Master College Admissions: The Common Application

Get ahead of the curve on college admissions with our expert advice and tricks for the Common Application.
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Published 7/2013 English

Course Description

We get it. College admissions are confusing. A lot of the times you just feel lost in the sea of information that's out there. It feels like a daunting process and is difficult to get started in the right direction. But no worries-- Learnerator is here to help.

In this course, you will learn:

  • What each section of the Common Application entails
  • How to deliver meaning in your activities sheet/resume
  • The fundamentals of a great story and how to tie things together
  • What makes a story stick
  • How to master your story

This course includes: 6.5 hours of easy-to-follow video mashup content, engagement exercises, and unlimited support.

The best part about this course is that it's continuously growing. We personally respond to questions and create a new videos for the bonus section of this course based on the questions we receive.

What are you waiting for? Join the most enrolled course on Udemy for college admissions. Enroll now to start mastering your story today.

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What are the requirements?

  • An open mind.
  • An eagerness to take control of your college applications.
  • A desire to create unique and memorable essays.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • We'll walkthrough all 9 sections of the Common Application
  • We'll create a reference sheet for your application deadlines.
  • We'll explore potential areas of interests/career paths.
  • We'll address common concerns of students when it comes to standardized tests.
  • We'll elevate your resume/activities sheet to a whole new level.
  • We'll breakdown what makes a great story.
  • We'll gain insights on how to make a story stick.
  • We'll equip you with helpful tips and tricks in editing your essays.
  • We'll address how to decide which teachers to ask for letters of recommendation.
  • We'll begin to master your story.

Who is the target audience?

  • Students who want to gain a better understanding of the Common Application
  • Students who want to begin crafting their Common Application essays
  • Student who want to articulate their individuality clearly and effectively
  • Students who are applying to colleges and universities in the United States directly from high school
  • Parents of graduating seniors who are new to the college application process
  • Parents of graduating seniors who want to provide their children with the necessary tools to achieve college application success

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Section 1: Welcome
This video welcomes you to Master College Admissions: The Common Application. It also provides background credentials on Will.
This video describes the objectives of this course. In this course, we'll cover a variety of topics ranging from understanding the college admissions playing field, introducing the STAR method, and breaking down what makes a great story.
Section 2: College Admissions Background
This video outlines the competitive landscape of college applications. We'll look at some key statistics about graduating seniors and how they're approaching the application process.

*Note*: 2.1 million enter college; not the workforce.
Engagement #1 will help you create a go-to reference sheet for the colleges you intend on applying to.
This video summarizes Section 2: College Admissions Background.
Section 3: The Common App
This video provides insights on the mission and functions of the Common Application organization.
This video breaks down the 9 sections of the Common Application that will be explored in this course.
Section 4: The Applicant
This video teaches you about what information is requested from you in the Applicant section of the Common Application.
Section 5: The Future Plans
This video teaches you about the Future Plans section of the Common Application.
Engagement #2 will allow you to discover your Myers Briggs Type Indicator, potential career paths, and potential majors/areas of study. 
This video summarizes Section 5: The Future Plans.
Section 6: Demographics and Family
This video describes the information required from students in the Demographics section of the Common Application.
This video highlights the information required to complete the Family section of the Common Application.
This video summarizes the key points of Section 6: Demographics and Family.
Section 7: Secondary Education
This video describes the information requested for the Education portion of the Common Application.
This video highlights the Academics section of the Common Application.
This video summarizes the key points of Section 7: Secondary Education.
Section 8: Student Involvement
This video describes the importance of the Extracurriculars and Work experience section of the Common Application.
This video teaches you what the STAR method is and how to apply it into your activities sheet.
Engagement #3 puts your STAR skills to the test as you create descriptions for your three top activities.
This video provides you with final tips and reminders to keep in mind in completing the Extracurriculars and Work Experience section of the Common Application.
Section 9: The Writing
This video asks you to think about what your X-factor is.
Engagement #4 has you reflect back on critical moments of your life to think about what lollipop moments could potentially make for a powerful college application essay.
This video presents the first prompt of the 2013-2014 Common Application.
This video presents the second prompt of the 2013-2014 Common Application.
This video presents the third prompt of the 2013-2014 Common Application.
This video presents the fourth prompt of the 2013-2014 Common Application.
This video presents the fifth prompt of the 2013-2014 Common Application.
This video summarizes the key takeaways from Section 9: The Writing.
Section 10: The Story
This video poses the question of what makes a story.
Engagement #5 questions you to explore what makes your favorite stories so great. 
This video teaches you the fundamentals behind Aristotle's Dramatic Arc.
This video provides crucial tips to making your college application essays stick with your readers.
Engagement #6 has you categorize each part of your stories in respect to Aristotle's Dramatic Arc. You will then rank these stories in order of "sticking power". 
This video provides vital essay writing and editing tips while also summarizing Section 10: The Story.
Section 11: The Signature
This video breaks down the Signature section of the Common Application.
Section 12: The Recommendations and Reports
The Teacher Evaluation
This section highlights what you need to provide your guidance counselor in completing the School Report section of the Common Application.
This video discusses the Mid Year and Final Report of the Common Application.
Section 13: The Wrapup
Final Tips
This video concludes Master College Admissions: The Common Application as Will provides his final insights on the college admissions process.
Section 14: Bonus Content
In this bonus content video, Will fields student questions about listing multiple officer positions, self-reporting versus sending scores through the College Board, what to do about the additional information section and how he came up with the 3.4 GPA cutoff.
In this bonus content video, Will takes what you did in Engagement #3 and transforms it into the beginning of a STAR Method Resume. See the attached document to use the template yourself.

In this video Will discusses:

-The 11 Myths of College Admissions

-Why You're Not Special and Why that Doesn't Matter

-Identifying Institutional Priorities: How to Figure Out What They are Looking For

-Early Decision/Early Action: Yay or Nay? Should I Do It?


In this video Will discusses:

-Why the Essay Can Make or Break You

-Step-by-Step Breakdown of Winning Essays: What Made Them Work?

-How to Find a Topic that Sticks

-Writing Hacks to Kickstart Your Essays


In this video Will discusses:

-A Day in the Life of an Admissions Officer

-How Admissions Approaches Applications

-To What Extent Pure Stats (SAT/ACT/GPA) Matter

-How Admissions Officers Evaluate Essays and Teacher Recommendations

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