The college application process can be daunting for high school students and a challenge for those trying to guide students through the process. In particular, the application essay can be a critical piece of that puzzle. In this webinar, Brien Gorham walks us through how to help students parse the language of their prompts, strategies for structuring and organizing these essay (including best tips for using anecdotes), and methods for helping students find themes in the stories of their lives.
About the presenter:
Brien Gorham has over twenty years experience as a high school English teacher. After graduating from Villanova University, Brien taught in several public schools in New Jersey before moving to Seattle, where he spent six years teaching the Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. He currently lives in Los Angeles as a freelance writer and video editor.
This online workshop is open to both active tutors as well as tutors completing our application process. The workshop, however, does not substitute for the mandatory in-person Tutor Training required of new applicants. Please refer to our event calendar to register for a Tutor Training.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
It’s never too early to start planning for college, but many of the students we work with think that a four-year school is out of reach. In this essential workshop for homeless and low-income students seeking college admissions, college consultant Susan Goodkin will show tutors how to help their students prepare for the process. Topics will include:
IB, AP, honors, oh my — what classes students should take
The 411 on testing: PSAT, SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests
How to build the kind of extracurricular list colleges want to see
How to most effectively describe extracurricular activities to impress college admissions readers
The dreaded college application essay — what colleges look for
What teachers to ask for recommendations, and what they should — and shouldn’t — say
How students should prepare for college interviews
What low-income students need to know about the Questbridge program
How to find colleges that are supportive of first-generation students
About the Presenter: Susan Goodkin helps students achieve their college dreams. Over the past few years alone, Susan has had 6 students admitted to Stanford, and multiple admissions at Harvard, Yale and at every other Ivy. Her clients have also been admitted to all the UCs and many other colleges across the country, ranging from small religious schools to large public universities. Susan is a graduate of Harvard University, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
This workshop addresses the art of resume and cover letter writing and is geared toward students with little or no work experience. Help students get over the angst of resume writing with a few helpful tips. Unlock the secret to finding the “keywords” that employers are looking for in resumes and cover letters. This webinar covers several types of resumes recommended for high schoolers, whether they are seeking full or part-time employment.
About the Presenter: Irene Tirella initially began teaching basic business skills at an alternative high school for disadvantaged women in 1994. She also taught English as a second language in both the US and Asia and has tutored all grade levels from Kindergarten through college. Additionally, Irene worked as a job coach and mentor with the Department of Defense, where she helped service members transition from military to civilian life. More recently Irene worked at Brooks Institute as a career adviser helping students and alumni with their work search efforts. Currently she is an Educational Consultant specializing in classroom management strategies.
This workshop addresses the pervasive catchphrase “college and career readiness” and offers tutors age-appropriate activities to engage students in career exploration and preparation. The webinar also introduces participants to three popular online navigation systems currently used by schools to help students identify and inventory their job interests, and then apply to the appropriate colleges based on these interests.
About the Presenter: Janie Dam has taught middle school and high school math for 16 years. She has served as testing and data coordinator for Granada Hills Charter High School in the San Fernando Valley area since 2007. Prior to becoming an educator in Southern California, Ms. Dam practiced law in Chicago, Illinois, where she spent many hours doing pro bono work in support of incarcerated youths to attain literacy. She is currently working on her Doctor of Education dissertation at Alliant International University.
This workshop helps tutors build their students’ college knowledge by nurturing college-going aspirations, which come from intrinsic motivation and the belief in one’s ability to achieve and succeed. School on Wheels students often face hardships that can make it difficult to view college and other opportunities as attainable. Learn activities for different grades to nurture an “I can” attitude that includes how to plan and prepare for college, but also stresses the value of lifelong learning.
Dr. Corina Espinoza received her Doctor of Education from USC, where she specialized in education psychology. Her research focuses on the role of adults in the formation of a learner identity for students and in fostering college-going aspirations. Using a standards-based college knowledge curriculum she developed, Dr. Espinoza works with schools and teachers to build college knowledge in the classroom.
This workshop helped tutors with strategies on encouraging students to pursue college, and covered topics such as steps to take at any age, the benefits of community college, and how “disadvantages” can often be turned into advantages for admissions.
About the host:
Garrett Clancy, M.A., M.F.A. has taught English and film studies at CSUN, Valley College, College of the Canyons and Yeshiva University of L.A. Boys and Girls Schools (YULA). He holds a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA and served as Director of College Counseling at YULA this past year. He is married and has a new baby daughter.