MasteringTheEssay

Senior Course (14 yrs and up), $325.00, 14 week course– Prerequisite: Intro to High School Writing
(If an interested student can demonstrate sufficient writing ability at a high school level, they can contact Nicole Noster, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for a possible exemption from the prerequisite.)

Sharpen the sword of your thought and make it clear, strategic, and effective! Writing an essay is so much more than cover pages and footnotes – it's the process of bringing truth to life in ink on the page! This simple, hands-on course demystifies the essay-writing process, walking students through the mechanics of writing argumentative, research, personal, and literary essays in a practical way. Students complete a writing assignment every week and study stellar examples of great writing to inspire their own work. They meet in class with other students to discuss the writing process, and receive a short private tutorial time weekly with the tutor.

Extra private 30 minute tutorials are available upon request. (Cost: $25/tutorial)
Please contact Nicole Noster to receive more information or to book additional tutorials: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All readings and course material will be provided to students in an online format.


The course outline covers the following concepts:

  • Strong Thesis Statements
  • Outlines & Specific Paragraph Characterization
  • Research & Citation
  • Essay Types: Compare/Contrast, Expository, Literary Analysis, Cause & Effect, Personal
  • Essay Synthesis

Sample Lesson:

Week 4: Introduction & Conclusion Paragraphs (Write a strong introduction and conclusion to the argumentative essay; revise the body paragraphs)