Academic Writing

Live & Online
for 9th - 12th Graders

It’s time to learn how to actually write.

–>  Learn how to clearly express complex ideas in writing

–>  Improve your grades in high school English and History classes

–>  Build a solid foundation from which to further improve your writing (not just in high school, but in college and beyond)


7/1 – 7/29
2x/week – Mon & Thu
(no class on 7/5)
7:30 – 9 pm ET

Where? Live & Online
Who? 9th – 12th Graders


*Scheduling conflict? No worries. You’ll have access to a recording of the sessions. 

*Prefer 1:1 tutoring? Work with one of our expert tutors. Contact us here

The writing skills expected by demanding teachers are often not taught.

Students learn basic writing skills in elementary and middle school.


But when students enter high school, the more demanding teachers expect advanced writing skills.


And college writing is exponentially more difficult…


So how do you address this gap?

Since 2005, we’ve helped thousands of families seeking writing help.


When parents reach out with the goal of improving writing, many are not sure what that actually entails.


How do you improve a skill that is so general and has so many applications?


And how do you do this in a thoughtful and structured way…


…that also addresses core principles students can apply immediately and across all high school classes as well?

Introducing… PrepMaven’s “Think Then Write” Academic Writing Workshop


Over 8 classes, your high school student will learn the skills and habits that will improve performance in all future writing assignments.


Note – this is NOT a pre-recorded video course. You will be working live with our instructor and other students.

Excellent writing starts with excellent thinking.

Excellent writing is more than having a large vocabulary and a strong understanding of grammar rules.


It’s about being able to clearly express complex ideas through words.


If you can’t think well, you can’t write well. Period.

A 2-pronged approach.

Step #1 – Improve Thinking

We begin by providing students with a DEEP-THINKING TOOLKIT that teaches how to improve their understanding and analysis of an academic topic.


Step #2 – Improve Writing

We then guide students through every step of the writing process:

    • Note-taking — advanced strategies
    • Argumentation — idea synthesis techniques to connect ideas and supercharge thinking
    • Organization — effectively organize student ideas
    • Writing — clear, nuanced thesis and the expression of complex ideas
    • Revising — revise for clarity and academic language


At the end of the 4-week workshop, your student will develop:

1.  A “Deep-Thinking Toolkit” that can be applied to any academic writing assignment


2.  Core strategies for evaluating and improving their own writing


3.  A polished, high-level academic paper, reviewed by peers and an instructor


DATES: 7/1, 7/8, 7/12, 7/15, 7/19, 7/22, 7/26, 7/29 (Mon & Thu in July. No class on 7/5)

TIMES: 7:30 – 9:00 pm ET

*Scheduling conflict? No worries. You’ll have access to a recording of the sessions.

Students will work with Ally, a former English teacher and a HIGHLY-RATED instructor.



Ally is an experienced educator and a freelance journalist.


She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University, and her undergraduate thesis earned her an award for best thesis on any subject in political science.


After completing Princeton’s Program for Teacher Preparation, she taught in many corners of the country: Trenton, New Jersey; a small town in Mississippi; and in Oakland, California.


Ally taught high school English for several years, led creative writing and test prep courses, and tutored students in all things humanities.


She knows that great teaching requires more than just an understanding of the material– she builds relationships with students, makes content relevant, and gives thorough feedback.


Students and parents love Ally’s approach.


This course will cover the core segments of the academic writing process.

Students will meet twice a week for a total of 12 hrs.


WEEK 1 Thinking & Note-Taking:

  • Reading, discussing, and taking notes on various perspectives on an academic debate
  • Synthesizing arguments
  • Discussing arguments and determining a stance
WEEK 2 Argumentation & Organization:

  • Crafting a nuanced thesis
  • Outlining and organizing ideas and evidence
  • Shaping topic sentences that connect to thesis, nod to the previous paragraph, and reflect subpoints
WEEK 3 Deeper Thinking & More Writing Techniques:

  • Building deeper-thinking in analysis of evidence
  • Seamless integration of quotes into reasoning
  • Adding nuance to analysis
  • How to write a gripping introduction and thought-provoking conclusion
WEEK 4 Revising & Editing:

  • How to revise and edit through peer and instructor critiques
  • Enhancing depth of argumentation and analysis
  • Improving academic language and style, including using academic vocabulary and accurate grammar

Each student will also receive these BONUSES:

  Video Library — Have to miss a class? Want to review something covered in a previous class? No problem. Students will have access to video recordings of the classes in our Google Classroom


  Discounted Additional Support — Enrolled students will be eligible for discounted 1:1 rates with our private tutors.


  Waitlist Priority — Our tutors often get booked up and have waitlists. Workshop students will be given priority on these waitlists.

Our students have an overwhelmingly positive experience.

We’re confident yours will too.

We are a trusted resource with a strong reputation:

  • Near-perfect ratings
  • 40,000+ hrs of 1:1 and classroom teaching experience
  • 300+ unsolicited testimonials

Our co-founders, Kevin and Greg, are brothers and Princeton University graduates with over 30 years of experience.


They work closely with our instructors to ensure the best student experience.

How much does it cost to enroll?

Working privately with our top tutors can cost several thousands of dollars.


Our academic writing workshop is only $495.


One of our goals is to complete a high-level academic paper in 4 weeks.


Along the way, your son/daughter will learn a structured approach to both thinking and writing that can be applied to all future academic writing assignments.


All it’ll take is a willingness to improve and the ability to commit 2 to 3 hours per week on homework.

Please secure your spot soon.

20 spots max.


9th – 12th graders only.


If the system does not allow you to purchase a spot, that means the class is full — Please contact us here to be put on the waitlist.


Prefer to work 1:1 with one of our expert tutors? Please contact us here. We’ll then give you a ring to learn more about your student, see if we’re a good fit, and discuss next steps.

DATES: 7/1, 7/8, 7/12, 7/15, 7/19, 7/22, 7/26, 7/29 (Mon & Thu in July. No class on 7/5)

TIMES: 7:30 – 9:00 pm ET

*Scheduling conflict? No worries. You’ll have access to a recording of the sessions.