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Small Group Coaching (Live Sessions)


Summer Batch (June - July 2023)*

  • The first week of class will be the week beginning Saturday, June 10th

  • All sections are now FULL; please email us at if you're still interested in summer coaching

Fall Batch (August - October 2023)*

  • The first week of class will be the week beginning Saturday, August 19th

  • During Labor Day weekend, we will host a full group optional workshop for additional practice; Fall students will be invited to all winter workshops as well for continued practice

  • All sections are now FULL; please email us at if you're still interested in summer coaching

Winter Batch (November 2023 - February 2024)*

  • The first week of class will be the week beginning Tuesday, November 14th

  • During holiday weeks such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, we will host a full group of optional workshops for additional practice

  • Saturdays at 9am, Saturdays at 10:30am, and Sundays at 9am are now FULL

***Full Schedule and timings can be found here.






Student Portrait Sheet (SPS)

  • Planning, structuring, and writing SPS responses

  • Templates and "methodology" for SPS structure

  • How to tell a story with your extracurriculars; art of narrative writing

  • Preparing sets of pre-written responses, adaptable to any prompt

  • Dozens of successful examples

  • 41+ Practice Prompts, including exact prompts used from 2015-2022

Math/Science Problem-Solving Essay (PSE)

  • Planning, structuring, and writing PSE responses

  • Math and Science conceptual videos, instructional packets

  • 33 Practice PSE math and science prompts, comprehensive solutions to most

  • Successful examples; video walkthroughs

Weekly Individualized Feedback

  • Students will receive 4-7 hours of intensive homework each week, which will be graded and reviewed line-by-line by our instructors (TJ Alumni)

  • Mentorship in a group setting, ability to ask questions throughout the week and receive the highest priority responses


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How large are the groups?
A: We limit our group size to maximum of 6
 students. This is to ensure that students have enough individualized attention, and can also get a variety of perspectives, seeing and editing each other's responses. Each student will receive individualized line-by-line feedback on all of their assigned homework each week.  

Q: How is this course run?
A: This course is administered via Google Classroom and Zoom. Google Classroom is a platform that's highly intuitive and easy for students to understand -- they often use it at school. There are pre-recorded videos and guides that walk students through exactly how to plan, structure, and write their responses, along with examples and templates. After working through the material each week, they come to class prepared to discuss the edits made to their work.

​Q: How does submitting feedback work?

A: Students submit feedback via a Google Classroom course by Thursday at 6pm, and receive feedback before the start of their session.

Q: What if my student has a question? Whom can they talk to?

A: In small group coaching, we treat our students like mentees. They are welcome to send us emails and we typically get back to them on the same day, if not the next day. They can also talk to other members of their group during the week, in our text group chat.

Q: Is this enough coaching?

A: Yes, in our experience, an intensive/condensed 8 sessions of curriculum, along with several practice workshops is the ideal format for coaching. Nearly all of our students from small group coaching with strong GPAs are admitted every year. By the time they've finished this course, they've typically done over 50 practice prompts, seen over 100 responses, and gotten plenty of practice with the material. 96% of students of our small group students last year stated they felt they were "highly prepared" to take the test, after they had taken it on test day. However, if students would like more support, they can schedule as-needed sessions with our instructors.

Q: Is this appropriate for a 7th grader? 
A: Yes. This course can be taken in 7th or 8th grade. Until then, we strongly recommend students complete our self-paced course. Students of any age can also sign up for as-needed 1:1 sessions with our instructors, to ensure they are on the right track.

Q: Is there a sibling discount?

A: Yes! We have a $100 discount per family, for any families with two siblings who are enrolled in any of our courses in the same year. Please email us to receive this discount.

Q: Is this course as effective as self-paced? What if I want a more affordable option?

A: The self-paced online course has statistically the same admissions rates as live coaching, as it follows a very similar curriculum. If the student is willing to commit to completing the course, the self-paced course is the right fit. However, if you are interested in live coaching with more instructor support, this may be a great option.

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