College Prep Freebies

Summer 2018

If you are a student enrolled in the Tufts College Experience Program, Tufts Summer Writing Program, Foundations of Law & Ethics, Health Science Honors, Bioinformatics Inquiry through Sequencing, these College Prep Freebie workshops are open to you, free of charge.

Interested students may indicate their workshop preferences during the application process.

Please note, planning for Summer 2018 has only just begun and details are subject to change.


College Essay Writing Mini-Courses

In this writing mini-course, exclusively for Tufts Pre-College Course students, your focus will be on producing a solid first draft of your college admissions essay.

Many students find the college admissions essay to be the most challenging part of the college application process. And most admissions offices will tell you that it's among the most important criteria for acceptance. How do you communicate everything you want your top-choice university to know about you in one piece of writing? At the Admissions Essay Series, you will learn the essentials of writing this extremely important document.

Exercises in brainstorming, pre-writing, drafting, revision along with feedback from peers and from the instructor will build your confidence in this extremely important document. Even good writers with a compelling story to tell can use this kind of coaching. Topics will include:

  • Write compellingly in the first-person voice.
  • Focusing on a unique personal experience.
  • Telling a short but attention-grabbing story.
  • Describing subtle and unexpected details.
  • Reflecting on deeper meaning and themes.
  • Mastering style, tone, and mood.
  • Avoiding common grammar and usage problems

Lessons and readings will be mainly based on the current Common Application personal essay prompts. We will also devote some time to writing more formal Statements of Purpose. All workshop participants will finish the summer with a polished final draft, complete with personalized feedback and suggestions from the instructor.

This series will meet twice weekly, and will include assignments, workshops, and assessment from Jason Clemence, Ph.D., the series leader. Dr. Clemence has been a Tufts Summer Pre-College advisor since 2007. He is an experienced college writing instructor (at Tufts, Northeastern University, Regis College, UMass-Lowell, and the University of Vermont). He teaches the Tufts Summer Writing Program course.

Course Details

  • Class meets on Monday / Wednesday or Tuesday / Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on the Medford / Somerville Campus
  • The first class meets on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 or Monday, July 9, 2018
  • The last class meets on Thursday, August 9, 2018 or Wednesday August 8, 2018
  • This course is free for students enrolled in the Tufts College Experience Program, Tufts Summer Writing Program, Foundations of Law & Ethics, Health Science Honors, Bioinformatics Inquiry through Sequencing
  • Interested students may select their session of interest during the Application Process

SAT Prep

As a Tufts Pre-College Course student this summer, you can attend our popular entrance exam prep workshops. Although this mini course is targeted at preparation for the newly revised Scholastic Attitude Test (SAT), the lessons and strategies are designed to help you better understand all standardized exams and score better. This workshop also welcomes students who intend to take the ACT.

Exercises will help you to understand the questions and answer quickly and confidently. The instructor will help you with proven test-taking strategies in a supportive atmosphere. Students who have already taken the SAT or ACT but wish to improve their score have found these sessions very useful.

Program Note: The weekly lessons are identical. The same problem sets, instructions, and strategies offered on Monday will be offered on Tuesday. Similarly, the lessons presented on Wednesdays and Thursdays are identical. You can attend one, two, three or four times each week. You can determine your attendance based on topics covered that week, or by selection topics/questions on which you feel you need the most additional help.

Verbal Lesson 1

Wednesday, July 4
Thursday, July 5

Reading Subtest

  • Active Reading
  • Passage Types
  • Passage Mapping
  • Question Types
  • Logical Processes of Elimination
  • Finding Evidence

Mathematics Lesson 1

Monday, July 9
Tuesday, July 10

Algebra

  • Linear Equations
  • Systems of Equations
  • Word Problems

Verbal Lesson 2

Wednesday, July 17
Thursday, July 18

Expression of Ideas (Writing) Subtest

  • Reading Infographics
  • Basic Grammar & Usage Rules
  • Transitional Phrases
  • Question Types
  • Writing & Organization

Mathematics Lesson 2

Monday, July 16
Tuesday, July 17

Problem Solving & Data Analysis

  • Rates
  • Ratios
  • Proportions
  • Percentages
  • Probabilities
  • Statistics
  • Graphs

Verbal Lesson 3

Wednesday, July 18
Thursday, July 19

The Essay

  • Reading the Source Text
  • Formulating a Thesis-Based Response
  • Citing Evidence
  • Organization
  • Topic Sentence
  • Concision

Mathematics Lesson 3

Monday, July 23
Tuesday, July 24

Advanced Math

  • Polynomials
  • Radical
  • Exponents
  • Functions

Mathematics Lesson 4

Monday, July 30
Tuesday, July 31

Additional Topics

  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Complex/Imaginary Numbers

Verbal Lesson 4

Wednesday, July 25
Thursday, July 26

  • Review
  • Practice Test

Practice Tests

August dates

Course Details

  • Class meets on Monday / Wednesday or Tuesday / Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on the Medford / Somerville Campus
  • The first class meets on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 or Monday, July 9, 2018
  • The last class meets on Thursday, August 9, 2018 or Wednesday August 8, 2018
  • This course is free for students enrolled in the Tufts College Experience Program, Tufts Summer Writing Program, Foundations of Law & Ethics, Health Science Honors, Bioinformatics Inquiry through Sequencing
  • Interested students may select their session of interest during the Application Process

Disclaimer

Tufts University does not warrantee that participation in this course will result in improved test scores or advantages in admissions to a college or university.