Hillside Writing, founded by writer, editor, and teacher Allan Reeder and located in Lexington, Massachusetts, provides inspiring, dedicated coaching to college applicants, educational consultants, classroom teachers, and both young and mature writers nationwide.
Hillside Coaching for the College-Application Writer
College admissions officers are unanimous in their wish for the "authentic" essay — for writing that is honest and reflective of character, delivered in an applicant's own voice. Many students, not practiced in this mode of writing and feeling the pressure to be exceptional, are understandably daunted by the project. Hillside is inspired by it.
Every stand-out essay develops from acts of imagination, honesty, precision, and revision — and from a specific writing process that inspires and aligns these acts. The Uncommon Essay is a uniquely designed private course for composing the main college-application essay. Instructive Discovery steps set the stage for progress through four substantive and structured one-on-one coaching sessions. Scheduling of all four sessions is required at sign-up to ensure availability.
The Jumpstart supports students specifically seeking an efficient, informative, and effective launch to the college-application essay-writing process. The program leads a student through Hillside's Discovery steps, which set the stage for an in-depth, one-hour exploratory session to determine the most promising material for writing and how to begin. The Jumpstart may be extended to include coach support in building a complete and specific outline for drafting.
Hillside provides specific instruction and revision advice for students anywhere who have an application essay draft completed and who seek guidance to improve it. Feedback options include individual sessions in person, written online guidance, and recorded and e-mailed audio coaching notes.
When the main essay is done, how does a student offer further dimensions to his or her application in responding to college-specific supplement prompts? Hillside instructs students how to use reflections on their own experiences and their research into particular opportunities at colleges to build persuasive responses.
Hillside support for students writing transfer essays launches with online Q&A about the applicant's individual discoveries and direction as well as research into new opportunities. The exchange shapes the personal coaching toward compelling articulation of the student's objectives and aspirations.