Course Details:

The teacher will provide all materials. Students will need to use Google Docs.

College Application Essays: A Workshop to Get it Done


In this 4-day intensive writing workshop with a small class size, students will write a college essay, telling a story that highlights them, their unique character, and how they are a perfect match for their university of choice.

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๐Ÿšจ Bonuses For This Class:
-includes unlimited email support, editing, and feedback for weeks and months as students continue to edit their essays.
-The ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ-๐—ผ๐—ป-๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ in breakout rooms is what separates this class from others, and students get personalized support.

**Check the schedule. Most classes meet twice per week, but some meet over a period of weeks.**

If writing the college application or scholarship essay is weighing on you, and you don’t know how to get started, this class is for you. Their instructor guides them along the process, giving feedback and encouragement along the way. Price also includes unlimited, ongoing editing and feedback from the instructor beyond the conclusion of class until the essay is polished and ready to send! Mrs. Lemons has helped countless students begin their college journey throughout the years. She has launched her oldest two sons into college and got to see what the process was like from the mom’s perspective. She also helps people write their medical school application essays. Moms, Dads, and students–I’ve got you! I have developed some great tricks and tools!

โถ The biggest struggle students have with the college essay is getting started! The best way to do that is to take this class or the self-paced version. These two classes build a foundation, and we will make great progress here!

โท The next problem a student has is developing the idea and fleshing it out as a personal narrative. In this class, students have 1-1 time with Mrs. Lemons in breakout rooms during workshop time. They also get two additional 1-1 sessions at no additional charge whenever they need it! If they need more, it’s available at a discounted rate. Just ask. (linked below). Students get to talk through their ideas, and our questioning technique helps them generate ideas. It is awesome to see students get over this massive hurdle! To meet 1-1 or with a small group of students, send in a request to Mrs. Lemons in the contact form to your left.

โธ After that, students need help with revisions and edits. We can do this over email for as long as they need (included free with the cost of this class). Included in the price of all our college essay classes is unlimited, ongoing email support!

โน Once that’s done, it’s time to fine-tune and add some wow factor to the essay. For example, students may need help with descriptive writing, figurative language, blending narrative elements, and crafting sentences that stand out from almost all other high school writers.

๐ŸŽ“ Students, you will learn how to research your audience and how to prepare, draft, revise, and edit an essay to get the results you want. Class time involves direct instruction with a dash of inspiration, and you will have individual workshop time with feedback from the instructor. Explicit instruction includes the following:

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿญ: ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ ๐š ๐“๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ
Learn what colleges and universities look for in college essays. Students begin brainstorming their essay’s topic, audience expectations, and how their strengths fit their prospective school. Students develop a topic idea to illustrate those character traits in a story that is narrow, appropriate, and engaging. They go through a 1-2 hour exercise just to develop a story idea! This week includes guidance through a writing guide with video teaching, brainstorming, and two sample essays. They send their ideas to the teacher, who gives feedback.

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿฎ: ๐–๐ก๐จ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ? ๐’๐จ-๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ?
The instructor inspires them to think deeply about who they are and the significance of their essay’s topic. They watch video teaching, read two sample essays, and have a little Hollywood inspiration to go deeper into their topic for its significance. Students complete more exercises to get them thinking deeper. They send their organizational plan to the teacher, who gives feedback.

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿฏ: ๐ƒ๐ซ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ!
This is an “ah-ha” module! Students finally start to understand how to be transparent and authentic and to communicate the significance of their experience. Again, they see on film how to go deeper, read a sample essay, and have video teaching how to make their essays memorable. They finally draft their essays now that they’ve done the deep thinking and planning. They communicate with their teacher, who gives feedback on their organization, and they finally start drafting.

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿฐ: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, & ๐„๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ- ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐–๐จ๐ฐ ๐…๐š๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ!
Now that they have a draft, they learn how to write a conclusion that brings closure, satisfaction, and an emotional connection with their reader. When complete, they revise and edit their essays for sentence fluency. They learn some simple tricks to use in the revision process to make their sentence structure stand out from the rest.

๐Ÿ’ฏ Students will share their final drafts with their instructor, who will continue to help edit beyond the conclusion of this class until they have one polished essay, ready to send! This may extend for weeks. This unlimited, ongoing support is free of charge.

๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐’‡๐’–๐’“๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐Ÿญ-๐Ÿญ ๐’”๐’–๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’—๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’ ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’•, ๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’† book a tutoring session.

๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’‡-๐’‘๐’‚๐’„๐’†๐’… ๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’„๐’๐’‚๐’”๐’”, ๐’†๐’๐’“๐’๐’๐’ here.


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Taught From a Christian Perspective

Our mission is to equip learners’ minds and shepherd their hearts. We want them to have saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and then develop a biblical worldview. This means they view their world, themselves, and God in a way that aligns with what the Bible teaches. This brings great peace and understanding to the believer because we serve a good, sovereign God. This course is taught with these goals in mind. In class, we may pray, read scripture, and discuss how to view the content from a Christian perspective.

We have adoptedย The Masterโ€™s Seminary Doctrinal Statement.

Learners Need Explicit Instruction!

Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students try to construct meaning themselves.


Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay or read or do a geometry proof, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.

Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.

Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.

To read more about your teaching and learning methods, read Mrs. Lemons’ blog.


The Lemons-Aid Team

Lemons-Aid teachers have a few things in common.
โค๏ธ They love their students and value each of their unique strengths and personalities that make our classes special. Our classes can be described as fun, personal, academic, challenging, and supportive.
๐Ÿคฉ We work to keep learners engaged, so there is always a degree of student accountability for their attention and focus, whether that be through asking them direct questions or by using the chatbox.
๐Ÿ’ญ We know all kids can learn, but sometimes things are hard! To support students, we teach them how to develop effective thinking and learning habits that will bring them success in class and in life.
๐ŸŒŸ Building relationships with students so they know we care about them helps us balance the high expectations we have for them regarding their effort, work quality, and behavior. Our students are encouraged, cared for, and they achieve!

๐™†๐˜ผ๐™๐™€๐™‰ ๐™‡๐™€๐™ˆ๐™Š๐™‰๐™Ž: English Language Arts
#High-Energy #Skilled #Experienced #Relational #Fun
Karen is the Founder of Lemons-Aid. She has a bachelor’s degree in English, a minor in Education, and a master’s degree in Education Administration from Liberty University. With a teaching certificate and a principal’s license in both Washington and Colorado, she has many years of experience teaching English Language Arts and History / Social Studies at the middle school and high school levels. Additionally, she is TESOL and TEFL certified and enjoys teaching English Language Learners from all over the world. She has worked in private and public schools at every level and is currently an affiliate faculty member at Colorado Christian University, supervising teacher candidates in their undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. She is a teacher of teachers. A homeschool mom herself, she admits that teaching other people’s kids is easier than teaching her own teenage boys! She lives in the Denver, Colorado area where she cheers on the Broncos, Avs, and the Rockies, but her favorite athletes are her own kids who play hockey and baseball!
๐ŸŽฅ Karen’s Intro Video


๐‘ฑ๐‘ฌ๐‘ต๐‘ต ๐‘น๐‘ฐ๐‘จ๐‘ณ๐‘ฌ: English Language Arts
#Experienced #Knowledgeable #Empowering #Patient #Rises Above the Ordinary.
As a certified English teacher, Jenn has taught in some capacity over the course of the past twenty-five years. She has taught middle school and high school English classes in both private and public school settings, tutored international ESL students online, developed and taught literature and public speaking classes for a local homeschool co-op, and homeschooled her own two children. Jenn has a bachelorโ€™s degree in English Education. A strong believer in lifelong learning, Jenn has also taken several graduate-level courses related to teaching. Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and their two teenagers. She enjoys taking day trips close to where they live in upstate New York. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys singing and performing in plays. Additionally, she enjoys curling up on the sofa to read a good book. More than likely, one of her four cats will be curled up at her feet.
๐ŸŽฅ Jenn’s Intro Video

๐™†๐™๐™„๐™Ž๐™๐™€๐™‰ ๐™๐™๐™€๐™€๐™ˆ๐˜ผ๐™‰: Elementary
#Fun #Inspiring #LoveForLearning
Kristen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a minor in child psychology from Liberty University. For nearly a decade, she has worked in elementary school classrooms, as a private tutor, and as an online ELL teacher. While passionate about education in general, her favorite subjects to both study and teach are reading, grammar, and writing. She and her husband are actively involved in a church where she works as a Sunday School teacher and Children’s Ministry teacher to ages 4-6. No matter where she is teaching, Kristen tries to find ways to connect with her students and to create an exciting classroom that builds a passion for education. It is her desire to not only teach a subject but also to foster a love of learning which inspires students to want to learn more even once the class is completed. Kristen lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and their new baby boy! In her spare time, Kristen loves to create teaching content such as interactive lesson plans, worksheets, and more! She also enjoys doing family outings and crafting.
๐ŸŽฅ Kristen’s Intro Video

๐™ˆ๐™๐™Ž. ๐˜ผ๐™‡๐™„:
#Engaging #Fun #Patient #Kind #Encouraging
Ali has a Bachelorโ€™s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked with children over the last 11 years. She taught for 6 years in public school, 2 years in Kindergarten and 4 years in First Grade. She has worked as a reading tutor and ESL teacher online for the last 4 years; she has also tutored children in-person in reading, writing, and STEM. Ali believes that every child is a natural learner; she believes that an educatorโ€™s goal is to engage each child in the way that they learn best! She is passionate about creating a safe and FUN environment that teaches the whole child. Each time she enters a classroom, whether it is in-person or online, you can find her singing, playing games, and making learning fun. Ali lives in Missouri, near St. Louis with her husband and fur-child (an 80 lb. German Shepherd who doesnโ€™t know how big he is). In her free time she loves reading, writing, crafts, hiking, working out, and spending time with my family.
๐ŸŽฅ Ali’s Intro Video

๐™†๐™„๐™ˆ๐˜ฝ๐™€๐™๐™‡๐™” ๐™‹๐˜ผ๐™๐™„๐™‰๐™„๐™Ž๐™„: English
#Energetic #Kind #Encouraging #Authentic #Enthusiastic #Guide
Kim loves life, loves people, and loves learning! She views each student as a team member with his or her own unique talents, skills and life experience to bring to the group. She loves helping students expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills to reach their greatest potential. Kim has a Bachelor’s degree from Cairn University in secondary Education with certification in English (NY and PA) and endorsement in music. Her classroom experience has focused on English, PE and Bible education, but she has tutored in a variety of areas including ESL, special ed, math, history, science and music (piano and voice). She lives in northeast PA with her wonderful family. She has homeschooled all of her seven children. The youngest five are still in school and ensure that every day is an adventure. Kim also coaches intramural and competitive sports throughout the year. She loves music, sports, reading and taking long walks up her dirt road admiring wildflowers, listening to birds and reflecting on what she is learning in life!
๐ŸŽฅ Kim’s Intro Video

Christian Teachers on Outschool

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However, if the schedule doesn’t work for you, we will happily teach you on Outschool, but we can’t talk about Jesus.

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High School Writing Series

This class is part of a series that prepares students to do dual enrollment college classes or are entering college. The series gets progressively more difficult and are scheduled in order. You can still jump in whenever youโ€™d like! Completion of all of these classes, which takes about 6 months will cover all necessary high school writing! They make up a complete high school writing plan.