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How to Write the College Application + Supplemental Essays
I'll guide you from a to z.
Discover what matters to your students, brainstorm essay topics, and get inspired to write.
Get step-by-step guides to helping students outline and write almost every required supplemental essay.
Get students to demonstrate intellectual vitality.
Craft an activities list that shows impact.
Present a complete picture of who your students are and what drives them.
Stay organized and manage essay drafts with a whole suite of resources.
This course offers a values-based approach to producing not only a stand-out Common App, activities list, and additional information section, but also the supplemental essays that most selective schools require.
It includes all the resources you need to help students tackle the application and includes Q&A sessions in which I answer your questions about the process of counseling students through the college application and supplemental essays.
Module 1 - How to Create an Inspired Application in Half the Time
Module 2 - The Activities List, Additional Info, and "Why Us?'"Essay
Module 3 - The Extracurricular Essay
Module 4 - Specific Supplemental Essays
Module 5 - Short Answers + More Supplemental Essays
Module 6 - How to Make Sure an Application Is Doing Its Job
Bonus Modules - The Rest of the College Application
Detailed course syllabus below.
You'll develop a big picture strategy, help students brainstorm essay ideas, analyze applications that worked, and get all the tools for creating a compelling application.
Read great example activities list descriptions and dozens of inspiring example essays that do an awesome job, plus a few awesome sample college applications.
Activities in the workbook help students brainstorm topics and outline essays for the most commonly asked supplemental essay questions.
We'll cover the most common supplemental essay topics required by hundreds of colleges, including those quirky essay topics required by the most highly selective colleges.
Help students create an amazing application.
What's the difference between the Student and Counselor version?
There's a big difference between creating an awesome college application yourself (as a student) and guiding someone else through this process (as a counselor). With this in mind, the counselor version includes content geared specifically to counselors that answers frequently asked questions and provides solutions to common struggles that counselors face.
Here's what a few people have said about this course:
This webinar gave me a fresh approach for how to structure student sessions. From brainstorming to revising a first draft, the tools and resources made available during this course were invaluable to me! 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. In addition, the opportunity to write my own personal statement was not only wonderfully cathartic, but it helped me connect more to the struggles my students often experience while writing. Thank you so much for a fabulous webinar!
-Chelsea, Independent Counselor 2016
THANK YOU! You are a wonderful teacher and your love for college essay writing is so apparent. You helped many of us connect with & write our deepest stories and for that I am very grateful. I'm really excited about the new tools I have to help my students write their essays. I loved this course so so much! :)
-Bekkah, High School Counselor 2016
As a counselor I appreciate how I can replicate (or try really hard to replicate) your sessions because you’ve outlined and scripted it all. We need scripts until we embed practices and make them our own.
Ethan, you are so completely thorough; I love that!
-Sunita Takhar, Counselor
I signed up to take Ethan's course to learn some specific strategies in helping my students write better essays and hopefully, enjoy the process along the way. I learned amazing strategies PLUS so much more! The questions that Ethan asked us, as his students writing essays for our college applications, were invaluable in looking deep within ourselves and putting ourselves "out there" on paper, to speak from our truest selves and share our deepest stories. Ethan has a very special talent in teaching from his heart and it was apparent in every step of his class. I am grateful I had the opportunity to participate!
-Heidi, Counselor (2016)
Bonus: Get 50% off The college application course when you register for the Personal Statement Course.
How? Register for the How to Write a Personal Statement course and you'll be taken to the discounted offer.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Lesson 1: How to Create an Inspired Application and Supplemental Essays in Half the Time
- Sample Application: How Doing a Thorough Job on the Brainstorming Activities Can Set Up a Great Application
- A Relatively Quick and Totally Free Way to Figure Out Which Essay Topics Overlap
- The Overlapping Game (or) How Doubling--or Tripling, or Quadrupling!--Essays for Multiple Prompts Can Yield a “Super Essay”
- A Sample Super Essay
- How to Write a Super Essay
Lesson 2: The Activities & Awards List, Additional Information Section, The "Why Us" Essay
- 5 Tips for the Activities & Awards List
- The Difference Between an Amazing Activities and Awards List and a Really Good One
- Activities You May Not Have Considered Including—But That Count!
- “Stretching the Truth” on the Activities List: A Cautionary Tale
- How to Up-Level the Activities and Awards List in Three Steps
- What One Should (and Shouldn’t) Include in the Add’l Info Section
- How an Add’l Info Section Can Make the Difference in the Application
- The Complete Guide to the "Why us" Essay
- 3 Great "Why Us" Essays You've Never Read and Why They're Awesome
Lesson 3: The Extracurricular Essay
- The Difference Between a Regular and a “Super” Extracurricular Essay
- Eight Mistakes Students Make on Their Extracurricular Essays
- A Three-Step Process to Avoid All Those Mistakes
- How to Write an Amazing Narrative Extracurricular Essay
- How to Write an Amazing Montage Extracurricular Essay
- How to Apply These Approaches to Almost Any Supplemental Essay
- How to Write a Great "Community" Essay
- Three Great Sample “Community” Essays
Lesson 4: The supplemental Essays
- How to Write the Stanford “Idea or experience that makes you excited about learning” Essay
- How to Write the Stanford “Roommate” Essay
- How to Write the Stanford “What's meaningful to you and why?” Essay
- How to Write the "Create Your Own Class" Essay
- Four Tips for the Quotation Essay
- How to Write the "Diversity" Essay
- How to Write the "Why X Major" Essay
- And more!
Lesson 5: Short Answers & More Supplemental Essays
- Six Techniques for Writing the 150-Word Extracurricular Essay
- Three More 150-Word Extracurricular Essays I Love, and Why
- The High-Flyer Method: How to Write a Next-Level 150-Word Extracurricular Essay If You Have a Perfect GPA, Test Scores, Ridiculous Extracurriculars and Have Nothing to Prove
- How to Make the Short Answers Awesome
- A Stanford-Worthy Set of Short Answers And What Makes Them So
- A Creative Take on the “Where Have You Lived” Essay
- How to Nail the The "Diversity" Essay
- Coming August 2018: The U Chicago Extended Essay (as soon as prompts are released!)
Lesson 6: How to Make Sure Your Application Is Doing Its Job
- Content is So 🔥 I Can't Even Describe it Here
Bonus Modules: The Rest of the Application
- 18 Tips for Creating a Great Video
- How to Create a Great College List
- How to Get Great Teacher Recommendations
- How to Prepare for and Nail the College Interview
- Demonstrated Interest: A Brief and Practical How-To Guide
- How to Turn the Common App Activities List into an Awesome Resume
Q&A Sessions: Ask Me Anything You Want
- Get answers to a wide range of questions from the general to the specific, including
- What timeline do you use when working with students?
- Who should be accountable for which parts of the application? Who should be responsible? And what's the difference?
- My student's "Why Us" essay still isn't quite "there" yet. What would you suggest?
- What if someone else is giving a student that I strongly disagree with? What should I do?
- Dozens more.
- Plus, I give feedback on everything to Activities Lists to several in-progress "Why us" essays.
The COURSE Workbook Includes
Plus: 36 Sample Essays and 3 full sample applications
- (3) Successful Sample Applications
- (4) Great “Extracurricular” Essays
- (2) Great Community Service Essays
- (2) Great “Community” Essays
- (2) Great “Intellectual Idea” Essays
- (2) Great “Roommate” Essays
- (2) Great “What Matters” Essays
- (2) Great “Quotation” Essays
- (2) Great “Create Your Own Class” Essays
- (4) Great U of Chicago Extended Essays
- (8) Great 150-Word Extracurricular Essays
- (3) Great Sets of Short Answers
- (3) Great “How I Spent My Summer” Examples
- College Essay Guy’s Complete Guide to the “Why us” Essay (20 pages)
- College Essay Guy’s Epic Activities Verbs List
A Dozen Brainstorming Activities, including:
- My Favorite Supplemental Essay Brainstorming Exercises
- Everything I Want Colleges to Know About Me
- The Feelings and Needs Exercise
- The Best Extracurricular Brainstorming Exercise
- The Elon Musk Exercise
- The “Why us” Research Chart
- How to Develop a Preliminary College List
- How to Organize All Your Essay Topics For Free
- List of Potential “Super” Topics from Past Students
- How to Write an Awesome Activities List
- Activities You May Not Have Considered Including—But That Count!
- How to Write the Additional Info Section
“THE BEST WORKSHOP I’VE BEEN TO IN 35 YEARS IN THE PROFESSION.”
-B. Goleman, Independent Counselor
Counselor Pricing PWYC Available
WANT TO REGISTER YOUR STUDENTS AT A DEEPLY DISCOUNTED RATE?
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Each year I help thousands of students and counselors around the world through my online courses, workshops, articles, blog posts and books. I also work privately with a small number of students each year.
In this online course, I distill the best and most effective resources I have ever found. I’ll personally walk you through how I guide students from "I feel totally lost" to "I feel like I've submitted my the best application I can."
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Access is really important for me. In fact, it’s at the heart of most everything I do, and it’s why so many resources on my site are free.
Can’t afford the suggested price? Just click on the orange "pay-what-you-can" button above and you can request a Pay What You Can spot.
"Listen to the Essay Guy! He has practical, useful tools for all college bound students to stand out among the crowd"
Want to help your students finish their entire main personal statement, too?
TAKE THE How to write a personal statement COURSE.
Take my most comprehensive course to help students write the main personal statement. Help them find the right topic, get step-by-step guides to structuring their essay, and get tips on how to bring their essay to life.
Module 1 - How to Find an Essay Topic
Module 2 - How to Structure the Four Types of Essays
Module 3 - How to Revise an Essay in 5 Steps
Module 4 - How to Make Sure the Essay is Doing Its Job
Module 5 - How to Bring an Essay to Life
Bonus Modules - Advanced Screenwriting Techniques
YOU MAY BE WONDERING (FAQ)
What if I Still can’t afford it?
As with all my webinars and resources, I have some pay-what-you-can spots available for low-income students and high school counselors that work with low-income students or have little to no budget for professional development resources at their school. Just click the orange button above.