An Aralia Student Is in the John Locke Competition Shortlist

John Locke Competition Shortlist
Aralia’s student is a talented and determined aspiring writer from a middle school in China, and she successfully made it to the John Locke Competition Shortlist, in the History Category.

The John Locke Competition Shortlist in 2021 was extremely competitive to get in for participants. This year, the competition received over four thousand entries from 101 countries around the world in 7 categories. 2021 was the first year this student registered for the competition, and we are elated to receive such great news from her.

Competition Introduction

The John Locke Essay Competition is organized by John Locke Institute, an independent education organization located in Oxford, UK. Professors at the John Locke Institute are from famous universities like Oxford, Princeton, Brown, and Buckingham University. The John Locke Institute encourages young people to cultivate the characteristics of great writers: independent thought, depth of knowledge, clear reasoning, critical analysis, and persuasive style. Students are challenged to explore a wide range of questions beyond their school’s curriculum. 

Obtaining prizes in the competition can greatly enhance the competitiveness of undergraduate applications at American, Canadian, and British universities. College admission for students in previous years includes Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Chicago, Oxford, Cambridge, University of Toronto, and other world-renowned schools. Students from all countries and schools can participate. There are two levels of the competition, one for high school students from 15 to 18 years old and the Junior Prize, focused on middle school students 14 years old and younger.  

Class Introduction


Description: In the John Locke Essay Competition Prep course, students learn the ins and outs of essay writing, in preparation for entering the competition. Aralia offers prep classes in three categories: Junior, History, and Law. Students will choose one topic, compose an original thesis and argument, and write an essay for submission. Students will engage in a guided analysis of primary and secondary sources, develop critical thinking skills, and discover interesting insights. In addition to the group lecture classes, students will receive guidance on their individual projects from the instructor, in one-on-one sessions.

Class schedule: Rolling enrollment throughout the year, 6 group sessions, and 6-9 one-on-one sessions.

Guide to the competition

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