Dear Jodi: Is it better to answer one of the Common App questions or pick “topic of your choice”? Monica M. Dear Monica, And Dear New Seniors Everywhere: as if having to study for another go at the SAT isn’t enough fun in itself! Time to organize and submit college applications. The personal essay is important, […]
Dear Jodi or Mike: Is there any way to find out what the essay prompt will be for the upcoming SAT? Desperately Seeking Spies Dear Desperately, Ha! What a question. I’m sure that millions of kids would love an answer to that one. Unless you’re clairvoyant or know someone at the College Board, the […]
Dear Jodi, Is there a difference between “i.e.” and “e.g.” and how do I use them in my writing? Stephanie the Scribe Dear Stephanie, Thanks for the question. The abbreviations “i.e.” and “e.g.” are similar and easily confused but not too tricky for a young scholar like you. First: i.e. This stands for “id est” which is […]
Dear Jodi, Is it okay to use contractions in my writing? Jess Dear Jess, Absolutely. This is another “right tool for the job” issue. Certainly there will be instances when a contraction will sound too informal, but I think there are even more situations when avoidance of contractions sounds stiff. On this subject, I’ll […]
Dear Jodi, I’m working on building my vocabulary, but I’m still not sure about how to use big words in my writing. I always feel kind of fake when I do it. How should I use big words in essays? Big Dear Big, Good question. What’s the point of learning “reticent,” “loquacious,” and “misanthrope” […]
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