Do you know how to choose your extracurricular activities and accomplishments and align them with the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology mission and beliefs and create a lens to show off your traits and characteristics?
Learn how to write a powerful Student Portrait Sheet and a personal statement. This is a guidance that would equip your students to become better writers. We will ask students questions to help them reflect on their achievements and activities. We teach using the authentic writing workshop process. This will prepare your students beyond the TJ test; it will enhance their writing skills and boost their academic and research performances – skills necessary to stay at TJ. Getting into TJ is one thing, staying there is another battle.
The TJ admissions process is somewhat similar to college application. Your child will go through the same process when they apply for summer internships, scholarships, and college applications. The strategies that your student will learn from this will definitely go beyond the TJ admissions.
Some of the things you will learn/do:
- Analyze some SIS drafts of our past successful TJ students
- How to highlight your strengths, and use your limitations as strengths
- How to create a “niche” and highlight your uniqueness as an individual
- Distinguish differences between the “laundry list” and the details of your extracurricular activities
- How to make decisions on which activities to highlight
- Ideas, organization, voice, word choice, and sentence fluency flow of your personal statement
- How to answer short essay questions similar to college admission essays
Based on our past experiences, successful TJ applicants start their writing workshop as early as the 7th grade!