A writing portfolio is a wonderful way to showcase your student's talent and demonstrate their skill and experience to colleges, employers, and academic peers. As a college professor who also works with high-school aged kids, I've seen how writing portfolios have added real value to the academic profiles of my students. Here are the types of students I recommend add building a writing portfolio to their to-do list this summer:
The Budding Writer
Schools may require writing portfolios to get into their creative writing, technical writing, journalism or writing specialty programs. These college programs use the writing portfolio to weed out students for their exclusive programs. Such writing portfolios must be topnotch and professional. These required writing portfolios are generally specific right down to the font used.
The STEM Student
Writing portfolios make great additions to science, technical, engineering, and medical program applications. While some may find this surprising, many STEM students use portfolios to gain the edge in college admission. Written expression often sets aside science students from one another. While STEM schools generally do not require writing portfolios submitting one illustrates a student’s versality and creative intelligence.
Students with Learning Disabilities
Students with special needs who love writing will benefit from a writing portfolio, especially when it shows their passion about a topic. Such portfolios also have a way of showing a different side of such students especially those who might hyper focus on a specific topic.
The Test-Optional School Applicant
Applying to a test optional school? A writing portfolio is a great way to demonstrate your students strengths. Since test optional schools do not necessary use standardized test scores, these schools usually construct their own barometer to measure a pupil’s scholastic aptitude. Creative students really can shine with a stellar writing portfolio.
Students with Low SAT/ACT Scores
If your student struggles with testing and can't raise their score a writing portfolio can show colleges your student’s academic and creative potential. Of course, the college must be willing to look at the writing portfolio. A student simply cannot decide on his or her own to submit extra materials. I recommend researching schools based on the application type or even considering test-optional schools.
The Poor Interviewer
A writing portfolio is also an excellent tool for students who may not interview well because it allows them more control over what they want to say and how they express themselves. Introverts may prefer a strong writing portfolio over an interview, if given the choice. Again, the college must be opened to reading your portfolio, so be sure to research the application requirements before applying!
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Prof. Cheryl is a professor, author and homeschooling mom and the developer of the Young Author and College Prep Writing classes where through rigor , practice and targeted skill building, students develop their collegiate and creative writing skills. Visit www.Learn4college.com/about to learn more.