Summer is the perfect time to work on college essays as there are less extracurricular activities, and students do not have to focus on classes, tests, and homework as they would during the school year. Writing college essays during a less stressful time allows students to brainstorm topics and develop their topic. During the summer, students will have more time to process their ideas, and to think about the best way to express their experiences in a creative manner. Students should also employ a thesaurus to ensure they are using college level vocabulary. Private tutors can help with brainstorming ideas, writing an outline, structuring the paper, citing sources, and proofreading.
Students can also use summer to do virtual college tours. This will allow students to adapt their essay for each individual school. Additionally, students can participate in valuable activities that they can write about such as volunteering, working at a job, or taking a college class. Reflecting on these experiences and how they contributed to the student’s personal growth, can help students make their essay more memorable. Possessing extra time can also help students to write one draft and have time to make revisions.
Finally, summer can also allow students to write in a more flexible environment, such as, in their backyard or outdoors. If the student does have attention issues they should choose an environment with less distractions for writing and tutoring sessions. Working on college essays during the summer will provide more time during the school year to focus college applications and rigorous curriculum so they are well prepared for college classes.