DISCOVER YOUR STORY


What makes you unique? That’s the all-important question college admissions officers will seek to answer as they review your application. Will you come across as imaginative, compassionate, tenacious, or daring? Will you be seen as someone who will fade into the background, or as someone whose experiences will enrich the life of the campus? Will your essay linger in the minds of admissions officers, or will it be quickly forgotten, adrift among thousands of other essays by students with similar grades and scores? 

Our College Essay Boot Camp leads students through a proven, step-by-step process for crafting compelling application essays, from the first draft all the way to the final polish. Through interactive lessons and activities, students learn how to:

 

Appeal to Their Target Audience

The first step in crafting a memorable personal statement isn’t to write a first draft or even to brainstorm. The first, and arguably most important, step involves getting to know your target audience. Who will be reading your essay? What topics and themes do they favor, and what subjects should you avoid? Our College Essay Boot Camp begins by delving into the minds of admissions officers, ensuring that students understand how their compositions will be seen.

Choose the Right Message

A reminiscence about childhood. A chronicle of an exciting research project. An emotional depiction of a violin recital. There are so many potential topics for your essay—but which story is right for you? Finding a suitable topic isn’t about picking a message. It’s about picking the rightmessage for the universities and programs you’re considering. Admissions officers look for students whose academic backgrounds, talents, and aspirations are a good match for their school. We’ll make sure you select a topic that will not only showcase your attributes and accomplishments but also resonate with the specific colleges and fields of study you’re targeting.

Kindle Curiosity

College applications refer to the personal statement as an “essay,” but make no mistake. Your goal isn’t to write an essay; it’s to tell a story. Our Boot Camp illustrates how to harness the building blocks of fiction to spark narrative tension, enabling students to craft unique, memorable stories that wil leave admissions officers yearning to learn more and inclined to vote admit.

Demonstrate Character

A 4.2 weighted GPA. A super-score of 1470. Three years of Model United Nations, soccer, and band. Your college application may be brimming with impressive statistics and extracurricular activities, but what does your application say about your core values and beliefs? Do you hope to come across as resilient, compassionate, or persevering, or do you want admissions officers to view you as bold, perhaps even audacious? The application essay isn’t a place for you to reiterate your academic achievements. The essay is your opportunity to prove that you are so much more than grades and scores. We’ll teach you how you can use your personal statement to demonstrate what admissions officers call “character criteria.”  

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Samantha Burke
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
Acton, MA

“It seems so easy now – I can’t believe I used to get confused by these questions. You guys did an awesome job explaining everything, especially word problems and trig. And it wasn’t boring!”


Jacob Gordon-Reed
Harriton High School
Rosemount, PA

“I feel like I finally understand math for the first time in my life. Thank you for being so patient with me and for the extra advice on Friday. I was still kind of nervous when I took the test, but I used all of the strategies we went over, and I didn’t feel like anything was a surprise. I actually finished the no-calculator section a few minutes early, which is amazing considering I used to run out of time. Thank you so much again. I’m really proud of my 690, especially considering I got a 550 the first time.”


Erika Lichtmann
New Tier High School
Winnetka, IL

“I got a 33 in Math and a 35 in Reading. Thank you!” 


Zoe Leistikow
Harriton Senior High School
Rosemont, PA

“Andrew spent last summer taking an ACT course and said he learned a thousand times more in one weekend with you than in two months of that course. I was worried he wouldn’t be able to focus for an online class, but he never complained and even laughed a few times. Kudos to whoever the teacher was. You kept him fully engaged.”


Michelle Berenson
Tenafly High School Parent
Tenafly, NJ

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Aug 1 – Sep 26 Schedule

Class 1: Monday, August 1, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 2: Monday, August 8, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 3: Monday, August 15, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 4: Monday, August 22, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 5: Monday, August 29, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 6: Monday, September 12, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 7: Monday, September 19, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 8: Monday, September 26, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

July 5 - Aug 23 Schedule

Class 1: Tuesday, July 5, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 2: Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 3: Tuesday, July 19, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 4: Tuesday, July 26, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 5: Tuesday, August 2, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 6: Tuesday, August 9, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 7: Tuesday, August 16, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 8: Tuesday, August 23, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

DEC 18 - MAR 8 Schedule

Exam 1: Saturday, December 18, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.

Class 1: Tuesday, January 4, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online). 

Class 2: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online). 

Exam 2: Saturday, January 15, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.

Class 3: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online). 

Class 4: Tuesday, February 1, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online). 

Exam 3: Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.

Class 5: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online). 

Class 6: Tuesday, February 15, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online). 

Exam 4: Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.

Class 7: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online). 

Class 8: Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online). 

Oct 27 – Nov 20 Schedule

Class 1: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 2: Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Class 3: Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 4: Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Class 5: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 6: Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Class 7: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Class 8: Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

100 THINGS MOST TEENAGERS WOULD RATHER DO THAN PREP FOR THE SAT OR ACT

1. Visit the orthodontist. 2. Watch PBS. 3. Go an entire week without rolling their eyes at their parents. 4. Watch C-SPAN. 5. Retake their AP Chem final. 6. Intern at a local CPA’s office. 7. Turn off their cell phone. 8. Mop the kitchen. 9. Clean their bathroom. 10. Renounce social media. 11. Write a 10-page history paper. 12. Get a bunch of allergy shots. 13. Wait in line at the post office. 14. Watch the Weather Channel. 15. Be abducted by aliens. 16. Attend a clarinet recital. 17. Tour a Soviet-era nuclear plant. 18. Eat a healthy and nutritious dinner. 19. Do calisthenics. 20. Bake snickerdoodle cookies for that guy who’s always loitering by his van. 21. Watch a black-and-white foreign film without subtitles. 22. Clean out the rain gutters. 23. Pretend they’re 42 and recently divorced. 24. Listen to NPR’s Weekend Edition. 25. Read a newspaper. 26. Visit the DMV. 27. Eat crispy fried tarantulas (considered a delicacy in Cambodia). 28. Serve as a “breath odor evaluator” for a toothpaste company. (Yes, this job actually exists.) 29. Go on a double date with their parents. 30. Undergo dental surgery. 31. Babysit their annoying stepbrother. 32. Empty Mr. Whisker’s litter box. 33. Take out the trash. 34. Clean the rain gutters. 35. Tell their parents they’d like to sit down to discuss the Birds n’ the Bees. 36. Stare at a blank television screen for several hours. 37. Be fitted for orthodontic headgear. 38. Organize their closet. 39. Vacuum their entire house. 40. Eat that substance their school cafeteria claims is Sloppy Joe. 41. Kiss Tucker Carlson. 42. Make origami turtles for the residents of a local nursing home. 43. Do a few hundred burpees. 44. Try Uncle Morris’s beef stew. 45. Watch Hillbilly Handfishin’ on Animal Planet. 46. Eat “bird’s nest” soup, which sounds kind of scrumptious unless you know the broth is made from bird SALIVA. 47. Set up an Facebook account for Grandma. 48. Start a backyard garden. 49. Dust home furnishings. 50. Do an exercise known as the “Bulgarian Split Squat.” 51. Help Dad trim his back hair. 52. Hunt for spare change between the sofa cushions. 53. Hunt for leftover Cheez-Its between the sofa cushions. 54. Mow the lawn. 55. Learn how to knit. 56. Research Wikipedia’s entry on the history of Q- tips. 57. Count how many times they can blink in one hour. 58. Compose a haiku. 59. Do one of the American Dental Association’s oral disease-themed jigsaw puzzles. 60. Watch televised bowling. 61. Give Grandpa a foot massage. 62. Give Grandma a foot massage. 63. Play tea party with their six-year-old stepsister. 64. Read The Red Badge of Courage. 65. Browse Burlington Coat Factory’s fall collection. 66. Floss. 67. Listen to The Scarlett Letter on audiobook. 68. Watch televised bowling. 69. Lie really, really still and pretend they’re deceased. 70. Join their twelve-year-old sister and all of her friends for a dance party!!! 71. Wash their parents’ minivan. 72. Journal about their feelings. 72. Give themselves a haircut. 73. Make homemade kombucha. 74. Learn to crochet. 75. Get a head start on their LinkedIn profile. 76. Watch a black- and-white movie marathon. 77. Visit the library. 78. Run a relay race. 79. Eat slimy san-nakji, which is considered a delicacy in Korea. 80. Eat khash, a traditional dish in Southeastern Europe that is so disgusting you’re just going to have to Google it to find out what it’s made of. 81. Eat the Swedish delicacy blodpättar, which kind of sounds like what it is. 81. Eat bat soup, a traditional dish in Micronesia. 82. Eat harkarl, rotten shark meat that is considered a delicacy in Iceland. 83. Eat the Scottish dish known as haggis. 84. Eat escamol, a Mexican dish that kind of looks like it’s made of rice but definitely isn’t. 85. Eat “Rocky Mountain Oysters,” which, despite the name, may not be from the Rocky Mountains and definitely are not oysters. 86. Wrestle an alligator. 87. Be a “professional apologizer,” a person whose actual full-time job is to apologize on behalf of other people. 88. Be an ostrich babysitter, which is apparently something people do in South Africa. 89. Ponder what life would have been like if they had been born in Kazakhstan. 90. Take a transatlantic flight on Biman Bangladesh Airlines, widely considered the worst airline in the entire world. 91. Eat fugu, a potentially lethal blowfish. 92. Do a form of running exercise known as “laps of misery.” 93. Walk the neighbor’s dog. 94. Clean their room. 95. Frolic naked through the mall. 96. Do a handstand on two fingers. 97. Do one-armed chin-ups. 98. Do a form of exercise known as a “flying human flag abdominal crunch.” 99. Watch the 2011 movie Tree of Life. (Trust us, it’s booooring.) 100. Use sock puppets to practice their future networking skills.