Course Category: College

College Essay Crash Course: Supplemental Essays

This video course will guide you through a step-by-step process to write all types of supplemental essays. It also includes a bonus video explaining how to modify your essays for other schools.

When you’re done watching the video and writing your essays, use our worksheets to guide you and a reader through the review and revision process.

College Essay Boot Camp

Wow’s College Essay Boot Camp curriculum covers all the elements of a college essay class that work well in a group, from parsing prompts to writing first drafts. This course will prepare you to run your own college essay workshop, either in person or online. It includes:

  • Leader’s guide for a 4-hour workshop
  • Student worksheets
  • Webinar with tips to modify the curriculum for a remote, online workshop
  • Timing suggestions to use the curriculum in a variety of settings and situations
  • Slide template

The course includes four lessons of 1-2 hours each:

  • Lesson 1: Boot Camp Overview: Download the leader’s guide and worksheets, then review them to familiarize yourself with the structure and flow. (2 hours)
  • Lesson 2: Consider Your Options: Watch the video and refer back to the course materials and the timing options. (2 hours)
  • Lesson 3: Plan and Prepare: Answer a series of questions, to reflect on what you read and heard in the first two lessons. (1 hour)
  • Run your workshop!
  • Lesson 4: Reflect and Refine: Answer another series of questions, to reflect on what worked, what didn’t and why. (1 hour)

You will have access to this course for 6 months, so be sure to download all the materials and watch the webinar in lesson 2 before then.

Getting Students Started with Limited Time

Counselors and English teachers are often called upon to guide students through the college essay writing process. Lacking sufficient time to guide students from beginning to end, they generally focus on one of two things:

  1. Helping students choose topics; or
  2. Reviewing completed essays.

This course focuses on selecting meaningful topics, and provides insight into what colleges are looking for and how professionals can use their limited resources to help their students write application essays that stand out.

Under Course Navigation, you’ll see several topics. Each one includes a webinar and a variety of resources. Watch the videos, then download the articles, tip sheets and writing exercises.

You’ll also see a notepad, which you can click on to take notes at any time.

Review Essays Like an Admissions Rep

Counselors and English teachers are often called upon to guide students through the college essay writing process. Lacking sufficient time to guide students from beginning to end, they generally focus on one of two things:

  1. Helping students choose topics; or
  2. Reviewing completed essays.

This course focuses on essay reviews and provides insight into what colleges are looking for and how professionals can use their limited resources to help their students write application essays that stand out. Under Course Navigation, you’ll see several topics. Each one includes a webinar and a variety of resources. Watch the videos, then download the articles, tip sheets and writing exercises. You’ll also see a notepad, which you can click on to take notes at any time.

Wow Online College Essay

The Wow Method takes you through the writing process, but let’s be clear about what a college admission essay is in the first place before we talk process. At its core, your essay is a story – a story about you. It’s not about the orphans you met on a summer trip to Ecuador or your favorite novel. It’s not about your Great Aunt Lucy or the time you ran for student government. It’s about how that person, book or experience affected you. Are you different now? Did you learn something meaningful about yourself?