College Essay Course

Guiding students through the entire essay process so that they can leave with something ready to put in the mail!

Why is a college essay so important?

Many  aspects that colleges consider, such as GPA, transcript, test scores  and extracurricular activities are pretty much already set by the fall of  Senior year.   However,  a stand-out college essay is the one thing you can add to  your application that carries considerable value. 

Good writing  is always recognizable.  Any topic, well-written, can make a  compelling essay.  The most successful admissions essays are  the ones we remember long after we read them.

Course Details

Class sessions are limited to ten participants each. 

This eight session course will cover the entire writing process, from  brainstorming to final revisions.  Students will finish with a completed  college essay that best reflects their unique values and attributes.  

The course is designed to allow students to complete all the writing  during the nightly sessions with individualized support and feedback  during each stage of the process.   Session 1 will focus on  brainstorming.  Day two will consist of thirty minute individual  conferences to help students select their best essay topic.  Session 3  will allow students to read a variety of sample essays and receive  instruction on the various elements such as voice, structure, and  organization as they prepare to begin drafting.  Sessions  4-7 will be dedicated to writing and revising with opportunities to  receive feedback frequently.  The  instructor will read drafts online  between class meetings to provide specific suggestions to guide  students in revising.  While most students will complete their essay in seven sessions, the final evening is an optional night reserved for those who  may need additional time.

About the Instructor

For  over 20 years, Tracy Stephens, M.Ed. has been working with  students to improve their writing, both inside and outside of the  classroom.  She is currently in the English department at  Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, teaching grades 9 and 12.   Passionate about the teaching of writing, she has served as a mentor and  lead teacher, helping new educators become more effective in  their practice.

Ms.  Stephens has worked with hundreds of students to help them develop  authentic personal statements that are truly representative of the  individual.  The strong personal connections she forms with her  students allows for easy and honest collaboration during the  writing process.  Her students have been met with great success in  college admissions, most gaining acceptance to their top choice or  reach schools.  Previous employment includes Lexington High School,  The Belmont Public Schools and The Landmark School. She holds a B.A. in  English and and M.Ed. in Secondary Education.

Tracy Stephens, M.Ed.


(978) 836-9822


Dates & Times

Sunday, September 8: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Saturday, September 14: Individual conferences

(30 minute blocks) 1:00pm-5:00pm

Sunday, September 15: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Sunday, September 22: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Tuesday, September 24: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Sunday, October 6: 1:00-3:00pm

Monday, October 14: 4:00pm-6:00pm (FINAL CLASS)

*Sunday, October 20: 1:00pm-2:30pm (OPTIONAL)

*This final session is ONLY for students who need additional time.

FALL 2019 Tuition: $550