Cos Cob Library Sponsors Online College Application Essay Lecture

The Cos Cob Library will sponsor a free lecture via Zoom titled “Ten Steps to Writing a Successful College Application Essay” on Monday, July 20, 2020, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

The staff of A Bloc of Writers, Inc., a Greenwich-based writing, editing, and tutoring company, will provide guidance and tips about how to:

·      tackle the Common Application essay prompts and various supplemental essays;

·      select appropriate topics and themes;

·      organize and focus the essays;

·      avoid common essay mistakes.

College admission has gotten more complex and more competitive in recent years, and the Covid-19 pandemic has created added stress for this year’s applicants, according to Michele Turk, founder of A Bloc of Writers. “Given that many colleges have gone test-optional and some high schools mandated a pass/fail grading system in the spring, more weight will likely be placed on the application essays,” said Turk.

Even before Covid, the college essay was often a make-or-break aspect of a student’s application, the one thing rising seniors can do at this point to boost their odds of acceptance at a college, according to Turk. 

While some parents assume that writing college essays won’t be too challenging if their child has done well in school, there is a huge difference between writing a high school English paper and writing a college application essay, said Turk. “Many students we work with have never written this type of narrative essay, so it’s not surprising to us that even top students struggle with the task,” she said.

The speakers will also address things students can do to boost their odds of acceptance, offer advice, and answer questions about formulating an admissions strategy (including Early Action and Early Decision applications), and creating a balanced school list. 

Both students and their parents are welcome to attend the lecture.

Click HERE to sign up. 

For more information, email [email protected] or call 203-622-2968.

About A Bloc of Writers, Inc.: A Bloc of Writers is a Greenwich-based writing, editing, and tutoring company. We’ve been helping students become better writers — in person and online — since 2014. What sets us apart is that our tutors are professional writers, editors, and teachers.