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8 Insider Tips for Scholarship Interviews

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 1:36 pm (UTC-4)
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  Most scholarship programs require in-person interviews to advance to the final selection phase. For two years, I was on a selection panel for a prestigious international scholarship program. I interviewed hundreds of candidates. I would like to share with you how the interview process works from the panelist’s (or interviewer’s) point of view. Before […]

Good Academic Writing Doesn’t Have to Be A Struggle

Posted January 15th, 2015 at 10:23 am (UTC-4)
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Now that you’ve heard our Writing Tips story, let’s take a look at a writing templates from They Say, I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein. A template is a model or preset format for a document. Here is one of the most basic templates to get your paper started. In discussions of X, […]

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Eight Writing Tips from Famous Authors

Posted October 20th, 2014 at 1:03 pm (UTC-4)
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I’ve been giving quite a bit of writing advice in this blog. But today, you’re going to hear directly from the masters. I’ve compiled what I think is the best writing advice for English learners from famous writers. Notice how similar their advice is. Do great minds think alike? #1. “If it is possible to […]

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Getting started with the TOEFL

Posted October 8th, 2014 at 12:45 pm (UTC-4)
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If you’re interested in studying at an American university, you’ve probably heard of the TOEFL. The Test of English as a Foreign Language is the most widely used language assessment test for American universities. The other major test is IELTS, which Dr. Jill will discuss in a future blog. Many foreign students are terrified of […]

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Five Ways to Start a College Essay

Posted October 3rd, 2014 at 3:24 pm (UTC-4)
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    We’ve all been there. It’s midnight and your paper is due in 8 hours. You are staring at a blank Word document. You have no idea what to write. If only you could write SOMETHING. In frustration, you bury your head on your desk. The first paragraph of a college essay, or any […]

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