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In 5 guided lessons + a 48-page workbook, I'll bring you the inside scoop straight from UC admissions reps, and you'll learn all you need to know to write your answers to the new UC personal insight questions.

 

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GOAL

Brainstorm, outline, and write awesome drafts of UC personal insight questions.

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PAGES OF WORKBOOK + Sample REsPONSES

Tons of awesome sample responses and the most effective brainstorming activities I've ever used to get you inspired.

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UC SCHOOLS

Knock out applications for all 9 schools. The UC system makes it really easy to apply--I'll make it really easy to tell your story.


HOW TO ANSWER THE NEW UC APPLICATION PROMPTS

COURSE SYLLABUS

Session 1 – How to Choose Your Topics
Session 2 – How to Stand Out on Each of the UC Prompts
Session 3 – Revising the First Draft
Session 4 – Taking Things to the Next Level
Session 5 – Ethan Workshops Your Essays

Plus: In the first session, you'll learn the one thing you ABSOLUTELY MUST DO before beginning your UC application.


Session One - How To Choose Your topics

In Session One, I cover:

  • What are the 14 elements of comprehensive review?
  • How can I identify my four UC topics?
  • How can I know if my topic is a good one?
  • How can I stand out on the UC prompts?
  • What does a great sample response look like?
  • Q & A - Ask me anything you want!

Session TWO - How To STAND OUT ON EACH UC Topic

    In Session Two, I cover:

    • A step-by-step guide for standing out on each of the 8 topics, including:
      • Prompt 1 - Leadership 
      • Prompt 2 - Creativity
      • Prompt 3 -. Greatest Talent or Skill
      • Prompt 4 - Educational Opportunity or Barrier
      • Prompt 5 - Significant Challenge 
      • Prompt 6 - Favorite Subject
      • Prompt 7 - Community Service
      • Prompt 8 - What sets you apart?
    • Q & A - Ask me anything you want!

    Session THREE - Revising the First Draft & Workshopping YOUR Essays

    In Session Three, I cover:

    • A practical step-by-step process for revising the first draft of your PIQs.
    • Essay Workshopping - I show you how to use this process by giving live feedback on a ton of first drafts of the UC PIQs.
    • Q & A - Ask me anything you want!

    Session FOUR - TAKING THINGS TO THE NEXT LEVEL (THE GREAT PIQ TEST)

    In Session Four, I cover:

    • The qualities I think a great PIQ should demonstrate.
    • Analysis of a few awesome responses that demonstrate these qualities.
    • A simple test for making sure your responses demonstrate them.
    • 10 ways to add a "Wow" factor 
    • Ethan gives feedback on a few essays live.
    • Q & A - Ask me anything you want!

    Session FIVE - Ethan Workshops your Essays LIVE (and celebrating your work)

    In Session Five, I will:

    • Spend the entire session workshopping student essays and giving feedback your essays.
    • Help you celebrate the fruits of your hard work.
    • Answer any question you might have!

    "Before this course, I had one extracurricular activity that overlapped in all four of my personal insight question. Afterwards I was amazed how the BEABIES, Feelings and Needs exercise, and example essays helped me discover aspects of myself that I never thought I'd feel comfortable talking about. Now all four of my essays focus on different aspects of me which I'm proud of."

    -Shazaib S, Student


    What is it?

    It’s a five-part online course for students and counselors that provides you (or your student) the resources you need to complete drafts of your personal insight questions. Through the 30-min. Q&A sessions with me after each session and homework assignments each session, you should be able to get a whole lot done.  

    $297

    Student Pricing PWYC Available

    What makes this webinar series special?

    It’s the only workshop of its kind. And because I think you’ll find it:

    • inspiring: you’ll be writing right away
    • efficient: you’ll learn a lot fast
    • practical: you’ll get a step-by-step map
    • comprehensive: you won’t find this range of essays covered anywhere else

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    VIDEO COURSE INCLUDES:

    5 VIDEO LESSONS

    Lessons + Q&A sessions guided by Ethan Sawyer, featuring real students, example essays, and step-by-step guidance through the writing process

    MP3 VERSIONS OF ALL VIDEOS

    Audio versions of each lesson and Q&A session, so you can listen on-the-go

    48-PAGE WORKBOOK

    A downloadable PDF Including all the exercises and instructions you need to write a great draft

    ANSWERS YOU NEED

    How to choose your four topics • How to stand out in your responses • What UC admission officers are really looking for

    100% MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE

    If you're not satisfied, I'll send you a full refund  up to 30 days after your purchase

     

     
     
    I’d like to thank you for letting me join the UC Application course you gave in the beginning of this year for free. There’s no way I could have afforded it but you made it possible. Finally, I’ve committed to go to Stanford and I’m feeling very thankful for the opportunity you gave me. Thank you and keep it up!
    — Hassan F. / Stanford Class of 2021
     
     
    This course gave me a fresh approach for how to structure student sessions. The tools and resources are invaluable! It’s exciting to be able to put these new techniques in action in order to help my students write the best personal statements possible. Thank you so much for a fabulous course!
    — Kelsea C. / High School Counselor
     
     
    My daughter had a bit of a struggle starting her college essays. Ethan’s resources, enthusiasm, and experience actually got her moving! I really appreciate the low price of this course. For us, Ethan’s support feels priceless. Highly recommended!
    — Emily S. / Parent

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    Who is College Essay Guy?

    Ethan Sawyer is a nationally recognized college essay expert and sought-after speaker. Each year he helps thousands of students and counselors through his online courses, workshops, articles, products, and books, and works privately with a small number of students. A graduate of Northwestern University, Ethan holds an MFA from UC Irvine and two counseling certificates. He lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife, Veronica, and their amazing daughter, Zola.

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    Learn how to choose your four prompts and how to make your answers stand out.

    Find out what what UC admissions officers are really looking for.

    Watch the videos as many times as you want.


     

    Students finish the course with compelling and memorable responses to the UC personal insight questions.

    Parents and counselors get all the tools they need to help their students through the writing process.

    Watch and work from anywhere. You’ll have access to the videos forever.

     

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    "This workshop gave me better insight into how to help students with their personal insight questions. Ethan provided me with valuable techniques and skills that I was never taught in my graduate education. These will be absolutely essential when helping my students with writing their personal insight questions during application season!" 

    -Danielle, High School Counselor


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