In lesson one, Jane introduces the course, explains the course format, and gets you started on the idea that your essay should reflect a story that shows who you are today and how you have grown.
Here's Why You Should Take This Course
This course is part one of a two-part course that will help you write a polished, authentic college essay. Jane Hirschhorn brings 20 years of expertise to bear in helping you create a well-crafted essay step-by-step. She holds a degrees from Tufts University and Emory University. Her students have gone on to Ivy League universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, and state universities.This first part takes you through finding your topics and creating a rough draft for each topic. Each step is easy, and you’ll be surprised how following a simple method can help you discover a great topic and get started writing.
Here’s what you’ll learn from this course:
- How to find an essay topic that is authentically you
- How to research what universities look for in an essay, and what is the best topic for you
- How to start easily through freewriting techniques
- How to create a first draft of your essay
Along the way you’ll see examples of great essays. Jane will explain what makes each essay compelling, and what you can learn from them.
Who should take this course?
- Parents of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to make sure their teens write a great essay
- Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who know they need help writing an essay that will stand out and set them apart.
In lesson two, Jane helps you create your personal essay-writing calendar so you’ll have enough time to write and revise a great essay.
In this lesson, Jane reviews the prompts for this year’s Common App, and gets you started on the process of choosing your prompt. She reviews examples of winning essays, and gets you started thinking about how you can use those techniques in your essays.
In this lesson, Jane walks you through how you can use online research to help start the process of finding a great essay topic for you.
In Lesson 5, Jane walks you through the process of researching yourself and understanding how you might pick a topic. She helps you use both your community and introspection to understand what might be a great topic to write about.
In this lesson, Jane walks you through three key techniques for starting your essay. You’ll use the work you’ve done in previous lessons to brainstorm topics for your essay and start the process of writing drafts.
In this lesson, Jane walks you through the process of writing your first rough draft, and the techniques you can use to get started on it.
In this lesson, Jane helps you check in to see how your progress matches the calendar you’d created, and to make any adjustments you might need to make.
In this final lesson of Part 1 of this course, Jane talks about the importance of letting your rough draft settle and discusses the revision process that will take it into a great final essay. Congratulations on completing Part 1 of this course!