Private College Prep Coaching

Private College Prep Coaching by Elizabeth HartleyPrivate Consultation: We can set up a private meeting to discuss course selection throughout high school, how to spend summers, explore college choices, prepare for standardized tests, pursue scholarships, improve interview skills, and much more. A private consultation lasts typically 2-3 hours, billed at a flat hourly rate.  All  sessions will be held at the Scholarship Gold office in Lake Wylie, SC.

NOTE- Most families attend the College Bound Essentials workshop before scheduling a private meeting, which is highly recommended.  By attending the workshop first, when/if you do have a private consult, the time can be spent tailoring that information to your student’s strengths and interests. It’s not required that families attend the workshop first but it is strongly encouraged.
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Price: $195

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Concierge Coaching
Comprehensive Support & Guidance

Concierge Coaching. Comprehensive Support & Guidance by Elizabeth Hartley

Concierge Coaching– This is the highest level, most comprehensive coaching we offer but it is limited to a small number of students per graduating class.  Currently, the concierge classes are full through the class of 2021 but there is plenty of availability to meet with Elizabeth Hartley or another consultant on staff on an “a la carte” basis.  Contact [email protected] to set up your first session!


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Price: $500 to $3,500
9th-12th grades

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Interview Preparation

Interview Preparation by Elizabeth Hartley

Admissions and scholarships can be won and lost in the interview.

Preparation is key!

As a frequent interview judge and experienced coach, Elizabeth Hartley teaches the student how to identify the most critical characteristics/facts that need to be conveyed in the interview…
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Price: $75/hour

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College Bound Essentials Workshop

This intensive 3 hour workshop covers how to pick a college and major, how to find and pursue scholarships, how to build a student resume, interview basics and much more. A tremendously useful course for all college bound 9th-12th graders.

Want this course to be come to your school or association? Email Elizabeth Hartley to discuss bringing this valuable and essential course to your school, homeschool association or youth group!

Upcoming classes will be posted on the Events calendar of this site. (No workshops will be offered between May 15 and Aug 15.)

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Other Valuable Workshops

College planning workshopTo supplement the information provided in the College Bound Essentials workshop or one-on-one session, a variety of intensive and fun workshops are offered. Typically, admission is $75 per student for a 3 hour course and parents are welcome to come along at no added charge! View and register for upcoming workshops on the EVENTS section of this website.

Want the workshop to come to you? Discuss with Elizabeth Hartley the idea of bringing one or more of these workshops to your school, homeschool association or youth group. It can be an exciting and informative event for your group’s families.

Throughout the school year, and especially in the fall, specialty workshops are offered on the following topics:

Interview Skills and Effective Communications- This fun and interactive workshop covers:

  • body language- posture, eye contact, hand shakes…all of the ways you send a message without even saying a word. We’ll also cover what to wear to admissions and scholarship events.
  • how to answer questions articulately and thoughtfully, in a way that tells the other person you are mature and able to think critically
  • word crutches and the importance of ditching them. We’ll get rid of the “ums”, “likes”, “you knows” and other crutches that make someone sound indecisive and unconvincing.
  • the most common interview questions for admissions, scholarships and employment. Participants will be given a chance to practice how they would answer those questions in an interview setting.
  • We will also break into small groups and practice interviewing and providing constructive feedback to one another.

Essay Writing for Admissions and Scholarships- Offered multiple times mid-August through November

A well crafted personal statement or application essay can make a world of difference in a student’s admission and scholarship opportunities. I’ve discussed this topic with numerous admissions directors from various universities and will be glad to share their thoughts on what they look for in a great essay.
In this session we will cover the mechanics of a compelling and effective essay and each student will construct their “personal statement” essay that will be required on many admission and scholarship applications. Once constructed, the student can use this essay for multiple applications with perhaps a few tweaks to modify it for different schools.
If a rising senior has already identified the specific admission essay they need to write, they are invited to work on that topic in class.
Who should attend? This essay class is useful for rising seniors but also for sophomores and juniors who may be applying for academic camps or scholarships before their senior year. Students can bring laptops or simply work with the “old school” pen and paper.
Middle School EssentialsNavigating the path to high school and college– for 5th through 9th graders


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