Blog #13: Parents and College Essays

Help with Final Edits of the College Essays

It’s very important that your child get feedback on his or her essay. Teens may be reluctant to “share” their essays with parents. If there is a close relative/family member, such as a favorite aunt or an older sibling, get him or her involved. Encourage your child to read the essay aloud to this person. Many errors – grammar, missing content, paragraphs in the wrong position – become readily apparent and changes can be made before it is sent out. Reassure your teen that your help or the help of others is not criticism but support for him and her to reach their goals.

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