JumpStart Main Line provides students with the support and resources to help them write an outstanding essay. We help students with idea generation and theme development.
We won't write your essay for you, but we will help you make it sharp! We will help unleash your potential.
We help make the college essay writing process a stress-free and enjoyable learning experience. Each Zoom classroom has a 4:1 student-teacher ratio.
We believe in process writing. Our model involves multiple one-on-one conferences for each student.
Our conferences go beyond copy-editing. Our feedback will push you to do the best work you can do.
We are passionate teachers with years of experience.
2011 Pennsylvania Teacher-of-the-Yr Finalist
28 years MS/HS Social Studies/Interdisciplinary
14 years writing/college-essay tutoring
2014 National Philosophy Teacher of the Year
24 years HS English/Interdisciplinary teacher
16 years writing/college-essay tutoring including 6+ years in RHS Writing Center
22 years HS English/Interdisciplinary teacher (Radnor HS)
MA in Literature, 8 years teaching writing on the college level
10 years tutoring college-essay writers in RHS Writing Center
24 years HS Social Studies teacher of Government and Philosophy (Octorara HS)
6 years as content specialist for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
10 years HS English teacher (Haverford HS)
5 years working with college-essay writers
2 years teaching SAT prep
We are building on our experience with Zoom from 2020 and 2021. We have Zoomed with almost 200 students since the start of the pandemic and are confident that this will continue to work well in the future. The success of your essay remains our promise and our priority.What work will be accomplished at JumpStart Main Line?
Students come to Zoom class on Day 1 with nothing. We take you through introductions to this type of writing, some examples, and idea-generation exercises, and then you write and conference, conference and write.
During in-person classes (2013-2019), over 75% of our students left after four days with their Common App essay completed. The remaining 25% were able to email with us until the end of July with questions and revisions. For the summers of 2020 and 2021 on Zoom, the first-week completion rate rose to over 80%. Conferences occur one-on-one in Zoom breakout rooms, mainly over shared on-line documents.
We still expect that a student who focuses on their essay can have a complete, edited document ready by the end of the four-day session. If it takes a little longer, we will of course continue to work with you until the end of July, if necessary, to make sure the essay is done to your satisfaction.What if I am applying to a non-Common App college?
JumpStart’s teachers will work with you on a college essay of your choice –- the Common App is simply the most...well, common. Well-named, as it turns out! Schools that do not use the Common App often require a personal statement or offer another prompt that is very similar to one of the Common App prompts. We have had students complete non-Common App essays every year, including those for the (relatively new) Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.What are the hours for the course?
Morning sessions start at 9:00 a.m.; evening sessions start at 4:30 p.m. Expect approximately 90 minutes on instruction and topic-generation exercises on Day 1, followed by individual conferences with each student; expect approximately 60 minutes on instruction and strategy on Day 2, followed by individual conferences with each student; after that, one-on-one conferences will keep happening until the essay is done. This is an iterative process, so we expect several loops of writing, feedback, editing/writing, feedback, editing/writing, etc. At 2.5 hours per day for four days, the session lasts a total of 10 hours.What are the dates for the course?
SUMMER 2022: Scheduled sessions will be held in late June, early July, and early August, exact dates TBD. Students from all schools are welcome to attend!
Can't make one of our sessions? We'd still love to talk about options for working with you. Contact us for further information. We have done one-on-one essay tutoring every year; the schedule will be worked out to be mutually convenient to you and the JSML tutor. The price for one-on-one tutoring is $650, to cover as many meetings as necessary for you to get to a complete Common App essay that satisfies you.How large are the classes?
The student-teacher ratio is no greater than 4:1. At least two teachers (and maybe all of us) will be present in any session, to make sure that each student receives feedback from multiple readers.Does the course have one-on-one or group instruction?
Both! We open with group instruction for introduction, context, and idea-generation exercises, but even on Day 1 we meet one-on-one with each student. Day 2: some group instruction plus more one-on-one meetings. After that, it is all one-on-one until the essay is done.How much does the course cost?
The camp costs $575 for the session, including all instruction, conferencing, and editing.Where does JumpStart Main Line meet?
Online, in the video-conferencing app Zoom. You don't have to download any software, but we'll reach out to you to check technical specifications. We'll email you an invitation link shortly before your session begins.
During one-to-one Zoom conferences we often also "meet" in shared documents -- whatever makes the most sense for that student at that point in that essay!Who can take JumpStart Main Line's essay camp?
All rising seniors are welcome! We have taught students from Radnor HS, Haverford HS, Great Valley HS, Lower Merion HS, Harriton
HS, Conestoga HS, Methacton HS, St. Joes’s Prep, the Baldwin School, Agnes Irwin School, Merion Mercy Academy,
Malvern Prep, the Haverford School, the Shipley School, West Chester-Henderson, West Chester-Rustin HS, Downingtown West, Downingtown STEM,
and several others. We have even had students Zooming in from Mexico and Germany and Washington State!
Bottom line: if you can get to us on Zoom, we will work with you!
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"Best money I've spent in my life!"
[My daughter] had a great experience and we love her essay. It's so "her." Your course should be the model for intensive, innovative, "getting it done" writing. It really is the most productive application of education I've ever seen.
"Best money I've spent in my life!"
I tell everyone the money I spent for JumpStart was the best money I ever spent in my life, and that's including shoes! You were able to do what's elusive to so many editors: keep the writer's voice while polishing her work. .... My son will be in your classroom in two years!
"The best gift to rising seniors..."
You guys are the best gift to rising seniors! Having that essay done by September was a game-changer.
"The best thing about the course..."
The best thing about the course was the teachers themselves. Mr. Rosin and Mr. Wright are very good at developing an essay with a student rather than writing it for them.
"JSML camp is a gem in our community."
This program potentially saved a lot of fighting and anguish in the Fall in the Lee household. Now we don't have to nag our son about finishing his essay, just his college application. Because my son is a perfectionist, it would have taken him months to write an essay that is true to him. JSML camp is a gem in our community. I tell all my friends with HS students about it.
"All junior parents should consider!"
[My oldest son, Niko,] participated in the JSML essay camp with Mr. Wright and Mr. Rosin last summer. Niko, a reluctant writer, took pride and ownership while working on his essay. It was very encouraging to see him want to share his piece of writing with us. He continued to revisit his essay, add details and edit his piece. Mr. Wright and Mr. Rosin encouraged him to email them his ideas and corrections even after his session was over. Jack will be there this summer for sure! All junior parents should consider!
"I got my essay done!"
"They loved reading Will's essay..."
Thank you for running such a fabulous camp. Will was accepted ED to Trinity College and handwritten on the bottom of the letter was a note saying how much they loved reading his essay about his passion for the cinema. Thanks for taking the time to help these kids get on paper what they are feeling and trying to say!
"I've never been as proud of my work"
I honestly don't think anything [in the camp] needs improvement. Everything was perfect and I've never been as proud of my work [than] after I wrote that essay.
"[the class] was an individualized way to create our own college essays."
[The class] was an individualized way to create our own college essays. We did not have to rely on the entire group for much of the class. Having two teachers allowed me to ask questions twice and write a better essay based on their constructive criticism.
Only one-on-one openings are still available for 2021; one-on-one tutoring costs a total of $650, with a $300 non-refundable deposit towards that tuition.
Ready to sign up for JumpStart? We're excited to hear from you! Please return the registration form to secure a seat in the camp.
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Note: $300 is non-refundable.