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The Five Paragraph Essay

After spending the past five years reading scholarship essays I’m convinced that students either forget or were never taught how to write an essay. I even made a fill-in-the-banks worksheet to help students stick to the five paragraph format. I had very little success with college students. If you are suddenly faced with the task of writing such an essay you can fill in the areas below and be on your way to a successful essay:

Introductory sentence and a broad statement of your essay topic. Add a transition to point #1.

Point #1 with example and end with transition to point #2.

Point #2 with an example and ending with a transition to point #3

Point #3 with . an example and ending with a transition to conclusion paragraph.

Conclusion where you tie up all the loose ends and summarize your points and examples.

I hope this might stir up some creative juices or at least give a framework for your ideas. As always be sure to send us your examples if you’d like some help.

College Application Boot Camp



I will be offering a college application boot camp during the winter break.  The location will be West Boynton Beach.

The boot camp will cover essay writing, resume writing and application strategies.   All students will receive follow-up materials to help them throughout their search.

Contact me for more information nancy at decision



Who are the students in Community Colleges? You may be surprised to find out!

via The Atlantic

via Education Dive


I know from my own experiences that many high school students are dual enrolled in high school and the local community college.  You may be surprised to find out just how big a force those young students are.

A community college instructor writes that he had prepared himself to teach a classroom of older, non-traditional students, but the reality is that almost all of his students were just out of high school.
One of the schools where he teaches has seen a 30% increase in enrollments for students under 24 in the last 10 years; such students now make up the majority of the school.
Research backs up this observation: Between 1995 and 2009, students 18 to 24 went from 47% to 54% of community college classes.

Not only are college-aged students showing up more in community college classrooms — high-school aged students are too. In 1993, students under 18 were 1.6% of community college students. By 2009, it was 7%.

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