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Nisim International Product catalog Nisim Prevents Hair Fall FASTGrow Hair Up to 99% faster Kerte Hair Styling Gel Kalo Hair Inhibitor Nisim's: NewHair Biofactors Shampoos Shampoo 8 oz.240 ml. This unique deep cleansing shampoo has been specially formulated to maximize a clean and nutrient rich environment for healthy hair growth. Available in normal to oily and normal to dry formulas. Nisimâ„¢ Shampoos are GUARANTEED to reduce excessive hair loss for men or women within one week. (Gold bottle normal to oily and Blue bottle normal to dry) Our Price: $18.40   Shampoo 33 oz1 liter This unique deep cleansing shampoo has been specially formulated to maximize a clean and nutrient rich environment for healthy hair growth. Available in normal to oily and normal to dry formulas. Nisimâ„¢ Shampoos are GUARANTEED to reduce excessive hair loss for men or women within one week. This money saving size has a handy pump dispenser. (Gold bottle normal to oily and Blue bottle normal toOur Price: $57.40 Shampoo 2 oz60 ml This unique deep cleansing shampoo has been specially formulated to maximize a clean and nutrient rich environment for healthy hair growth. Available in normal to oily and normal to dry formulas. Nisimâ„¢ Shampoos are GUARANTEED to reduce excessive hair loss for men or women within one week. 2 oz size is ideal for your travel kit.Our Price: $6.40 Back to top Nisim's: NewHair Biofactors Conditioners Oil Free Conditioner - 8 oz.240 ml. This Is designed for those people who have fine, limp hair or a very oily scalp. This conditioner contains no oils or silicone that can weigh your hair down. Women try the oil free conditioner on your legs prior to shaving, for a silky smooth shave. Our Price: $18.40 Oil Free Conditioner - 33 oz.Liter This Is designed for those people who have fine, limp hair or a very oily scalp. This conditioner contains no oils or silicone that can weigh your hair down. Women try the oil free conditioner on your legs prior to shaving, for a silky smooth shave. This money saving size has a handy pump dispenser. Our Price: $57.40 Oil Free Conditioner - 2 oz.60 ml. This Is designed for those people who have fine, limp hair or a very oily scalp. This conditioner contains no oils or silicone that can weigh your hair down. Women try the oil free conditioner on your legs prior to shaving, for a silky smooth shave. 2 oz size is ideal for your travel kit. Our Price: $6.40 Finishing Rinse Conditioner - 8 oz.240 ml. This is a thick creamy conditioner designed to work with Nisimâ„¢ shampoo and extract, to provide thicker and fuller hair. Our Price: $18.40 Finishing Rinse Conditioner - 33 oz.liter This is a thick creamy conditioner designed to work with Nisimâ„¢ shampoo and extract, to provide thicker and fuller hair. This money saving size has a handy pump dispenser. Our Price: $57.40 Finishing Rinse Conditioner - 2 oz.60 ml. This is a thick creamy conditioner designed to work with Nisimâ„¢ shampoo and extract, to provide thicker and fuller hair. 2 oz size is ideal for your travel kit. Our Price: $6.40 Spray Leave In Conditioner - 8 oz.240 ml. Is a great styling aid as well as being a deep conditioner. This conditioner is also a great de-tangler and anti static spray. If you have dry brittle hair this is the one for you. Our Price: $18.40Back to top Nisim Extracts Hair and Scalp Extract - Original Formula 8 oz.240 ml. The Hair and Scalp Extract AKA Stimulating Extract is available in Original formula (wateralcohol based) or Gel formula. Our Price: $73.60 Hair and Scalp Extract - Original Formula 2 oz.60 ml. The Hair and Scalp Extract AKA Stimulating Extract is available in Original formula (wateralcohol based) or Gel formula. Our Price: $20.60 Hair and Scalp Extract - Gel Formula ---- 8 oz.240 ml The Hair and Scalp Extract AKA Stimulating Extract is available in Original formula (wateralcohol based) or Gel formula. The Gel is a little easier to apply and provides some styling properties. Our Price: $73.60 Hair and Scalp Extract - Gel Formula –--- 2 oz.60 ml. The Hair and Scalp Extract AKA Stimulating Extract is available in Original formula (wateralcohol based) or Gel formula. The Gel is a little easier to apply and provides some styling properties. This convenient size is great for travel or to take to the office. Our Price: $20.60 Hair and Scalp Extract 4x50ml Nisimâ„¢ is the ONLY non prescription product that can and does provide PROOF of its ability to neutralize DHT. Nisimâ„¢ does not rely on chemical irritants that cause skin irritation for vasodilatation. Our Price: $67.80 Back to top Nisim KitsPromos Normal to Dry Tripack 1 - 8 oz. Dry Shampoo 1 - 8 oz. Finishing Rinse Conditioner 1 - 8 oz. Gel Stimulating Extract. Our Price: $94.25 Normal to Dry Tripack (2 Shampoo's) 2 - 8 oz. Dry Shampoo 1 - 8 oz. Stimulating Gel Extract. Our Price: $94.25 Normal to Oily Tripack 1 - 8 oz. Oily Shampoo 1 - 8 oz. Oil Free Conditioner 1 - 8 oz. Original Stimulating Extract. Our Price: $94.25 Normal to Oily Tripack (2 Shampoo's) 2 - 8 oz. Oily Shampoo 1 - 8 oz. Original Stimulating Extract. Our Price: $94.25 The Hair Loss Survival Kit Normal to Dry  2 - 2 oz. Normal to Dry Shampoos  1 - 2 oz. Finishing Rinse Conditioners  1 - 2 oz. Original Extract This kit is perfect for new users or anyone who travels a lot Our Price: $39.80 The Hair Loss Survival Kit Normal to Oily 2 - 2 oz. Normal to Oily Shampoos 1 - 2 oz. Oil Free Conditioners 1 - 2 oz. Original Extract This kit is perfect for new users or anyone who travels a lot Our Price: $39.80 Nisim Toiletry Bag Loaded - Normal to Dry This is the whole package rolled into one! The Nisim Hanging Toiletry back is stuffed full with an assortment of Nisim products at a great price. Our Price: $169.95 Nisim Toiletry Bag Loaded - Normal to Oily This is the whole package rolled into one! The Nisim Hanging Toiletry back is stuffed full with an assortment of Nisim products at a great price Our Price: $169.95 Back to top Kalo Hair Inhibitor Kalo Post Epilating Lotion 2 oz60 ml Kalo Post Epilating Lotion AKA Kalo Hair Inhibitor is ideal for treating small and sensitive areas like the face or genitals. Kalo will prevent about 10% of the hair from growing back when used after the hair has been removed by the root. It will slow hair growth down when used after shaving. Buy More and Save 3-4 Bottles Less 10% 5-9 Bottles Less 15% 10+ Bottles Less 25% Our Price: $39.00 Kalo Post Epilating Spray 4 oz120 ml Kalo Post Epilating Spray AKA Kalo Hair Inhibitor is ideal for treating larger areas like legs or the back. Kalo will prevent about 10% of the hair from growing back when used after the hair has been removed by the root. It will slow hair growth down when used after shaving. Our Price: $57.40 Kalo Ingrown Hair Treatment Kalo Ingrown hair treatment works for all types of hair removal rashes and irritations. Our Price: $33.40 Back to top Kalo Epilators Shavers Emjoi Optima The Emjoi® Optima is a groundbreaking hair remover that is fast, comfortable, effective and long lasting. The Emjoi® Optima uses a revolutionary tweezer disc system, with dual opposed heads. Our Price: $99.95 Peeka-bu Intimate Grooming Mirror The Peeka-bu is the first ergonomically designed intimate grooming mirror. This ground breaking grooming tool gives you a new perspective on your body, making maintenance for your most private areas easy and fun! Eliminate costly salon visits by trimming and styling yourself Our Price: $28.95 Stimulite® bath mitt by Supracor Supracor's luxurious bath mitt cleans, exfoliates and massages your skin. It needs just a touch of soap to create a foamy lather. Or use it dry, brushing your body with upward strokes toward the heart, stimulating the lymph system and releasing the toxins that produce cellulite. Naturally antifungal and antibacterial, it dries quickly and is great for traveling. Our Price: $32.00 Emjoi Epislim AP9LC Epilator The Emjoi Epi Slim is a compact epilator that removes hair from the root from delicate areas like the upper lip, chin, cheek area bikini line and underarms. It is also great for touch ups on the legs. The Emjoi Epi Slim is portable and battery operated (2AA not included) Our Price: $19.95 Emjoi TrimMen The Emjoi TrimMen is a fantastic double-sided trimmer that is designed for men to eliminate nose and ear hair quickly and effectively.It cuts like a blade but is safe to the touch due to the patented safety guard system that ensures no cuts or irritation. Our Price: $14.95 Emjoi Light Caress Epilator Rechargeable Cordless AP-10LR The Emjoi Light Caress Rechargeable is the latest Gently Gold Caress epilator. The Emjoi Light Caress is the newest and most innovative epilator to hit the market. Our Price: $89.95 Epilady Legend Rechargeable Epilator Epilady Legend Rechargeable EpilatorThe Legend is the ultimate rechargeable epilator for perfect hair removal experience. The Legend is the ultimate rechargeable epilator for perfect hair removal experience. Our Price: $59.95 Epilady Duet Epilady Duet (Gift Box) Two-in-One EpilatorShaver.The new, patented Duet is the only hair removal system with an epilator and shaver in one device no need to change heads; simply flip the cover to the other side. Our Price: $54.95 Emjoi Light Caress Gold Corded - AP-10L Emjoi Light Caress Corded - is the latest addition to the Gently Gold Caress Family The Emjoi Light Caress Corded is the newest and most innovative epilator to hit the market. Touting a new bright illuminating light for the hard to see hair, the Emjoi Light Caress Corded features 36 patented 24karat gold plated hypoallergenic tweezer discs that remove hair quickly and efficiently. Our Price: $69.95 ES-412 Cleancut by Seiko S-Yard After extensive research we have found the ideal product for all your personal shaving needs. The Original Seiko S-Yard Cleancut Razor used daily is excellent for shaving Sensitive areas like the face and neck or genitals easily, smoothly and comfortably without nicks, cuts or irritation which greatly reduces bumping up from ingrown hairs Our Price: $55.95 Feminine Intimate Area Razor Painlessly remove hair anytime, anywhere. Erase your unwanted hair with this professional Feminine razor. Achieve perfect results within seconds with the powerful and safe blade. Item not exactly as pictured. Our Price: $34.95 Body Bare Re-chargeable The Body Bare® revolutionary, rechargeable Intimate Area Razor is a second-generation, newly designed rotary-head, hair removal instrument specifically for Dare to be Bare aficionados. Our Price: $54.95 Back to top Orbix Razor Easy Hold Handle - Not much larger than a conventional razor, the Orbix razor fits comfortably in your hand with the easy-hold handle and stands neatly on its base when not in use.Rechargeable - The lifetime NiMH battery fully recharges in 10 hours with the included AC adapter. A full charge will last approximately one month depending on your shaving habits and frequency. Submersible. Our Price: $39.95 Spacells® facial sponge by Supracor A revolutionary facial sponge that not only cleans and removes make-up, but exfoliates and massages your skin, stimulating blood and lymph flow to decrease puffiness, eliminate toxins and promote cellular regeneration. Use daily for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin. Features two textures of Stimulite®: one for cleansing and exfoliating and the other for massaging. Naturally antifungal, antibacterial and allergen free. Our Price: $12.00 GiGi Hair Removal Strips for the face t is simple, easy and safe. Gently press the pre-waxed strips onto the area and then pull-off. The face or body strips lift away unwanted hair from the root, leaving your skin soft and beautifully smooth for weeks. Our Price: $8.99 GiGi Hair removal strips for the body It is simple, easy and safe. Gently press the pre-waxed strips onto the area and then pull-off. The face or body strips lift away unwanted hair from the root, leaving your skin soft and beautifully smooth for weeks. Contains: 12 Strips (24 Applications) & 1oz. after wax lotion. Third party manufactured items are not covered by our 100% money back Our Price: $14.95 Clean and Easy Personal Roll on Waxer Personal Roll On Waxer: Changes the way waxing is done forever. The Clean + Easy's special blend of all natural wax comes in a disposable applicator that is heated in a thermostatically controlled warmer. Once heated, simply roll on the wax with the unique applicator and remove with the specially designed removal cloth strips. Wax in comfort with the Personal Roll On Waxer and remove hair up to 4 to 6 weeks. Our Price: $31.95   Clean and Easy Facial Microwave Roll on Waxer This first of its kind, ergonomically designed Microwave Roll-On Waxer allows for wax to flow easily and evenly to deliver a quick, easy and comfortable hair removal session in the privacy of your own home. The clean + easy Facial Microwave Roll-On Waxer heats up in just seconds. Your skin will be touchably soft and free of unsightly hair without the nicks and cuts in just minutes. Our Price: $9.95 Back to top Kalo Tweezers Others Stimulite® bath mitt by Supracor Supracor's luxurious bath mitt cleans, exfoliates and massages your skin. It needs just a touch of soap to create a foamy lather. Or use it dry, brushing your body with upward strokes toward the heart, stimulating the lymph system and releasing the toxins that produce cellulite. Naturally antifungal and antibacterial, it dries quickly and is great for traveling. Our Price: $32.00 Aero Tweezers - Slant Tip These are salon quality tweezers with a slanted tip. Hand honed tips that are perfectly aligned for a lifetime of satisfaction. Specially designed hollow handle for a solid grip and improved accuracy. High quality stainless steel construction. Made in Italy Our Price: $15.95 Ultra Big Gripper Tweezers - Slant Tip The Big Gripper is a lightweight, precision tweezer designed to improve grip and provide the most accurate tweeze. The Big Gripper features hand-filed slant tips for tweezing versatility. The Big Gripper improves grip in two ways. The cut out body provides non slip gripping surface and the cushioned thumbfinger rest provides extra width for a comfortable hold. Our Price: $8.00 Back to top Kalo KitsPromos Kalo 2 Pak Lotion, Spray Kalo Spray is ideal for use on large areas like legs, back, chest etc. Kalo 4 oz. aqueous spray is the most economical way to buy Kalo. It is easy to apply, effective and soothing. Kalo is applied right after the hair has been epilated. Kalo should be applied 3 times the day of the hair removal and 3 times the next day. Our Price: $82.75 Kalo 3 Pak Lotion, Spray and IHT Kalo Prevents Unwanted Hair From Growing Back Kalo Spray is ideal for use on large areas like legs, back, chest etc. Kalo 4 oz. aqueous spray is the most economical way to buy Kalo. It is easy to apply, effective and soothing. Kalo is applied right after the hair has been epilated. Kalo should be applied 3 times the day of the hair removal and 3 times the next day. Our Price: $110.35 Back to top Kerte Kerte Nutrient Enriched Styling Gel Kerte Nutrient Enriched Styling Gel with organic ingredients that actually heal and protect the hair, Kerte Nutrient Enriched Styling Gel keeps even the wildest tresses under control. It combats flaky scalp, hard hair and flat style. Moisturers so your hair wont break or look dull. Sunscreens to protect your locks from the harsh rays of the sun. Nutrition with a blend of natural extracts, amino acids and proteins. Superior hold. Our Price: $18.40 Kerte Nutrient-Enriched Styling Spray Kerte Nutrient Enriched Styling Spray is made with organic ingredients that infuse your hair with essential nutrients, leaving it strong yet flexible all day long. It prevents dry scalp, crunchy hair, and sticky messes. Moisturizes so your hair wont break or look dull. Sunscreens to protect your locks for the harsh rays of the sun. Nutrition with a blend of natural extracts, amino acids and proteins. Provides flexible lightweight hold. Our Price: $23.00 Back to top F.A.S.T Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy FAST Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy Shampoo & Conditioner Combo 1 Get everything you need for maximum length all in this one kit. Thisi kit should last about 6 weeks. Most people will see results after using just one FAST 2 pack. This kit includes a shampoo (12 oz 360 ml) and conditioner (12 oz 360 ml). F.A.S.T is designed to supercharge your hair. Our Price: $31.80 F.A.S.T Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy Shampoo 12 oz360 ml For Maximum Length in Minimum Time. F.A.S.T. can get your hair grow up to 99% faster. Works best when used with the F.A.S.T. Conditioner. Leaves your hair feeling clean smooth and managable. Customer satisfaction Guaranteed. Our Price: $18.00 F.A.S.T Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy Conditioner 12 oz360 ml This product is for anyone looking to grow their hair as FAST as possible. Works best when used with the F.A.S.T. Shampoo. F.A.S.T. can get your hair grow up to 99% faster. Deep rich cream conditioner. Formulated to be used with FAST shampoo but can be used on its own. Our Price: $18.00 F.A.S.T. Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy Shampoo 33oz For Maximum Length in Minimum Time. F.A.S.T. can get your hair grow up to 99% faster. Works best when used with the F.A.S.T. Conditioner. Leaves your hair feeling clean smooth and managable. The liter pump bottle is a convienient to use and saves you money. Our Price: $46.00 F.A.S.T. Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy Conditioner 33oz F.A.S.T. will give you maximum length in minimum time. F.A.S.T. has all the proteins and amino acids your hair needs to grow as FAST as possible. The liter pump bottle is a convienient to use and saves you money. Formulated to work with FAST shampoo. Our Price: $46.00 F.A.S.T. Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy - Detangling comb. This convenient comb is used for detangling long hair. For really stubborn hair use it in the shower with conditioner in your hair. Our Price: $1.25 Back to top

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Kalo Shavers and epilators Nisim's Our Price: $99.95 Emjoi Optima The world's most considerate hair removal system just got better. The Emjoi® Optima is a groundbreaking hair remover that is fast, comfortable, effective and long lasting. The Emjoi® Optima uses a revolutionary tweezer disc system, with dual opposed heads. Contoured design helps keep the skin taut Pulling and discomfort is minimized Removes even the finest hair from the root Long-lasting results - re-growth of hair is slower and finer Double active surface means hair removal that is twice as fast Soft touch grip-designed for ultimate comfort and control Includes a dual function, foil shaver with built in long-hair trimmer Compact size and travel case makes it a great travel companion Can be used anywhere on the legs, arms and bikini line. The dual function shaver attachment is great for underarms and sensitive areas. The Emjoi® Optima feels better, works better and gives you better results. Corded operation operation only 110 V AC. North American Please order the adapter if you are located outside North America Our Price: $69.95 Emjoi Light Caress Gold Corded - AP-10L Emjoi Light Caress Corded - is the latest addition to the Gently Gold Caress Family The Emjoi Light Caress Corded is the newest and most innovative epilator to hit the market. Touting a new bright illuminating light for the hard to see hair, the Emjoi Light Caress Corded features 36 patented 24karat gold plated hypoallergenic tweezer discs that remove hair quickly and efficiently. Our Pain Reduction technology coupled with a massaging finger attachment ( included), greatly reduces discomfort. The new ergonomically designed soft grip feature commands control when removing hair from the legs, arms, underarms, bikini line and even individual facial hair. It will even remove hair from the root as short as 0.5mm resulting in skin that is smooth and silky. Our Price: $89.95 Emjoi Light Caress Epilator Rechargeable Cordless AP-10LR The Emjoi Light Caress Rechargeable is the latest Gently Gold Caress epilator. The Emjoi Light Caress is the newest and most innovative epilator to hit the market. Touting a new bright illuminating light for the hard to see hair, the Emjoi Light Caress features 36 patented 24karat gold plated hypoallergenic tweezer discs that remove hair quickly and efficiently. The Pain Reduction technology coupled with a massaging finger attachment (included), greatly reduces discomfort. The new ergonomically designed soft grip feature commands control when removing hair from the legs, arms, underarms, bikini line and even individual facial hair. It will even remove hair from the root as short as 0.5mm resulting in skin that is smooth and silky. Cordcordless operation allows for the flexibility of removing hair any where and any time. Our Price: $19.95 Emjoi Epislim AP9LC Epilator The Emjoi Epi Slim is a compact epilator that removes hair from the root from delicate areas like the upper lip, chin, cheek area bikini line and underarms. It is also great for touch ups on the legs. The Emjoi Epi Slim is portable and battery operated (2AA not included) Our Price: $57.40 Kalo Post Epilating Spray 4 oz120 ml This product is ideal for treating larger areas like legs or the back. Kalo will prevent about 10% of the hair from growing back when used after the hair has been removed by the root. It will slow hair growth down when used after shaving. Buy More and Save 3-4 Bottles Less 10% 5-9 Bottles Less 15% 10+ Bottles Less 25% Our Price: $59.95 Epilady Legend – Rechargeable Epilator The Legend is the ultimate rechargeable epilator for perfect hair removal experience. Our fastest, most powerful epilator. New, wide epilating head allows for faster epilation at virtually any angle. 40 tweezer discs on each head allowing for faster and more efficient hair removal. Removes even the finest hairs from the face, legs, underarms, and bikini area for up to 6 weeks. Ergonomically designed, including rubber touch at gripping points, to ensure a firm and non-slip hold for ultimate comfort and control. Fully rechargeable for cordless convenience Includes deluxe carrying case, cleaning brush and power cord. Back to top

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* The Core: iCoils are independent coils that support every part of your body with the perfect amount of supple, responsive flex. Independent operation means less transfer between sleep partners for better sleep. * The Comfort Top: Nicely cushioned pillow top instantly welcomes you to bed with layers of body conforming High Density Memory Foam, a recyclable material. * All-Natural Ingredient: EverGreenâ„¢, made from all-natural green tea, is embedded into the memory foam for long-lasting natural odor control. * The Cover: Unbleached, 100% Cotton cover with channel quilting that is stuffed with wool and micro fibers to keep the cover breathable and more comfortable. * The Feel: The pillow top cushion creates a more plush feel that side and stomach sleepers enjoy. * Other Key Facts: Durability tested exceed industry standards. Complies with the Federal fire safety standard of 16CFR1633. (Free of PBDEs) Keetsa Eco-Friendly Pillow Soft Mattresses.Learn More!

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* The Core: iCoils are independent coils that support every part of your body with the perfect amount of supple, responsive flex. Independent operation means less transfer between sleep partners for better sleep. * The Comfort Top: High Density Memory Foam, a recyclable material, conforms to your body shape and temperature. The memory foam layer instantly receives your body with a custom-fit. * All-Natural Ingredient: EverGreenâ„¢, made from all-natural green tea, is embedded into the memory foam for long-lasting natural odor control. * The Cover: Unbleached, 100% Cotton cover with channel quilting that is stuffed with wool and micro fibers to keep the cover breathable and more comfortable. * The Feel: The firm memory foam top layer is supportive and comfortable. Great support for your back. * Other Key Facts: Durability tested exceed industry standards. Complies with the Federal fire safety standard of 16CFR1633. (Free of PBDEs) Keetsa Plus Mattresses. Basic - Straightforward - Comfortable.Learn More!

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Application essay writing tips and advice. One page briefly covering the whole process. Content provided by EssayEdge.com. Put Harvard-Educated Editors to Work for You! College Admissions Essay Secrets EssayEdge.com contains thousands of pages of free admissions essay advice by Harvard-educated editors Each year, Harvard rejects four out of five valedictorians and hundreds of students with perfect SAT scores, leaving applicants and parents wondering what went wrong. While there is no secret formula for gaining admission to a top school, there are many ways to ensure rejection, and the most common by far is taking the admissions essay lightly.  Over one-third of the time an admissions officer spends on your application is spent evaluating your essay. Admissions officers use the essay to compare hundreds or even thousands of applicants with similar grades, activities, and SAT scores. To stand out, your essay must not only demonstrate your grasp of grammar and ability to write lucid, structured prose, you must also paint a vivid picture of your personality and character, one that compels a busy admissions officer to accept you. Fortunately, unlike every other aspect of the application, you control your essay, and can be sure that the glimpse you give the admissions committee into your character, background, and writing ability is the most positive one possible. As the founder of EssayEdge.com, the Net's largest admissions essay prep company, I have seen firsthand the difference a well-written application essay can make. Through its free online admissions essay help course and 300 Harvard-educated editors, EssayEdge.com helps tens of thousands of student each year improve their essays and gain admission to schools ranging from Harvard to State U.  Having personally edited over 2,000 admissions essays myself for EssayEdge.com, I have written this article to help you avoid the most common essay flaws. If you remember nothing else about this article, remember this: Be Interesting. Be Concise. TOP 10 ESSAY WRITING TIPS 1. Don't Thesaurusize Your Essay. Do Use Your Own Voice. Admissions officers can tell Roget from an 18-year-old high school senior. Big words, especially when misused, detract from the essay, inappropriately drawing the reader's attention and making the essay sound contrived. Before: Although I did a plethora of activities in high school, my assiduous efforts enabled me to succeed. After: Although I juggled many activities in high school, I succeeded through persistent work.  2. Don't Bore the Reader. Do Be Interesting. Admissions officers have to read hundreds of essays, and they must often skim. Abstract rumination has no place in an application essay. Admissions officers aren't looking for a new way to view the world; they're looking for a new way to view you the applicant. The best way to grip your reader is to begin the essay with a captivating snapshot. Notice how the slightly jarring scene depicted in the "after" creates intrigue and keeps the reader's interest.  Before: The college admissions and selection process is a very important one, perhaps one that will have the greatest impact on one's future. The college that a person will go to often influences his personality, views, and career. After: An outside observer would have called the scene ridiculous: a respectable physician holding the bell of his stethoscope to the chest of a small stuffed bear. 3. Do Use Personal Detail. Show, Don't Tell! Good essays are concrete and grounded in personal detail. They do not merely assert "I learned my lesson" or that "these lessons are useful both on and off the field." They show it through personal detail. "Show don't tell," means if you want to relate a personal quality, do so through your experiences and do not merely assert it. Before: I developed a new compassion for the disabled. After: The next time Mrs. Cooper asked me to help her across the street, I smiled and immediately took her arm.  The first example is vague and could have been written by anybody. But the second sentence evokes a vivid image of something that actually happened, placing the reader in the experience of the applicant. 4. Do Be Concise. Don't Be Wordy. Wordiness not only takes up valuable space, but it also can confuse the important ideas you're trying to convey. Short sentences are more forceful because they are direct and to the point. Certain phrases such as "the fact that" are usually unnecessary. Notice how the revised version focuses on active verbs rather than forms of "to be" and adverbs and adjectives. Before: My recognition of the fact that the project was finally over was a deeply satisfying moment that will forever linger in my memory. After: Completing the project at last gave me an enduring sense of fulfillment. 5. Don't Use Slang, Yo!  Write an essay, not an email. Slang terms, clichés, contractions, and an excessively casual tone should be eliminated. Here's one example of inappropriately colloquial language. Well here I am thinking about what makes me tick. You would be surprised. What really gets my goat is when kids disrespect the flag. My father was in 'Nam and I know how important the military is to this great nation. 6. Do Vary Your Sentences and Use Transitions. The best essays contain a variety of sentence lengths mixed within any given paragraph. Also, remember that transition is not limited to words like nevertheless, furthermore or consequently. Good transition flows from the natural thought progression of your argument. Before: I started playing piano when I was eight years old. I worked hard to learn difficult pieces. I began to love music. After: I started playing the piano at the age of eight. As I learned to play more difficult pieces, my appreciation for music deepened. 7. Do Use Active Voice Verbs. Passive-voice expressions are verb phrases in which the subject receives the action expressed in the verb. Passive voice employs a form of the verb to be, such as was or were. Overuse of the passive voice makes prose seem flat and uninteresting.  Before: The lessons that prepared me for college were taught to me by my mother.  After: My mother taught me lessons that will prepare me for college. 8. Do Seek Multiple Opinions. Ask your friends and family to keep these questions in mind: Have I answered the question? Does my introduction engage the reader? Does my conclusion provide closure? Do my introduction and conclusion avoid summary? Do I use concrete experiences as supporting details? Have I used active-voice verbs wherever possible? Is my sentence structure varied, or do I use all long or short sentences? Are there any clichés such as cutting edge or learned my lesson? Do I use transitions appropriately? What about the essay is memorable? What's the worst part of the essay? What parts of the essay need elaboration or are unclear? What parts of the essay do not support my main argument? Is every single sentence crucial to the essay? This must be the case. What does the essay reveal about my personality? 9. Do Answer the Question. Many students try to turn a 500-word essay into a complete autobiography. Not surprisingly, they fail to answer the question and risk their chances of attending college. Make sure that every sentence in your essay exists solely to answer the question.  10. Do Revise, Revise, Revise. The first step in an improving any essay is to cut, cut, and cut some more. EssayEdge.com's free admissions essay help course and Harvard-educated editors will be invaluable as you polish your essay to perfection. The EssayEdge.com free help course guides you through the entire essay-writing process, from brainstorming worksheets and question-specific strategies for the twelve most common essay topics to a description of ten introduction types and editing checklists. SAMPLE ESSAY The sun sleeps as the desolate city streets await the morning rush hour. Driven by an inexplicable compulsion, I enter the building along with ten other swimmers, inching my way toward the cold, dark locker room of the Esplanada Park Pool. One by one, we slip into our still-damp drag suits and make a mad dash through the chill of the morning air, stopping only to grab pull-buoys and kickboards on our way to the pool. 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Graduate School Personal Statement Tips Content provided by EssayEdge.com. Put Harvard-Educated Editors to Work for You! Graduate School Personal Statement Secrets EssayEdge.com contains thousands of pages of free admissions essay advice by Harvard-educated editors. The best way to approach your personal statement for graduate school is to imagine that you have five minutes with someone from the admissions committee. How would you go about making the best case for yourself while holding the listener's interest? What would you include and omit in your story? Figuring out the answer to these questions is critical to successfully preparing an effective statement. To arrive at these answers, you should begin by asking yourself two specific questions: Why have I chosen to attend graduate school this specific field, and why did I choose to apply to this particular school's program? What are my qualifications for admission? 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If you remember nothing else about this article, remember this: Be Interesting. Be Concise. Why Graduate School? Graduate school is a serious commitment, and it may have been your goal for a long time. Describing your early exposure to a field can offer effective insight into your core objectives. Watch out, however, that you do not your point in such a clichéd, prepackaged way as to make your reader cringe. For example, you should not start your essay, "I have always wanted toÂ…." or "I have always known that _______ was my calling." Instead, you should discuss specific events that led to your interest in the field. Graduate school is, of course, a means to an end, and admissions committees prefer students who know where they're going and to what use they'll put their education (though the occasional soul-searcher, who may exhibit exceptional raw potential, is welcomed). For many people, the long-term goal is to work in academia, and to differentiate yourself in such cases, you can stress more specific objectives such as your research interests. Note: Read the instructions carefully. Sometimes schools will ask for a statement of purpose describing your specific research interests in lieu of, or in addition to, a personal statement that emphasizes your character and qualities. For these types of essays, you can assume that a faculty member will be reading your statement, but it should still be accessible enough for a non-specialist to understand. Remember that such essays should also still aim to engage the reader in a way that conveys your own enthusiasm for the subject matter. Avoid mistakes like discussing the school's rank or prestige, or simply offering generic praise. Instead, mention faculty members by name and indicate some knowledge of their work. Consider contacting faculty members first and discussing their current research projects and your interest in studying under them. Then refer to these contacts in your essay. Why Am I Qualified? The way to prove your qualification is not to list attributes you believe you possess but to discuss concrete experiences that show your abilities and qualities. As always, details are paramount. The rest of your application has already summarized your accomplishments and your activities. Show the reader what you did in concrete terms, and again, highlight your active roles. The experiences that demonstrate your qualification are not necessarily distinct from those that explain your motivation. You shouldn't plan on dividing the essay into two separate sections for each, but rather organize the structure by topic and extrapolate insights as they develop. It's important that you think of the essay as an integrated whole, not as a checklist of questions you must answer. Focus on research experience, since research will be your main job for the duration of your studies. Be specific about what you did. If you worked for a year under a professor, you might consider emphasizing one particular project and exploring that in depth. The experience does not have to have been a major undertaking: Any practical experience can be used as long as you demonstrate your enthusiasm and aptitude for the field of study. Remember to keep the discussion personal. Do not get bogged down in minute details and jargon. Ultimately, the focus of the story should remain on you and your growth or success. TOP 10 GRADUATE SCHOOL ESSAY WRITING TIPS 1. Don't Write a Term Paper. As a prospective graduate student, you may be tempted to try to impress your reader with an already tight grasp of academic style. Resist this temptation! You will have plenty of time to produce labyrinthine sentences and sophisticated vocabulary. Your reader will have seen too many essays to appreciate bewilderingly advanced prose. Write clearly and personably. 2. Don't Bore the Reader. Do Be Interesting. Admissions officers have to read hundreds of essays, and they must often skim. Abstract rumination has no place in an application essay. Admissions officers aren't looking for a new way to view the world; they're looking for a new way to view you, the applicant. The best way to grip your reader is to begin the essay with a captivating snapshot. Notice how the blunt, jarring "after" sentence creates intrigue and keeps the reader's interest.  Before: I am a compilation of many years of experiences gained from overcoming the relentless struggles of life. After: I was six years old, the eldest of six children in the Bronx, when my father was murdered. 3. Do Use Personal Detail. Show, Don't Tell! Good essays are concrete and grounded in personal detail. They do not merely assert "I learned my lesson" or that "these lessons are useful both on and off the field." They show it through personal detail. "Show, don't tell" means that if you want to relate a personal quality, do so through your experiences without merely asserting it. Before: If it were not for a strong support system which instilled into me strong family values and morals, I would not be where I am today. After: Although my grandmother and I didn't have a car or running water, we still lived far more comfortably than did the other families I knew. I learned an important lesson: My grandmother made the most of what little she had, and she was known and respected for her generosity. Even at that age, I recognized the value she placed on maximizing her resources and helping those around her.  The first example is vague and could have been written by anybody. But the second sentence evokes a vivid image of something that actually happened, placing the reader in the experience of the applicant. 4. Do Be Concise. Don't Be Wordy. Wordiness not only takes up valuable space, but also confuses the important ideas you're trying to convey. Short sentences are more forceful because they are direct and to the point. Certain phrases, such as "the fact that," are usually unnecessary. Notice how the revised version focuses on active verbs rather than forms of "to be" and adverbs and adjectives. Before: My recognition of the fact that the book was finally finished was a deeply satisfying moment that will forever linger in my memory. After: Completing the book at last gave me an enduring sense of fulfillment. 5. Do Address Your Weaknesses. Don't Dwell on Them. The personal statement may be your only opportunity to explain deficiencies in your application, and you should take advantage of it. Be sure to explain them adequately: "I partied too much to do well on tests" will not help your application. The best tactic is to spin the negatives into positives by stressing your attempts to improve; for example, mention your poor first-quarter grades briefly, then describe what you did to bring them up. 6. Do Vary Your Sentences and Use Transitions. The best essays contain a variety of sentence lengths mixed within any given paragraph. Also, remember that transition is not limited to words like nevertheless, furthermore or consequently. Good transition flows from the natural thought progression of your argument. Before: I started playing piano when I was eight years old. I worked hard to learn difficult pieces. I began to love music. After: I started playing the piano at the age of eight. As I learned to play more difficult pieces, my appreciation for music deepened. 7. Do Use Active Voice Verbs. 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The EssayEdge.com free help course guides you through the entire essay-writing process, from brainstorming worksheets and question-specific strategies for the twelve most common essay topics to a description of ten introduction types and editing checklists. SAMPLE ESSAY I have been planning a career in geological sciences for several years, but as an undergraduate I concentrated on getting a solid background in math and science. After graduation, I took a job to allow myself time to thoroughly think through my plans and to expose myself to a variety of work situations. This strategy has been very valuable to me in rounding out my career plans. During the past 18 months I have had firsthand experience with computers in a wide array of business applications. This has stimulated me to think about ways in which computers could be used for scientific research. 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Medical Program Personal Statement Tips Content provided by EssayEdge.com. Put Harvard-Educated Editors to Work for You! Medical School Personal Statement Secrets EssayEdge.com contains thousands of pages of free admissions essay advice by Harvard-educated editors. Medical school admissions officers will often emphasize that they don't care what you choose to write about in your essay. They stress this because most writers try too hard to meet the expectations of their imagined readers, discarding all of their own personality in the process. Of course, there's truth in their advice: you should write with the goal of expressing your own values and conveying the qualities most important to you. But you must exercise your creativity with an eye toward the themes and points that will justify your suitability for medicine. After all, your ultimate goal is not just to stand out as a likeable person, but to obtain admission to a medical school. In addition to the challenge of crafting a fresh take on standard ideas, you face the difficulty of integrating multiple sophisticated themes into a single coherent piece. The themes can be grouped into two basic categories: those that speak to your motivation for becoming a doctor and those that demonstrate the characteristics and abilities that qualify you for the profession. As the founder of EssayEdge.com, the Net's largest admissions essay prep company, I have seen firsthand the difference a well-written application essay can make. Through its free online admissions essay help course and 300 Harvard-educated editors, EssayEdge.com helps tens of thousands of student each year improve their essays and gain admission to medical schools ranging from Harvard to State U. Having personally edited over 2,000 admissions essays myself for EssayEdge.com, I have written this article to help you avoid the most common essay flaws. If you remember nothing else about this article, remember this: Be Interesting. Be Concise. Why Medicine? Because people don't usually make career decisions based on pure reason, it can be difficult to explain why you've chosen the field you have. Moreover, your basic reasons probably look a lot like everyone else's. In this type of essay, you'll have to develop your ideas effectively and insightfully while emphasizing your uniqueness. Medicine requires such a serious commitment that few people stumble across the idea of pursuing it late in life. It's very likely that you have always wanted to be a doctor, and that's not a fact that you should hide. But don't offer your point in such a clich��d, prepackaged way as to make your reader cringe. For example, you shouldn't start your essay, "I have always wanted to be a doctor" or "I've always known that medicine was my calling." Better to describe early experiences and then let your interest unfold naturally. Describing the direct impact a doctor had on your life or the life of someone close to you can be an effective way to demonstrate what draws you to medicine. A twist on the "patient's perspective" approach is to describe a time when medicine failed to save or heal someone close to you. The purpose of this tactic would not be to rail against the medical profession, of course, but rather to show how a disappointing loss inspired you to join the struggle against disease and sickness. How Are You Qualified? The way to prove your qualification is not to list attributes you believe you possess but to discuss concrete experiences that show your abilities and qualities. As always, details are paramount. The rest of your application has already summarized your accomplishments and your activities. Show the reader what you did in concrete terms, and again, highlight your active roles. 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It's not possible to prove your intellectual capability through a short description of your projects, so you should try to convey such intangible qualities as creativity, initiative, and original thinking. Focus on your contribution rather than your research topic. For example, you could describe a situation where you recognized a flaw in a procedure and had the initiative to show your supervisor how efficiency could be improved. No matter how minor your contribution seems, it's better to focus on some tangible input that you had than to describe the project as a whole. As always, the key is to delineate your active role. TOP 10 MEDICAL SCHOOL PERSONAL STATEMENT WRITING TIPS 1. Don't Resort to Clich��s. Every year, medical school admissions officers read thousands of variations of this sentence: "I want to be a doctor so I can help people." It's undoubtedly true in most instances, yet it inevitably fails because it reveals nothing unique about the individual applicant. If you demonstrate a penchant for helping others by describing specific activities--community service, for example--it will become unnecessary to declare that desire, as it will already be clear. Every doctor helps people, so focus on the specific actions you have taken. 2. Don't Bore the Reader. Do Be Interesting. Admissions officers have to read hundreds of essays, and they must often skim. Abstract rumination has no place in an application essay. Admissions officers aren't looking for a new way to view the world; they're looking for a new way to view you, the applicant. The best way to grip your reader is to begin the essay with a captivating snapshot. Notice how the blunt, jarring "after" sentence creates intrigue and keeps the reader's interest.  Before: I am a compilation of many years of experiences gained from overcoming the relentless struggles of life. After: I was six years old, the eldest of six children in the Bronx, when my father was murdered. 3. Do Use Personal Detail. Show, Don't Tell! Good essays are concrete and grounded in personal detail. They do not merely assert "I learned my lesson" or that "these lessons are useful both on and off the field." They show it through personal detail. "Show, don't tell" means that if you want to relate a personal quality, do so through your experiences without merely asserting it. Before: If it were not for a strong support system which instilled into me strong family values and morals, I would not be where I am today. After: Although my grandmother and I didn't have a car or running water, we still lived far more comfortably than did the other families I knew. I learned an important lesson: My grandmother made the most of what little she had, and she was known and respected for her generosity. Even at that age, I recognized the value she placed on maximizing her resources and helping those around her.  The first example is vague and could have been written by anybody. But the second sentence evokes a vivid image of something that actually happened, placing the reader in the experience of the applicant. 4. Do Be Concise. Don't Be Wordy.  Wordiness not only takes up valuable space, but also confuses the important ideas you're trying to convey. Short sentences are more forceful because they are direct and to the point. Certain phrases, such as "the fact that," are usually unnecessary. Notice how the revised version focuses on active verbs rather than forms of "to be" and adverbs and adjectives. Before: My recognition of the fact that we had finally completed the research project was a deeply satisfying moment that will forever linger in my memory. After: Completing the research project at last gave me an enduring sense of fulfillment. 5. Do Address Your Weaknesses. Don't Dwell on Them. At some point on your application, you will have an opportunity to explain deficiencies in your record, and you should take advantage of it. Be sure to explain them adequately: Staying up late the night before the MCAT is not a legitimate reason for a bad performance, while documented sickness could be. If you lack volunteer hospital experience, you might point out the number of hours you had to work to make college more affordable for your family. The best tactic is to spin the negatives into positives by stressing your attempts to improve; for example, mention your poor first-quarter grades briefly, then describe what you did to bring them up. 6. Do Vary Your Sentences and Use Transitions. The best essays contain a variety of sentence lengths mixed within any given paragraph. Also, remember that transition is not limited to words like nevertheless, furthermore or consequently. Good transition flows from the natural thought progression of your argument. Before: I started playing piano when I was eight years old. I worked hard to learn difficult pieces. I began to love music. After: I started playing the piano at the age of eight. As I learned to play more difficult pieces, my appreciation for music deepened. 7. Do Use Active Voice Verbs, Passive-voice expressions are verb phrases in which the subject receives the action expressed in the verb. Passive voice employs a form of the word to be, such as was or were. Overuse of the passive voice makes prose seem flat and uninteresting. Before: The lessons that have prepared me for my career as a doctor were taught to me by my mother.  After: My mother taught me lessons that will prove invaluable in my career as a doctor. 8. Do Seek Multiple Opinions. Ask your friends and family to keep these questions in mind: Does my essay have one central theme? Does my introduction engage the reader? Does my conclusion provide closure? Do my introduction and conclusion avoid summary? Do I use concrete experiences as supporting details? Have I used active-voice verbs wherever possible? Is my sentence structure varied, or do I use all long or short sentences? Are there any clich��s, such as "cutting-edge" or "learned my lesson"? Do I use transitions appropriately? What about the essay is memorable? What's the worst part of the essay? What parts of the essay need elaboration or are unclear? What parts of the essay do not support my main argument? Is every single sentence crucial to the essay? This must be the case. What does the essay reveal about my personality? 9. Don't Wander. Do Stay Focused. Many applicants try to turn the personal statement into a complete autobiography. Not surprisingly, they find it difficult to pack so much information into such a short essay, and their essays end up sounding more like a list of experiences than a coherent, well-organized thought. Make sure that every sentence in your essay exists solely to support one central theme. 10. Do Revise, Revise, Revise. The first step in an improving any essay is to cut, cut, and cut some more. EssayEdge.com's free admissions essay help course and Harvard-educated editors will be invaluable as you polish your essay to perfection. The EssayEdge.com free help course guides you through the entire essay-writing process, from brainstorming worksheets and question-specific strategies for the twelve most common essay topics to a description of ten introduction types and editing checklists. SAMPLE ESSAY His eyesight was almost completely gone, yet there he was on the diamond. I met Jason last summer in Chicago, where I volunteered at a tournament for Beep Baseball, a baseball-like sport for the visually impaired. He was my age--handsome, friendly, and athletic. But Jason was blind. Struck by glaucoma, he had begun to lose his vision in his early teens. By high school, he had become legally blind. My sympathy only intensified when I learned that, had his disease been diagnosed earlier, he almost surely would have retained partial vision. Financially strapped, Jason's family had avoided taking him to a doctor for as long as they could; when he finally visited a physician, it was too late. For years I had planned to work in technology, but my encounters with Jason and others like him convinced me that medicine is my true calling. Actually, growing up I had always planned to become a doctor, but my goals changed as I began to take computer science classes at [COLLEGE NAME]. In the first meeting of my sophomore-year class on Programming in Artificial Intelligence, Professor B joked, "You know those movies where killer robots eventually take over the world? Believe them." I did just that, placing my trust in the vast opportunities offered by computer programming. In my first computer course, I created applications that could beat a human in tic-tac-toe, calculate complex mathematical problems, and even converse with humans on a specified topic. Fascinated with the potential of these programs, I embarked on a different path, away from clinical medicine. I saw a world in which computers would change and even replace processes in every industry, and I wanted to join the researchers at the forefront of this revolution. Five years after that first class, the potential contribution of computer technology still inspires me. The possibilities are astounding. Scientists mapped the human genome years before their original deadline. Nanotechnology promises to revolutionize the way we detect and cure diseases. Still, the more I learn about technology, the more I recognize its inadequacies. Although the "psychologist" program I created faithfully reproduces human responses, I discovered that I would never want to speak with a computer about my problems. Certain interactions simply demand personal contact. As I have tutored underclassmen in math and science, worked with athletes in the Special Olympics, and visited with patients as a volunteer at Northwest Community Hospital, I have realized that the human element in such relationships is irreplaceable. While technology may shape the future of mankind, only humanity can touch individual lives. Jason's story touched mine, confirming my growing sense of the deficiencies in science and technology. Advances in medical knowledge and techniques are useless without parallel progress in healthcare accessibility, widespread education about health issues, and most importantly, strong doctor-patient relationships. The revolutionary treatment methods I imagined myself inventing might never have an impact on patients like Jason. On the other hand, the dedication of just a few volunteers allowed him to play the sport he had always loved. 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15 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a School According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 4 million students engaged in online education at U.S. universities in 2007-08. That's why almost every school now offers some form of online learning, or a combination of online and traditional classes, to students across the globe. Are you about to join the ranks? If so, you already know the benefits of online classes: convenience, flexibility, life balance and comfort (to name a few). But do you feel prepared to have the best experience possible? Forewarned is fore-armed … read on to familiarize yourself with some of the common pitfalls of choosing an online school. 15 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a School 1. Getting Sold on a School that Doesn't Work for You Before searching for schools, decide on your deal breakers and must-haves. They'll help you stay focused when schools start competing for your attention. Some common considerations: ·      Do you want the flexibility to transfer to another school or program later? If so, you will need the university's credits to move with you. ·      How much can you afford (and not afford) to pay for your education? ·      Does the school offer a full degree or certification for your career path, or will you need additional courses? ·      What class size do you prefer? Red flags to watch for: no clear answer to your questions, online classes that require hands-on training and misguided financial aid information. 2. No Accreditation? No way! Ensure the schools you apply for are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by the Counsel for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or United States Department of Education. Why it matters: ·      Assures you of a quality education and a level of excellence you can trust ·      Credits will more likely transfer to other colleges and degree programs ·      Graduating from a reputable college could help improve your chances of employment after graduation Red flags to watch for: no request for your high school records, an overseas location, a significant number of negative reviews on the web. Find Degrees Now! Get Matched with Schools 3. Settling for Less-Than-Qualified Teachers Whether you communicate face-to-face or screen-to-screen, always expect academic excellence from school faculty.  Look on the school's website to see a list of qualifications, such as number of years teaching, level of education and general experience. Other questions to ask about educators: ·      How accessible are instructors? ·      What methods do they use to teach (example: posted lectures, video, audio), and are they compatible with your learning style? Red flags to watch for: no information available about the educators and their credentials. 4.  Ignoring Negative Reviews & Online Complaints You found some schools that look good, and now it's time to find out what people are saying about them. Do a search for "ratings" or "rankings" and the name of your online school. You can also check out online forums for comments. What you want to find: ·      Is the school getting more good reviews than bad? ·      Does the school often rank high for reasons important to you? ·      What's the latest news about the school? Will it still have a good reputation after you graduate? Red flags to watch for: the reviews or ranking sites are sponsored or the school is under investigation for current scandals. 5. Graduating with Crippling Debt  Be certain you understand all the details of the financial obligations you're getting ready to incur – especially if you're taking advantage of student loans.  Before speaking to enrollment advisors, gather all potential sources of financial aid that can apply toward your college costs. Federal financial aid (FAFSA) is a great place to start -- the U.S. Department of Education provides over $150 billion each year in grants, work-study and federal loans to qualified students attending community colleges, four-year colleges, trade schools and career schools. Private sources can also add up and save you money. Places to look: ·      Tuition reimbursement programs offered by employers ·      Scholarships and grants offered by private organizations and associations ·      Programs that waive credits, such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Life Experience credits ·      Industry-related scholarships and discounts ·      Public and private student loans ·      GI Bill benefits Red flags to watch for: new "gainful employment" regulations require colleges to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation or risk access to federal student aid. Once these requirements are in full effect, a college's lack of federal student aid could be a red flag.* * Financial aid is available to those who qualify.  Program length varies by each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.   Find Degrees Now! Get Matched with Schools   Talking to School Advisors Getting Straight Answers 6. It's Just Another Mediocre Online School “Why should I choose your school over the others that I'm considering?” The question may sound a bit forward, but if the answer impresses you, you'll be glad you asked. In fact, the top 10 reasons students pick a certain college don't typically include national rankings, according to the UCLA Freshman Survey: Fall 2008, which involved 240,580 freshmen at 340 colleges. Many students choose a school for these reasons: ·      Good academic reputation ·      Graduates get satisfying jobs ·      Financial assistance offered ·      Connection to the school ·      Cost of attending the college 7.  Inconvenient Scheduling and Lack of Flexibility A selling point of online education is flexible scheduling – make sure that's true for the school you choose. While some online schools run parallel to traditional university semesters, others have their own timelines. Part of getting the most out of your online college education is creating an organized schedule. If classes end up intersecting with a busy season of your life, you may want to consider starting after the event. Some events to plan around: ·      Holidays, vacations and family visits ·      Weddings -- your own or one you are in ·      Birth of a child ·      Starting a new job 8. Available Programs are Incompatible with Your Goals Some majors have different departments that may or may not apply to your future career goals. For example, if you want to work in couples counseling, you may want to consider a degree in marriage and family therapy rather than general psychology. Find Degrees Now! Get Matched with Schools 9. Just Way Too Expensive Be absolutely certain you have a clear understanding of all the costs associated with your degree program. Once you're armed with that information, ask about school-sponsored scholarships. Look into all the ways the school offers tuition help, discounts or work-study programs for students. And while you're on the topic, here are three other ideas to explore: ·      Student loan default rates ·      Federal student aid* ·      Programs that meet your goals faster * Financial aid is available to those who qualify.  Program length varies by each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed. 10. Ignoring Dropout and Gainful Employment Rates Learn from the experience of others. Of the students who start the program, how many actually graduate? It's a telling answer; after all, who wants to attend a college that has a high student drop-out rate? With the latest news about online education, it's also smart to ask about student placement rate and if the school complies with all applicable "gainful employment" regulations. Note: the new regulations went into effect on July 1, 2012 and are expected to be fully implemented over a period of four years. Deciding on Your School Don't Start Something You're Not Ready to Finish 11. “It Sounded Good At the Time” Does your college choice includes all the must-haves and avoids the deal breakers? Is it a good season in your life to go back to school? Are you feeling confident? Make sure the answer to these questions is yes so you don't wind up starting something you can't finish, wasting time and money. Find Degrees Now! Get Matched with Schools Once You've Started: Study Tips for Success Don't Stall Out! 12. Lack of Motivation You've heard it before: Failing to plan is planning to fail. And guess what? It's true. If you start the week without a plan, Monday turns into Friday in the blink of an eye. Don't let the weekend go by without having a plan for the week ahead. Some things to consider noting: ·      Times you can set aside for school work each day ·      Upcoming quizzes, test, homework assignments ·      Class chat hours and mandatory (or optional) online gatherings ·      Upcoming events that require long periods of wait time -- which now can become time to study (see sidebar on page x). 13. Trying to Study in a Chaotic Environment Think about your education like you would a home business: pick a place to study that's quiet, organized and out of everyone's way for less disruption and more productivity. Some items to consider adding to your space: ·      Computer ·      Scanners or printers ·      Coffee machine or tea assortment ·      Dry-erase board ·      Plants, pictures or other soothing elements 14. Wasting Time & Missing Deadlines Set reminders on your phone or email so you know when it's time to power down the time-consuming devices (i.e. email, social media sites) and begin working on your online class. You may find it's better to study for shorter periods more frequently than one long block of time. 15. Failing to Network You'll earn more than college credits from your online courses when you make connections and network with your new-found colleagues. After all, you have the same interests and possible career goals, right? Find out who you can help  -- and who can help you -- as you move out into the workforce and your chosen field. Find Degrees Now! Get Matched with Schools  

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