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 seven 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.
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.