More College Essay Tips: What NOT to Do

If you have managed to procrastinate this long on your essay, the time to get on it is NOW. Do not let the essay freak you out! We are here to help you get through this. Just follow our advice. Here are some things that you should NOT do when writing your essay.

Unnecessary Information

Get rid of any information that may be repetitive and unnecessary. Get to the point. There is no need for extraneous information. Here is an example:

BAD: “What my parents and teachers have always said about me, and I actually just discovered this about myself, is that I really truly have lots and lots of ambition.”

GOOD: “I am ambitious.”

Too Many Words

Remember, the admissions council has tons of essays that they need to read through. Yours is not the only one. Word count for common application essays usually have a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 500 words. Stay within these boundaries. This is not a research report. Keep it short and sweet. You want to make the essay readers happy. Do not aggravate them by keeping them from doing other things because your essay is too long.

Forgetting to Proofread

Whenever you leave spelling or grammatical errors it will be interpreted as carelessness, bad writing, and pure laziness. Yes, laziness. As in you were too lazy to proofread your essay! And don’t just think that the spell-check on your computer will do all the work for you. It can make mistakes, too. If you want to eliminate any possible errors, have yourself as well as someone else proofread your essay.


Aside from spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors, make sure your essay is factually accurate. If you are referencing people throughout history make sure that you spell their names correctly. It is “Abraham Lincoln,” not “Abraham Linkin.” Also make sure that your historical references are accurate. If you are referencing a book that was written by Mark Twain, make sure it was actually written by him. For the record, Harry Potter was not written by Mark Twain.

Get those essays completed and enjoy the holidays!

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1 Comment

  1. Great post … thanks for the info
    This info is virtually identical to one I’ve used many times. It’s great.!

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