• Focus on the question or topic requested
  • Be creative, organized  and succinct  
  • Show who you are and how you think
  • Write what you know
  • Get feedback on drafts from a trusted mentor
  • Keep to the word limits
  • Use your own voice
  • Proofread, edit, spell and grammar check


  • Slang, jargon, clichés or excessively elaborate prose
  • Writing too little or too much
  • Redundant sentences and phrases
  • Comparing yourself to other students
  • Submitting the same essay for multiple applications