Get Focused

You can’t rush great writing. That’s when work gets sloppy and trade-offs are made. Like every other creative endeavor, focus and planning can make the whole process smoother. Here are some tips:

  • If you plan to apply to 7 – 12 schools (the average range), you should plan on investing 90 -100 hours total time to complete your applications.
  • Applying to more schools? Add more time to the block.
  • Fewer schools? Reduce the estimate a bit, but there’s no simple math for calculating the average time per application.
  • While some of the essays can be used for multiple schools, a good chunk of your time will be spent gathering school-specific information and brainstorming ideas.
  • Avoid the temptation to start writing and get the whole thing over with. One of the best ways to save time in the long-run is to invest a bit of time upfront to explore ideas and topics.
  • Most candidates invest about 10% of their total application time on upfront items like identifying a topic or story for their long essay and making some rough notes and 90% on the actual writing and editing. Increasing your PREP work by a factor of 3x will make your writing and editing process more efficient and effective.


Want more advice? Check out Write Now! Essential Tips for Standout College Essays.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *