Purvi Mody

College Admission Counselor

- 15 years of experience helping students get into top universities around the country including Harvard, UC Berkley, UCLA, Stanford, and Brown
- UCLA, Stanford University
- Owner & managing direct

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Elements of Great Essays - How to Develop a Strong Hook

Purvi Mody
Purvi Mody

College Admission Counselor

- 15 years of experience helping students get into top universities around the country including Harvard, UC Berkley, UCLA, Stanford, and Brown
- UCLA, Stanford University
- Owner & managing direct

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Use the Doctor’s office test to determine if you’re hook really grabs your reader. The best way to develop a great hook is to write your hook last. Write the rest of your essay first, then go back and develop the perfect hook. Use language that you use in everyday speech. Overusing a thesaurus can work against your tone of voice. Setting a scene can also help the reader visualize what you’re talking about. Avoid using cliches that college admissions officers will most likely hear over and over again. Lastly, read your hook out loud to make sure that it sounds good and flows with the rest of the essay.

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