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Here's how it works ...

 
 

DISCOVERY Step1:
TWO CENTS FROM 'RENTS

After sign-up, Hillside provides parents with a set of specific, reflective online questions. Through study of the "Two Cents" responses alone and, subsequently, alongside the student's Ten Sentences submission (see below), the Hillside coach highlights potentially distinct topics and perspectives to pursue.

 
 
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DISCOVERY Step 2:
THE TEN SENTENCES EXERCISE

In accordance with the timing of the scheduled Jumpstart Session, Hillside reaches out to the student with online access to the Ten Sentences Exercise, an instructive, motivating, low-stress method for collecting experiences and easing the confrontation with "What can I possibly write about?"  With plenty of models to inspire patient and profitable gathering from memory, the Exercise teaches important lessons in writing concretely and specifically. 

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DISCOVERY Step3:
THE TEN SENTENCES EXCHANGE

From side-by-side study of a parent's Two Cents and the student's Ten Sentences, the Hillside coach designs an inquisitive online Exchange with the student about select material. In uncovering particular details and reflections, the personal Q&A sets the stage for further exploration in person in The Jumpstart Session. The completed Ten Sentences Exchange remains available online and becomes a valuable resource after a student has completed his or her main application essay and is turning to college-specific supplement essays. 

 
 
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THE JUMPSTART SESSION

In The Jumpstart Session, the Hillside coach, steering from Discovery material, leads the student in further articulation of the details of experience and their potential meaning in order to test and develop writing possibilities. While gathering especially useful language and reflective remarks in session notes (subsequently used to design The Jumpstart Recap — see below), the coach provides instruction about the balance of story and reflection in the essay, offers advice about the student's selection of essay prompt, and guides the student in preliminary essay organization.

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THE JUMPSTART RECAP

Promptly following the Jumpstart Session, the Hillside coach prepares and sends a distilled review of the session in order to capture the progress achieved through conversation. This recap, delivered in writing or by audio file, highlights important emergent details, provides reflections on how the essay might be structured based on the discovered material, and reiterates advice about the next step. Students frequently respond with appreciation for this way of reconnecting with the direction and motivation achieved in the Jumpstart Session. Hillside shares the recap with parents in order to encourage fruitful discussion on the home front.

 
 


Students who wish to work further with their Hillside coach to build a specific step-by-step online outline for essay-drafting may add an Extended Jumpstart Session at sign-up or later (schedule allowing).