In lesson one, Jane gets you started by helping create a timeline for the revision of your essay into a final draft. This timeline will help you track to see how you’re doing, and not find yourself in a deadline crunch at the end.
Here's Why You Should Take This Course
This course is part two 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 second part takes you through all the techniques you can use in revising your first rough draft to polish your essay, and make it stand out from all the others.
Here’s what you’ll learn from this course:
- How to revise and edit your essay using the techniques great writers use to create interest
- How to ignore some of the “rules” you learned in school to create a better essay
- How to create a final draft that captures your story and makes it really stand out!
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 coaches you on how you can reorganize your essay’s time and paragraph sequence to make it more impactful and to catch the reader’s eye.
In lesson three, Jane talks about the importance of creating a “hook:” a compelling beginning that will instantly capture the reader’s attention.
In lesson four, Jane teaches you how you can use dialogue to make your essay more interesting.
In lesson five, Jane shows you how using one-sentence paragraphs can add punch to your writing, and make key moments in your story stand out.
In lesson six, Jane talks about how you can use different types of sentences: simple, compound, and complex; and sentence lengths to create interest in your writing.
In lesson seven, Jane talks about how you can use different words to create effect in your essays. This lesson also shows you techniques to start lengthening or shortening your essay to make sure you fit within the word count requirement.
In lesson eight, Jane talks about how you can get specific, constructive feedback from people on your essay. Getting people to read your essay and revising it is a critical part of the process.
In lesson nine (you’re almost done!), Jane gives you tips for incorporating the feedback you receive into your essay, and still keeping it authentic and in your own voice.
In lesson ten, you’ll learn techniques for proofreading and making final revisions to your essay so you don’t have spelling or grammatical errors. Then you have your essay, ready to submit!