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1-on-1 Help With College Application Essays

In this ongoing tutorial, your student will work one-on-one with a professional author and former university professor to polish their college admissions essay.
30 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learner per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times


Next on Sat, Dec 3

Meets Once per week
3:00 – 3:30 PM

Next on Sun, Dec 4

Meets Once per week
9:00 – 9:30 AM

Next on Tue, Dec 6

Meets Once per week
4:00 – 4:30 PM
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Class Experience

Students will understand the pragmatic realities of college application essays. They will also develop the ability to express themselves clearly and effectively in writing, including, but not limited to, the ability to do the following:
⦾ Support a significant central idea with thoughtfully chosen details appropriate to the purpose and genre;  
⦾ Demonstrate organization and cohesion in writing; 
⦾ Follow the conventions of formal, written English.  
I have a PhD in comparative literature, and I've taught literature, culture, and writing courses in a university setting. I also work as an online writing tutor for a public university. In addition to my academic credentials, I am also an award-winning author and have published essays, short stories, and two novels. I have been featured on podcasts such as Neon Jazz, Progress 4 Tomorrow, and Diversity on Fire. 
If possible, students should submit any specific essay prompts to which they are responding three days prior to our first meeting, along with a draft of any work that has already been completed, in order to allow me time to prepare for our work together. It would also be helpful if your student could indicate any specific questions they have about their essays and/or their goals for our time together. During our session, we will create a plan for the work that should be completed before our next meeting, customized to the needs of the student.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Ciahnan Darrell, PhD
Lives in the United States
Award-winning novelist and former university professor
2 completed classes

About Me

1. I teach classes on Africa, literature, and creative writing that focus heavily on issues pertaining to social justice. 

2. I hold a PhD in comparative literature, and Masters degrees in divinity and philosophy. I taught at various colleges for... 
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