Book Review: How to Go to College (Almost) For Free 2

How To Go To College For Almost FreeOnce a week I try to review some book related to college in order to lend some guidance to a field that has become completely overrun. So many people are writing test guides and college guides that it is easy to buy a book that is not useful and that will be occupying space on your shelf for years unused.

How much time is needed to win scholarships? Is scholarship money taxable? Are there scholarships available for distance learning? These are a few of the many questions that I had about scholarships couture sesame seeds. Realizing that a book on the subject might be a good idea, I started looking around. After searching the internet, I found a book that looked very intriguing. How to Go to College for (Almost) Free (HarperCollins, © 2002, Retail Price: $22) by Ben Kaplan has received over 65 five-star reviews on Amazon with an overall rating of 4.5.

Who is Ben Kaplan?

A few years ago, Ben Kaplan was relatively unknown – except in the world of high school tennis. His goal was to attend college with a tennis scholarship 저수지게임. However, a stress fracture in his lower back destroyed his dreams. Even though he did recover, he had to stay out of competitive tennis for more than a year. After this long break, he found that he was no longer able to compete at the same level.  He could only get a tennis scholarship at colleges he did not want to attend.  Trying to figure out how he could afford the school of his dreams – Harvard, Ben applied for a couple scholarships. At this point, he did not expect to win and was still looking for other ways to pay for college.  Months later, a letter arrived. He had won over $17,000 BeautyPolis!

Obviously, this was enough to encourage him to apply for more scholarships. Throughout his college days, Ben Kaplan won nearly $90,000 in scholarships! Realizing how many other students did not know where to begin, this enterprising young student began writing articles and advising students via email. Later, after college, Ben Kaplan decided to write a book. Dozens of interviews later, he produced a scholarship guidebook, How to Go to College (Almost) For Free 시티카 드라이빙.

More Than an Introduction

Most books on scholarships are either useful but dry, or enjoyable but introductory. This book avoids both dangers. Ben Kaplan’s writing technique is far from dry. Instead, he wrote his book in an easily-followed conversational style filled with applicable stories and anecdotes. Ben’s entertaining writing makes it easy to absorb useful information on every part of the application process, from writing essays to filling in paperwork 고쿠센 1기 다운로드. On the other hand, Ben’s book is not weak or basic. This book provides advanced information in an easily-understood manner. For example, he shows you how optimize your transcript to include more than just grades – a process that will put you ahead of your competitors. How to Go to College (Almost) For Free presents difficult material in a captivating manner that makes it enjoyable.

“Ask the Coach”

Throughout his book, Ben Kaplan answers many frequently asked questions that are rarely answered. In this special feature, he answers questions such as: “Should I still apply for scholarships that are very tough to win?” or “Should I pay others to help me find scholarships?” Many of these are questions that I have often asked but never answered Amiman. These special features help to perfect you scholarship application process.
One of my favorite questions was, “How much time must I invest to win scholarships?” This is probably the most commonly asked question related to scholarships. Although he does not give a direct answer to this question, (After all, the amount of time varies depending on a large list of factors.) he does include some important points. For example, he explains that, even though scholarships are “free” money, they really are not “free”. You must expect to work hard, not only on the applications themselves, but also on your grades and extracurricular activities Download the English-language. On the other hand, Ben Kaplan explains that you can save time by carefully reusing information in many different applications. For example, instead of writing each essay individually from scratch, you can recycle old paragraphs with minor changes. This cuts a lot of the time out of the application process.

Individual Scholarships

Throughout his book, Ben Kaplan uses individual scholarships as examples. At the end of each chapter, he lists the scholarships mentioned in that chapter and explains how to find up-to-date information on his website. He assigns each scholarship its own code or “keyword” 슈퍼로봇대전 알파 외전. By typing this code into the user-only section of his website, you will have instant access to current information about that particular scholarship. This method works well because it enables you to have access to up-to-date information rather than only the information from when the book was printed.

Plenty of Lists

Do you like lists? I certainly do. I have found that I read better when something is formatted in a logical, easy-to-follow manner 조용필 노래. Long pages of text are fine in a novel or story format, but in a non-fiction reference book I want to be able to quickly glean the main points so I know what to read and what to skip. Ben Kaplan seems to understand the advantages of lists. Throughout his book he liberally sprinkles lists. For example, he has lists of: “10 Essential Action Steps for Finding Scholarship Gold” and “7 Scholarship Myths That Prevent Students from Winning”. The use of these lists makes it easy to gain important information quickly.

Who is It For?

How to Go to College (Almost) For Free has information in it that is useful to nearly every scholar…and their relatives King Arthur! This book is obviously useful for high school and college students. These scholars are the main focus of the book. However, Ben Kaplan also included an entire section explaining “What Parents Can Do to Help”. In addition, he has special tips for students from foreign countries, under 15, over 25, attending home school, or participating in sports.  Basically, all students who plan to attend college would profit from reading this book.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: How to Go to College (Almost) For Free

  1. Vicki@collegeparentcentral Apr 20,2009 6:20 AM

    This is a really helpful, clear review. Thanks!

    A lot of students are active applying for scholarships before they go to college then they stop thinking about them. A question that some students have is whether there are scholarships available for students to apply for beyond the freshman year. Once they have a successful year in college behind them, they might be in an even stronger position to apply. It sounds as though this might be a useful book for students who are thinking about scholarships that might be available throughout their college career.

  2. Paul Apr 20,2009 11:56 AM

    Great review here, I need to recommend this to my girlfriend 🙂

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