MAKE HEADWAY ON YOUR UNIVERSITY PERSONAL STATEMENT
This 2-session workshop uses a collaborative approach to get you focused and generating details that will provide the admissions board a solid sense of you.
AVOID COMMON STYLISTIC MISTAKES
Learn to eliminate underdeveloped points, redundancies, vague language, overwriting, and clichés that make university statements unfocused and boring.
GUIDANCE ADHERING TO THE ESSAY PROMPT
Students often neglect to follow guidelines set forth by the university application or essay prompt. We help you ensure your response meets requirements.
Students will develop an essay that they can use to apply for university and adjust as needed for different applications.
A maximum of 4 participants in a workshop ensures that students benefit from individual attention addressing their unique needs and questions.
Examining the personal statement prompt to discuss essay parameters
Planning organizational structure of essay
Brainstorming and describing relevant education and personal experience
Organizing and connecting information
Reviewing first draft of essay
Revising essay based on peer and trainer feedback
Proofreading for inconsistencies, grammar, redundancies, lack of clarity
Revising essay based on proofreading
WHO IS IT FOR?
UNIVERSITY DEGREE APPLICANTS
This workshop is meant for any high school student applying for an undergraduate degree or any undergraduate or graduate applying for a postgraduate degree program. As the workshop will be collaborative you may find it enjoyable to sign up with a few friends and make a group effort to gain traction on your essays.
Over the past 25 years, Lynne has been a writing professor at American universities in the United States, Morocco, and most recently, the UAE, where she spent the last 15 years at the American University of Sharjah. Lynne has a host of publications on writing instruction and years of experience teaching academic writing, research skills, writing for business and for engineering, as well as training undergraduate writing tutors.
When I recently set out to apply for a Dutch master’s degree, I was asked to hand in a motivation letter in English. As a non-native English speaker myself, I found Dr. Ronesi’s in-depth feedback and guidance to be essential for a strong, coherent letter, in terms of content, structure and language. I am positive that the quality of the final motivation letter is what helped me get admitted into the degree.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands,
Working with Dr. Ronesi is an absolute joy. Her insightful comments and creative suggestions significantly improved the quality of my university personal statement. Thank you for everything, Lynne!
Ziad Aljanabi Musi
M.A. Candidate in Development Studies,
York University M.B.A. EGADE Business School,
May 2 - May 3
SESSION 1 - BRAINSTORM, ORGANIZE:Sunday, May 2, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
SESSION 2 - PROOFREAD, REVISE:Monday, May 3, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
May 4 - May 5
SESSION 1 - BRAINSTORM, ORGANIZE:Tuesday, May 4, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
SESSION 2 - PROOFREAD, REVISE:Wednesday, May 5, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
frequently asked questions
Who is this workshop meant for?
This workshop is meant for any high school student applying for an undergraduate degree or any undergraduate or graduate applying for a postgraduate degree program.
As the workshop will be collaborative, you may find it enjoyable to sign up with a few friends and make a group effort to gain traction on your essays.
Where will the workshop be held?
When registering, you have the option of choosing online or in-person instruction.
We highly recommend you choose the in-person option. Why?
- Students enrolled in workshops that require specialized hardware or software will have those provided.
- Our four-person maximum per session permits social distancing.
- Interacting with classmates prompts creativity.
- In-person engagement with the instructor facilitates understanding.
If you choose the in-person option when registering,the workshop will be held at the Blue Bay Tower in Business Bay, Dubai: Office 07, Floor 15, Blue Bay Business Center
- Blue Bay Tower is a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk from the Business Bay Metro Station. Paid parking is available in the building parking lot (visitor’s section). A public parking lot is situated next to the building as well.
Please note: if you choose the online option, you will need to insure:
- Your computer or laptop has the necessary specifications and software installed
- Your internet connection is stable.
If you choose the online option, you will be emailed instructions for accessing the online instructional platform.
Should COVID 19 restrictions grow stricter in the future, we are prepared to use online-only platforms for training and will notify registrants for in-person workshops through email prior to the commencement of any such training.
Will I need to bring my own computer?
Students attending in-person workshops should bring their own laptops with Microsoft Office installed. Also, if you like to brainstorm using paper and pen / pencil, bring those along.
If you are unable to bring a laptop, please let us know in advance. Use our “Contact Us” form and choose “Training Inquiry” in the dropdown subject menu and provide your request for use of a computer along with your name and the session you have registered for. We will arrange a computer for your in-class work.
When and how do I pay?
Fees must be paid in full during the registration process.
Students can pay the fee via online credit card payment or bank transfer.
If you choose to pay through bank transfer, you will be sent an email containing an invoice with bank account details. Instructions will be provided in the email.
How can I best prepare for the workshop?
This workshop will be most effective if you come prepared with the following:
- structure, word-count, or prompt requirements for your essay
- descriptions of the courses / programs / majors you are applying for
- a list (with dates) of your various curricular / extracurricular activities
- a solid understanding of the kind of student the university / universities seek as per their representation on their website or on social media. This information will be valuable in generating relevant information for personal statement or motivation letter.
Will there be homework?
Yes. Using the skills covered in Session One, you will need to work on a first draft of essay to bring to Session Two for feedback, review, further development, and proofreading.