Search - Quix
Search - Content
Search - News Feeds
Search - Easy Blog
Search - Tags

Practice College Application Essays Junior Year

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.

Practice College Application Essays Junior Year

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.

  1. The essay is a first-person true story written by your teen.
  2. The essay must be self-reflective and technically perfect.
  3. The word limit on the essay is 650 words.
  4. The best essay introduction might make your grandmother gasp if she read it. The best essays include details specifically tailored to each college.

Common Application Essay Prompts 

Here are the 2020-2021 Common Application Essay Prompts:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

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 Quick Essay Skills Earn Thanks.

Confused? Befuddled? Desperate for more information? Join my Gold Care Club here for personalized help.



Learn more about writing college application essays in this $15 class: College Admission Essays - A Parent's Primer (Online training)

How Many Colleges is Too Many Colleges
Hawaiian Holiday
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Tuesday, 18 May 2021

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/

More Encouraging Posts

  • What is a Good Score on the SAT?

    What is a good score on the SAT? Everybody asks me that!

    good score on the SAT


    There is no formula or calculation for what makes a good score.  A good SAT score is the best score that YOUR child can earn. But to guesstimate how your child is doing, I can suggest a scale based on the general population of the US. It doesn't fit

    Read More
  • Sending Senior Year Transcripts to College

    Putting together a homeschool transcript is one of the most important things to do before your student’s senior year. Is yours up to date and ready to send to colleges? Here are some helpful things to consider when putting the final touches on your masterpiece!

    Sending Senior Year Transcripts to College

    What to Include

    Make sure to include all the classes your child is currently taking,

    Read More
  • How to Choose a Homeschool Grading Scale

    When you choose to homeschool, there are, what seems like, mountains of things to choose to set up your homeschool. Not the least of which, is a homeschool grading scale. The grading scale can seem difficult when you first think about it, but with the tips that follow, I'll have you feeling more confident in no time.

    While your student is in

    Read More
  • [Free Download] 75 College Application Essay Prompts

    Do you have a Junior? You'll want to practice college application essays this year! To help you, I'm giving you my ebook, 75 College Application Essay Prompts, for free!

    Junior year is the BEST time to practice your college application essays! Download this resource to get 75 College Application Essay Prompts. You can use those topics to practice your essays, and

    Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • 39
  • 40
  • 41
  • 42
  • 43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46
  • 47