The essay workshops helped my student gain confidence in his writing as he went into the college application process. It was particularly helpful in showing him how to accept constructive criticism of his writing. After the class, not only were his main essays in very good shape, but he was also in a better position to write and then revise and hone his remaining essays. After the class, he was willing to accept writing comments from both his parents--something which would have been stressful and difficult before the workshops. I am confident that my son's final essays were better written, clearer and more persuasive as a result of the workshops and the resulting attitude he brought to his final essays.