Ep1: Getting Serious About a Light-Hearted Approach to the College Admissions Essay


Episode 1

TCE founder/president Rebecca M. Carroll and editor/project manager Paul Culp talk about the importance of polished writing and how The Coaching Educator helps college-bound students progress with their admissions and scholarship essays.

Program Content:

  • Rebecca and Paul introduce themselves.
  • Rebecca discusses the importance of teamwork and allowing team members to pursue their strengths.
  • How many essays are involved for college-bound students? What is the load like at this time of year?
  • Paul’s recent blog post for TCE, When Grammar Takes a Nap: The 10 Most Common College App Essay Boo-Boos, addresses some typical errors.
  • Teenagers are writing within the larger context of a “verbal holocaust” as the standard of expression plummets. Their problems reflect the shortcomings of adult “professionals.”
  • How is it possible to coach students on something so personal without hurting their feelings?
  • Humor is important in composition coaching.
  • If ACT or SAT results reveal a verbal deficiency, Rebecca’s favorite reference book can be very helpful.
  • The Coaching Educator will be producing new courses to accompany the College App Boot Camp now on offer.
  • There’s no advantage to be gained from weak writing, even with an uneducated audience.

Program Mentions:

When Grammar Takes a Nap: The 10 Most Common College App Essay Boo-Boos

The Coaching Educator’s College App Boot Camp

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

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