Guide to Dr. Ivy Methodology

August 3, 2023
June 20, 2023
Kate Sliunkova, Product at Dr. Ivy, MBA & MA in Education

In the realm of college admissions, the significance of a well-written essay cannot be overstated. A powerful essay can make the difference between acceptance and rejection. This is where our AI-enabled Essay Revision tool comes into play. Our tool is meticulously designed to assess your essays from an admissions standpoint, leveraging the expertise of some of the world's finest college consultants and former admissions officers.

The unique feature of our tool is that it doesn't merely look at your essay from a grammatical or stylistic perspective; instead, it evaluates your essay against admission rubrics that we've developed with the help of admissions specialists. In other words, our tool examines your essay in the same way an admissions officer would.

How to Use Our Essay Revision Tool: A Three-Step Guide

We've streamlined our essay revision process into three main stages, each corresponding to a key aspect of essay writing. This breakdown allows us to provide thorough and valuable feedback at every step of your essay creation process.

Step 1: Evaluating the Central Theme

A captivating central theme is crucial in any compelling essay. At this stage, our tool determines whether your chosen topic has the potential to leave a lasting impression. The tool checks whether the essay has a clear idea, whether it goes beyond mere facts to address feelings and thoughts, and whether the author demonstrates humility without coming across as arrogant. It also ensures that controversial topics and statements are avoided.

Our AI will then determine if you're ready to move on to the next step or if the central theme of the essay requires further refinement. For a better understanding of this stage, consider this example of an essay that was advised to further work on its central theme.

Step 2: Addressing Writing Fundamentals

Once your essay's theme has shown strong potential, it's time to fine-tune the language. Here, we check if you're using correct vocabulary, appropriate punctuation, and proper syntax. The tool also flags vague pronouns, contradictions, imbalanced paragraphs, slang, and unnecessary repetitions.

With the help of Grammarly's suggestions, we provide an extensive list of recommendations to address all these writing flaws. For more context, check out this example of an essay and the corresponding recommendations provided at this stage.

Step 3: Aligning with Admissions Rubrics

After ensuring that your essay has a robust central theme and strong writing fundamentals, we proceed to evaluate it against specific admissions rubrics. These rubrics vary based on the essay type; for instance, a personal statement is assessed based on writing quality, personal voice, authenticity, value system, and insight. Each rubric is scored out of 4, and by clicking on a rubric, you can see an explanation and suggestions for improvement. This example will give you a clearer picture of how an essay fares in Step 3.

Throughout each step, our tool provides a detailed summary of your essay, giving you a comprehensive overview of the areas you've covered well and the areas that need work.

Moreover, our tool reads your essay to identify the key impressions you're making, ensuring that your narrative aligns with other parts of your application. This feature is incredibly useful to make sure that your application is remembered in the way you intend.

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Kate Sliunkova, Product at Dr. Ivy, MBA & MA in Education