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Essay Writing

Writing a strong essay

Writing a strong personal essay is about more than cute anecdotes, good grammar and correct punctuation. Your essay needs to sum you up and let your personality shine through. It should make you real and appealing, and show why you would be the perfect addition to the colleges you’ve chosen.

To work effectively, your essay must be a natural outgrowth of your life and an integrated part of your application strategy—not something whipped up at the last minute. To find out more about application strategies, read more here.

One-on-one essay writing sessions

I offer one-on-one essay writing sessions for high school juniors and seniors. I will help you strategize, brainstorm ideas and develop a structure that works. But I will not write your essay for you. I will respect your voice, because it must always remain your essay.

I am happy to help at any stage of the process. However, the ideal time to start planning your essay is the spring of junior year. Students who complete their personal essays during the summer before senior year will find twelfth grade and the college application process much less stressful.

Summer package for juniors and rising seniors

During May, June and July, I offer one-on-one essay writing sessions for juniors and rising seniors who want to complete their personal essay over the summer. Sessions include everything from creating an application strategy and brainstorming essay ideas to structuring an engaging piece and editing it.  Completing this all-important essay over the summer is a great way to get a head start on your senior year.

Essay writing intensive for seniors

I help seniors develop their ideas, structure their essays and finally polish them. For students who haven’t started this process during junior year or over the summer, this process can be intense. Be sure to allow enough time in your fall schedule to accommodate this important process. Seniors who haven’t done so already are encouraged to start on their essays in September. From the initial brainstorming sessions to the final edits, I provide guidance, advice and support.

To learn more about effective essay writing, contact me.