THIS seven day free trial includes three comprehensive courses:

COURSE 1

A complete course to writing an awesome personal statement.

From brainstorming your topic to polishing your final draft.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Discover what matters to you, brainstorm essay topics, and get inspired to write.

Get step-by-step guides to outlining and writing the personal statement.

Grow your ideas into a unique and powerful story of who you are.

 
 
 
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Learn how to bring in color and detail and make your essay shine.

Write your essay in less time and with less stress.

Learn what colleges are looking for and how to hit the mark.

Course Description

This online video course provides students with everything they need to write an amazing personal statement for college.

Whether you're  using the Common Application, Coalition Application, or applying to one of the hundreds of public state colleges or universities, this course will give you the tools to write an essay that demonstrates your core values and how you'll make meaningful contributions to the college campus.

With over a dozen video lessons and awesome sample essays, it's the most comprehensive course of its kind.

COURSE SYLLABUS

 
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Module 1 - Brainstorming
Module 2 - How to Structure Each of the Four Essay Types
Module 3 - How to Revise Your Essay
Module 4 - Ethan Gives Feedback on Real Essays
Module 5 - How to Make Sure Your Essay is Doing Its Job
Module 6 - How to Bring an Essay to Life With Details and Color
Bonus Modules - Advanced Techniques

Detailed syllabus below.

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VIDEO LESSONS

Watch the lessons on your own time.

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Sample essays

Read inspiring sample essays and learn why they work so well.

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colleges

...use the Common App and the personal statement you write in this course will work for them all.

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GUARANTEED

If you're not completely satisfied with the course, get a full refund within 30 days.

 

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ESSAY REVISIONS
from Prompt.com

Get three rounds of direct and detailed feedback from amazing and trained college essay specialists. (Optional. Additional fee of $40/revision)

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GOAL

Craft an amazing personal statement.

 

If I hadn't taken this course, there is no way I would have a) found my topic b) started to write yet or c) completed a pretty darn solid draft. So thank you!!! This course seriously rocked!

-Ava, Student

 
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Watch the videos whenever and where you want.

 
 
 
 
 
With the aid of Ethan’s constructive feedback, I have learnt a great deal about myself as a person and as a writer. The Application process is so much more than a number on a paper, it is a journey of self discovery. As I continue to embark on this journey, I will always be thankful for all that I have learned during my time working with Ethan.
— Salasha D, Student
 
 
Your mission to provide equitable access to the best courses on essays is what got me to where I am today, from the pay what you can system to my frequent talks with my Matchlighters counselor. You gave me the tools I needed to change my life. For that, my family, friends, and myself thank you for the bottom of our hearts.
— Ali, Harvard University, Class of 2021
 
 
“You de-stressed the essay writing process by making feel that we could relate to you. Rather than being stressed about writing my essay, I was excited for the sessions, and actually looked forward to finding my topic and then writing it. Thank you!
— Julianne W, Student

This course has truly changed my life. I now feel that I am prepared to tackle my Questbridge essays, supplemental essays, and any other college essays to ensure that I've tried my best and hardest for my future. After all that this course has provided me with, saying thank you feels inadequate, but still – thank you so much, Ethan. You have truly changed my life and my perspective on writing a personal statement.

-Amenna R, Student

 

"I THINK THIS COURSE REALLY CHANGED MY LIFE."

-ANGELA G, STUDENT  


COURSE OVERVIEW

LESSON 1 - Brainstorming

 

  • How to Develop a Menu of Essay Topics in About 15 Minutes
  • A 5-Minute Exercise for Discovering What Matters to You Most
  • The Five Brainstorming Exercises I Use With My Private One-on-One Students
  • 106 Ways to Find an Essay Topic
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LESSON 2 - HOW TO STRUCTURE THE ESSAY

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  • The Only Two Structures Needed to Write an Essay
  • The Four Types of Personal Statements
  • How Most American Films Are Structured (and How to Use it to Write an Essay)
  • How to End an Essay If You Have No Idea What You Want to Do in the Future
  • A List of Challenges Students Should Consider Including in the Application
  • A Step-by-Step Outline for an Essay About Overcoming Challenges
  • What to Do If You Haven't Experienced Challenges and Don't Know What Your Future Looks Like
  • The Difference Between a Boring Essay and a Stand-Out Essay

LESSON 3 - HOW TO REVISE A COLLEGE ESSAY

 

  • Three Questions to Ask Before Revising Your First Draft
  • Which Sentences Are (Probably) the Most Important to Revise First
  • Case Study: A Sample First Draft, My Actual Feedback, and How the Final Draft Turned Out
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LESSON 4 - Ethan gives feedback on real essays

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  • Ethan Workshops Student Essays and Gives Feedback
  • Analysis of Over a Dozen Real Student Personal Statements
  • Expert Feedback Including Comments and Notes for Revision on Google Docs

LESSON 5 - HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR ESSAY IS DOING ITS JOB

 

  • Three Questions to Ask That Can Bring More Values (and Information) Into an Essay
  • How to Know If the Essay Is Insightful
  • Three Ways to Show Vulnerability in an Essay
  • Tips for Writing a Well-Crafted Essay
  • How, Whom and When to Ask for Feedback
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LESSON 6 - HOW TO BRING AN ESSAY TO LIFE

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  • How to Grab the Reader’s Attention
  • One Great Way to Demonstrate Intelligence in an Essay
  • How to Brag without Seeming Like It's Bragging
  • How to Make an Essay, Like, Deep
  • How to End an Essay in a Powerful Way

LESSON 7 - HOW TO TAKE AN ESSAY TO THE NEXT LEVEL

 

  • Advanced Technique 1: How to Use Setup and Payoff to Build Suspense in an Essay
  • Advanced Technique 2: How to Bring More Authenticity to an Essay
  • Advanced Technique 3: Techniques for Turning a Difficult Experience into Something Beautiful
  • Advanced Technique 4: How to Create an Ending That’s Surprising but Inevitable
  • Advanced Technique 5: Four Qualities of an Amazing Essay
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THE COURSE WORKBOOK INCLUDES

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A BRAINSTORMING ACTIVITY WORKBOOK
(IN PRINTABLE PDF or Google doc)

  • The Five Brainstorming Exercises I Use With My Private One-on-One Students
  • How to Develop a Menu of Essay Topics in About 15 Minutes
  • A 5-Minute Exercise for Discovering What Matters to You Most

15+ Awesome Sample Essays (With live analysis by me)

PLUS, THESE BONUS resources:

  • A List of Potential Topics if Writing the Challenges Essay
  • Revising the Essay: A Five-Step Guide
  • An Accountability Agreement (for Working With A Partner)

COURSE 2

A complete course to creating an amazing college application.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This video course offers a values-based approach to producing not only a stand-out Common Application, activities list, and additional information section, but also the supplemental essays that most selective schools require.

It includes all the resources you need to tackle the application and includes Q&A sessions in which I answer the most common questions about both the college application and supplemental essay-writing process.

OVERVIEW

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.

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VIDEO LESSONS

You'll develop a big picture strategy, brainstorm essay ideas, analyze applications that worked, and get all the tools for creating a compelling application.

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SAMPLE ESSAYS

Read great example activities list descriptions and dozens of inspiring example essays that do an awesome job, plus a few awesome sample college applications.

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PAGE WORKBOOK

Complete activities in the workbook to brainstorm topics and outline essays for the most commonly asked supplemental essay questions.

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COLLEGES

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.

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ESSAY REVISIONS FROM PROMPT.COM

Get three rounds of direct and detailed feedback from amazing and trained college essay specialists. (Optional: Additional cost of $40/revision.)

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GOAL

Create an amazing application.

 

THE COURSE WORKBOOK INCLUDES

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

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

BONUS:

  • College Essay Guy’s Complete Guide to the “Why us” Essay (20 pages)
  • College Essay Guy’s Epic Activities Verbs List
 
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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, two counseling certificates, is certified in Myers-Briggs and hypnotherapy. He lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife, Veronica, and their amazing daughter, Zola.

Learn more about Ethan »

 

COURSE 3

A complete course to applying to the University of California schools.


HOW TO ANSWER THE 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!
     

    This course has truly changed my life. I now feel that I am prepared to tackle my Questbridge essays, supplemental essays, and any other college essays to ensure that I've tried my best and hardest for my future. After all that this course has provided me with, saying thank you feels inadequate, but still – thank you so much, Ethan. You have truly changed my life and my perspective on writing a personal statement.

    -Amenna R, Student

     

    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 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.
    • Q & A - Ask me anything you want!

    Session FIVE - Ethan Workshops your Essays (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!

    "College Essay Guy is much like Batman or spider man. He is a super hero, with super powers. The power to write phenomenal college essays. To channel your own Ethan Sawyer you don't need to be some unattainable being; you simply need to learn, work, and unleash your own superhero in your writing. Through his lessons and courses Ethan helps you discover your own super powers.  It's the perfect storm of lessons and personal feedback. Overall it has been a pleasure to work with Ethan, and all his creative material is conducive for anyone to be the College Essay they wish to see in the world"

    -Max K. (2017)

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    Work at your own pace.

    Watch the videos as many times as you want.

    Learn what to write about and how to outline, structure and revise your essay . . .

    . . . and best of all, how to bring your essay to life.




     
     
     

    Students finish the course with a compelling and memorable personal statement.

    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 for a year.

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    This is a free trial.

    We make it incredibly easy to cancel your subscription at any time (I'll even send you a clear email for how to do that). We will not charge your card until after the seven-day trial has passed. We only ask for payment information for verification purposes. 

    If for any reason you do not have access to a credit card and still want to take the courses, you can submit a pay-what-you-can request on this page.

    In short: We really want to make sure you get access to the courses, regardless of your ability to provide payment information.

     

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    We get it.

    You forget to unsubscribe. Seven days pass. Your card accidentally gets charged.

    If this happens, we will still refund your payment 100%, no-questions-asked if you decide that you don't like the course after trying it within 30 days.

    That's how confident WE ARE that you'll like the courses.

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