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Writing for College Readiness

Life Skills

College Counseling Small Group: Financial Aid, College Lists, and Applications

Students are empowered to navigate their college search, investigate if a college is a good fit for them, be part of the financial conversation, create their own timeline of the application process, and start application essays confidently.
Carissa Hoitenga
54 total reviews for this teacher
New class
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55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Independent work done outside of class is an important and required part of this course and assigned after each meeting. As this course helps students gain insight into the college application process, assignments will vary. Assignments may include completing surveys, researching a college website, reading an article, or learning to navigate a college application. Each assignment is required, and the end result of that assignment (either survey results or knowledge) is often needed to discuss and learn the topic in the following class.

The assignments are meant to be thought-provoking, interesting, and add personal value to the class experience while taking up minimal time. Assignments will likely take between 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the student and assignment.
This course will use printables and prepared google sheets templates. On the first day of class, students will be given a packet of all printable worksheets, which will need to be ready in time for the 2nd class meeting. All printables will be given at once for your printing convenience. Google sheet templates will be given to students when appropriate. Students will also need a pen/pencil at each class starting with class 2.
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There are no formal grades in this class. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This class will expose students to many different aspects and ideas on college as well as a variety of colleges, which may include public, private (religious and non-religious), community, and technical colleges. As many private schools often have a religious affiliation or background, this may be pointed out when discussing a private school in a purely informational manner. Any colleges or universities that are discussed in class are for informational and eductational purposes only. A college's inclusion in a class discussion does not constitute any endorsement by the teacher. As a group class, students are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas on college as well as respect those shared from other students, even when they are different. There are many ways to 'do college,' and all ways are valid.


Carissa Hoitenga
Lives in the United States
College Preparation & Transition Mentor, International Education Professional
54 total reviews
139 completed classes

About Me

Fall 2022 Schedule - All available courses are currently posted.

I have mentored, taught, and advised American and international high school and college students for 12 years in various settings, both in person and virtually, including as an... 
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