Start Writing Mba Essays

You've done all your brainstorming, constructed detailed outlines, and written your MBA essay drafts. You know your message is strong, but you also know that your actual writing could use some polishing—some serious editing of grammar and style—before you call it a done deal.

The following resources will provide you with expert writing and editing tips that will help you convince the adcoms that you are an intelligent, motivated, and goals-oriented MBA candidate, as well as an impressive writer and wordsmith.

Getting Started

  1. Video Tips: Essay Writing Advice from Linda Abraham
  2. MBA Admissions A-Z: 26 Great Tips, a free guide
  3. From Example To Exemplary, a free guide
  4. Top MBA Essay Questions: How to Answer Them Right!, a free guide
  5. MBA Applicants: Make Your Work Experience Work For You, a free guide
  6. Maximize Your MBA Application: 5 Tips for Succinct Essays, a free guide
  7. Things to Consider when Choosing an MBA Admissions Consultant, a free guide
  8. Three MBA Application Poisons and Their Antidotes, a short video
  9. Resourceful Essay Recycling
  10. Generic-itis Prevention [Warning: If Untreated, Can Cause Rejection]
  11. How to Get Started on Your Personal Statement with One Easy Technique
  12. What 3 Essential Ingredients Must You Include in Your Statement of Purpose?
  13. Personal Statement Tip: Less is More
  14. Application Essay Tip: The Devil is in the Details
  15. 5 Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  16. 4 More Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  17. Can I Use Humor In My Application Essays?
  18. The Miraculous 15-Minute ROUGH, ROUGH Draft
  19. 6 Tips for Getting Started on Your Application Essays
  20. First Drafts of Personal Statements: Let Yourself Go
  21. Writing A Lead That Pops
  22. Is Ten Days per Business School Application Enough?
  23. Where’s the Poetry? The Secret Ingredient in Your Graduate Application Essays
  24. MBA Sample Essays

Editing Your Essays

  1. 5 Fatal Flaws: Eliminate the 5 Most Common Flaws in Your MBA Application, a free guide
  2. 3 Hacks to Transform Your MBA Application, a free webinar
  3. Ten Tips for Better Writing
  4. Leverage Good Grammar to Write Essays that Flow
  5. Bring Your Personal Statement to Life With Vivid, Active Verbs
  6. Review Your Essays Like an Admissions Consultant: Use the Editing Funnel
  7. Writing Techniques From a Pro
  8. How to Stay Within Essay Word Limits by Reducing Verbal Verbosity
  9. How to Manage Word Limits and Deadlines
  10. 3 Tips for Highlighting Your Strengths in Your Application Essays
  11. 3 Tips for Discussing Failure in Your MBA Application Essays
  12. 5-Step Checklist Before Submitting Your Applications
  13. The Waiting Game: What MBA Applicants Should Do After Hitting SUBMIT

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Essays are an incredibly important part of the application process, says Stacy Blackman, an MBA admissions consultant. Seemingly straightforward questions require a great deal of introspection. Make sure you budget time to draft and redraft, try new approaches and carefully edit so that each line packs the maximum punch 

1 As soon as you know that you are going to apply to business school, you can start to prepare in a low-stress way. Keep a notebook and jot down anything interesting that comes to mind. An inspiring lecture, a disappointing performance review, an enlightening conversation with a friend, a travel experience, running a marathon, a stimulating book—all of these can be terrific material for your essays. Don't agonise over whether it will make a great topic, just jot it down. You will find that you quickly have a plethora of material to choose from. 

2 As you begin to approach essay-writing time, consider putting together a “brag sheet”. Write down all of the things about you that would not necessarily appear on a résumé: languages you speak, all extracurricular involvements, family traditions and more. This can also be mined for essay content. 

3 Once you have the essay questions in hand, there may still be a few stumpers. Even with lots of content, when you are faced with answering a question such as “What matters most to you?” it is difficult to decide. Here is an exercise that stops you from over-thinking: set your alarm clock for 3am. When you wake up, ask yourself the question. The first thing that comes to mind might surprise you. Do this for a couple of nights and you may come up with a few options or find that you are building a consensus around a certain topic. 

4 Before you actually write the essays, take the final step of mapping out the general topics you will cover in each essay. As you map a topic to a question, check it off on a master list of stories you want to cover. This way, you can make sure that a given school is receiving all of your key stories, and that you are spreading out different stories across an application and not being repetitive. 

5 Everyone works in different ways: some work best first thing in the morning, others are night owls. Some need to outline concepts on paper, others go straight to computer. So develop a plan that supports your individual style. Many find that the first application can take around 40 hours of work—brainstorming, drafting, editing, refining. As you approach this process, make sure you have the time. Tackle one application at a go. Do not take work leave or attempt it in a single week. Essays require time to gel. Therefore make sure that you have plenty of time to do it right. You may require six weeks, or you may even want 12. 

6 Many applicants are inhibited by perfectionism. They can sit at the computer for hours, unable to generate that “perfect” essay, rewriting so furiously that they don't get past the first few sentences. It is often easier to edit than to write. So just type. A page full of so-so text is less intimidating than that blank page. 

7 It is essential that you research your target schools and understand how to appeal to each of them. Each will have a slightly different ethos and look for something different in their students. But… 

8 …you can also save yourself a bit of work. There are certain qualities that all business schools want to see in a successful applicant:

  • leadership
  • team skills
  • ethics
  • communication skills

Just saying “I am a strong leader” is not enough. Every claim you make must have supporting stories that help the reader believe you. You do not need to check off every quality on the list. Select a few that apply to you and reinforce those in an honest and compelling way. 

9 Nobody is perfect. The schools know this and you need to show them that you are realistic and self-aware. Revealing your humanity—in the form of quirks, weaknesses and flaws—can often help the admissions committee to like you. A story about how you learned from a failure, improved upon a weakness or struggled with challenges can be compelling. The other side of this is the ability to demonstrate that you can really benefit from the MBA degree. If you know everything already, an admissions committee may wonder why you want to return to school. 

10 Get some help. Even the most meticulous writers benefit from a second or third set of eyes. Ask someone to review your essays, look for typos and tell you if you are hitting all of the points in the right way. Is your attempt at humour coming off correctly? Do you seem too humble, too cocky, too serious, not serious enough? After you have been buried with your essays for weeks, a fresh perspective can often help you see the application as an admissions-committee member does: for the first time. Enlist someone who knows about the application process and make sure they are not just reassuring you that all is well, but are actually giving you some quality feedback. 

 

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