you select this field. • Introduce how you fit into the particular program. • Emphasize your future goals.
  5. 5. You Will Be Writing Many, Many Essays • 1-2 “Dream/Reach” Schools (25% or less) • 2-3 “Mid-Range” Schools (25-70%) • 1-2 “Plan B” Options (70+% or local) _________________ 5-10 colleges and universities You want to be excited about the colleges and universities on your list. Do your best on every essay.
  6. 6. Telling Your Story
  7. 7. Show Them That You Are an Amazing Person and Ready for this Challenge in the U.S.
  8. 8. Know the Purpose of Each Essay Read and understand the verbs in the essay prompts (analyze, connect, distinguish, describe) to fully grasp their purpose. Remember that the university chose these questions and word limits for a reason. Stick to them! Every sentence written must relate to your answer to their question.
  9. 9. Examples of Prompts • Choose or discuss a quotation or a personal motto that reflects your values and beliefs and tells us something about the kind of person you are. • Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you and explain that influence. • If you were given one year to spend in service on behalf of others, what would you choose to do? • What field of study do you wish to study? And why?
  10. 10. Weak essays make claims -- and that’s it. Well-written essays have an abundance of evidence in their body paragraphs. Show them, don’t tell
  11. 11. Organize, Organize, Organize The best essays have a system of organization with an introduction paragraph, conclusion paragraph, and 2-4 body paragraphs in- between. Introduction Paragraph ending with THESIS Sentence Conclusion Paragraph Body #1 Clear Topic Body #2 Clear Topic Body #3 Clear Topic
  12. 12. Grab the Admission Officer’s Attention The introduction paragraph should be designed to attract the reader's attention and give him/her an idea of the essay's focus. Think of the opening scene to a movie. "A good introduction paragraph does many things. It attracts the reader's interest, states or points toward the thesis, and takes the reader smoothly into the body paragraphs." (Brandon, 2005, P.85)
  13. 13. The Top 5 Most Overused Personal Statement Opening Sentences are… 1. I am currently studying at ... (464 times) 2. I have always been interested in ... (309 times) 3. From an early age, I have ... (292 times) 4. _____ is a very challenging and demanding career ... (275 times) 5. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with ... (196 times)
  14. 14. Thesis Sentence The thesis sentence is • found in the opening paragraph. • conveys your answer to their question. • indicates how your main idea will be supported. Repeating the prompt is the refuge of students that lack either originality or confidence. To avoid this, answer with insight.
  15. 15. Organize, Organize, Organize Body paragraphs develop in one of these ways: Chronologically: in the order of how events happened. Cause and effect: showing the strategies you have used and the effects they created. General to specific: looking broadly through a telescope, then focusing under a microscope, noticing the small details contributing to the big picture. Compare and contrast: starting with what unites ideas and moving to appreciate the differences between them.
  16. 16. Instead of listing what you have done, talk about why or how you did those things.
  17. 17. Address Any Relevant Weaknesses • Talk about one or two “red flags” or anything in your file that will make the admissions officer question your capacity. Keep this part short. • Describe skills, experience and plans to overcome a related challenge should it arise in the future. • Stay positive and proactive. Rather than complaining about your circumstances or blaming others, show evidence of your action and resilience. 80/20 Rule
  18. 18. Do not get too personal about religion, politics, or your lack of education.
  19. 19. Transition words/phrases connect sentences and paragraphs. They help steer the reader.
  20. 20. Transitions indicate time, examples, exceptions, comparisons, and sequences, plus a whole lot more. Examples: since, then, before, hence, likewise, in brief, therefore, to summarize, consequently, until that time, ultimately, contrary to, in conclusion, nevertheless, immediately following, to illustrate, on the other hand, because, yet,…
  21. 21. End Strong The conclusion paragraph brings closure to the reader, summing up your points or providing a final perspective on your topic. Never introduce a new topic. “Your concluding paragraph should give the reader the feeling that you said all you want to say about your subject." (Brandon, 2005, P.87)
  22. 22. Writing Counts
  23. 23. How To Start Brainstorming Clustering Free Writing
  24. 24. Avoid Common Writing Mistakes Contractions (it's, she'll, didn’t,): Use the full form. Slang or Colloquial language (kid, a lot of/lots of, cool). Ambiguous and overused words (meaningful, community, beautiful, challenging, invaluable, rewarding) Phrasal Verbs and Vague words (get away with, put in, went, nice, thing): Your writing needs to be more precise and vivid. Words you are unfamiliar with / Trying to impress  Overuse of brackets or exclamation marks; direct questions to the reader; use of “etc.” Run-on sentences or unchanging sentence structure Mistakes in spelling, punctuation, capitalization and grammar Repetition of ideas, words or phrases
  25. 25. Use technical terminology where appropriate. Write clearly and interestingly, yet also speak in a voice appropriate to your age and field.
  26. 26. Punctuation is Important! Comma , Colon : and Semi-colon ; Period . Dash – and Slash / Parenthesis ( ) and Brackets [ ] Question mark ? and Exclamation mark ! Quotation marks “ ”
  27. 27. Remember that the essay should be all your own work, and not plagiarized The Copy-Catch System checks each statement against a vast library to find similarities. It simply is not worth trying to copy any part of your essay!
  28. 28. Take your research seriously. You have many free tools to help. Global network of centers & information on the 5 Steps of US Study EducationUSA AMIDEAST Information on testing, test prep, and fields of study. College Board, Peterson’s & Niche College Board/Magoosh Fantastic tools and resources for undergraduate study, incl. SAT & GRE College search Engines College Confidential/ QUORA Student Blogs. The Princeton REVIEW Student Reviews. US Department of Education/CHEA Database of accredited American education institutions. Search Tools and Resources US EMBASSY CAIRO Information on Student Visas and list of exchange programs. NUMBEO, FOREIGN CREDITS, Cost of Living comparison, GPA calculator, and more.
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Editor's Notes

  • Weak essays leave the reader unfulfilled because they neglect the evidence needed to substantiate those claims.
  • Good essays possess a deliberate and pre-ordained plan of progress. Activity: In groups of 2-4 students, read an example essay and decide how the body paragraphs are organized.
  • Students are afraid that their own ideas are wrong, so they just state what is given. Demonstrate that you know yourself. Avoid generic answers that almost any student could give.

  • Good essays possess a deliberate and pre-ordained plan of progress. Activity: In groups of 2-4 students, read an example essay and decide how the body paragraphs are organized.
  • Students are afraid that their own ideas are wrong, so they just state what is given. Demonstrate that you know yourself. Avoid generic answers that almost any student could give.

  • Good essays possess a deliberate and pre-ordained plan of progress. Activity: In groups of 2-4 students, read an example essay and decide how the body paragraphs are organized.
  • Good essays possess a deliberate and pre-ordained plan of progress. Activity: In groups of 2-4 students, read an example essay and decide how the body paragraphs are organized.
  • Good essays possess a deliberate and pre-ordained plan of progress. Activity: In groups of 2-4 students, read an example essay and decide how the body paragraphs are organized.
  • Transitions are words or phrases that carry the reader from one idea to the next. They help a reader see the connection or relationship between ideas and, just as important, transitions also prevent sudden, jarring mental leaps between sentences and paragraphs.
  • Good essays possess a deliberate and pre-ordained plan of progress. Activity: In groups of 2-4 students, read an example essay and decide how the body paragraphs are organized.
  • It means that you' storm'' or search your brain for ideas. We come up with these ideas , by producing a list of as many ideas as possible, spontaneously and rapidly, without caring much about spelling, neatness, grammar and punctuation. Clustering
    : This technique is used to generate ideas and show the connection among your ideas by using circles and lines. To cluster follow these steps:
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    Write the main topic in the middle of a blank paper and then circle it around.
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    Think carefully about your topic and writing as many ideas as you can, and circle them around the main circle.
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    Connect these ideas to the centre word with a line.
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    Think about each of your new ideas and write more relevant ideas in circles around them.
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    Connect your new circles to their corresponding ideas.
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    When you finish, your most promising topic will probably be the one with the most circles connected to it
  •  Writers who plagiarize lose the advantages of belonging to an intellectual community. If they are professionals, they may be barred from practicing their profession or their work may not be taken seriously. If they are students, they will carry the stigma of having plagiarized. Teachers will be suspicious of their work and will be unwilling to support any of their future efforts, write recommendations for them, or even work with them at all. Plagiarism is one of the worst mistakes anyone can make.
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