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Your teen isn't stupid, but poor study skills might make them feel that way...

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College Entrance Essay

Does the essay really matter?  The truth is, there is no essay that will make an unqualified student acceptable.  However, a great essay can help a qualified applicant stand out from the competition.  A great essay just might be what turns a "maybe" into a "yes!"

The College Entrance Essay Course:


Narrow down and pick a topic that resonates with your teen: It's much easier to write an essay when the topic is close to your teen's heart.  Plus it makes their essay shine for admissions officers. Whether you are using the Common App or a topic specific to a particular college, we'll help your daughter or son find a way to use that topic to their advantage.

Find out what goes into an intriguing essay: A great essay can be the tipping point on admissions decisions.  Knowing what to put in that essay is a key to crafting content that stands out.  This course will assist your teen in finding what content best displays their uniqueness.  Showing growth is a sign of maturity and intelligence.  Admissions officers can see through "superhero" stories.  By being real and authentic, students show that growth and increase admissions chances.  We'll help your future college graduate to be honest and specific; and we'll show them how to avoid over-used, clichéd topics.

Craft original and sincere content with an interesting perspective: You want college admissions officers to want to keep reading your teen's essay.  One of the great things about the essay is the ability to show how real your teen is.  In this course, your daughter or son will build the skills needed to deliver sincere content in a way that is gripping.  We'll also assist your teen in positioning themselves to stand out from the other qualified students (which is the whole point!).

Edit the essay for correctness: Little mistakes detract from the essay's purpose - showing your teen at their very best.  We'll help your teen fix those errors and really show their best self.

“Abbey received her first acceptance letter and it is to her top choice school! We really appreciate your help in assisting her to achieve her goals.”

~Laura S., Parent of Tutoring Up-Grades Student (Hyde Park)


PRE-SESSION QUESTIONS: To get your teen prepared to get the most out of her or his private coaching time, we'll send a set of questions designed to help us get to know your daughter or son better and assess where she or he is at in the essay process.

PRIVATE COACHING: Four 45-minute sessions of one-to-one coaching from our Literacy Specialist, tailored to meet the needs and goals of your daughter or son.


EMAIL AND TEXT SUPPORT: For you and your daughter or son - ask pressing questions in between sessions.

STRESS BUSTERS & MINDSET: Cutting edge, easy, and quick techniques to overcome writing blocks.

ESSAY WRITING TIPS FOR STUDENTS: A checklist to ensure students have covered all the bases.


"I am so happy we found you and that Tori had the opportunity to work with you."

~T.S., Parent of Tutoring Up-Grades Student (Stormville)

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we help with:

  • Sat/ACT prep and College essays
  • algebra, geometry, trigonometry
  • statistics
  • pre calculus and calculus
  • biology and chemistry
  • physics and earth science
  • language arts, english, reading
  • history and social studies
  • Regents and ap

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