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Which Question Should I Choose for the Common App?

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, […]

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Ask Jodi: Can I Find out the SAT Essay Question in Advance?

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 […]

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Ask Jodi: How do I use i.e. and e.g.?

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 […]

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Ask Jodi: Are contractions OK?

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 […]

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Ask Jodi: How Do I Use Big Words in Writing?

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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