Kickstart Your College Essay


Jane Hirschhorn
Jane Hirschhorn

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Now Updated with 2017-2018 Prompts for the Common Application

Are you worried your teen is stuck and doesn’t know how to start the college essay? Are you a high school senior thinking about how to get started on your essay? No need to worry. Jane Hirschhorn’s course “Kickstart Your College Essay” will show you concrete steps you can take starting today to create a compelling college essay that will set your application apart from all the others with similar test scores and transcripts.

Jane is a professional writing tutor with more than 20 years of experience coaching all types of students. She holds degrees both from Emory and Tufts, and has taken additional courses at Boston College. She is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the New England Association of Teachers of English.

Students who have worked with Jane on the college essay have gone on to Brown University, Bates College, Harvard University, Lesley University, Purdue University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Universities of California, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University.

This FREE course will help you:

  • Understand the essay prompts for the Common Application, which are very similar to those for state universities and the new Coalition Application.
  • Help you find stories in your own life that are compelling and tell them in a unique way
  • Show you how to research, write and get feedback to help your essay process.


Who should sign up for this course

  • Rising juniors and seniors who are getting ready to apply to college.
  • Parents of rising junior and seniors who want to help their teens with the process.


LifeLaunchr 5 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.
Jane Hirschhorn was a wonderful tutor for my son during his process of writing his college essays. Because of her help he was accepted to many great colleges that he applied for. She is great at speaking with students and my son could have not been able to write his essays well without her help. I highly recommend her to all students who need help with their writing!
Jane Hirschhorn did a great job coaching my son through the college essay process. She was great about last minute schedule changes going through the summer before senior year, and also great about making sure he made progress and maintained focus throughout the summer. Her feedback to me was also helpful to keep my mind at ease. My son ultimately got into all the colleges he applied to and Jane’s help removed a lot of the stress from the process. Could not have done it without her.
Jane Hirschhorn is a great coach! She provided feedback on my daughter’s college essays. As a result, my daughter was accepted to most of the colleges to which she applied. Jane is excellent at communicating with teens and my daughter felt at ease working with her and taking her advice. I highly recommend Jane to parents that are serious about giving their child an edge when submitting their college application!



Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Easy

The first lesson gives you some background on the essay writing process, and reassures parents and students about the anxiety many feel about the essay writing process. It also explains what colleges are looking for in an essay.

The Prompts

Length: 16 minutesComplexity: Easy

Lesson Two explains the prompts for the Common Application essays (which are similar to the prompts for state schools and the Coalition) and gives examples of actual essays written by students who were accepted to top universities. Jane explains how each essay addresses the prompts.

Create Your Stories

Length: 7 minutesComplexity: Easy

Having explained the prompts. Jane walks through how students can start to create their own personal stories that address the prompts.

Start Writing and Get Feedback

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Easy

In the fourth lesson, Jane explains how you can start writing and also explains the value of getting feedback and of having a guide who can help you through the process.


Length: 1 minutesComplexity: Easy

In the final lesson, Jane gives you some next steps that can help you create a polished and complete essay.

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