If you have a child in high school and are beginning to look at colleges, you will soon discover there are three different options for applying. The first is the good old fashioned way – applying directly to each college using their college application form. Second is using the Common Application. Third, which is relatively new, is using the Coalition Application. Each application has its own strengths and weaknesses, and may or may not be accepted by your chosen colleges. (Read about all three of those options here.) Each of these admission options usually require college application essays. Read on to find out more about how you can prepare your teen to write great college application essays.
The Common Application announces their essay prompts each year. Help your child practice with these college application essay prompts if you have a junior! You can use these topics to help your child practice their essays, and have time to perfect them before they are submitted to college during senior year.
When practicing these college application essays, keep a few things in mind.
Here are the 2020-2021 Common Application Essay Prompts:
All of this assumes your child can write a reasonably good essay when they are motivated and have some help from a parent, of course. If you need some help with teaching them to write an essay, you'll find some ideas in the article Help for Homeschool Essay Writing.
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