This is lesson 3.2 from the series, The Free Guide to Writing a Winning Admissions Essay.

To edit your own piece of writing, pretend that you’re no longer the writer. Pretend you’re a random person reading your essay for the very first time. A fresh pair of eyes will help you spot issues in your essay that you didn’t notice before.

Then, fill out this quick form:

If you see any disconnect between the reviewer’s perception and the messages that you intended to convey, then go back to the drawing board.

Use the above form for peer reviewers, too!