Breaking it Down and Getting it Done: The College Essay, Part 1


Jane Hirschhorn
Jane Hirschhorn

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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.


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!


Capture Your Story

Complexity: Easy

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.

Creating Your Essay-Writing Calendar

Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Easy

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.

The Common App Prompts

Length: 19 minutesComplexity: Easy

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.

Online Research

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Easy

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.


Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Easy

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.

Brainstorming, Outlining and Freewriting

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Easy

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.

Writing a Rough Draft

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Easy

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.

Checking in With Your Calendar

Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Easy

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.

Final Thoughts

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Easy

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!

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