by Dr Aimee Weinstein
In late January, the Common Application announced its essay prompts for the 2017-2018 school year, and while some have remained the same, some have changed. This year we find a 7th prompt that simply asks students to write the essay of their choice. While some students do best responding to specific prompts, we at Inspiring Test Prep believe that the students who write the best essays write them on topics about which they are passionate, and that passion might not correspond to a pre-scripted prompt. Are you worried about writing the perfect essay to go with your application? Stop worrying; we are here to help.
Option #1: One-on-one essay tutoring
Dr. Weinstein will work with your student on an individual basis to not only brainstorm the perfect topic, but to put out a polished piece worthy of the school of your choice.
Option #2: College Essay Bootcamp
Dr. Weinstein will work with a group of students for two days, two hours each day, to brainstorm topics, plan the essays and then get started with the writing. There is value in bouncing ideas off of others in a group, as well as getting the attention needed in a small classroom environment. Three reviews of essays are included in the price of the workshop. There will be one date at the end of June, one in July and one in August. If we need to, we can add more dates.
Our best advice is to get the essay done over the summer between your junior and senior years of high school. Once senior year begins in late August, the demands of school and the whirlwind of activities will take over your life so that the essay will be pushed to the back burner, causing major stress as the semester progresses and applications are due. Getting at least the essay done early has big payoffs.