The first year Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology (TJ) switched to monitored SIS administrations, we taught 35 students in five separate workshops what TJ says it is looking for on the student information sheet and essay***. During those workshops we brainstormed topics to mention on the application and the candidates practiced writing answers to four prompts (three SIS prompts and one essay) under timed conditions. We reminded the students that TJ admissions says pretty clearly that they are wanting to learn about “a semifinalist’s prior experiences, goals, and interests”.
To all our TJ prep students:
You have done a great job preparing for the TJ test over the past few weeks. In preparation for the SIS (Student Information Sheet) essay section coming up in February, we are offering for you to re-do the essay portions of the program. To receive critiques please register and pay online for the “critique” package, and then email Dr. Weinstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) the answers to all of these prompts. Dr. Weinstein will reply with comments in a few days. You can email them one at a time or all at once; it’s your choice. All prompts must be complete by January 20th. The cost of the critiques is $125. (more…)
The Low-Stress College Essay
College essay with low stress? How can that be? It’s all in the planning and thinking. Dr. Aimee Weinstein and Inspiring Test Prep can make it happen for you.
We have two options for our rising seniors to help you have your college essay done even before the madness of senior year begins.
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.