Reviews

Comments from students, parents, and teachers

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“Hi, Don: I just thought I’d write to you and fill you in on how the course last summer helped [my son] on the writing portion of the SAT, which he re-took in November. Up. 70 points. 90th percentile. As you can imagine, we were thrilled, and relieved.  So I’d say your course was a huge help. Thanks so much!”

— A parent

“I decided to email you to check in – see how you’re doing – and thanking you. I’ve won the Gold Key in the Scholastic Art and Writing for my portfolio. Looking back, I learned everything about writing from your class; it really changed the way I approached writing and my attitude towards writing. I love it. Considering that I came to US just a year before I took your class and that it has only been 4 years that I have lived here, I think it’s quite astonishing. Writing has become a place where I can just go and let my mind wander.”

— A senior with early decision

“I showed the short paper to my mom and to my dad. This was the first time in about three years I have shown either of them anything I’ve written… basically means this is the first time I have been proud of my writing. They said WOW, I wouldn’t recognize this as your writing (a good thing). Pretty impressive. Thanks!!!”

— A junior

“Hi, Don, Thought you’d enjoy hearing that on [my daughter’s] first major writing assignment for her Honors English class, she scored 100 out of 100 points on her three-page literature essay … the highest grade in her class. Looks like your course has had a very definite and positive impact … thanks again!”

— A parent

“The strength and clarity of my sentences improved to such a degree that my teachers began to notice the difference. In retrospect, I realize that it was the most important course I took in high school.”

— The Yearbook editor

“My son took your course when he was in ninth grade, and he said it was the best writing course he ever had. He’s now working on Wall St. and writing every day.”

— A parent

“Because of what you taught me last year (junior year), I got an A+ in English class. My teacher absolutely loved my writing style, and she told me she was very impressed that I could write so well.”

— A senior

“Don, I’m very interested and would like to incorporate these techniques in a composition class for college Freshmen.”

— A university professor

“I used to dread teaching writing until I found your information a number of years ago. Part of the reason I dreaded teaching writing is because writing has always been difficult for me because I did not understand it. Your lessons helped me which then helped the students as I used your system. Thanks for putting this out.”

— A special education teacher

“I used that Jack London sentence pattern you taught us, and my English teacher said he really liked it. And he gave me an A- on the paper, my first ever!”

— A sophomore

“You have more useful info than the British had colonies pre-WWII.”

— An adult online learner

“Thank you so much…. I will be in touch about my other children!”

— A parent

 


“I learned more about writing in the first three days of this course than I did in my last three years in high school.”

— A Write for College graduate

“Our son R. said it was the best class he ever took, and he scored a perfect score on the essay section of the ACT, so you must be doing something ‘write’!”

— A parent

“I can’t believe that this is the last week of the program.  [My daughter] read her paper to me and I was just floored. Best of all, she now knows how to intentionally create an outcome or an experience in her writing.  Don, thanks for everything.  This has been a fabulous learning experience for her.”
— A parent

“I just read his personal college essay, and there has been significant improvement in his writing. I’ll be sending you several students next year, including my daughter.”

— An independent school college counselor

“I write to tell you what you likely already know, which is that my daughter thinks the world of you, your (now completed – sigh!) class, and your method. Would that you had an advanced class too! She’d sign up in a heartbeat.”

— A parent

“My daughter took the Writing SAT II in May and got a fantastic score of 730. Her PSAT scores last fall were 54 Verbal and 60 in writing skills. I think you had quite an impact, and I will be sure to tell the head of the guidance department at her high school, because I am sure this writing score is unusual for them. I will continue to sing your praises with other parents. Thanks again.”

— A parent

“I just want to tell you that my son thought your course was excellent, and he said that it has helped him greatly. Whenever an opportunity presents itself, I will be sure to recommend this course to others. Frankly, I think that the schools should be recommending it…. Thank you very much.”

— A parent

“I am an independent writer, benefiting tremendously from your program and its exercises, which give me both skill and confidence.”

— An adult online learner

“This application is for Ben’s sister. By the way, Ben has been commended recently in both Business Law and, this semester, in English for his writing (especially for his introductions). As his mom, Thanks!!!”

— A parent

 

“Why didn’t someone tell me all this years ago? I get it!”

— A senior, half way through the course

“I talked with the admissions officer at the college I’m going to, and she said it was the essay that made the difference.”

— A senior with early decision

 

“Don, here is an excerpt from [my daughter’s] acceptance letter from Brown: ‘Your many accomplishments in and out of the classroom impressed the Board of Admissions, as did the strength and insight of your writing.  We were particularly struck by your sensitive essay about your mother.’

“I can’t thank you enough for your help with her essay and for the course.  Her writing ability really blossomed over the summer.  Your course nurtured her skill.  We are both very
grateful for your amazing support. I can’t say enough about the power of your course and your coaching.”

— A parent

“Hi, Mr. Stewart,

“How are you?  My senior year has been going very well so far, especially my English class!  I wrote a creative piece about the renovated [new school in my town] and I got the highest grade in the class!  I felt sincerely proud of my writing for the first time and I owe it all to your class.

“I was recently reading the Globe and found an amazing sentence that basically summed up your course this summer. It is from a film review,
written by Ty Burr, about ‘A Film Unfinished.’ It received four stars, which is so rare for the Globe. The sentence read: ‘Most movingly, we watch five elderly survivors of the Ghetto as they watch the flickering black-and-white footage, scoffing at prop flowers on tables (“We would have eaten flowers,” one says), gasping as they recognize acquaintances in the street, weeping when the scenes come of each day’s corpses–men, women, children shoveled into the mass grave in another part of the city.’

“Immediately when I read it, I thought of your class and how much it taught me. Thank you so much for starting this program; it truly changed my writing for the better.”

— A Write for College graduate