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Author: Dana Elmore

Dana Elmore is a contributing writer for UniversityTutor.com, the world's largest global marketplace for finding independent tutors.

Posted Nov. 23, 2015, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Five ways to avoid being too creative on your college app

The ultimate goal of preparing a college application is to get into to the school of your dreams. When you are competing for a coveted spot, it is critical to ensure that you stand out from the crowd. One way to do so is to be creative. But can you be too creative with college applications? Is there a line that you simply should not cross? Here are five tips on how to be creative with your college applications without going overboard 1. Be yourself For admissions officers, the college application is a means of determining fit between a student ...

Posted Oct. 22, 2015, 8 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Admissions Video

In the past, simply submitting a college admissions video was enough to make you stand out in the applicant pool, but now hopeful high school students must do more. But how? Consider how the art of storytelling can help you craft a stellar admissions video and increase your chances of acceptance. Download Recognize the power of stories A story is an account of real or imaginary events – as opposed to a list of facts or statistics – that engages the emotions and imagination of the listener or reader. Stories are up to 22 times more memorable than facts, according ...

Posted Sept. 4, 2015, 8 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
AP Exams

Perhaps you’ve heard of AP. Perhaps, as an art student, you’ve also thought that Advanced Placement classes aren’t for you. The AP program, which is administered by the College Board, offers high school students the chance to take college-level classes and to potentially earn college credit, but only five of the 30-plus courses fall under the “Arts” category. So wouldn’t your time be better spent in advanced studio classes? Perhaps not, and here’s why: The importance of AP courses But no matter your potential major, AP courses can help you achieve your goals. Success in an AP class can distinguish ...

Posted Aug. 11, 2015, 8 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments

The first time I heard the term “self-reflection,” I was working on my second graduate degree, a master’s in education and was required to keep a self-reflective journal. My professors believed that “reflective practices made better teachers.” At the time, I had no idea what a self-reflective journal or reflective practices were. I later realized that self-reflection was something that I did naturally, but making a conscious effort to do it deepened my practice. Self-reflection can easily become a daily part of your life at any age. It involves giving careful thought to your beliefs and goals, and then evaluating ...

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