Working On Biographical Essay

We’re going to first talk about how you can get started by brainstorming and so we’ll look at different suggestions there second we’ll go more in depth with common issues that students may run into when outlining and go through that we will then go through different scenarios when you are drafting an essay and then we’ll review and end with a question and answer session so let’s jump right in so if you’ve taken a look at the essay prompt that we have in the college prep Scholars Program application then you should know that the essay topic is this one by now so let’s look right now and I just like to take some time to remind everyone that if you haven’t done so log into your quest bridge account and look at your application as much as you can. Learn more about biographical essays on

We are approaching the deadline and it’s always good to get to work early so there are two sections to the writing part for the college prep Scholars Program application the first section is the short answers like I highlighted before and then the second portion is this biographical essay which is what we are going to be discussing at greater detail throughout this presentation so let’s take a look at this prompt we are interested in learning more about you and the context in which you have grown up formed your aspirations and accomplish your academic successes please describe the factors and challenges that have most shaped your personal life and asked and then this is key how have these factors helped you to grow so reminder make sure you’re answering the full prompt don’t just list the factors that have influenced you and make sure you’re also discussing how they’ve helped you grow this may seem like a lot of information to include in one essay but hopefully after this quest cast you’ll get a better sense of how to write a successful biographical essay that incorporates all the necessary details.

So before we go into brainstorming topics for your essay I just want to let you know that this worksheet that we have for you and that we’re going to go over today is available for download so if you hover over to the right side of your screen and look at the GoToWebinar panel you will see at the very bottom a section that says handouts so go ahead go there and click to download that and once you’ve done so please click to raise your hand so I know you are ready okay great so no worries if you haven’t been able to download it yet you can always go back and do so it’s also available on our website if you go to the application resources drop down menu of our quest website so today as we go over this brainstorming worksheet keep in mind that this is by no means the only way that you should be brainstorming or the only way that we except or anything like that this is just a tool that you can use in a tool that we happen to be going over.

Original Ideas In Your Essay

Avoid committing yourself to giving original ideas and doing original work in essays of 2500 words okay because actually to do that to actually set it up in any meaningful way will take you at least an RP at least and even an RP you’re going to be lucky in some cases to manage it it’s probably a PhD okay but for NSA the trick is always to find out what the standard literature says on that issue and critically appraise it okay that’s that’s the way you actually make progress and that’s the way you cope with an essay okay let’s just go on to it now I have basically three sections in all essays which we need to address is the introduction substantive part and very important the conclusion remember what I told you about the conclusion it’s twelve o’clock at night peter is very tired he’s had these glass of wine okay.

He’s looking at all these essays stacked in front of him and he’s going to read the conclusion first okay because i do i always read the conclusion first because that already tells me is this person really focusing on the question okay so that’s why I emphasize that but I’m going to give you a few more tips on that look at the introduction and I’ve already mentioned this question but I will repeat it answer the question answer the question okay exam answer the question and then focus your answer indicate what your focus is in that introductory paragraph it’s also very important and here’s the important part number three is sometimes questions are very broad sometimes questions are badly formulated we’re human beings teachers we may not look like it we may look like aliens but I assure you that we’re human beings and we make mistakes okay.

And we formulate things pretty badly but you’re in an exam and you have to make the best of it okay so here’s the thing you do is you actually indicate how you understand this question and how you’re going to manage it by specifically focusing on this aspect okay and justifying it get not trying to actually say superficial things about lots and lots of issues which are vaguely related to the question okay but you get focus and I’m going to give you some examples of ambiguous questions so that you can see that in just a moment and then the last part i always suggest to students is give a rough indication as to how you’re going to approach it what is the structure of the rest of your paper and what’s the logic of that structure and some students and i encourage this some staff may not like it but i encourage it is give me a rough idea of what argument you’re trying to develop already in the introduction this way I know what you’re trying to say okay and then I like to see it again coming back in the conclusion.