My child worked with Mr. Lux on her college application essays, and I’m glad we decided to have him take a look at her essays.
She is a good writer and had a lot of material and experiences to draw on. However, she found herself unable to look at the essays from a third person point of view. Mr. Lux’s help with this was invaluable. Furthermore, Mr. Lux’s guidance made sure that the essays remained hers and had her voice.
Mr. Lux was able to read her essays like the admission counselors will read — without knowing much about her experiences and background. Another major help was when she reused essays for slightly varying prompts. Some of the college prompts such as “How will you add to the diversity of College X?” and “Why College X?” can be challenging. My child says she found these the most challenging. She would send Mr. Lux a collection of thoughts and get his approval for the idea before spending more time on it.
Sometimes the feedback was a simple compliment on a great essay that made her day during the taxing college application process. At other times, his feedback helped her decide to completely redo an essay.
Mr. Lux is good at helping high schoolers work on their college essays. He provides the right amount of suggestion, encouragement, and often ends his comments with a “What do you think?” This is very important when working with 17 or 18 year olds.
Additionally, the five-times-a-week feedback works better than less frequent feedback from most other sources. If you have any questions, my child or I would be very happy to answer those via email. I welcome you to send Mr. Lux an email at LuxWritingCenter@gmail.com and he will put you in touch with me.
-Parent of 12th grader
My child (8th grader) has been working on his writing with Mr. Lux for a few months now. I have seen a remarkable improvement in his writing, and it flows more naturally. The first accomplishment was that my child no longer dislikes writing. By letting the child take charge of his writing, and letting the child take the lead, Mr. Lux helped him get over the dread or mental block that each writing exercise inevitably brought.
A couple of things that also helped were that the daily work was the right amount – about 15-25 minutes worth of work. My child was fairly regular in the writing, and I managed to keep my promise of not looking at the writing. Mr. Lux was always receptive to any changes requested, prompt in response to emails, and able to quickly understand what I, as a parent, was looking for in the course, and what my child needed. In our case, Mr. Lux’s writing instruction provides a good supplement to the writing taught in my child’s public school. Not having to personally oversee my child’s learning of writing is such a relief!
Mr. Lux provides ample feedback to guide the child, to improve the writing, and to set the child thinking. The writing instruction is wholesome with emphasis on style, strength, and detail. I would highly recommend Lux Writing Center to any parent looking for writing instruction for their child.
-Fatima Dash, Parent of 8th grader
My son is just finishing his first month with Mr. Lux. I already see tremendous improvement in his ability to get through the process of writing. More importantly, my son is not hating the process of writing, but seems now to enjoy sharing his ideas and thoughts. He wrote an analysis of a Hemingway story for Mr. Lux, and got interested in the other stories Hemingway has written, and read several of Hemingway’s short stories. That is cool! The process of writing that Mr. Lux teaches is structured yet relaxed and gives freedom. He gives encouragement and see’s what is done well, as well as making suggestions for improvement. I am glad we did this.
I’m so happy to find this writing program for my son. My son’s consultant Mr. Lux is very professional. He gives clear step-by-step instructions to my son who is writing a research paper. My son learned a lot after one month of study. Mr. Lux is also encouraging. Before I registered for this program, my son was strongly against it, but now he is willing to renew it.
-Public School Parent
Otter’s been assigned a writing consultant who corresponds with him daily (during the weekdays). The lessons are totally individualized and the teacher we are working with does a FANTASTIC job. Every day Otter looks forward to seeing his teacher’s feedback and has really been enjoying the lessons which are broken down into pieces that are not overwhelming at all but very instructive. It’s the perfect match. He also lucked out getting a teacher who was an Eagle Scout and whose brother is a police detective! LOL… That’s another plus. His teacher is a male – which seems to be more rare in the homeschool world and something I am glad for. Boys need men to teach them and while my husband does teach a ton of practical things, he doesn’t really have time to teach much in the homeschool realm. I think we’re providing a good balance for Otter (all of his police instructors are also male) so that he’s not just having to deal with “mom” all the time but has a variety of people in his life, all with the goal of helping him to become more accomplished and well-rounded!
The best thing…Otter actually told me he was having FUN writing.