The Low-Stress College Essay

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.



2018 College Application Season: Not That Far Away!

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.



TJ Admissions SIS Math Problem

In 2016, first round TJ applicants were taken by surprise when they went to their assigned testing locations to complete the Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology admissions 2nd round Student Information Sheet (SIS) and Essay hurdle.



Tips and Tricks for College Application Success


by Dr. Aimee Weinstein

No matter how you slice it, the first semester of senior year of high school is stressful. In addition to the regular class load, activities and other responsibilities, kids have to work through their college applications, including the omnipresent essays. Even with such conveniences as the Common App and the Coalition App, everything must be filled out and double-checked before sending to any schools. The process inevitably takes more time than anyone plans.


To that end, I have a short list of tips and tricks to use to make it just a little bit easier for you.

  1. Write your essay before school begins if at all possible.
  2. When approaching the essay, write the essay you want to write; looking at the prompts themselves comes later – spin the essay to the prompt, not the other way around.
  3. For every school to which you apply, you need thirty (30!) minutes of allotted time to fill out every form.
  4. Every school, even if they’re on the Common App, will require at least one if not more supplemental essays. They’re often short (250 words or so) but they have to be done and done well.
  5. Use a spreadsheet of some sort (we can send you the one we use) to keep track of schools, dates, supplemental essays, etc.
  6. Look at the New York Times best college essays of 2016 site for ideas about the narrative voice schools enjoy.
  7. Make sure you ask for your recommendations as early in September as possible. Teachers have a lot of them to write; they will be motivated to write them for the students who ask the earliest.


At Inspiring Test Prep we have a myriad of ways to help you on this journey. We offer one-on-one help with the essay as well as general essay reviews. We had excellent success with our essay bootcamps this summer and new classes will be forming (email us to suggest times/dates!). If you’d like to take advantage of the class, or have any questions about the college process and how we can be of assistance, please email Dr. Weinstein at aimee@katedalby.com.


An Easy Path to a Killer College Essay

by Aimee Weinstein

There’s never a perfect time to buy a car, catch a cold, have a kid… or write an essay. I am specifically thinking of parents of high school juniors who most often agree that there hasn’t been enough time for their kids to do anything beyond schoolwork in months. The popular parenting-older-kids website, Grown and Flown, agrees that junior year is the most stressful of all the high school years, but it’s right up there with the first few months of senior year too. (more…)