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.
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 7 sessions, the final evening is an optional night reserved for those who may need additional time.
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.
June 19 - 5:00pm -7:00pm
June 20 - Individual conferences (30 minute blocks) 1:00pm-6:00 pm
June 24 - 5:00pm -7:00pm
June 25 - 5:00pm -7:00pm
June 26 - 5:00pm -7:00pm
June 27 - 5:00pm -7:00pm
July 1 - 5:00pm -7:00pm
July 2 - 5:00pm -7:00pm
Students only need to complete one full session. Please select Session 1 or 2.
July 15 - 5:00pm-7:00 pm
July 16 - Individual conferences (30 minute blocks) 1:00pm-6:00pm
July 17 - 5:00pm-7:00pm
July 18 - 5:00pm-7:00pm
July 22 - 5:00pm-7:00pm
July 23 - 5:00pm-7:00pm
July 24 - 5:00pm-7:00pm
July 25 - 5:00pm-7:00pm