How to Write the Perfect Essay
***FREE download of one of my successful Harvard essays:
Writing the perfect essay is like drawing the perfect circle. Meaning that no matter what you do you’ll always end up with a zero? No, meaning it’s impossible, but with the right tools, you can get pretty darn close.
You guys requested it, so I thought I’d share some of my best tips and tricks for writing essays. I’ve been writing essays for almost two decades now, so this video is a long one. Strap yourself in and get ready, ’cause this is about to be a ride.
Also, the first essay format I give you comes from my French education on writing essays (i.e. start with a question, develop your ideas, answer the question, open essay up to new question).
The second essay format I give you comes from my American education on writing essays (i.e. state a thesis, argue your thesis, restate your thesis).
I’m partial to the French way of writing essays, because I think it makes more sense for life (i.e. you have a question you want to answer, you try to answer it, when you do you move on…). However, the American way of writing essays can be helpful for trying to argue a point. Write the way that you think will best suit you in your given circumstance!
More Info on American Academic Essay Formatting:
Link to Successful Harvard Application Essay:
Outline for My Harvard Essay:
Paragraph 1 –
**Introduces question: Am I an oxymoron?
**Introduces context: I am a product of my environment (unsaid: I am about to explain my environment).
Paragraph 2 –
**Develops idea of life as a contradiction: Contrast siblings’ age with mine, contrast exposure to maturity with childish enthusiasm.
Paragraph 3 –
**Develops idea of life as a contradiction: The gap between the contrasts seems to close as I get older, but a different gap emerges–that between my normal school life and my art classes.
Paragraph 4 –
**Develops idea of life as a contradiction: Art class is my exploration of another side of life.
Paragraph 5 –
**Develops idea of life as a contradiction: This “other side of life” has inspired me create simply for my own pleasure. This mindset has seeped into other areas of my life.
Paragraph 6 –
**Develops idea of life as a contradiction: A dream of mine is to create a charter school–this dream stemmed from my exposure to academic life. Seemingly unrelated, art nonetheless has been crucial in helping me understand how to make that dream a reality.
Paragraph 7 –
**Summarizes essay: “My world consists of math books and track meets, it’s the wonders of a painting class and the parenting of siblings…”
**Answers question: Some might think my life is an oxymoron, I call it balanced.
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Video Gear Used for This Video:
**Camera – Canon t5i
** Lens – Sigma 30mm f/1.4
**Microphone – Rode VideoMic Pro
**Tripod – Manfrotto Compact
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