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Pre-College Writing Intensive Program - Part 1

Instructor: Fiore Sireci, Ph.D.
Hours
6 sessions (1-1/2 hrs), and 2 sessions (½ hour), totaling 10 hours
Location: By Zoom and with group and individualized sessions
Tuition: $775
Special Discounts: $1,500 if you enroll in both courses (Part 1 & Part 2)
 Hunter Alumni enjoy a 10% discount

Course Description:
The first part of the pre-college intensive program with Fiore Sireci, a professor and academic coach, focuses on the writing component of your college application.  You'll learn to produce meaningful, and authentic writing that will capture the attention of admissions committees. But more than that, the skills you'll learn in this course will serve you throughout college, including essay structure, smooth prose style, and synthesizing relevant texts. We will start out by creating a piece of writing that explores your interests and passions. That forms the foundation of the second piece, a draft of your personal statement for college admissions. All along you'll get personalized feedback on your personal statement and essay. By the end of the course, you will have an excellent draft of your personal statement for your college application and other pieces of writing that you can be proud of.

Course Plan
A. Using Questions and Encouragement to Rediscover your Strong Points, Your Skills, Your Natural Path
B. Building the Personal Essay from Your Strong Points
C. Drafting the Personal Essay, Fielding Typical Questions on Applications and in Interviews, Personal Coaching Sessions with Fiore

Some Texts We’ll Be Using
1. John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education
2. Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

Learning Goals
1. Explore and express what motivates you, what makes you feel creative and how to envision these things in your future college life
2. Hone top-notch writing skills for essays, research papers personal statements
3. Take a fresh look at the world of great texts and use them to pump energy into your writing
4. Create exceptional drafts of essays that you can plug into college applications

Skill-Builder

A. GPS of Writing:· How to give your paper “flow" by using short paragraphs and sharp, clear topic sentences
B. Welcome to My World, People:· How to create a great introduction, catching the eye and the mind of the reader
C. Orchestra of Facts and Feelings:· How to manage factual, scientific, statistical or economic materials with flair and style
D. The Beauty of the Page:· How to format, use fonts and apply spacing to create a beautiful document
E. Flowing:· How to make your ideas grow from your other ideas, without sounding too specialized; discover the organic style of writing


Top-Notch Academic Reading and Writing Skills
Pre-College Writing Intensive Program - Part 2

Instructor: Fiore Sireci, Ph.D.
Hours
6 sessions (1-1/2 hrs), and 2 sessions (½ hour), totaling 10 hours
Location: By Zoom and with group and individualized sessions
Tuition: $775
Special Discounts: $1,500 if you enroll in both courses (Part 1 & Part 2)
 Hunter Alumni enjoy a 10% discount

Course Description:
The second part of the pre-college intensive program with Fiore Sireci, a professor and successful academic coach, focuses on the kinds of skills you will needin so many of your classes in your future college or university. You’ll learn how to draw on complex and wonderful texts to fuel your writing and create good bibliographies. You’ll continue strengthening your personal style of expression and exposition. As we have seen in Part 1, the skills you'll learn in this course, such as essay structure, smooth prose style and synthesizing relevant texts, will serve you throughout college.. We will start out by analyzing some classic texts from literature, psychology or art. Then we’ll do presentations and other activities to dig deeper into these texts. The culminating piece of writing will be an authentic paper that shows that you can produce high-quality assignments in your major. All along, you'll get personalized feedback, and by the end of this 2-part program, you’ll have some major tools to go for your best in college.

Course Plan
A. Looking at Classic Texts in a New Way: Analyzing, Recycling, Owning the Ideas
B. Presenting Ideas in both Spoken and Written Form
C. Drafting a Paper that Reflects Your Understanding and Communicates Well to Fellow Students and the Professor

Some Texts We’ll Be Using
1. 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology by Barry Beyerstein, John Ruscio and Scott Lilienfeld
2. Michelle Obama, Becoming

Learning Goals
1. Explore and express what motivates you, what makes you feel creative; find other writers who might share your energy
2. Hone top-notch writing skills for essays, research papers and personal statements
3. Take  a fresh look at the world of great texts and use them to pump energy into your writing
4. Create exceptional drafts of papers that will give you a head start for college

Skill-Builder

A. GPS of Writing:  How to give your paper “flow” by using short paragraphs and sharp, clear topic sentences
B. Welcome to My World, People:  How to create a great introduction, catching the eye and the mind of the reader
C. Orchestra of Facts and Feelings:  How to manage factual, scientific, statistical or economic materials with flair and style
D. The Beauty of the Page:  How to format, use fonts and apply spacing to create a beautiful document
E. Flowing:  How to make your ideas grow from your other ideas, without sounding too specialized; discover the organic style of writing

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