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Do you dream of waltzing through those majestic iron wrought gates at Stanford, MIT, Harvard, one of the other Ivy League schools, or any elite caliber school? (Yes, I know Stanford and MIT are not part of the Ivy League, but I'm grouping these schools together with their top-tier peers.)

That's incredible, and I applaud your ambition. I get it. The allure is undeniable. A world-class school with prestigious Nobel Laureates and distinguished faculty, amazing programs and facilities, and of course the name brand recognition that comes from one of these elite schools.

But what does it take to get in? There's a mountain of "advice" out there, often contradictory and often too vague or generic to be helpful. Most of all, this advice often comes from counselors who haven't personally gained admissions into the Ivy League or another top school.

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PARENTS…

  • If you’re sick of having to nag your teen
  • If you’ve tried to teach them self-motivation & responsibility, only to realize how behind they’ve fallen
  • If you’re worried the SAT/ACT will be the thing holding them back from a great college & future success

STUDENTS…

  • If you think you’re a “bad test taker”
  • If you’re tired of second-guessing yourself (because every answer looks potentially right)
  • If you feel that you can’t do math, reading, grammar, or science to save your life

Then come discover how to get a top-tier score that can fling open the gates to the college of your dreams using the Bruce Lee Framework.

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“Many a night, I found myself slouched in a black, leather chair, staring at a blank computer screen, wanting to scream or cry. The systematic, flashing cursor of an empty Word document always seemed to taunt me. I would sit, letting my emotions wash over me, as my mind raced urgently to create a story.”

Those were the opening lines of my college essay that got me accepted at Brown University (and a slew of other places, including all of the University of California schools).

Looking back at those words now, over a decade later, the feeling I have towards writing today is as true as it was then. And so it is with all the hundreds of students whom I’ve helped navigate this college process. We don’t know where to begin our stories, so the blank screen seems to sneer at us.

It feels a little meta to be writing about not knowing what to write, but this article will take you through the exact process I’ve honed over more than ten years to help identify and brainstorm the best topics for your personal statement.

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Ordinary Topics Are the Best College Essay Topics

You can download a FREE, professionally designed guide of this article HERE. Trust me, it looks a LOT nicer and easier to read, especially with graphics and a sweet table of contents 🙂 “Many a night, I found myself slouched in a black, leather chair, staring at a blank computer screen, wanting to scream or cry. The systematic, flashing cursor of …

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The #1 Question Students Ask

The number one question I see from students goes like this: “I currently have [score] on the SAT/ACT, but I need to raise it to [higher score] in the next [X months]. Is it possible? Any tips?” I’ll confess, whenever I read that question in the past, I did so with no small bit of irritation. It’s not that I …

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FREE! Introducing the SAT Decoded: Crash Course

Imagine for a second if you could know exactly which concepts to focus on—the ones that make up the bulk of the test and really matter. What would it feel like if you could eliminate all uncertainty about your answer choices? What if you could solve hard math questions without actually setting up any complicated equations? Are you tired of …

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Knowing How to Do the Problem Isn’t Enough

There’s an awkward situation I see happening with too many students. It goes like this: they 100% know the rules, the formulas, and the concepts behind a question. YET THEY STILL GET THE QUESTION WRONG…and not just once, but over and over again. Is it just me, or does that strike you as absolutely mind-boggling? Why in the world would …

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Why You Need to Learn How to Learn

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I’m all about precision prep and systematized studying. Most people have never learned how to learn. I’d like to say that’s okay, but it’s really not. The thing is, no one really teaches us the proper way to learn. Our teachers can teach us math facts and grammar rules and literary …

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Collegeboard Epic Fail

I was with one of my students recently, and she asked me if I had heard. Heard what? I was in the middle of telling her how important it was to pay attention to her timing, especially on the ACT where even a single minute can make a 2-point difference. Timing is absolutely brutal on the ACT, so even mere …

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Is Your Review System Broken?

What if I told you that you’ve been wasting virtually all your time studying for the SAT/ACT lately? Would you hate me? What if I told you there was a way to improve your scores with LESS time? Would you want to know? Unfortunately, the vast majority of students go about studying the wrong way, simply because that’s what they’ve …

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Official New SATs (March 2016) Finally Released

It’s coming…resistance is futile…the new SAT is inevitable. Luckily for us, Collegeboard has finally released 4 official practice tests in the new SAT format. If you’re dying to see what the new SAT will be like, here is the link for those 4 practice tests: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat Collegeboard was even nice enough to include answer explanations for the questions, and its partnership …

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Know Your Enemies

You know the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” I know this firsthand because when I first moved to Hollywood, I knew nobody. Hollywood?! Yep, if it weren’t for my truly selfless passion for teaching you the SAT/ACT, I could have been a famous director. Lol, just kidding. The truth is, after 400+ film job applications (with a dismal response rate …

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