Motivational speaker and leadership coach Tim Warneka teaches how to write a successful college essay in nine simple steps. Read and understand the directions and expectations the professor has for the assignment. Sit down and write whatever comes to mind on the topic. Edit your paper, making sure to use academic English. Allow yourself time to "sleep on it" and come back to re-read your essay with a fresh mind. When you come back to it, read the paper out loud to find any mistakes. Allow one or two peers whose writing skills you trust to read your essay and give their feedback. Revise your essay based on the feedback. Sleep on your essay again in order to come back to it with fresh eyes. Do a final edit before turning it in, checking that the essay follows the professor's expectation. Using these helpful strategies, your next college essay will be improved.