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Dr. W's -Private- 1 on 1 College Applications Process- Essays, Interviews, SAT, ACT, Financial Aid, Scholarships And More

Life Skills

Life Skills: College 101 - Write a Winning Common App/College Application Camp

In this course, scholars build life skills and learn effective strategies for preparing a top-notch college application. I'm a highly successful college coach who has a 100% overall acceptance rate & 97% admit rate to top schools.
Demeka Mays, M.Ed.
11 total reviews for this teacher
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50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course 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

Through lecture, discussion, and independent activities, students will 
1. Know and understand what is required for each section of the Common App/college application.
2. Prepare a college application that effectively communicates their high school experiences and portrays best version of who they are.
3. With exception of the essay, have a complete draft of all application sections of the Common App/college application.
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 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. Both of my children and many of my Pinnacle Prep scholars have received handwritten notes from college admissions officers commending them on the content and quality of their essays and expressing how impressed or touched they were with their stories.
The homework will be assigned as follows:

Class 1: Complete or revise Profile/Family
Class 2: Complete or revise Education/Testing 
Class 3: Complete or revise Honors/Activities
Class 4: Complete or revise Courses and Grades/Writing: Additional Information
Class 5: Brainstorm &Outline Personal Essay/School Supplements/Register for "How to Write a Compelling Common App/College Essay Camp"

In addition to the above-mentioned tasks, there may be one or more of the following:
Weekly Terms to Know
Weekly Posted Questions and Group Discussions on Selected Reading

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 completing their college application drafts. Scholars who are unable to fully participate in the subsequent class or complete their college application drafts because they failed to complete homework assignments will not be refunded. There are no make-up classes available and recorded classes are only shared at the teacher's discretion. Thus, scholars who miss class will not receive a refund.
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.
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 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
My role is to provide coaching and guidance to scholars. My role does not involve making decisions for scholars, 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, coaching and support, I do not make any guarantees that scholars will succeed excel at every high school endeavor or be admitted to their schools of choice, as intrinsic motivation and a number of other variables relative to a scholar'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.
11 total reviews
22 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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