UC Personal Insight Questions

 

“And you think to yourself, ‘this will never get done!’ But with the coaching and editing from Alison, it does!  She is able to magically pull the ideas while creating excitement with the kids to get them motivated to write and complete their essays.  Best college prep money spent.  Thank you, Alison, for ‘getting this done!'”

2017 Yelp Review from parent of UC applicant

The University of California no longer requires an essay. Instead, there are 8 personal insight questions.  Students select four and write a short response (max 350 words) for each.

While these responses may not look like an essay, they serve the exact same purpose.  Admissions officers use them to learn who you are, how you think, and what matters to you.

Because students generally have very little experience writing about themselves in this way, an essay coach provides the structure and support they need to write with ease and confidence.

The filing period for all UC applications is November 1 to 30.

 

Private Tutoring

Need help crafting a personal story for the UC Personal Insight Questions or a private college Common Application essay?  It’s as easy as one, two, three!

If you haven’t started yet, go to step one.  If you already have a draft, go to step two.  If you don’t know where to begin, let’s talk.

Step One: Planning Meeting

For students who need ideas and inspiration.  Find out what admissions officers are looking for, discover which UC question or Common App prompt best fits your background, and learn how to turn your personal experience into great stories!

Step Two: Initial Draft Review

For students who completed a draft at school or with a college counselor (rate reduced for students who worked with me to complete step one above).  Email me your draft and get detailed feedback in just a few days.

Step Three: Follow-Up Draft Review

For students who worked with me to complete step two above.  Email me your revised draft for feedback on your progress.  The process is the same as above and may be repeated as many times as needed.