College Essay Weekend Workshop

College Essay Weekend Workshop


Skills and Strategies for an Exceptional Essay

A college essay can be a daunting challenge for many students. The questions can be confusing, overly specific, overly broad, or just plain difficult. While grades, test scores, curriculum strength, and teacher recommendations may be the most considerable factors in the college admissions process, a great essay can tip the balance in the student’s favor.

Key components of the class:

  • Finding the right essay topic for each student
  • Critical thinking, organizational skills, and good grammar practices for every type of college essay
  • How to use creative devices, humor, and personal experiences effectively

The College Essay Workshop will also address scholarship essays for any students applying for scholarships and/or grants

The workshop will run from 12:30 – 4:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Session 1: Aug 19 & 20
Session 2: Aug 26 & 27

Teacher Bios

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Direct Hits will work with students to map an individualized blueprint for an outstanding essay. After the weekend, students and parents will receive individual feedback on the progress made during class. Completing essays early alleviates college application anxiety and helps with the senior stress in the fall!

Teacher Bio

Paget Hines

Paget is a Learning Specialist, Partner at Direct Hits, and author of the Direct Hits Vocabulary series. Paget began her teaching career at the Schenck School. After completing two years of Orton-Gillingham training, Paget began privately tutoring. For 13 years she was in private practice in San Francisco, working with students in middle school and high school. She developed and implemented a SSAT verbal, reading comprehension and essay curriculum for students with learning differences and test-taking anxiety. Paget has almost 20 years of experience teaching creative and expository writing, including high school, college, and scholarship essays. She teaches at Georgia Tech through Project Engages and continues to work one-on- one with students in the Atlanta area.