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Bentham After School Class Lesson Plan


The college admission experts at Bentham Admissions have developed a comprehensive 12-lesson program in order to help students apply to universities across the United States and receive as much financial aid as possible to help in their pursuit. The program covers the same key information that top private and boarding school students pay thousands of dollars for. Below is the syllabus that our experts use during the college application after-school class held Fall Semester of Senior Year.


lesson 1

recommendation letters

Learn how to ask teachers for recommendation letters and how to approach potential recommenders to maximize intellectual vitality.


lesson 2

developing A target list of colleges

Learn how to build a balanced school list composed of reaches, targets and safeties. Determine whether to apply Early Decision or Early Action.


lesson 3


first-generation and minority applicants

Find out how to craft your application narrative and how to highlight your unique strengths as a first-generation or minority applicant. 


lesson 4

writing the personal statement

Learn how to write compelling personal statements and what mistakes to avoid as a first-generation or minority applicant.


lesson 5

workshop: example personal statements

Detailed analysis of real college personal statements including strengths, weaknesses and how to make improvements. 


lesson 6

composing the student

resume and addendum

Learn how to create a detailed student resume listing all student activities, awards and achievements. Find out how to write an addendum explaining any extenuating circumstances.


lesson 7

supplemental essays

Learn how to research colleges online and how to write supplemental essays that maximize demonstrated interest and fit.


lesson 8

workshop: example supplemental essays

Detailed analysis of real college supplemental essays, including strengths, weaknesses and how to make improvements.


lesson 9

filling out the college application

Learn how to fill out all required parts of the college application to maximize your chances, including parent's profession, the activity section and what test scores to list.


lesson 10


Learn how to prepare for in-person interviews with college alumni, including what questions will be asked and how to present yourself in the best light.


lesson 11

financial aid - fafsa and css profile

Learn how and when to apply for Federal Aid through the FAFSA and for need-based institutional grants through the CSS Profile.


lesson 12

financial aid -scholarships

Learn how to find and apply for private scholarships for first-generation, minority and low-income students, including QuestBridge and the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

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