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Monday, July 26, 2010

AMCAS Personal Statement: Draft After Draft After Draft

Once you have completed the brainstorming tasks, it is time to write your first draft. Don’t spend too much time on this – just write; don’t focus on grammar yet.

Put the essay away for a day then come back with a critical eye to your “hook”/thesis statement and write a second draft. Does your opening make you want to read on?

Put the essay away for another day and then write your third draft focusing on essay structure. Does each paragraph flow smoothly into the next? Is the essay easy to read or does it jump abruptly from topic to topic with no warning?

For the fourth draft, work on the conclusion. Does the last paragraph effectively summarize the essay and tie back into the thesis statement?

Whew! I warned you this is a lot of work! But it will pay off. Keep it up!

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