Online Courses for Counselors:
The counselor Training Program


Help students find the right topic, get step-by-step guides to structuring their essay, and get tips on how to bring their essay to life.

20+ Video Lessons & 15+ Sample Essays


Learn how to help students write killer supplemental essays, craft an awesome activities list, and create a compelling application.

20+ Video Lessons & 30 Sample Essays

PART 3: advanced counselor retreat
(April 2019)

Learn new language, techniques, and resources to influence your students to reach their full potential during the college application process.

Hands-on training in a group setting

How to Lead a Life-Changing Workshop

In this online course, I distill the best and most effective college essay writing resources I have ever used.  I’ll personally walk you through how I guide students from "I have no idea what to write about" to "That's the best thing I've ever written." This course includes 6+ hours of video lessons, 45 pages of workbook material, to help you lead a life-changing college essay workshop for your students.


I believe a workshop is the most effective and inspiring way to get students started on their college personal statement. This course includes 20+ videos and dozens of pages of lessons, worksheets and brainstorming activities to help you guide students through the most common essay struggles.

College Essay Guy's
Greatest Hits for Counselors

Title Description
1. Essay Workshop in a Box A step-by-step guide to helping students efficiently write a compelling personal statement. Includes brainstorming exercises, structures to choose from, and so much more.
2. Five College Essay Questions Counselors Should Be Able to Help Their Students Answer A veritable buffet of college essay resources--over 140 in one session!
3. 1-Hr Guide to UC Personal Insight Questions A step-by-step guide to efficiently answering the UC Personal Insight Questions. Includes brainstorming exercises, structures to choose from, and tips for revising your UC essays (aka personal insight questions).
4. Free College Application Tools That Students (and Counselors!) Should Know About) Over two dozen resources covering everything from how to find a major to how to help students find their strengths
5. 12 College Essay Brainstorming Exercises and How to Use Them (Videos) Having trouble finding a topic with your student? Worry no more. Check out these 12 brainstorming exercises with videos showing how to go through them and interact with your student.
6. The Essence Objects Exercise Learn how to breathe more life into your college essays by brainstorming details with this exercise.
7. The Values Exercise Take your college essay to the next level by using this exercise to brainstorm personal values to emphasize in your college essay.
8. How to Write Your Common App Activities List Get the most out of the limited word count of the Activities List by following my guide for translating the hundreds of hours you've spent on projects and activities into your Common App.
9. A Brief Guide to Using the Common App “Additional Information” Section Take advantage of the most ethereal section of the Common App: learn what the Additional Info section should and shouldn't be used for.
10. Demonstrated Interest: A Brief and Practical How-To Guide Help your students navigate the wild and wonderful world of demonstrated interest.
11. My Pay-What-You-Can Online Courses for Counselors Access is one of my core values, so I offer comprehensive instructional video courses for answering tons of essay topics at whatever price students and counselors can afford. (Yes, really!)
12. Feedback on UC Personal Insight Questions Watch me review real students' UC personal insight questions.
13. The College Essay Guy Podcast Bringing more ease, purpose and (hopefully) joy to the college admissions process by interviewing some of the best in our field.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay.

"How do I figure out what to write about?"
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Answers to these questions and so much more!

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Let's get your students' essays finished. Together.

College Essay Guy Partners pay an annual licensing fee and register their students for my courses at an extremely discounted rate. It's the easiest, pain-free process for getting all of your students registered in one batch. 

I'll walk your students through the process of learning how to write and revise their personal statement and most popular supplemental essays while you focus on completing their applications. 

GATE’s curriculum targets the four mission critical areas of post-graduation success as encompassed in the GATE acronym: Grades, Applications, Testing and Essays.

GATE supports and equips students so counselors and teachers know they are fully prepared with a one-stop-solution for college and career readiness.

  • Essays coaching (12 trainings for students plus a counselor-facing process for working successfully with seniors).

  • Meta-cognitively improve their grades & skills (14 trainings)

  • Use data-driven IPEDS information to build college lists and explore preliminary career plans, securing crucial critical thinking skills (14 trainings)

  • Full test prep curriculum supporting both SAT and ACT exams, and (50 trainings)