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Post by Joshua Williams on October 30, 2014

A higher balance bean, that's a very interesting analogy.

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Mon Dec 9, 2013 1:10 PM

Post by abdulaziz bagabas on December 8, 2013

hi professor hendershot, i would like  ask you  about what is the meaning of prompt,because i searched in the dictionary for this word over and over again but i couldn't  know its meaning, thank you.  

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Thu Aug 1, 2013 1:32 AM

Post by Bill Li on July 31, 2013

Grades matter for colleges in the Ivy league so should we also worry about academics along the way? Should we also mention our academics in our application?

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Wed May 29, 2013 11:52 AM

Post by Michelle Scott on May 29, 2013

This session is not working for me. It stops then returns the user to the beginning. I have updated my browser and my flash, yet, the program still does not work. Can someone help with this?

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Post by SAEED ALMANSOORI on December 29, 2012

Hi There

It does not work after: Don't Panic!! at :39 Sec
Can you check that for me or fix it please ASAP. Thanks.

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Post by Su Jung Leem on August 1, 2012

what's the college's standard of perfection?


  • This course will teach you how to write application essays—for college, for grad school, for scholarships, for just about anything academic.
  • And the most important rule of writing application essays is … don’t panic!Application essays aren’t nearly as scary as they seem.
  • Schools are not looking for perfect students, or one-in-a-million geniuses, or applicants who flatter them.
  • They are looking for students who are academically and socially prepared to succeed, students who have the talent necessary to succeed in that school, and students who will fit in well with the campus environment.
  • This course will follow this order:
    • Lesson 1: Overview
    • Lesson 2: The Prompt
    • Lesson 3: Choosing a Topic
    • Lesson 4: Outlining
    • Lesson 5: Writing, Part 1 (The Beginning)
    • Lesson 6: Writing, Part 2 (The Middle and the End)
    • Lesson 7: Revision
    • Lesson 8: After You’ve Written
    • Lesson 9: On (Hyper)Competitive Schools
    • Lesson 10: On Specific Fields
  • When in doubt, remember the lesson of the balance beam. As long as you focus on the beam, and not the ground, you won’t fall. Concentrate on the task of writing a good essay, and you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll get in.


Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • First Things First 0:08
  • Don't Panic! 0:39
  • Lesson Overview 1:31
  • What They Aren't Looking For 2:10
    • Perfection
    • Genius
    • Flattery
  • What They Are Looking For 3:48
    • Preparation
    • Talent
    • Fit
  • How This Course Will Work 6:42
  • Remember the Balance Beam 8:37
    • Balance Beam Story