Half an hour sessions once a week for several weeks
Four 15 minute Individual sessions – Before the start of the workshop, parents will choose a weekly time for the one on one sessions.
A strong college application and personal narrative essay are two key components necessary for getting into the college of your choice: they are a reflection of who you are and they convince the college admissions officers why they should accept you. When you apply to college, you are just a name on a page among thousands of other names and pages; the application and essay offer the one chance to display aspects of your personality, character, and ambitions that set you apart from the sea of other applicants.
However, many students do not know how to utilize their application and essays to their greatest advantage, and it is critical that these items are carefully planned and constructed to ensure that they are not forgettable. The College Application and Essay Workshop will help you identify key strengths, personal characteristics, and life experiences to include in your college application and essay, and how to write them in such a way that they communicate your critical thinking ability, creativity, perseverance, drive, passion, and initiative.
The workshop will utilize virtual group lessons to teach the important content needed to create an impressive application. You will then engage in weekly virtual one on one meetings with your teacher to apply these concepts to your written work.
The class is still for you! These two components are universal to nearly all college applications, whether they use the Common Application, the Coalition Application, or their own specific application. You can write these (aspects) now and have them ready for when you decide where you want to apply.
–You will receive an introduction to the Common Application (used by many schools). Even if a school does not use the Common Application, it is similar to the Coalition Application (also used by many schools) and colleges’ unique applications. Therefore, information can be easily transferred to these other applications.
-You will receive an introduction to the College Board website, which can help in identifying what schools to apply to, and what qualities those schools value.
-You will write and revise your personal narrative essay, which can be used as the main Common Application essay, the Coalition Application essay, or the personal statement used at schools that do not use the Common Application. The personal narrative is not your typical English essay and you will learn strategies to write yours so that it is memorable and reflects your unique characteristics.
-You will complete the Activities section of your Common Application, which can be developed into a resume – While the essay often highlights one aspect, the extracurricular activities section develops a more complete picture. You will learn how to maximize short activity descriptions to highlight your skills, work, and leadership experience.
-You will complete rough drafts of your essay and activity section at home and submit it online for personalized written teacher feedback. You will have a fifteen minute check in every week, during which your teacher will review the strengths and weaknesses of your drafts, and will advise you on how to make improvements.
-Virtual Group Sessions: Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 2-2:30pm
-Four 15 minute Individual virtual sessions – Before the start of the workshop, parents will choose a weekly time for the one on one sessions.
Client Specialist | SAT/ACT Prep, Middle and High School English Tutor
Mrs. Cannavo graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Psychology. She spent eight years managing a longitudinal research project on Adolescent Development which helped her develop a deep understanding of the science of the teenage brain, as well as how to harness and encourage their motivation. Mrs. Cannavo realized that as much as she liked studying teenagers, she would find more satisfaction in having direct relationships with them through teaching. She completed a Career Switcher Program at Shenandoah University through the Department of Education, and currently teaches English at Riverbend High School. She finds deep satisfaction in helping her students become better writers and find their own voice, as well as helping them find books they enjoy and aiding them in increasing their literary analysis skills. Mrs. Cannavo strives to facilitate students’ growth by helping them realize and harness their potential. In her free time Mrs. Cannavo enjoys reading, having game nights with friends, and hiking with her husband.