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Students can personalize Khan Academy to help them in all of their subjects. Students can tailor their Khan Academy experience with individualized study plans to help them all year long.

Khan Academy goes far beyond math; they cover US and world history, physics, biology, chemistry, economics, computer science, and more. They’re the official practice partner for AP and home to Official SAT Practice.

And, of course, everything is always 100% free.

There are subjects for students at every grade level. 

Taken from Wow Writing Workshop by Kim Lifton:

1. How to Start Your College Essay

To start, ask yourself this question: “What do I want readers to know about me that they they can't find out from the rest of my application package?” 

The answer is a trait or characteristic that defines you, not your experiences or accomplishments.

Are you resourceful? Funny? Resilient? Hard-working? Content?

Your answer is essential. Why? Your job is to tell colleges what you want then to know about you, not what you think they want you to tell them. And they already know about your accomplishments from the rest of the application. Give them some insight into who you really are.

2. What makes a great college essay topic?

Any topic is good as long as it answers the prompt, focuses on the student and shows insight.  Despite what you might have heard, your child does not need to climb a mountain or travel to a third-world country to write a compelling story.

Admissions officers are impressed with meaningful stories about babysitting or making meatball with grandma, navigating an icy highway or playing basketball with friends.  The best topics we see are often mundane and focus on anything that truly demonstrates who the applicant is.  

More information from the workshop, including the book How to Write an Effective College Application Essay, the Inside Scoop for Parents is available here.


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