Google Classroom For College Essays

Google Classroom For College Essays

Dear ACC Senior Students and Parents,

As the summer is quickly coming to a close with school just around the corner (yikes!), our rising senior clients are beginning to dive into their college essays. To better manage the essay process, we are implementing a new system using Google Classroom. Our hope is that this will lead to improved organization and collaboration between students and coaches, ultimately resulting in top-notch essays to support your applications.

In addition to your main personal statement (Common App), your Coach will review unique supplemental essays for up to 12 colleges. For your reference, we have compiled the writing prompts and requirements for dozens of the most applied to colleges in the country in this spreadsheet: ACC College Essay Database.

Important Note on Deadlines: Please allow up to 48 hours for your coach to review and provide feedback on each individual draft that you submit.

As a first step, please watch the video tutorial (split into 2 parts) below that will guide you step-by-step through the procedures for drafting and revising your essays. For those of you new to Google Classroom, viewing the tutorial in its entirety should be especially helpful:

You will need the ACC Class of 2020 Google Classroom Code in order to enroll in the class. Clients should Contact The Coach if they need the code. Also take note of the following to help you get started:

  • Add this link to your personal bookmarks: classroom.google.com
  • You need a Google Account to use Classroom. If you do not have one, click here for instructions.
  • Google Classroom features work best with the Chrome Browser. Click here to download.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. Happy essay writing!!

Best regards,

The ACC Team

2018-19 Common App Essay Prompts

2018-19 Common App Essay Prompts

The Common App Essay Prompts for the class of 2019 are available:

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

The Coach’s New College Essay Database for 2017

The Coach’s New College Essay Database for 2017

A New Resource Available to ACC Clients!

Dear Seniors,

In an effort to help you organize your college application essays, The Coach has compiled the writing prompts and requirements for dozens of the most applied to colleges in the country.

In the spreadsheet, simply click on the name of any school that you’re applying to and a View Only Google Document with the school’s essay prompts will open. Once you have the document opened, click on “File” then “Make a Copy” and rename the document in the following format:

“Student’s Last Name, First Name – (Name of College)”
Example: Jones, Thomas – Columbia

When you have a draft of an essay ready for review, share the document with academies3@gmail.com and allow for editing privileges.

Please note: in order to receive feedback on a specific essay draft, you must send an email to academies3@gmail.com . This can be easily done within each shared Google Doc, by clicking on File, “Email Collaborators.”

Let us know if you have any questions on how to manage your college essays through Google Documents.

Happy Writing!!

Regards,

Larry Winters
ACC President

2017-18 Common App Essay Prompts

2017-18 Common App Essay Prompts

The Common App Essay Prompts for the class of 2018 are available:

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Tackling Supplemental Essays

Tackling Supplemental Essays

Supplement – “something that completes or enhances something else when added to it.”

Writing high-quality supplemental essays is one of the most challenging (and most over-looked) aspects of the college application process. Especially at the top-tier, highly competitive schools, the supplemental essays are often what makes the difference in admissions decisions. Here are some tips from The Coach on how to write winning supplemental essays.

First and foremost – know the difference between the Common App Personal Statement and the Supplements.

  • The personal statement is an open-ended prompt, giving you the freedom to tell your own personal story.
  • A supplemental essay is a structured, specific prompt which requires a direct answer.

Most supplemental essay prompts boil down to “why us?” Admissions counselors reading the essays are assessing your demonstrated interest in attending their school. If accepted, how serious/committed are you about attending?

What college admission officers look for in supplemental essays:

  • Maturity of thought
  • Linking high school activities to future college experiences
  • Concise to the point answers
  • Complete and thorough responses that answer prompts
  • That you know what you want & how this college satisfies your needs

When writing your supplemental essays, be sure to:

  • Provide additional information that can’t be found in other parts of your application – don’t repeat the main idea of your personal statement. Supplemental essays do just that – supplement (add to) your file.
  • Do extensive research on the college – identify the specific reasons why you want to attend
  • Show why you are a good match for the school – give as many specifics as you can (academically, socially and/or culturally)
  • Make a personal connection between yourself and the university
  • Give a very direct response (most supplemental essays are 250 to 500 words)
  • Envision yourself on campus as a future student – who will you be and what will you be doing?

For More on Supplemental Essays:

 

Coach’s College Essay Guide

Coach’s College Essay Guide

As the summer is quickly coming to a close with school just around the corner (yikes!), our rising senior clients are beginning to dive into their college essays. This blank document to showcase who you are leaves most students feeling simultaneously excited and stressed.

By the time you’ve reached senior year, most of your application profile is complete – your grades, test scores and resume are all set. But the essay is still 100% in your control. As an ACC client, we want you to take ownership of the essay process and embrace the opportunity to not only learn more about who you are, but also to positively impact your admissions decisions through your own writing.

While you can’t necessarily write your way into college, essays are a crucial tip factor in making admissions decisions, with as much as 50% to 70% of the decision based on essays. We’ve put together this collection of resources and information below to help you develop high-quality college essays that can tip the admissions scales in your favor.

The Coach’s Top 5 College Essay Tips

(1) Work Smarter, Not Harder – Start the essay process with a game plan. As a first step, map out all of your prompts and look for overlapping topics/themes to focus your drafts on. Also, spend the most amount of time on the essays that matter most: your Common App Personal Statement & the supplemental essays for target schools at the top of your list.

(2) Keep an extremely narrow focus – Each of your essays should have a singular main idea, a “thesis statement” of what you want the admissions counselor to learn about you. In 650 words or less, you’re not expected to tell your life story – just focus on a slice of it.

(3) Draft, draft & draft again – Developing high-quality college essays is a process, with a lot of brainstorming and editing along the way. By starting early, you’ll give yourself enough time to work through multiple drafts and revisions without feeling rushed to meet application deadlines.

(4) Write about what you know – Yourself and your own personal experiences. Don’t feel pressured to write about an extraordinary life event and try not to focus on what you think admissions counselors want to read. Maintain focus on your own unique experiences and perspectives.

(5) Get feedback – From The Coach and other trusted adults. You don’t have to do this by yourself, lean on the support team that is around you.

“We look for some originality because nine out of ten essays leave you with a big yawn. “I like science, I like to help people and that’s why I want to be a doctor.” The common, uninteresting, and unoriginal statement is one that recounts the applicant’s academic pursuits and basically repeats what is elsewhere in the application. You look for something different, something that will pique your interest and provide some very unique insight that will make you pay some notice to this person who is among so many other qualified applicants. If you’re screening 5,500 applications over a four- or six-month period, you want to see something that’s really interesting.”

Dr. Daniel R. Alonso

Associate Dean for Admissions , Cornell University Medical College

Coach’s Playbook: Essays/Personal Statement

As you’ve hopefully discovered within our website, The Coach’s College Planning Playbook has an extensive amount of tools, resources and information on admissions and applications. We recently updated the Essays/Personal Statement section to provide you with additional guidance and support on essays.

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