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Write effective essays for college and university writing prompts and research specific colleges, universities and programs for supplemental essays.


Students will be exposed to the skills necessary for personal essay writing, and they will use those skills to draft, edit and complete essays for the UC Personal Insight questions, and based on student interest and need, the Common Application essay prompts. In addition, students will learn the research and writing skills necessary to complete supplementary essay questions for specific colleges, universities, and programs. Students can use these skills to write admissions essays for colleges and universities that do not use the Personal Insight Questions or Common Application prompts. Instruction will focus on college admissions essay writing as a process that includes reading the essay questions carefully, drafting and editing drafts of essays tailored to the essay questions, learning to self-edit final drafts for common grammar and usage issues, and acquiring skills necessary to perform research on college and university websites for supplementary questions.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn the skills necessary to analyze and break down essay prompts before writing.
  • Implement pre-writing strategies such as brainstorming and outlining.
  • Apply the skills of personal essay writing to draft and assess their own essays for effectiveness and relevance to essay prompts.
  • Use research skills necessary to write supplementary essays for specific programs, colleges, and universities.
  • Edit final drafts for basic grammar and usage issues, including syntax (verb tense and comma splices) and diction (varying word choice).



Dr. Gudas's recent college essay students have been accepted to these colleges and universities: Yale University, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Purdue University School of Engineering, Santa Clara University, DePaul University, University of Washington, Indiana University, Ohio State University, Loyola Marymount University, Hofstra University, Savannah College Of Art and Design, University of Colorado Bounder, Penn State, University of Alabama

  • Eric Gudas really helped me to refine my college application essays. He got me to better understand the prompts and how I could better adhere to them while guiding me in finding and developing the weaker parts of my essay to bring it together as a strong cohesive piece of writing. I deeply enjoyed working with him and look forward to working with him in the future.                           —Faith, UC Berkeley student, class of 2026​
  • Dr. Gudas helped me review and strengthen my Common Application and UC essays, along with essays for my AP English class. Ultimately, I was accepted into UCLA, USC, UCI, UCSB, and other colleges. Without the assistance of Dr. Gudas, my college application essays would definitely not have been as refined. During sessions, he really helps you understand the prompts and find your own ways to answer them. He is also skilled at grammar-fixing and sentence-structuring. Furthermore, Dr. Gudas has a great personality and is enjoyable to work with. I would recommend Dr. Gudas to anybody looking for any sort of help with writing, especially college application essays.                                                                                                                                     —Jason Ni, UCLA student, class of 2027

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Course and schedule details: This course offers students four hours to work with the instructor via one-on-one virtual meetings. These meetings are scheduled at the discretion of the instructor and student based on student availability and preference. All sessions must be completed within the date span agreed to between the instructor and the student or the student forfeits any remaining hours. The course cost is $400.

How to enroll: Please contact and they will directly help you enroll in the course and schedule your sessions with the instructor. 

Cancellation policy:
Students must provide 24 hours’ notice if they intend to cancel a session via email ( Failure to do so will result in the session counting towards the total number of sessions that have been prepaid for. 


Course Number: WCWP-90002
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)