College Essay Summer Workshop

College Essay Summer Workshop

Starting July 6, 2021, MEK Review is introducing our College Essay Summer Workshop!

Our College Essay Summer Workshop guides students to writing compelling, polished college application essays.

In this workshop, small groups of students meet in a virtual setting with our expert essay coaches to learn how to find their voice, write about their unique experiences, and impress college admissions officers with a memorable essay.


  • FREE 30 Minute Individual Consultation with our Head Academic Counselor

Before the workshop begins, you’ll get a complimentary meeting with our expert college counselor to help map out the best plan for you (a $250 value)!

For over 20 years, our academic counselors have helped students gain admission into the most competitive colleges in the United States. 

  • Guidance from Expert Essay Coaches

Our college essay coaches know exactly how to help students find their story – the essay topics, structure, and details that will showcase to admission officers what makes them a great fit for that college, a unique individual, and an elite candidate for consideration. Coaches help students brainstorm ideas, write compelling content, and create polished and error-free final drafts.

  • Peer Reviews

In the workshop, students will get the chance to share their experience, ideas, and writing with other students. Peer reviews allows student to hear feedback from multiple perspectives, develop their ideas more clearly, and gain more confidence in their messaging. This type of collaborative and supportive environment allows students best writing to come forth.

  • One-on-One Mentoring

Although workshops will consist of small groups of 4-8 students, students will still receive individual attention, guidance, and feedback from their essay coaches throughout the workshop. 

  • In-Class Writing Time

Students spend time writing both in and out of the workshop. Scheduled in-class writing time allows students to write in a distraction-free and focused environment. They can also get answers to their questions in real time.

  • Multiple Essay Coach Reviews

Students receive feedback on their essays from at least two expert teachers to gain multiple perspectives on their work!

Workshop Details

  • Start Date: July 6, 2021
  • Number of students per workshop group: 4-8
  • Number of expert essay coaches per workshop group: 1-2
  • Setting: Virtual meeting room

Workshop Options


ProgramDatesDays & Times# of Sessions
Workshop AJuly 6 - August 26Tuesday & Thursdays
9:00am - 12:00pm
Workshop BJuly 6 - August 26Tuesday & Thursday
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Common AppJuly 6 - August 26Tuesday or Thursday
July: 9:00am - 12:00pm or 2:00pm - 5:00pm
August: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Public University Application EssayJuly 6 - August 26Tuesday or Thursday
9:00am - 12:00pm or
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Supplemental EssaysAugust 3 - August 26Tuesday or Thursday
9:00am - 12:00pm or
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Workshop A & Workshop B

These two workshops are for students who already know that they will be applying to competitive colleges such as Ivy Leagues or top 30 schools. 

Candidates for this program will be determined by initial complimentary consultation with our academic counselors. Students are grouped into Workshop A or Workshop B according to their college application plans. They then have the benefit of working with peers who are interested in the same colleges.

Students interested in Workshop A & B can also request a College List Consultation to work with our expert academic counselors on creating an optimal list of prospective colleges. Each meeting is $250/hour and by request only. 

Students in Workshop A & B meet for 3 hours, twice a week, for a total of 16 sessions.

Common App Workshop

For students who want to work only on their Common Application essay, this workshop meets for 3 hours, once a week, for 4-8 sessions.

Public University Application Essay Workshop

Public universities often use a different application portal than Common App, for example, the Coalition Application. The prompts are different from Common Application essay prompts and have a far different scope. 

This workshop is for students who already know they will apply to public universities only, and therefore can use one application to cover many public universities. Students meet for 3 hours, once a week, for 4-8 sessions.

Supplemental Essay Workshop

This workshop doesn’t begin until August, so students have time to work on their Common Application, first. Each session of this workshop will focus on one of the most common supplemental essay topics (e.g. Why our school?) and how to write the best response. Students meet for 3 hours, once a week, for 4 sessions.

Lasting Impact

Often by meeting with our expert academic counselors and our college essay coaches, students have an experience that goes beyond just writing a stellar application essay.  Along the way, they gain valuable insight into their passions, strengths, and talents.

This only further improves your college essays, as the best college application essay is one that is honest and sincere. While many students may have similar experiences in community services or extracurricular activities, it is your unique insight into your community and the world that makes you stand out. 

At MEK, we show you how to tap into that unique insight, how to most effectively express yourself, and even support your courage in tackling complex topics.

This lasting impact can best be demonstrated through a real life example of a recent MEK student.

Matthew’s Story

Matthew had perfect test scores and perfect grades, but he didn’t have many extracurricular activities. His main hobby was  gardening. During his meeting with our head academic counselor, Ann Ahn, she suggested that he gather young students together and show them how plants grow through water and sunlight. She likened it to the children’s book The Gardner.

The Gardener by David Small book coverHe took her advice, wrote about the experience in his college application essays, and was accepted to top colleges such as Cornell, Drexel, University of Southern California, Northeastern, Brandeis, Boston University, University of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania State, UIUC, and more.

But even more importantly, he tapped into a huge philanthropic passion. Here’s what his parents wrote to our counselor:

“We are very excited for him and would like to thank also for your most valuable advice in how to approach his application strategy and extracurricular activities. After he processed our conversation he decided to dedicate his time to community service initiative he founded with the mission to grow and donate fresh produce to the local families in need through the partnership of high schoolers with local gardeners. It was so successful that he decided to register it as a non-profit organization and it continues growing and bringing positive change to our community. Not sure if you remember but during our meeting with you – you came to a conclusion that Matthew is a sharing and caring boy.”

So he named his NPO The Sharing Project and he really enjoys leading it and helping those in need. If you have a moment please check their website

We are beyond grateful to you for taking time and making such an amazing impact on Matthew’s success with his college application. THANK YOU from all of us!”

This is just one example of how MEK uses our experience and guidance to help students on the path to not only college, but also life!

Get Started

Register for our College Essay Summer Workshop today, by filling out the following survey!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

MEK Review

MEK Review is the top learning center in North Jersey, dedicated to helping students of all ages begin an incredible success story. With our guidance, students have gained acceptances into the best schools in the country, earned top test scores, prepared for difficult admission tests, and transformed into their best selves in the classroom. To find your perfect solution, explore our programs or book your free consultation with an expert counselor!


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