Would you like to have the Common Application finished by the start of your senior year? In this five-day workshop students will complete the application, finish the Common App essay, and additionally work to complete one college supplement essay. Through the analysis of actual college essays and individual feedback, students will be guided through the process of crafting unique and effective writing for their applications. Now in their eighth year of providing this popular workshop, Mrs. Norden and Ms. Campbell bring a depth of experience and expertise to the college application process. This workshop is geared to rising seniors from all area high schools.
Requirements: Because we will be accessing the online Common App, students must have a laptop they can bring to class each day. In addition to the three hours spent in class, students will have approximately an hour of work each evening as they revise and edit their essays.
Catherine Campbell, AP English; Content Strategy/Advancement, Highland School
BA Princeton University
MA Yale University
Renee Norden, Director of College Counseling and Guidance Highland School
BA, College of William and Mary
M.Ed University of Virginia
This portion of the workshop will follow the Common Application training and entail one hour per day of preparing students for the ACT and SAT exams. Day 1 and 2 will focus on the Math and Science sections, and Day 3 to 5 will cover the English, Reading, and Writing components of the tests.
VHES tutors Heather Hagood and Maria Massaro are skilled in explaining college entrance exams and providing test-taking strategies that help students avoid common errors, work at a faster pace, and reduce anxiety. With ample experience in subject tutoring and test preparation, these instructors will assist students in understanding the structure of the exams, analyzing questions, and identifying correct answer choices. Students will be provided with booklets that include helpful guidelines and timed exercises.
Requirements: Students will need to bring a calculator, pens, pencils, and erasers.
Heather Hagood is a full-time Test Prep Tutor at VHES. She received her BA in Science and Physics at Old Dominion University.
Maria Massaro is a Test Prep Tutor and Assistant Director at VHES. She received her MS in Counseling at Post University.