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Several different aspects factor into the quality of your essay. And even if you happen to manage being successful with one, falling short on any of the others can put you in a lower position for acceptance.


In such a competitive environment as today's college application process, you will need every advantage at your disposal.  An engaging and relevant topic can be overshadowed by a poorly organized essay that can land your entire application in the "rejected" pile. 


As such, a great  essay can help to put you in the best position for acceptance. That's true even if the college’s application doesn’t have an explicit essay requirement because you can put yourself in a better position by writing an essay that truly shows off who you are as a student and a person. 


Have Dr. Kay and Counterpoint help you write the essay of your life so you can get accepted to the school of your dreams!


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You can make sure your essay is exactly what the admissions office is looking for with Counterpoint's College Essay Academy 

Introducing the Self-Paced

 College Essay Academy


Developed and taught by National Board certified certified Master Teacher, Dr. Kay Van Der Burg


The College Essay Academy was created as a one-of-a-kind online course, showing students exactly how to 

  • Choose the right topic.
  • Stick out from the crowd, and
  • Present yourself as someone who belongs on campus. 

After all, your college essay will be just one more in the stack of admissions essays, and the last thing an admissions rep wants is to read your essay and feel like it's just the same story they just read.

-Dr. Kay Van Der Burg


What's Covered in the College Essay Academy? 


Dr. Kay uses her own checklist of ten questions to evaluate how a college admissions essay should be written.  If your essay has these characteristics, you’ve written a great college essay and can be reasonably sure that your essay is one that admissions reps will be sure to notice.


How It Works

You will be work with Dr. Kay to review over 30 model essays. You will learn how a college rep reads an college essay and what they look for to determine it's strengths and weakness. You can then work with what you have learned from the review to write your own essay in response to the prompt.


The course also analyzes essays that negatively affect your admission rather than enhance your application.  Prompts include:

  • Who are you?  Where do you come from?  
  • Discuss your academic passion.  
  • Discuss an extracurricular passion.
  • Discuss a time you challenged a belief.
  • Discuss a time or incident when you moved from childhood to adulthood.
  • How will you contribute to diversity at our school?
  • Discuss a time you experienced failure.
  • Describe someone who has influenced you.
  • Why do you want to attend this school?


In addition, the course offers examples of essays that are risky because of topic, tone, attitude, or failing to respond to the prompt.


Many of the essays, all written by Dr. Kay’s high school seniors, are poignant. And while you might find that others are humorous,  they all convey a growing understanding on the part of the writer and convey some of the strengths the writer will bring to a college. 


Using what you learn from this mastery class, you will learn how to stick out and portray yourself in your essay as one who will make contributions to the college and take advantage of the myriad of opportunities.


You'll be a College Admission's Dream!

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"I want to thank you for the preparation you gave me. Next year at
Amherst and in the future, your preparation lessons will remain a part of my education."

 -Alice T.

Get Started with Counterpoint's College Essay Academy Right Now!


One of the most important aspects of applying to college is the college entrance essay. These serve as a cover letter for your application, and the right topic can make all the difference. This insightful and practical guide is designed to greatly enhance your chances of getting accepted.

With our commitment to education and a history of enabling successful students, students can feel confident that their scores will improve after using our comprehensive courses. 

Take advantage of  everything we offer!

How to Write the College Essay Academy


Stand-out Features

  • Expert lessons presented by Master Teacher, Dr. Kay.
  • Full library of 30 authentic student essay examples.
  • Comprehensive explanations.
  • Discover what college reps look for in your essay to determine it's strengths and weakness.
  • Analyze student written essays to learn what will negatively affect your admission.
  • Understand what to do to enhance your college essay.
  • See examples of student essay topics that are too risky to use.
  • Unlimited 6 month access. 
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Application Advantage


College Essay and Application Academies

  • Everything included in the College Essay Academy, plus:
  • College Application Academy 
  • $25 credit towards private tutoring with Dr. K

"ACE" the APP


Both College Academies + Essay Evaluation

  • Everything included in App Advantage, plus:
  • 5 one-hour college essay writing and feedback sessions with Dr. Kay
  • College essay evaluation with feedback
  • Monthly webinar with live Q&A (2) 
  • $100 credit towards private tutoring with Dr. K

"As Adam moves on to college, he takes a strong preparation with him. Your lessons have been outstanding and a guide."

 -David & Beatrice B.

"You have helped me get into CAL Berkeley, and I do not know if I would be where I am today without your preparation. I have so much to thank you for and there are not enough words to show my appreciation."

 -Jennifer M.

"Your lessons have been invaluable! You are also so funny and make college prep fun! I was thrilled when I received my decisions. Thank you so much for getting me to this point!"

 -Madeline W.

Satisfaction Guarantee

All of Counterpoint courses and tutoring comes with an iron-clad 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you're not satisfied, I'm not satisfied.  After going through the lessons and finding that you aren't totally thrilled, simply contact me, and I'll make it right. If not, I will happily refund your investment 100%. 

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