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At CBA, we know writing about ourselves doesn’t come easy to many high school students. There questions:
- What should they write about?
- Where do they even begin?
- How do they make their essay stand out from all the others?
- How can they make their essays memorable?
- How personal should they make their essay?
often lead to a state of “I’ll do it later.”
As expert advisors, parents ad writers ourselves, our college essay writing curriculum and programming employs social science strategies to help your child cultivate a sense of confidence and develop strong writing habits and skills leading to a state of “I’ll do it now!”
And most of all write college essays that make a strong impression on admissions committees.
Our Signature Beyond the Prompts Course Starts Soon!
The 8Ps of Writing
We teach students a process to plan, ponder, find purpose, put pen to paper, do a pre-write, play, have patience, and finally polish their final product. This approach yields successful essays and responses to supplemental questions. We even have some fun in self-discovery along the way! Read our 8Ps blog here
Our Only 650 Words Essay curriculum is included for students enrolled in our Comprehensive Counseling 1:1 Advising packages, so the following opportunities are for students not already participating in that service.
Private College Essay Writing Packages
Purchase 5-hour or 10-hour blocks of essay advising with a dedicated specialist who will work with your child individually and with flexible scheduling.
Students choose the essays they want to develop (personal statement and/or supplemental questions.
Private advising includes our signature “College Essays that Wow” Workbook.
These sessions can be done remotely or in person at our CBA offices.
5-hour package: $1,475
10-hour package: $2,800
Our workshops provide students with the tools and skills necessary to craft an exceptional college essay that will impress admissions officers. In addition to understanding how to develop and tell their story for their personal narrative, students will learn what colleges are looking for and how to approach some of the most common essay questions, including:
- The main personal statement for the Common and Coalition Applications
- “Why School X”
- “Tell us about an extracurricular activity that is important to you”
- The University of California Personal Insight Questions
What Workshops Include:
Beyond the Prompts:
Essay Writing Course for Juniors by College Bound Advising
Our signature essay program gives your child personalized support and guidance to write essays that will make a lasting impression on admissions officers. Course includes:
🤝 A CBA essay specialist assigned to your child for the course duration to support and supervise their writing;
🗓 Bi-weekly classes to provide focus and ongoing feedback;
✍️ Weekly writing assignments to encourage your child to develop their storytelling skills and discover their voice; and
💭 Weekly activities to encourage students to showcase their accomplishments and aspirations effectively.
➡️ Choose either:
In-person sessions (Sundays 3:00 – 4:30 pm in Newtonville): March 3 and 24, April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19, June 2
Zoom sessions (Mondays 7:00 – 8:30 pm): March 4 and 18, April 8 and 29, May 6 and 20
Essay Office Hours: for the Student who Needs Less Structure and More Flexibility
Our writing staff holds drop in office hours during select time slots each season. Any student is welcome to come work at our Newton location to get feedback on an essay draft, chat about brainstorming ideas, or simply work independently but in a group setting with peers.
This service is included for Comprehensive 1:1 clients and is available for a per-session fee for any other student regardless of enrollment in another service. Each session runs for two hours, but students can stay for as little or as long as they choose.
Sundays 2:00 – 4:00
September 10, 17, 24, and October 1
$50 per session
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