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PS Tips & Advice

SkullTatt

Re: PS Tips & Advice
« Reply #30 on: August 11, 2005, 08:19:18 PM »
I thank HippieLawChick and others for the praise. But my PS is in a dormant phase right now and I am leaving it alone so I can go back to it later. If anyone wants to read it at that point, they can.

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Re: PS Tips & Advice
« Reply #31 on: August 12, 2005, 07:19:36 AM »
I thank HippieLawChick and others for the praise. But my PS is in a dormant phase right now and I am leaving it alone so I can go back to it later. If anyone wants to read it at that point, they can.

So is this a bear-in-winter phase or a caterpillar-in-chrysalis phase?

HippieLawChick

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Re: PS Tips & Advice
« Reply #32 on: August 12, 2005, 07:26:40 AM »
Hey all...quick question.  I noticed that the statements I am getting are all single spaced.  I thought they were supposed to be double spaced...at least mine was.  Perhaps this is just to make them easy to PM, but they sure are difficult to read that way.  Opinions?

SkullTatt

Re: PS Tips & Advice
« Reply #33 on: August 12, 2005, 07:31:30 AM »
Yeah all the ones I get are spaced exactly the same. I figured it was a function of LSD "email", deleting extra blank rows perhaps.

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Re: PS Tips & Advice
« Reply #34 on: August 12, 2005, 03:04:53 PM »
I thought the same thing, I have mine saved in word and is double spaced, but when I copy and paste into PM it changes the formatting, annoying, but at least it saves space.

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Re: PS Tips & Advice
« Reply #35 on: August 16, 2005, 11:15:50 AM »
If everyone is double spacing them when they submit to law schools (like I did), then a few of the ones I read recently are going to be 8 pages long!  Holy cow!

Re: PS Tips & Advice
« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2005, 11:20:59 AM »
yikes!


mine is just one paragraph on the third page...and I'll probably do some cutting...

sigh...this is so difficult!

SkullTatt

Re: PS Tips & Advice
« Reply #37 on: August 16, 2005, 04:39:28 PM »
Today's PS Tips (courtesy of http://www.EssayEdge.com):

CONTENT

Are you answering the actual question given in the prompt?

Have you been sincere and personal?

Is your essay within the word limit?

Will your reader find the essay interesting?

Are you showing rather than telling?

Does your introduction grab the reader's attention?

Do you explore your experiences in sufficient depth?

Does your essay contain a high level of detail and concrete evidence?

Have you avoided unsubstantiated claims?

Do you offer specific, personal insights rather than trite generalizations and clichés?

Does your essay reveal anything meaningful about your character?

Do you avoid summarizing information that can be found elsewhere on your application?

Will your essay make you stand out?

Does your conclusion leave a lasting impression?

STRUCTURE

Can you identify an overarching theme? Have you articulated that theme in the essay?

Does your theme have multiple layers and genuine depth?

Do you have a reason for placing every paragraph where it is?

Do your paragraphs flow smoothly? Are there any gaps or jumps?

Does each point build upon previous points, or does your essay sound like a list?

Have you written insightful transitions and resolutions that highlight your key themes?

Are your stories well integrated into your essay?

Is the essay clear and coherent? Have you strengthened its impact by using the optimal structure?

STYLE

Have you achieved a simple, straightforward style?

Have you varied your sentence constructions?

Have you avoided unnecessarily fancy vocabulary?

Have you avoided passive voice?

Have you achieved active writing through the use of strong verbs?

Have you avoided overusing adjectives and adverbs?

Is your tone conversational, rather than too casual or too formal?

Have you conveyed confidence, enthusiasm, and passion?

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Re: PS Tips & Advice
« Reply #38 on: August 17, 2005, 08:00:08 AM »
Wow, that is a long checklist there. :o

Sleezstak

Re: PS Tips & Advice
« Reply #39 on: August 17, 2005, 08:07:43 AM »
those are not tips but very sound guidelines to follow every time you write something...good post for all those prepping to write PS and even those needing brush ups. :)