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How long does it take to write a decent college essay?

Hey everybody, I'm beginning the essay writing process and I'm a little bit stressed about it. I want to know how long it might take realistically to write a good college essay. Could someone please share their experience or any tips they might have to speed up the process?

10 months ago

The time it takes to write a decent college essay varies for everyone – some people can whip up a great essay in a few hours, while others may require days or even weeks. To speed up the process, you might want to focus on brainstorming and outlining your thoughts and ideas first. Organize your thoughts coherently by creating a detailed outline before you start writing. This can help you avoid writer's block and provide a clear framework for your essay.

When my child was working on their essay, they allocated a week for brainstorming, a week for writing, and another week for editing and refining. Scheduling regular breaks and setting small, achievable goals for each session was helpful. Just remember, it's critical to allow time for editing and revisions. Your first draft probably won't be your final one, and that's okay.

If you need more assistance or resources, CollegeVine has many helpful articles to guide you through the process, like this one: How to Write the Common App Essays. Good luck!

10 months ago

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