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Lesson Four: Style and Tone

Introduction

Over the years, our editors have seen some amazing stories become dreadfully boring and some ridiculously dry topics transform into an exciting read. The culprit (or hero): writing style. Witness the advice of some admissions officers:

Use a conversational style and easy-to-understand language to project a genuine, relaxed image.

Make sure that your essay is readable. Don't make us work. Give your essay momentum--make sure that the parts work together and move to a point, carrying the reader along.

Don't bore us. More often it is the monotonous style, and not the subject matter, that makes these essays dull.

A large majority of the corrections made by our editors fall into one of five categories below. If you weren't paying attention in English class, here's a refresher:

Select One:

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