Ivy Caliber Essays - How to Write College Application Essays
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Ivy Caliber Essays - How to Write College Application Essays

Learn how to write the best (and fewest!) possible essays for your college applications. Win at college admissions!
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Last updated 6/2016
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 11 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Organize their college applications and understand what essays they need to write.
  • Brainstorm a list of potential college essay topics.
  • Outline college essays to guide writing and minimize the number of essays needed.
  • Understand how to write about past accomplishments, current activities, and future aspirations in a single story.
  • Know the difference between personal statements, specialized prompt essays, and short answer responses.
  • Edit and polish college essays so they are free from errors.
  • Recycle an essay to work for multiple applications whenever possible.
  • Overcome writer's block or a bad draft.
  • Identify the schools you're likely to apply to.
  • Gather the essay and short answer prompts required by each school's application.
  • Try to start the summer before your senior year in high school to give yourself enough time to work through the process and reflect.

College essays are the hardest part of the college application, and they are the one element that you can truly make a difference right up to the very end. Your grades are your grades, and your test scores are set, but your essays are all up to you!

With students applying to ever more colleges each year, students can find themselves on the hook to write dozens of essays. How do you make them stand out when you have so much to do? Ivy Caliber Essays will teach you how to organize your applications, brainstorm, outline, and write the fewest possible essays so you can focus on your most compelling stories and draft your best work.

Sarah Ballard, author of Accepted! A Monthly Guide to College Applications and Admissions to Any School and Founder of college coaching firm Alpha Academia, has crafted this course to teach students how to sell themselves to colleges through their essays.

Ivy Caliber Essays walks you through the process step-by-step:

  1. Organize Your Applications - Know how many essays you have to write and what questions they need to answer.
  2. Brainstorm Topics - Come up with a set of your best stories.
  3. Outline Across Applications - Match topics with essay prompts to ensure your strongest possible application packages with the fewest pieces to write.
  4. Past - Present - Future - Learn how to write what admissions officers want to read - link your past accomplishments with present activities and forecast future goals.
  5. The Personal Statement - Understand what schools are looking for on this standard open essay prompt.
  6. Specialized Prompts - Learn how to craft responses to the most peculiar and unique essay prompts.
  7. Short Answers - Pick the right topics to maximize your response and not give up an opportunity to shine.
  8. Edit and Polish - Walk through a method to ensure that your essays are free of distracting errors.
  9. Recycle - Evaluate whether you can tweak an already written essay for submission to a second application.
  10. When to Scrap - Realize when a draft just isn't working and why you need to start over from a blank slate.

Ivy Caliber Essays uses video sessions with embedded notes to walk through a complete process for writing all of your college (and scholarship!) applications. Links to outside resources and sample essays are included. Worksheets are available for download to supplement the lectures.

In short, Ivy Caliber Essays is everything you need to put your best foot forward on your college essays with the least possible pain.

Who this course is for:
  • High school students and their parents will benefit from this step-by-step approach to college essay writing.
  • High school counselors can refresh their skills on how to help students craft their best possible college applications.
  • English teachers and writing coaches can learn a new method to minimize the number of essays needed so students can focus on their best writing.
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 02:34:53
+ Brainstorming Essay Topics
3 lectures 27:35
Brainstorming - Where Do Good Topics Come From?

Use this video to work through a real-time brainstorming session. Get yourself two pads of post-it notes in two different colors and get ready from some quick scribbling!

Brainstorming - Structured Brainstorm Session
Brainstorming - How Do You Know If You've Found a Good Topic?
+ Outlining Across Your College Applications
1 lecture 10:33
Outlining Across Your College Applications
+ Telling Your Story - Past/Present/Future
2 lectures 18:36
Essay Structure - Past Accomplishments/Present Activities/Future Aspirations
Sample Essays Using Past-Present-Future Model
+ The Personal Statement
2 lectures 15:45
What is a Personal Statement?
Analyzing a Sample Personal Statement
+ Specialized Essay Prompts
1 lecture 12:15
What to Do About Specialized Prompts?
+ Short Answer Responses
2 lectures 16:16
Making a Short Answer Out of an Existing Essay
Starting from Scratch on a Short Answer Response
+ Edit and Polish
1 lecture 13:19
How to Edit, Step-by-Step
+ Recycling Essays
1 lecture 10:48
Can This Essay Be Recycled For Another Application?