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Essay Writing for High School (Semester)


Life Skills: College 101 - Write a Winning College Essay Camp

In this course, scholars will learn effective writing strategies for composing a compelling college essay that gets them admitted. I'm a highly successful college coach who has a 100% overall acceptance rate & 97% admit rate to top schools.
Demeka Mays, M.Ed.
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50 minutes per class
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Through lecture, discussion, and independent activities, scholars will 
1. Analyze an essay prompt.
2. Brainstorm and outline an essay response to a prompt.
3. Write an essay using one of two narrative approaches: traditional and creative. 
As an independent college counselor and education consultant for federal and state granted-funded programs, I have developed award-winning college and career readiness programs that have been scaled and replicated in several schools and districts. In these capacities, as well as my formed district and building roles, I have trained hundreds of teachers, leaders, and high school guidance counselors and helped thousands of students of varied socioeconomic and academic programs succeed in getting accepted into the colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions of their choice. Ninety-five percent (95%) of Pinnacle Prep scholars get into one or more of their top three choices. I consider my own two children’s success my greatest college counseling accomplishments because both graduated valedictorian (two years apart), were accepted to Stanford, MIT, five-six Ivy League universities, and several Top 20 colleges, and earned $2.5 million in merit scholarships together.
The homework will be assigned as follows:

Class 1: Read Exemplars for Selected Prompt/Finish Brainstorm
Class 2: Finish Outline
Class 3: Finish Essay Draft/Submit Anonymous Excerpts for Feedback
Class 4: Revise Essay

It is imperative that scholars complete the homework assignments so that they may fully participate in the subsequent class session and remain on track with their college application timelines. Scholars who are unable to fully participate in the subsequent class or submit their college applications because they failed to complete homework assignments will not be refunded.
Scholars will access course resources, ask questions, and post responses to discussion questions via Google Classroom. Students will use one or more of the following writing programs and applications to complete assignments: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .pages, .rtf, .txt, Google Docs, Google Slides, etc. The assignments may also be typed directly into the chat box option. It is not advised that students use the Common App prior to the application going live in August as student information does not always rollover from the draft app to the live Common App. Thus, students will draft their application using one of the following: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .pages, .rtf, .txt, Google Docs, Google Slides, etc.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No formal assessment. The teacher will conduct informal checks for understanding through discussions and provide informal feedback during small-group breakout sessions and via classroom posts. 

For editing and feedback services, please register for one or more multiple 50-minute, 1:1 editing and feedback sessions. Please note that editing occurs in real-time. I edit for 35 minutes via Google Docs, ask clarifying questions, and make recommendations. After the 35-minute edit, I facilitate a 15-minute discussion to answer the scholar's questions and to provide the scholar with an editorial assessment and next steps. Register here for 1:1 editing:
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
My role is to provide personalized coaching and guidance to your scholar on his/her/their selected topic. My role does not involve making decisions for families, writing applications or essays, creating the 4-year plan or college list, completing FAFSA, or any other action that may be deemed unethical in practice and counterproductive to scholar taking ownership for his/her/their own college journey. While I guarantee to provide high-quality, individualized coaching and support, I do not make any guarantees that a scholar will excel at every high school endeavor, find big money scholarships, be eligible for scholarships, receive scholarships, or be admitted to his/her/their schools of choice, as a number of variables relative to intrinsic motivation or an applicant's qualitative and quantitative data inform high school and college success.
We will reference the Common App website over the course of this class. Depending on their needs, scholars may be directed to use public and FREE websites to support their understanding and research on the selected topic (e.g., colleges of interest, College Board, etc.).


Demeka Mays, M.Ed.
Lives in the United States
Get Lit and #Aim2GetAdmitted to your top-choice college with an award-winning educator, mom of two valedictorians/Stanford & MIT students/Ivy League admits, literacy specialist, college writing instructor, and college counselor. My goal is to help all children develop college and career ready literacy skills and to succeed in their #Aim2GetAdmitted to their schools of choice.
12 total reviews
32 completed classes

About Me

My name is Demeka, and I am beyond excited to be a part of the Outschool community! I love working with children from across the globe and of all different ages. I mainly teach classes that are research-focused (e.g., how to conduct scientific or... 
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