California Learning Strategies Center
topWorkshop for Students:
 Creating a Great College Application
Offered by webinar or in-person seminar 
We'll help students create a great college application - and we'll reduce the stress of the college application process by getting students to start early.
Spaces limited!  Register early to reserve a spot. Register by July 12 to receive the early registration discount.
    To register, call 805-642-6686.
Information about:
Workshop Syllabus
Webinar Workshop Dates
Seminar Workshop Dates
Workshop Syllabus
Workshop Syllabus 
How to Write a Great Essay
Understanding what colleges are looking for in the essay
Common mistakes to avoid
Actual essays that work. . . and essays that don't
Topics students should never write about
Exercises to help students choose their topics, and get started!
 How to Create a Compelling Resume Describing Your Activities and Honors
What you need to know about most effectively detailing
your activities and honors 
How to Strengthen Your Application with Great Recommendations
What colleges want to see in recommendations
Which teachers to ask for recommendations - and which teachers you shouldn't ask
How to increase your chances of getting a strong recommendation -- it matters how you ask!
What teachers should never say in a recommendation
When to use recommendations from non-teachers
The Most Effective Techniques for Improving Your SAT Scores
Presented by test prep expert Ben Paris, former Curriculum Director of Kaplan Test Prep, and author of the award-winning Peterson's Test Prep SAT Online and Sparknotes' SAT All-Nighter
How to Shine in College and Scholarship Interviews
How to prepare for the interview
What you should do during the interview  
How to Find the Right Colleges For You
What to consider when choosing a college
Helpful resources for researching colleges 
What you should know about college visits
We'll also provide 
  •   An extensive list of on-line and print resources to help you throughout the college application process
           A question and answer period after each session
  •  Tips (and print-outs) to help you stay organized throughout the college application process 
Presenter:  Susan Goodkin is a graduate of
Harvard University, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.  In addition to college consulting, Susan writes and speaks nationally on education issues including college admissions.  Her articles have appeared in newspapers including The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Sacramento Bee and The Houston Chronicle.  Susan is currently Executive Director of the California Learning Strategies Center,
 Plus, guest lecturer Ben Paris, former Curriculum Director of Kaplan Test Prep, will present a segment on the most effective techniques for improving SAT scores.                                  
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Workshop Dates -- Webinars
  Attend our webinars from the convenience
of your phone or computer.
    The webinar consists of two 1 hour sessions. We'll be offering each session twice to ensure that students can participate at a convenient time for them. 
If students can't attend a live webinar session, they will have access to a recorded webinar.   Students can review the recorded webinar at their convenience.
Session I 
Tuesday, July 20,  6:30 - 8 pm (PDT)/9:30 - 11pm (EDT)     
Wednesday, July 21, 3:30 - 5 pm (PDT)/ 6:30 - 8 pm (EDT)
Session II
Wednesday, July 28, 6:30 - 8 pm (PDT)/ 9:30 - 11 pm (EDT) 
   Thursday, July 29, 3:30 -5 (PDT)/6:30 - 8 (EDT)
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Workshop Dates -- Seminars
In-Person Seminar Workshop Dates:
  Each seminar will cover all the information included in the webinar, plus participants will begin drafting their essays and will receive individualized feedback.   
Saturday, July 31st,
10:00 - 2:00
Saturday, August 14, 10:00 - 2:00
Both dates in Ventura, CA 
 (exact location TBA)
 Let us bring our seminar to you -- we'll come present the program to groups of 6 or more in Santa Barbara/Ventura/Los Angeles counties.  (Outside of those regions, travel expenses will be added.)  Call 805-642-6686 for more information. 
It's easy to register!
Register by phone:
call 805- 642- 6686 (9 - 6 PT)
Register by mail: Send a check to California Learning Strategies Center, 9452 Telephone Road #188, Ventura, CA 93004.  Please include e-mail address.

Webinar registration $99
Early registration discount: r
egister by July 12, and pay only $89
Group discount:
take an additional $10 off for each registrant when two more students are registered together.
Seminar registration
Early registration discount: 
register by July 12, and pay only $129
Group discount: T
ake an additional $10 off for each registrant when two or more  students are registered together. 
Questions? Call 805-642-6686 (9 -6 PT) or e-mail  
(Note: some browsers require you to copy and paste the address into your e-mail window.)
College Consulting
Registrants who would like individual consulting will receive $25 off the first hour.   We consult by phone or in person.  Please call or e-mail for more information about our college consulting services. ($150/hr.) 
What clients are saying:
"I got accepted to Stanford! Thanks for everything, you were an integral part in this entire process." 
                                                                                 I.P. (Stanford)
"Without your help, I can honestly say I might not have been nominated for the awards I've garnered so far." 
                                                                                  R.C., California 
  "We so appreciate your help as we search for a college that will be the right fit for our daughter."                                               
                                                                                  F.B., Oregon
"Thank you for your invaluable advice during the application process. My son is thrilled to have been accepted at both Harvard and Yale."
                                                                                  G. F., (Yale mom)

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