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Spell Check Is Great. But It's Not a Mind Reader.

Information adapted from Fiske Real College Essays That Work.

Don't make the mistake of using spellcheck as the only proofreading measure for your college admissions essay. Spellcheck will correct your spelling, but not your word usage.

Fiske's List of Common Mistakes
Oops! Did you really mean:
Calculas Calculus
Collage College
Councilor Counselor
Financial aide Financial aid
Honor role Honor roll
Perspective student Prospective student
Prepatory Preparatory
Psycology Psychology


In addition to using spellcheck, you should proofread your own work. Have others read your essay as well.

Want more tips about editing your college admissions essays?

Fiske Real College Essays That Work has a list of things to look for while you edit.