Three helpful points to transform your SAT essay from good to great
- Read the entire prompt carefully
At the beginning of every SAT essay, there is a written prompt. Read the prompt carefully because it gives you ideas about an issue. The purpose of the prompt is to help you understand the question. Use the prompt to help you rephrase the question and to take a clear position on the issue. The prompt is useful when you can’t think of what to say because you can use some of the ideas and phrases in your essay. The prompt often shows two sides of the issue and you can use this to come up with examples to support your position.
- Argue the topic from more than one side
If you feel confident in writing about the topic and you can see it clearly from both sides, then write an essay that takes a strong position but shows that you’ve considered both sides of the argument. For instance, you can argue that “dreaming for big goals is good because it makes you work hard but don’t let it discourage you if you don’t succeed right away.” You can take a strong position by saying that dreaming big is good but you also acknowledge the risks and the drawbacks of it. If you are not confident in the topic, just think of two examples that directly support your position. If you decide to use this strategy, make sure your position is clear and don’t take more than one position on the main question.
- Give specific examples
You should think about your example first before you start writing. Think of the best examples to support your idea. Use examples from your own experiences, books, new, history or anywhere else. You can even make it up if you have to. Use details to illustrate your examples and bring them to life. It may help to think about examples like you are telling a story and make sure they are easy to understand. Remember to connect your examples to the topic issue. When using the examples, try not to repeat yourself. Do not repeat what is in the introduction. Use a transition phrases between paragraphs, such as “In addition,” “Therefore,” “Another key reason,” “ A different news report,” “From a different angle,” “In reality,” etc.
The wetsuit and oxygen tank feels strangely uncomfortable and heavy on my body as I prepare to jump into the dark abyss. My heart races as I step closer to the edge of the speedboat. All it took was a small step and a jump and suddenly I was crashing through the rich blue waves. As coldness spreads from my toes to my face, my heart stops for a second like someone punched me in the chest. Slowly, I open my tightly shut eyes and I see myself sinking down, floating by familiar and strange creatures. Kicking my feet, I feel the water currents pushing against my legs as I try to gain control of my movements. Schools and schools of rainbow colored fish swoop around me, surprisingly not colliding into my body. I realize the sea floor is full of color and glitter, reflecting the sun from above and creating a magical turquoise blue in the water around me. Curiosity brings me close to the sea floor and I discover an endless world of corals, plants, sea stars, and iridescent shells.
Perhaps the best time to be at Bora Bora Beach is five o’clock in the morning. I find myself standing on the edge of the endless ocean, staring into the far distance. As the sun peeks over the horizon, the sky changes from foggy gray to a light blue hue. I stand close to the water so I can feel the ice cold waves sweep my sand covered feet. The sand looks flawless, as if I am the first person in creation. With my eyes closed, I can hear the waves crashing onto the shore and slowly returning to the ocean in a clam pattern. Far away, I hear seagulls crying and laughing. The fresh and crisp wind slowly creeps up my fingertips, all the way to the top of my head. Slowly I open my eyes to a breathtaking view while the shinning sun stares back at me. A beautiful day, a stunning place, a memorable moment; if only it could last forever.
I am a young girl who likes to read, listen to music, watch movies, and paint! I live with my parents and my older sister Bella. We also have a cute and silly dog named Seamonkey. My life is not as normal as it seems. My family and I live on the end of the rainbow even though people say it is not possible. We float and drift with the rainbow wherever it goes. Everything is colourful and happy there. We were sent down to earth to protect the environment around us. We have the power to bring trees and flowers alive. We can change the pollution around us into fresh air and clean water to create a better environment for animals and humans. Nobody knows about our secret mission because we don’t want people to depend on us to do everything. We try to inspire people to protect nature without them even knowing it.
Most of the time, I actually live a normal life. I go to school and hang out with friends. But then again, my days are not that normal because I fly to school with my invisible wings and make sure nobody sees it. I know my job is to protect the environment, but my secret hobby is golf! I practice hard everyday after school because my dream is to become a professional golfer. I fly with my clubs to a golf course near the rainbow where me and my friend Sally practice together. She can only fly short distances because her powers are not fully developed yet.
There are so many exciting things that happen in my life. I started this blog to share them with you. I will write reviews about interesting books and movies and I will share my special experiences, thoughts, and ideas. I will also use my imagination to create short stories and other surprises!
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