Monday, July 19, 2010

From Cates Tutoring -- College Essay Workshop

The Personal Statement is that dark cloud that looms in the background of the college admissions process. Students struggle with the Personal Statement because they don’t know what to write about, and can never find the time to work on it amongst piles of homework and tests during Senior Year. Parents struggle with the Personal Statement, too, because they end up spending hours proofreading or harassing their son or daughter to get it done. Weeks of teenage procrastination usually end up with lots of fighting and stress added on to the agony of the application process.

But now, there is a way to bypass all of this, and have an outstanding Personal Statement all ready to go before Senior Fall begins:

Entering its third year, the CATES College Essay workshop offers a solution to the struggle of creating the Personal Statement. With the aid of experienced tutors, advisors, and workshop leaders, students focus on writing their Personal Statement for three days. Throughout the process, students learn not only what goes into making a great Personal Statement, but they also discover what qualities make him or her a unique applicant.

Each day features a number of activities to help students cultivate and express their personal theme throughout their application materials. Students learn what college admissions officers look for in the application, the role the essays play in the process, how to handle the Common Application, and the do’s and don’ts of the admissions and alumni interviews. Working alongside their peers, students learn more about themselves as individuals and how to highlight it in their materials so they stand out for the admissions officers.

By the end of the three-day intensive, students possess an edited and polished Personal Statement, Short Answer, completed Common Application, and are ready for admissions interviews. They are prepared to fill out supplemental applications and to send them off without a hassle. In short, students will BE DONE with the crucial items of their college applications. As a result, they can dedicate their time in the fall to getting good grades in school and to succeeding on standardized tests. Students – and parents - will rest assured that they are ahead in the college admissions process!

Session One
Monday-Wednesday, August 16th- 18th

Session Two
Friday-Sunday, August 20th- 22nd

Session Three
Monday-Wednesday, August 23rd- 25th

Registration: $900 per student
Contact or call the CATES office at (212) 359-4208 with any questions

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