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. 

 

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Scheduling Update:
• Allan's summer sessions have filled.
• Kate and Cara are still accepting students.
 
 

The Uncommon Essay

DISCOVERY + 4 PRIVATE COACHING SESSIONS + FINAL FEEDBACK & SUPPLEMENT GUIDE

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.

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The Jumpstart

DISCOVERY STEPS + 1 PRIVATE SESSION + COACH RECAP

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. 

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Draft Feedback Sessions

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. 

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Supplement Essay Coaching Sessions

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.

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Transfer Essays

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.