Are you applying to LEAF Academy? We know it is a big step for you and all of your family. We understand that in order to fill in the best application ever, you might be a little bit (or more) stressed.
That´s why we decided to make it much easier for you by giving you a few bits of advice on how to write a successful application. These are a few tips that might help you when applying.
Create an account
If you create an account, you can save each part of the application. Log in before filling in the forms so that you can save your progress and come back to/edit your form later. Until the deadline of submitting the application, you can come back any time and improve it.
Make sure you know exactly what you’ll need to submit. Always scroll through the application first and prepare your answers and appendices beforehand. This way you won´t be surprised by a missing document (e.g. a parental consent or a letter of recommendation) an hour before the deadline. You can find also pdf format to preview here.
Losing your whole application because of a system bug or because “your session has expired” is everyone´s worst nightmare. Prevent this by having your answers ready in a text document and all the appendices gathered in a separate file on your computer. You can then simply copy your answers without stressing about losing them.
Last minute nightmare
Do not complete the application at the last minute. Prevent unnecessary stressful moments by allowing yourself enough time to fill it in and improve it. Most people do poorly when they don’t allow themselves enough time to meet a deadline, don´t let this be you.
Allow yourself time to think the difficult questions through (e.g. What am I most proud of?). Your brain will deliberate the question subconsciously over few days. This answer will surely be more valuable than the first thing that came to your mind.
Let your true activities do the talking
Instead of describing yourself, focus your attention on activities that will do the talking for you. E.g. instead of “I´m a quick learner and a great team player.” say “I´ve learnt to ride a unicycle in 6 months and I spent 3 months fixing a playground with my fellow scouts outside our clubroom.”
Let your actions do the talking, be frank and tell more than you originally planned. Don´t be afraid to tell us about everything you do.
It is important to let the interviewers know that on top of the grades you have achieved at school, you also conduct crazy scientific experiments at home, learn Japanese until late at night, or that you tutor that kid who lives nearby.
Mention all the activities that interest and motivate you, the activities that you´ve been doing for as long as you can remember, the activities that you are good at and really into even if they may seem unimportant to you. Although, you might not need to mention your night trips to the fridge. 🙂
Is content king?
Sure, content is the priority but the form is important too. A “grammar check and spell-check” as well as proofreading your application twice are great tools to save you from embarrassing mitskaes like tehse 🙂
Everyone makes mistakes. Try asking a friend to read through your application.
And don´t forget to pay attention to the organization and clarity of your sentences and paragraphs. Group similar ideas, state them clearly and add short, descriptive explanations.
Good last advice
There is nothing worse than when the application evaluators find out that what you wrote is fake (all your answers exaggerated or not true at all). In fact, this stands even if they never find out.
If you believe there are serious reasons that we should consider your application outside of our admission period, send us an email with your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.